AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA. SUMMARY: The Department of Agriculture (USDA), Forest Service, Business Operations, Office of Regulatory and Management Services (ORMS) is preparing to revise a portion of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) governing public participation requirements and procedures related to the issuance or revision of internal Agency directives. The Forest Service is committed to ensuring that a broad and representative cross-section of the interested public is provided advance notice and a full and fair opportunity to comment upon the formulation of standards, criteria, and guidelines applicable to Forest Service programs. In keeping with this commitment, the Agency is interested in enhancing its public engagement and expanding its approach for public notice and comment beyond just formal rulemaking.
The Agency has identified a need to update the relevant regulations to reflect the varied media consumption patterns of key Forest Service stakeholders and the public at large. These potential regulatory revisions are also necessary to ensure that written policies align with the Agency’s current practices, which have changed to ensure compliance with recent court orders.
The Agency is hosting a webinar for all interested members of the general public to inform the public of these changes to the Forest Service’s public participation procedures. This session will include additional information on the need for these changes and the outcomes the Agency is seeking to achieve. It will also include an outline of a potential path forward and provide attendees an opportunity to ask questions, provide input, and suggest ideas.
DATES: A webinar will be held for interested members of the general public on Tuesday, December 15, 2015, from 1:00-2:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time/10:00-11:30 a.m. Pacific Standard Time. ADDRESSES: The webinar will be held via Adobe Connect web conferencing software. To access the presentation, enter the following URL into any Flash-enabled web browser: https://usfs.adobeconnect.com/orms/. Audio-only access is available toll-free by calling (888) 844-9904 and entering the following access code: 4909819.
• SEMA 2015
• Daniel Boone Scenic Byway,
• VA4WDA 23rd Annual Trail Ride,
• SFWDA November newsletter,
• BLM announces November 21 meeting about Johnson Valley land use changes,
• Australian National Four Wheel Drive Council Meets Senator Ricky Muir,
• A Familiar Refrain,
• UFWDA Voice online magazine,
Download as a PDF eNews November 15
In this issue….
- United Four Wheel Drive Associations & Off-Road Business Association to Collaborate as Land-Use Advocates
- UFWDA Fall Delegate Conference Call/Webinar
- Santa Fe National Forest Announces Dates for “Assessment Meetings”
- Connecting the Tabeguache
- 17 Candidate Species Found to No Longer Warrant Listing Due to Conservation Successes
- UFWDA Voice online magazine
BFGoodrich® Tires Announces The 2015 Outstanding Trails Winners
Pomona, Calif., Oct. 3, 2015 – BFGoodrich® Tires, in collaboration with Four Wheel Parts, United Four Wheel Drive Associations, Blue Ribbon Coalition and Off Road Business Association, today announced the winners of the 2015 Outstanding Trails program. Nominated for uniqueness, terrain type and enthusiast following, the trails selected and the associated clubs for this year’s program are:
- Applegate-Lassen Wagon Trail, Nev., High Rock Trekkers
- Bald Mountain OHV Trails, Sierra National Forest, Calif., Clovis Independent 4 Wheelers
- Barrett Lake Trail, El Dorado National Forest, Calif., Hi-Landers 4WDC
- Black Bear Pass, Silverton, Colo., Creeper Jeepers Gang of Durango
BFGoodrich® Tires builds tires for any adventure, including those that take drivers off their daily roadways. Through its Outstanding Trails program that promotes sustainable and responsible off-road driving, BFGoodrich Tires once again will award grants of $4,000 each to these qualified and passionate off-road clubs in North America. These clubs will use their grants to continue their efforts that preserve and protect their hometown trails.
“BFGoodrich Tires stands shoulder-to-shoulder with enthusiast off-road communities in seeking to preserve and protect responsible off-road activities,” said Duane Thomas, brand communications manager for BFGoodrich Tires. “The Outstanding Trails program promotes getting out and challenging the four-wheel drive culture to prove they are driver enough to explore their world. After receiving more than 150 nominations, we are proud to recognize and reward these four clubs and their efforts to enhance their trails.”
As Outstanding Trails celebrates its 10th year, BFGoodrich selected 4 Wheel Parts as presenting sponsor of this year’s program. 4 Wheel Parts helped promote the program and provide a critical outreach extension to four-wheel-drive clubs across North America. The program also is conducted in collaboration with United Four Wheel Drive Associations (UFWDA), Blue Ribbon Coalition and the Off Road Business Association (ORBA).
“4 Wheel Parts is proud to join BFGoodrich Tires as an Official Partner of the Outstanding Trails Program,” said 4 Wheel Parts President and CEO, Greg Adler. “We are pleased to share in this opportunity to recognize the passionate members of some of North America’s prominent off-road clubs for their commitment to the preservation of these significant trails.”
To date, Outstanding Trails has awarded grants to 36 off-road trails nominated by 35 local clubs throughout North America. The program has provided more than $140,000 in grants in support of these trail conservation efforts.
Nominations were accepted beginning April 3 through July 10, 2015, on the BFGoodrich Tires website at www.bfgoodrichtires.com. The competition invites off-road clubs from around North America to nominate local trails that merit grants for maintenance or refurbishing. Trails are selected based on uniqueness, terrain type and enthusiast support.
BFGoodrich assembled a panel of judges comprised of four-wheel industry veterans to evaluate Outstanding Trails grant submissions.
BFGoodrich Tires 2015 Outstanding Trails
During the course of the year, BFGoodrich Tires will be at club events associated with these trails to highlight the uniqueness of each location, educate off-road enthusiasts on the responsible use of the trails and present a $4,000 grant to each club to assist in the preservation of trail access.
Barrett Lake Trail, El Dorado National Forest, Calif.
Barrett Lake Trail is a High Sierra Four Wheel Drive/Off Highway Vehicle rock crawling trail located in the Eldorado National Forest. The trail is recommended to experienced four-wheelers. The reward is Barrett Lake and its campgground located at the end of the trail.
The trail was closed for a few years but recently has reopened after a great deal of work was put into it. The trail was nominated by the Hi-Landers Four Wheel Drive Club who intends to use the funds to improve the trail, including upgrades to the campsite and yearly maintenance to keep it open to all the public that can handle this tough trail.
Applegate-Lassen Wagon Trail, Nev.
This is the last piece of an original wagon train trail where you can still witness evidence of a historic time in our nation’s history. High Rock Canyon, which is part of this trail, is sometimes referred to the little Grand Canyon of Nevada.
The High Rock Trekkers club nominated this trail and has worked with federal agencies on a number of projects on this trail. They intend to use the funds to update Steven’s Camp cabin (built by Tennessee Ernie Ford as his getaway place) and the spring box and plumbing at the cabin.
Bald Mountain OHV Trails, Calif.
These trials provide riding opportunities throughout the year on a variety of terrain types and varying levels of difficulty. The trails are easily accessible and reach a pinnacle at Bald Mountain Look Out Tower, which stands at 7,826 feet in elevation.
The Clovis Independent 4 Wheelers group works to maintain the trails and plans to use the funds to complete road and trail maintenance and encouraging activity on authorized trails by removing hazards and maintaining drainage structures.
Black Bear Pass, Silverton, Colo.
The “Steps” of Black Bear Pass are off-camber ledges with long drop-offs into the creek below. This trail incorporates world famous switchbacks that are very tight and narrow with 900-foot drop offs making for spectacular views and four-wheeling.
The Creeper Jeepers Gang of Durango nominated this trail and is looking forward to using the funds to continue with erosion control on old trails. The club is also considering installing more signage to prevent off-trail driving. They will also look to continue funding the Alpine Loop patrol to help law enforcement on the Alpine trails.
Urge your US Rep to pass HR 1838, the Clear Creek National Recreation Area and Conservation Act
Please write a letter to your US Representative urging them to support and pass HR 1838, the Clear Creek National Recreation Area and Conservation Act. This legislation will designate 75,000 acres of Federal public land in San Benito and Fresno Counties in California as the Clear Creek National Recreation Area (NRA) and ensure access for the responsible use of off-highway vehicles (OHV) in the area into the future, as well as designate 21,000 acres as the Joaquin Rocks Wilderness.
- Jeep Trails Matter
- VA4WDA Fall Trail Clean-Up
- UFWDA Voice online magazine
- Hi-Landers 4WD Club recognized for exemplary public service
- WYOMING – Shoshone National Forest to hold fall Travel Management meetings
- Fire Patterns in the Range of the Greater Sage-Grouse, 1984-2013
- Rock Crawl Demonstration Indonesia Style
- Jeeping the Colorado River II
- UFWDA President gets out of town
- U.S. Department of the Interior weekly bulletin
- UFWDA online magazine
- Sheriff Calls for the Closure of Black Bear Pass to Motor Vehicles
- Let’s Fix Our National Parks, Not Add More
- 4 Lakes 4 Wheelers Fun
- Got a way with words?
- UFWDA Annual Awards
- From the Australian files
- Boulder White Clouds in Idaho lost to Wilderness
- Parallel trail concerns
- Going Hiking… take your 4WD
- RTP funding still needs attention says AMA
Courtesy of the Coalition for Recreational Trails; we are delighted to tell you that the U.S. Senate passed its multi-year transportation bill with a 65-34 vote. The provisions affecting the Recreational Trails Program were left alone. The amendments from Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) that would have eliminated RTP – which we asked you to help stop – were not brought up for consideration.
While it’s difficult to track exactly, we have heard that volumes of calls opposing Sen. Lee’s amendments were received by Senate offices. Thank you so much for your tremendous help!
Moving forward, the Senate has also just passed (91-4) the three-month extension of the current transportation legislation that the House had already passed. October 31, 2015 is now the new deadline for the House to pass its own multi-year transportation bill (or something else!).
An Alert Courtesy of American Trails
The full Senate is gearing up to vote on its version of a transportation bill-and yet another attack on funding for trails, walking, and biking has surfaced! Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) has introduced an amendment (S.A. 2280) that eliminates the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP)-the nation’s largest dedicated source of funding for trails, walking and biking. This program also funds the Recreational Trails Program (RTP), and helps people like you and me stay healthy, get outdoors, support our local economy and get where we need to go. Help us defend funding for TAP, (including the RTP) and for safe places to walk, bike, and ride in your community by calling your senators now.
The Senate could vote on this legislation as early as this weekend, and it’s important that your legislators hear from you right away.The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, one of our valued partners, has prepared a webpage that includes contact information, as well as a simple message that you can use to communicate with your senators.
Call your senators now and please spread the word through your networks! Please take this simple action now…