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May 2014 eNews

  • UFWDA 2014 AGM Webinar
  • Federal judge rules against fees at national forests
  • Rock Junction and Off Road Show – 2014
  • Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame
  • Southern Four Wheel Drive Association Gaining Momentum
  • EPA Releases Interactive Mapping Tool
  • Cal4Wheel… Clear Creek Bill
  • Pace Lake Pre-run 2014
  • Collector Car Appreciation Day



2014 BFG Outstanding Trails Winners

BFGoodrich® Tires, in collaboration with United Four Wheel Drive Associations (UFWDA) and Blue Ribbon Coalition, today announced the winners of the 2014 Outstanding Trails program.  Nominated for uniqueness, terrain type and enthusiast following, the trails selected for this year’s program are:

  • Pole Line Trail, Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area, Pennsylvania
  • Mineral Basin Trail, American Fork Canyon, Utah
  • Billings Canyon Trail, Grand Junction, Colorado

Since its inception in 2006, The Outstanding Trails program has been dedicated to the responsible use and preservation of off-road trails. In the last eight years, Outstanding Trails has recognized more than 33 off-road trails throughout the country and has awarded over $130,000 in grants in support of trail conservation efforts.

“BFGoodrich Tires is about providing driving enthusiasts the capability to discover the best of what we call Playground Earth,” said Duane Thomas, brand communications manager for BFGoodrich Tires. “The Outstanding Trails program is a reflection of that commitment to work with four wheel clubs to enhance the trail system in North America and provide more opportunities to get out and play.”

BFGoodrich Tires 2014 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.

  • The Pole Line Trail is part of the 6,500 acre Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area, a motorized recreation facility with its trailhead located in Coal Township, Pennsylvania. The AOAA frequently holds events, trials and family-oriented rides along this busy trail.
  • The Mineral Base Trail takes its name from the rich history of mining in the area from the late 1800s and is one of the most popular trails in North Utah. The Dirt Hedz Offroad Club helps maintain the track and they are applying to the Forest Service’s “Adopt- A-Trail” program to become the trail’s official caretakers.
  • The Billings Canyon Trail is 10 years old and one of the early extreme trails in Colorado. It was developed by the Grand Mesa Jeep Club and is still maintained by the club today. Rock Junction and The Grand Mesa Jeep Off-road Show are both held at this magnificent trail.

“UFWDA has been honored to be a partner in the Outstanding Trails program,” said Jim Mazzola, President of UFWDA. “The more than 30 grants provided by BFGoodrich as part of the Outstanding Trails program have made a tremendous impact helping preserve some of the most beautiful off-road trails available.”

“The three trails and clubs recognized in 2014 truly live up to the name ‘Outstanding Trail’,” said Del Albright, Blue Ribbon Coalition Ambassador. “These clubs are doing some great work to help improve and conserve access to these trails.”

About the Outstanding Trails Program
The BFGoodrich Tires Outstanding Trails program was established in 2006 to raise awareness for responsible use and preservation of off-road trails while providing support in the trails’ conservation efforts. Through 2014, the Outstanding Trails program has recognized over 30 off-road trails and clubs across North America.  The program has provided more than $130,000 in grants in support of the various trails conservation efforts.

Both Blue Ribbon Coalition and UFWDA are non-profit organizations dedicated to responsible and ethical outdoor recreation.  BFGoodrich Tires collaborated with these two groups to select the finest off-road trails and continues to work with these organizations on restoration and education initiatives.

About BFGoodrich Tires
Using motorsports as a proving ground for more than 40 years, BFGoodrich Tires is involved in every type of racing, including sports car, drag, desert, dirt, rally and extreme rock crawling. BFGoodrich Tires combines technological expertise with vast motorsports experience, delivering a high-performance tire for every type of vehicle. Visit BFGoodrich Tires at, on Facebook at  or on Twitter at

About United Four Wheel Drive Associations
United Four Wheel Drive Associations is the world’s leading representative of all-brand, four wheel-drive enthusiasts. UFWDA benefits, developed and tested over the past 30 years, include four-wheel-drive safety and awareness education; such user ethics programs as adopt-a-road, conservation volunteer and volunteer trail patrol; assistance with new club formation; education seminars to aid four wheelers through complex state and federal programs affecting trail access; internet forums designed to instantly connect members globally; a legislative advocate and nationally recognized attorney who works exclusively for four-wheel-drive enthusiasts to protect access and prevent road and trail closures. For more information on the UFWDA log on to, or call 1-800-44-UFWDA (800-448-3932).

About Blue Ribbon Coalition
The Blue Ribbon Coalition (BRC) is a national non-profit organization that champions responsible recreation and encourages a strong conservation ethic and individual stewardship, while providing leadership in efforts to keep outdoor recreation alive and well — all sports; all trails.  With members in all 50 states, BRC is focused on building enthusiast involvement with organizational efforts through membership, participation in the administrative process, outreach, education and collaboration among recreationists. BRC works with land managers to provide recreation opportunities, preserve resources and promote cooperation with other public land users. BRC is recognized nationwide for its credible staff of landuse and recreation professionals, as well as a legal team with nearly 30 years of accomplishments.  Learn more at www.BlueRibbonCoalition.Org or call 1-800-BLUERIB (258-3742).

April 2014 eNews

  • Drive on the Beach of Cape Hatteras National Seashore
  • PA Jeeps Scholarship Fund
  • AMA update on Johnson Valley
  • A Successful Day on Capitol Hill – TN OHV & SFWDA in action
  • VA4WDA 2014 Annual Meeting
  • Recreation Community Urges Recreation Enhancement, Not Just Fees
  • 4WD Sponsoring Three Trails for Easter Jeep Safari
  • PA DCNR recreation survey
  • Dynatrac, Superlift and Falken Tire Host EJS Bunny Run 7
  • Epic Decision for Glamis Sand Recreation
  • eNews April 14

Epic decision for Glamis sand recreation

Barely a month following argument, U.S. District Judge Susan Illston of the U.S. Northern District Court of California yesterday issued a long-awaited decision on the 2013 ISDRA management plan, ruling almost entirely on the side of the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and sand-rider organizations, and against the latest challenge led by the Center for Biological Diversity. The ruling sets the stage for implementation of the 2013 plan, which would allow resumption of access to areas placed off-limits to riders through “interim” closures imposed over a decade ago.

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Recreational Trails Program support needed

There is a wonderful opportunity to boost awareness of and support for the Recreational Trails Program within the United States Senate.  However, we have to take action immediately!
 U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Jim Risch (R-ID), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Richard Burr (R-NC) released a Dear Colleague letter soliciting signatures for a letter to Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, and Senator David Vitter (R-LA), Ranking Member on the Committee, supporting the continuation of the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) in the next surface transportation authorization bill.  Attached are their Dear Colleague request and the planned letter to the EPW leadership.

Please share this information with your membership and ask them to contact their Members of the U.S. Senate (except, of course, Senators Klobuchar, Risch, Shaheen, Burr, Boxer and Vitter) and request that they sign on to the letter supporting the continuation of the RTP in the next surface transportation authorization bill.  Our basic message is that the RTP is a very effective, user-pay/user-benefit program and a proven success story.  It serves as the foundation for state trail programs across the country, benefits motorized and non-motorized trail users alike, leverages significant additional support for trails, encourages productive cooperation among trail users, and facilitates healthy outdoor recreation and associated, badly needed economic activity in countless communities throughout the nation.

Time is very short.  The deadline for Senators’ response is noon on Wednesday, April 9th.

Thanks very much for your help.

Cathy Ahern

Catherine A. Ahern
American Recreation Coalition and Coalition for Recreational Trails
1200 G Street, N.W., Suite 650
Washington, D.C.  20005

2014 4 1 RTP Dear Colleague letter Signed


March 2014 eNews


  • SFWDA New Association Logo,
  • U.S. House passes bill to overturn ORV plan for Outer Banks,
  • BFGoodrich® Tires Call for Entries for 2014 Outstanding Trails Program,
  • Land Management Planning Rule,
  • Replacing your Catalytic Converter,
  • ‘Voice’ needs a cover photo,
  • 2014 Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival,
  • Wallowa-Whitman National Forest – Planning,
  • AMA identify changes in BLM fees,
  • Cibola National Forest MVUM,
  • Roads and Wilderness???
  • The top 3 4WD tracks in the Gladstone region
  • eNews March 2014

February 2014 eNews

  • Sierra Club promotes outdoor recreation?
  • Send an Email to the President Opposing Massive New National Monument Designations,
  • Glade Run Recreation Area (Chokecherry Canyon) NM,
  • UFWDA online magazine ‘Voice’,
  • 2014 Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival,
  • Grand Mesa Jeep Club Named Colorado “Club of the Year” – 2013,
  • Stanislaus National Forest Solicits Public Input On OHV Program,
  • WOHVA Update February ‘14,
  • Clear Creek Management Area Resource Management Plan, California
  • eNews February 2014

January 2014 eNews

    • 2014 Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival;
    • SEMA Land Use Summary;
    • Great Lakes Four Wheel Drive Association Review;
    • Would You Survive This?
    • Tonto National Forest Listening Sessions;
    • Planning Under Way For Great Outdoors Month 2014;
    • Upcoming public workshops Sierra, Sequoia, Inyo;
    • Bring Back the Real Camp Jeep;
    • UFWDA online magazine ‘Voice’ ;
    • Recreational Trails Program (RTP) Achievement Awards;
    • Trails users united for sustainable trails on the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests;
    • Fact: 4×4 and SUV Drivers are Idiots.

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UFWDA welcomes the action of Congress to retain OHV access to the Johnson Valley OHV area in CA.

UFWDA thanks all those who worked to preserve OHV access to nearly 100,000 acres of Southern Californian desert for much of the year. A provision included in the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) transfers 79,000 acres to the Twentynine Palms Marine Corps base while creating the ‘Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area’ with federal protection to over 96,000 acres, as established in 1980 for OHV recreation by the State of California.

Rep Paul Cook (R-CA) was largely instrumental in creating the shared use solution with the strong support of many individuals and organizations from the OHV community.

The US House of Representatives has approved the provision, with the Senate set to ratify the plan this year.

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La Posa Travel Management Plan preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA)

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Yuma Field Office has announced that the La Posa Travel Management Plan preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA) is available for review. This begins a 45-day public comment period, which ends December 21, 2013. The preliminary EA is available for reviewed online at

The BLM will hold an open house on Thursday, November 21, 2013. The open house will be held at the Quartzsite Community Center located at 295 Chandler Street; Quartzsite, Arizona; from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.

The meeting will consist of a presentation about the preliminary EA and travel management planning, followed by interested parties being able to speak one-on-one with BLM specialists and managers. Maps will be on display for review, as well as general EA and travel management information.
Written comments about the preliminary EA for the La Posa TMP will be accepted through December 21, 2013. Comments postmarked by this date will be considered in making the final decision.  Comments should be mailed to BLM Yuma Field Office, Attention:  Joe Raffaele; 2555 E. Gila Ridge Road; Yuma, Arizona 85365; or emailed to
The La Posa Travel Management Area surrounds Quartzsite, Arizona, and encompasses over 380,000 acres of public land in La Paz and Yuma Counties. For more information about the open house, please call 928-317-3238