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January 2015 eNews

  • UFWDA online magazine ‘Voice’ deadlines for 2015
  • UFWDA Survey is still running
  • Don’t complain!
  • SFWDA: 2015 Is Off To A Great Start
  • America’s Great Outdoors FICOR Report
  • Connectivity of Streams and Wetlands to Downstream Waters
  • Australian State backs 4WD volunteering
  • Restrictions on public use of Moab trails at Easter
  • eNews Jan 15

December 2014 eNews


  • UFWDA online magazine ‘Voice’
  • Have you checked your First Aid kit?
  • UFWDA Online Survey
  • Who are FCA US?
  • Dredging Ban Court Case
  • Southern Four Wheel Drive Continues to Gain Momentum
  • TrailFest 2015
  • What Causes Wash Board Roads?
  • Dodge Promo from ’29
  • Illegal Off-Roading Overran Mojave Desert

November eNews 2014


  • UFWDA online magazine ‘Voice’,
  • New adventure park could lure 200,000 ORVs to Groveland,
  • John Muir’s legacy questioned as centennial of his death nears,
  • Post Election Agenda; What Motorized Recreationists MUST DO NOW,
  • Del Albright; Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame (ORMHOF) Inductee 2014,
  • Vermont Jeepgirl’s Offroad Women’s Magazine,
  • Sundowners 4×4 and Toys for Tots,
  • CALIFORNIA – Help Preserve OHV Use On The Six Rivers National Forest,
  • CPSC ROV Rulemaking – Take Action in Opposition,
  • Hatch proposes national recreation area at Sand Mountain UT,
  • A Worldwide Problem of Advertising,
  • History Channel program could set back four wheeling,
  • Wisconsin Off-Road Vehicle Park Inc.,
  • Stop the PCT land grab!
  • Download  eNewsNov14

October 2014 eNews

  • UFWDA online magazine ‘Voice’,
  • Congressional Allies Champion Recreational Trails Program,
  • Dixie Run 28 Wrap-Up,
  • President Moves Forward with Massive Monument Designation in California,
  • BRC Reminds of Meetings about the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests,
  • IDAHO – Nez Perce-Clearwater Forest Plan Revision Comment Period Extended,
  • A Message From Your Favorite Trails,
  • Will You VOTE For Me?,
  • Settlement Will Speed Recovery of Endangered California Frogs?,
  • SFWDA & Forest Service Meeting,
  • WOHVA Golf Outing, 
  • 1 million Jeep vehicles globally in 2014,
  • Public access scores major victory in Modesty Creek ruling,
  • Omix-ADA to Give Away Fully-Loaded Jeep,
  • One man one G-Wagen, 215 countries!
  • Read eNews Oct14

Sustainable ATV Trails; Keeping water and soil healthy with sediment control

Recently published online, is a website linked to the USFS outlining the basics of sustainable trails and lists of resources. While aimed at ATV, the message is the same for 4×4 trails.


about the relationship between soil and water and how sustainable trail design can help prevent erosion and other harmful effects caused by erosion.


sustainable trails or improve existing ones using these time-tested techniques, each with detailed descriptions and photos.


existing trails with methods for monitoring trail use and make decisions on how best to target resources for maintaining and improving trails.

August 2014 eNews

  • UFWDA online magazine ‘Voice’ deadline,
  • Virginia 4WDA activities,
  • Olympic National Forest wants input,
  • NMOHVA Board Votes to Appeal Federal Court’s Decision,
  • Oppose the creation of the Boulder White Clouds National Monument,
  • King of the Hammers online video,
  • Even in Kathmandu,
  • BRC Brings New Suit To Restore Trail Access,
  • Public Lands for the People Octoberfest Fundraiser,
  • National & International Trails Awards,
  • Extension of Comment Period; Tonto NF,
  • Ochoco Summit OHV trails plans on hold for now.

    eNews Aug 14


Public meeting August 16 on Johnson Valley changes

From the Bureau of Land Management

Representatives from the Bureau of Land Management and the Marine Corps will host a Resource Management Group meeting about the changes in land use in the Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area at the Lucerne Valley Community Center on August 16, 2014 from 1-3 PM.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the future locations of the Marine’s company objective areas within the Shared Use Area for military training in accordance with Military Land Withdrawals Act of 2013 (Public Law 113-66).

Input from State agencies, Off-Highway Vehicle and other recreation interest groups, and environmental advocacy groups as well as the public in general are encouraged and welcomed to attend.

The Lucerne Valley Community Center is located at 33187 Old Woman Springs Road, Lucerne Valley, CA. For additional information, contact the Bureau of Land Management, Barstow Field Manager, at 760-252-6004; email:; or the MCAGCC Public Affairs Office at 760-830-6213; email:

July 2014 eNews


  • UFWDA Awards,
  • UFWDA online magazine ‘Voice’ deadline,
  • Introducing a new UFWDA BoD member,
  • Arizona State Parks announces funding for motorized trail projects,
  • NMOHVA’s Day in Court,
  • NHTSA Will Not Regulate Tires Based on Age,
  • Another lesson when playing in water,
  • HR 1459 – Good for recreation,
  • Outdoorx4 offer 20% off,
  • The Tonto has issued its DEIS,
  • 10 Excuses Heard Off-Road,
  • A new UFWDA website feature,
  • Unsealed 4×4… an Australian magazine

UFWDA 2014 Four Wheeler of the Year

Jeff Bates – Past – President of the Grand Mesa Jeep Club (a member club of Colorado Four Wheel Drive Association and UFWDA) is the 2014 Four Wheeler of the Year.

Awarded annually by United Four Wheel Drive Associations Inc. (UFWDA), this award recognizes on an international level, the significant achievements and contribution of individuals to the sport of recreational four wheeling.

Because of Jeff Bates’ leadership and vision as President over the last 3 years, the Grand Mesa Jeep Club (GMJC) has prospered to unheard of levels. Jeff’s leadership has also shown in bringing the GMJC to the role of community leader regarding the Grand Junction Field Office (GJFO) of the BLM and their 2013 Resource Management Plan (RMP) and Travel Management Plan (TMP).

Jeff was given an award for his leadership by the BLM at a community awards meeting. Largely due to his leadership, the GMJC was responsible for generating over 800 individual comments on the BLM’s RMP/TMP.

With Jeff’s leadership, the BLM is working hard to establish more extreme trails in the Bangs Canyon area. He has also been able to get a commitment for a connector for the Tabeguache trail to Hwy 141. This ¼ mile connector has been in the works for nearly 30 years.

The club’s annual “Off Road Show and Swap Meet” and the three-day “Rock Junction” event held in conjunction with the “Off Road Show”, are outcomes of Jeff Bates vision.  Largely due to the growth of these two events, the membership of the Grand Mesa Jeep Club has more than tripled in the last two years. This growth in membership benefits all of us in the organized sport of 4-wheeling.

Jeff has been in the forefront of building interest in removing tons of trash and large items from the Grand Junction area and is very active in trail maintenance projects