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BFGoodrich® Tires Outstanding Trails Program 2016 Winners announced

Las Vegas, Nev., Nov. 3, 2016 – BFGoodrich® Tires, in collaboration with 4 Wheel Parts,
United Four Wheel Drive Associations, Blue Ribbon Coalition and Off Road Business
Association, today announced the winners of the 2016 Outstanding Trails program. Nominated for uniqueness, terrain type and enthusiast following, the trails selected and the associated clubs for this year’s program are:
· Sidewinder Trail, Colorado, Mile-Hi Jeep Club
· Daniel Boone Backcountry Byway, Kentucky, Ohio River Four Wheelers
· 21 Road, Grand Junction, Colorado, Grand Mesa Jeep Club
· Hagen Creek Trail, Yacolt Burn State Forest, Washington , Piston’s Wild Motorsports Club

Read the full announcement

 

BFGoodrich® Tires 2016 Outstanding Trails Program

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 will once again award grants of $4,000 each, to four qualified and passionate 4×4 clubs in North America. These clubs will use their grants to continue local efforts that preserve and protect their hometown trails.

In its 11th year, BFGoodrich once again offers Outstanding Trails in association with 4 Wheel Parts as presenting sponsor of this year’s program. 4 Wheel Parts will 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.

To date, Outstanding Trails has awarded grants to 40 off-road trails nominated by 38 local clubs throughout North America. The program has provided more than $150,000 in grants in support of these trail conservation efforts.

Nominations are being accepted to July 15, 2016, on the BFGoodrich Tires website at www.bfgoodrichtires.com/outstandingtrails. The competition invites 4×4 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 has assembled a panel of judges comprising four-wheel industry veterans to evaluate Outstanding Trails grant submissions. This group selects three winning trails, which will be announced at Off Road Expo in October.

About BFGoodrich Tires

With more than 100 years of heritage, BFGoodrich® Tires is dedicated to providing high performance tires for those who have a passion for driving in virtually any environment. Combining technical expertise with 40 years of motorsports experience, BFGoodrich Tires delivers tires for a full range of driving experiences from ultra-high-performance street to off-road terrain with one common theme — extreme performance. Come upgrade your performance with BFGoodrich and see where our tires can take you at www.BFGoodrichTires.com, on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/BFGoodrichTires or on Twitter at @BFGoodrichTires.

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 40 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 and webinars. For more information on the UFWDA log on to www.ufwda.org

About the BlueRibbon Coalition

The BlueRibbon 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).

About 4 Wheel Parts 

4 Wheel Parts is the global leader in off-road truck, Jeep and aftermarket performance products. With 69 locations across the U.S. and Canada and growing, 4 Wheel Parts Service Centers install all the products they sell. Maintaining the nation’s largest inventory of off-road tires, wheels, lift kits, and accessories, 4 Wheel Parts serves customers across the country and around the globe.  Life is Better Off-Road™.  Visit them at  4wheelparts.com  or call toll-free  877-474-4821.

Time is running out to comment on access to the beaches of the Outer Banks

For all of us looking to protect our access to the beaches of the Outer Banks, it’s important that we send emails and comment. The bird side of this issue are overwhelming us in numbers, simply because they are sending in form emails. It’s easy, copy the text, click on the link and paste the comment. We need to do the same or we will lose what’s left of our access. Use the following text or make up your own. Forward this to everyone you know and let’s make them know that we’re out here.

Thank you, 

John Nachman

President, CCFW

BOD, Va4WDA 

The following is text that you may copy and paste into the comments section for the Park Service comments

I would like to thank you for the opportunity to present my views on this important subject under consideration. Naturally loving to fish in the area of Hatteras Island, this matter is extremely important to myself and many other sportsmen. My preference would be to have all areas of the park open for full access at all times. But one must take into consideration the conservation side of this issue also. In my opinion a good balance can be achieved by choosing Alternative #3, but if not achievable, then Alternative #2 would be acceptable!

This is a link to the Park Service site to paste the above or make your own comments:

https://parkplanning.nps.gov/projectHome.cfm?projectID=59571

See below for more information:

Cape Hatteras Anglers Club

IMPORTANT NOTICE
Let’s work together on a problem that affects us all (BEACH ACCESS)

At last night’s Buxton meeting with NPS about 75 folks or so showed up. Mostly locals but all of us on the same page. We want more access. Dave Hallac, the park superintendent did a good job of presenting and talking and excusing NPS. The main thrust of the meeting over and over came back to how many letters the other side has generated on this issue. So, a bunch of rings through their nose environmentalist led by multi millionaire lobbyist are now going to rule the National Park Service simply by filling out form letters. Not on my watch.

You have until March 16 to write a letter. The easiest way is to go to NPS’s PEPC website and do it by email.     http://parkplanning.nps.gov/projectHome.cfm?projectID=59571

You can also get there by going to Island Free Press.

When you get there, go to the document list and then down to alternatives and take a read. When you get ready to comment, click on the Select a Document to review or the EA for the Consideration of Modifications.

I really think you have to take a look at the alternatives. I like 3 until I get to Permits and then I like 2. What nobody likes is that there is no alternative access being provided for Cape Point. Besides the fact that I think NPS is using this to dodge the fact that all of the Vehicle Free Areas are unused and too big in area and too hard to get to, the real issue is Cape Point. Dave Hallac tried to ration out the fact that the hook, cove, or south side of Cape Point is a nesting site for birds the real fact is that NPS just does not want to do the right thing. The VFA on the south side is 3 miles or so long and is inaccessible except by ORV. Cape Point was closed for half of last year and mostly for one non endangered chick and then for flooding from the east side. Had we been able to come from the NPS back road to the Old Bone road and out the south beach we would have had a lot more time to fish and recreate on the Point. We would do that with absolutely no pedestrians in sight. All of the inlets and Cape Point’s hook are simply unused.

To write the superintendent by mail:

Superintendent
Cape Hatteras National Seashore
1401 National Park Drive
Manteo, NC 27952

I think also since we are using ORV funds to build so many parking areas for pedestrians that it is time they step up and have a permit to walk in VFAs. A $25 permit and then NPS begins to get a feel for how many folks are really using the areas and they get more money to spend on access for pedestrians instead of leaving it up to us to pay it all.

Bob Eakes

Request for Information (RFI) Regarding Involving the Public in the Formulation of Forest Service Directives

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.

 

BFGoodrich® Tires Announces The 2015 Outstanding Trails Winners

BFGoodrich® Tires Announces The 2015 Outstanding Trails Winners

 Outstanding Trails Logo full color

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.

Bantam Jeep- Four Wheel Hero Project

The first stage of the fundraising through the crowd funding Indiegogo campaign will end this Sunday 10 May and we ask that you consider a donation to this project today.

There has been strong interest reported from foreign TV networks to buy the finished mini-series production. This is your chance to say “I helped get this program made to recognize the great heritage of today’s most recognizable 4×4”.

A lot of people with modest donations supporting this, can make a vital difference. Please don’t assume that someone else will provide the funding… this is where our recreation story starts and with your help, it can happen.

UFWDA will be a proud recipient to the success of the television mini-series production scheduled for this fall. Funds will be raised from network sales during the run of American Bantam: The 4-Wheel American Hero, and in the end, dividends will be split among the promoting veteran and OHV organizations, including UFWDA.
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The overall goal of American Bantam Jeep Movie is to raise $1,200,000 in 30 days to produce a historically accurate television mini-series which brings to light the little know truth behind the birth of an extremely popular modern day vehicle which helped to win World War II – the Jeep. The mini-series will be an inspirational and bittersweet accounting of the timely pioneering of this incredibly versatile and loved vehicle.

This June 12 -14 the team will be at the http://www.bantamjeepfestival.com/ Bantam Harvest Jeep Fest at Coopers Lake in Butler County, PA. Rt 422 off of I-79

Duncan and Kim Rolls will be there with a replica of the first BRC to come out of the American Bantam factory. Stop by their booth and make a donation, receive a gift.

Donors can receive a variety of perks and rewards like TV Series Branded Shirts, Jackets, Scripts, Posters and DVD’s, but the best prize is a chance to win a restored 1946 Willy’s CJ-2A, a 2015 Jeep Wrangler JK Unlimited ”Built”, or the top Perk being a 1940 BRC Pilot Prototype Replica, hand built by Duncan Rolls and his team. More details on rewards are on the website below.

The budget is $780,000 to $2,650,000, contingent upon additional casting considerations, network advances and corporate sponsorship. Using Indiegogo as the source for raising funds, the production company assured us that their goal of a quality, international rendition of the story can be produced for the Indiegogo budget alone of $1,200,000 with pre-production that commenced during the last week in April 2015.

That Indiegogo target is still a fair way off, so please get the message out to all four wheelers that their help is needed to tell this story.

50% of the net revenue will be donated in grants back to several leading national off-road stewardship associations, such as UFWDA and respected military veteran organizations as well.

With the success of this project, UFWDA should benefit from dividends that will help us to boost our legal advocacy for access to public lands.

Since MC2, Inc., the production principal, is a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit, up to 50% of all Indiegogo donations are tax deductible.

For many more details and to donate, check out the website www.4wheelhero.com.

 

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

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.

http://www.fs.fed.us/t-d/atv_trails_site/index.html

learn

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

build

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

manage

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