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
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.
|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.
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.
- 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
For around 25 years, UFWDA have run an occasional survey to get a picture of our recreation and its participants. We welcome participation in this survey, which should take less than 15 minutes of your time, but will be valuable to UFWDA.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org; or the MCAGCC Public Affairs Office at 760-830-6213; email: SMBPLMSWEBPAO@usmc.mil.
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
United Four Wheel Drive Associations Inc. (UFWDA) were delighted to award their 2014 Environmental Affairs Four Wheeler of the Year Award to Chris Brower of the Carolina Trail Blazers Club (a Southern Four Wheel Drive Association and UFWDA member club) to recognize on an international level, the significant achievements of individuals to recreational four wheeling.
About a year and a half ago, Chris recognized a need to become the liaison to the Uwharrie National Forest for the Carolina Trail Blazers Club. This position coordinates with the Forest Service and other 4×4 clubs to develop a schedule and work tasks for work days on the OHV system in the Forest. Chris has taken ownership of this position and has excelled past all expectations.
Before Chris took this position there was a small effort to coordinate the workdays by whoever was available that weekend. There was not an overall strategic plan with a set of defined objectives for the effort. Chris changed that. He has work crew supervisors to direct the work depending on the type of work to be done and has brought unparalleled organization and structure to the work days.
“Chris has been an incredible asset to the OHV trails on Uwharrie, and is willing to put the time in to make the volunteer program a real success. The Forest Service relies on volunteers to manage our trail systems and without those dedicated few who are willing to go the extra step, we would not be able to make the most of this program.” said Deborah Walker, District Ranger, Uwharrie National Forest.
Chris Brower (aka Snappy) has been a tremendous inspiration, volunteer, motivator, leader, worker, and cheerleader and shows passion that is contagious in our 4×4 community. If not for the efforts of Chris, we would have seen more closures of trails at Uwharrie, the last real place to ride in North Carolina!