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Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (IDPR) invites members of the public to attend one of three open houses scheduled in August. The open houses will take place at the following dates and locations:

August 13, 2013
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

1.  Northern Idaho: Department of Lands Region Office, 3802 Industrial Ave, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho 83815
2.  Eastern Idaho: IDPR East Region Office, 4279 Commerce Circle, Suite B, Idaho Falls, Idaho 83401

August 15, 2013
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

3.      Southern Idaho: IDPR HQ Offices, 5657 Warm Springs Blvd, Boise, Idaho 83716

The Idaho Department of Parks of Recreation was tasked with analyzing recreational vehicle registrations in the state and making recommendations for how that process should be managed in the future.

The Idaho Department of Parks of Recreation was tasked with analyzing recreational vehicle registrations in the state and making recommendations for how that process should be managed in the future. The purpose of these open houses is to allow the public an opportunity to review and comment on the recommendations set forth by the recreational vehicle registration taskforce and consulting group hired by Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation.

There will be an open forum for public comment as well as an opportunity for a question and answer session with staff present.

Contact: Jennifer Okerlund, Communications Manager
(208) 514-2254;

Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation

PO Box 83720 • Boise ID 83720-0065 • 208-334-4199 • fax: 208-334-5232

Flathead National Forest Forest Plan updating

MONTANA: The Flathead National Forest is embarking on a multi-year process to update its Forest Plan, the document that guides how the forest manages your public lands. The Forest Plan provides direction for managing resources and activities such as recreation, fish and wildlife habitat, historic and sacred sites, vegetation, mineral exploration and development, and timber.
The Forest Service is holding 4 public field trips which will each focus on subject matter important to the Forest Plan. During these field trips the public is asked to share their values and the benefits they derive from the Flathead National Forest as well as provide input to help the forest staff accurately capture the current conditions on the forest.
Trips will run from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM (except for August 29 which includes a stop at the Spotted Bear Ranger District with a 5:00 PM return). The trips will begin and end at the Flathead County Fairgrounds with transportation provided.

1. August 8 – Forest vegetation and disturbances including fire, timber harvest, and forest products (Tally Lake Ranger District)

2. August 29 – Recreation settings, opportunities and access, native knowledge, existing wilderness and scenic character (Hungry Horse/Spotted Bear Ranger Districts)

3. September 12 – Terrestrial and aquatic habitats, threatened and endangered species, species of conservation concern, and invasive species (Swan Lake Ranger District)

4. September 26 – Inventoried roadless areas, recommended wilderness, and wild and scenic rivers (Glacier View Ranger District)
* Social science, economics, and the role and contributions of the Flathead National Forest will be a component of each of the field trips.
The information shared, and the feedback received, will be used to develop and finalize the assessment, determine needs for change, and to draft a proposed plan.
RSVP to Wade Muehlhof ( or 406-758-5252) at least one week before the field trip(s) you plan to attend. Visit the Flathead National Forest Plan Revision page to learn more.

Bighorn Basin Draft Resource Management Plan (RMP) and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)

WYOMING: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Cody and Worland field offices announce that supplemental analysis to the Bighorn Basin Draft Resource Management Plan (RMP) and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is available for a 90-day comment period. The supplement addresses priority sage-grouse habitat on public lands within Big Horn, Hot Springs, Park and Washakie counties.
In 2011, the BLM released the Bighorn Basin Draft RMP/EIS for public review and comment. As part of the BLM’s National Greater Sage-Grouse Planning Strategy, the public was invited to recommend areas on public lands that could be managed as Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC) because of their importance to sage-grouse and sage-grouse habitat. The supplement is available for review analyzes the proposed designation of two ACECs and other management actions applicable to sage-grouse and ACECs.
To provide the public with opportunities to ask questions and comment, the BLM will host meetings during the 90-day comment period.
September 4, 2013
5-7 p.m.
Powell: Park County Fairgrounds, Bicentennial Hall
655 East 5th Street
September 5, 2013
5-7 p.m.
Cody: Holiday Inn, Main Ballroom
1701 Sheridan Avenue
September 9, 2013
5-7 p.m.
Lovell: Community Center
1925 U.S. Highway 310
September 10, 2013
5-7 p.m.
Greybull: Big Horn County Weed and Pest Office
4782 U.S. Highway 310
September 11, 2013
5-7 p.m.
Thermopolis: Days Inn, Indian Room
115 East Park Street
September 12, 2013
5-7 p.m.
Worland: Community Center
1200 Culbertson Avenue
The comment period is July 12-Oct. 9, 2013. Comments will be considered before the BLM issues the Bighorn Basin Proposed RMP and Final EIS in 2014. Submit comments using the following methods:
Mail: Worland Field Office, Attn: RMP Project Manager, 101 South 23rd Street, Worland, WY 82401

Six Rivers National Forest workshop August 7

CALIFORNIA: The Six Rivers National Forest is hosting a workshop about the Smith River National Recreation Area Restoration and Motorized Travel Management Project. The workshop will share results from public scoping and provide an opportunity to have dialogue about the issues, proposed alternatives, and how to comment on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS).
The workshop will be August 7, 2013, from 6 to 8 pm at the Mountain Elementary School, 55 Azalea Lane, Gasquet, California.
This motorized travel management project proposes change the National Forest Transportation System to provide motorized access to dispersed recreation opportunities (camping, hunting, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, etc.); provide a diversity of motorized recreation opportunities; provide for administrative needs, and reduce ecological and cultural resource risk and maintenance costs.
For more information contact Christy Prescott, Project Team Leader, 707-441-3661.

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Contact your representative about the ‘Black Box Privacy Protection Act’

United Four Wheel Drive Associations (UFWDA) motorcycle equivalent organization the American Motorcycle Association (AMA), are supporting a Bill to protect your privacy from vehicle event data recorders. That Bill, the Black Box Privacy Protection Act is to be introduced by US Reps. Mike Capuano (D-Mass.) and Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.).

The bill will protect owners’ rights by requiring dealers to prominently disclose to consumers if an event data recorder, known as a black box, is installed in their vehicle, the data collection capabilities of such a device, and how such data may be used. The bill clarifies that the owner of the vehicle owns the data and it may not be accessed without the permission of the owner. Furthermore, this bill requires that manufacturers provide consumers with the option of controlling the recording function in future automobiles or motorcycles that are equipped with black boxes. In other words, the ability to turn the black box on or off.

Currently, no federal law exists that clarifies the rights of vehicle owners to ownership of the recorded data.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking requiring black boxes in all cars manufactured after Sept. 1, 2014. The NHTSA already has disclosure requirements, but the Black Box Privacy Protection Act would make the disclosure more prominent and give consumers even greater choice and privacy protections.

UFWDA support the moves by the AMA and the work of Reps. Capuano and Sensenbrenner and ask the 4×4 recreation community to urge your representative to become an original cosponsor to the Black Box Privacy Protection Act.

Attached is a pre-written letter, simply download and include your details, date and sign it, then send directly by mail or email to your representative, whose address details you can find at

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Book NOW for UFWDA Colorado meeting

Are you going to join UFWDA at our annual conference being held this year over June 26/27 at Manitou Springs in Colorado?

If you are, we suggest that you book accommodation immediately, as a few days later on June 30 is the annual Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in the same area. Accommodation will be in demand.

For information about the meeting and accommodation options, download the UNITED CONVENTION document. An update on ‘places of interest’ for those not in meetings is available.

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2013 BFG Outstanding Trails winners announced

United Four Wheel Drive Associations (UFWDA) attended the 2013 Easter Jeep Safari with BFGoodrich Tires and TreadLightly! to announce the winners of the BFG Outstanding Trails program, that’s dedicated to responsible use and conservation of off-roading. For 8+ years, the Outstanding Trails program has recognized over 30 off-road trails throughout the country and has awarded over $115,000 in support of trail conservation efforts.

The winners of the 2013 Outstanding Trails program, nominated for uniqueness, terrain type and enthusiast following, are:

Dutch John Trail at the Uwharrie National Forest in Troy, NC

Kansas Rocks Recreation Park in Mapleton, KS

Truckhaven in Salton Sea, CA