Category Archives: United News

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

UFWDA welcome OutdoorX4 magazine

With its charter issue in late December, charter subscriptions to the new magazine OutdoorX4 are now available.

OutdoorX4 is focused on providing engaging content that inspire adventurers and families alike to get out and explore responsibly, whether it’s in a 4×4 vehicle, dual-sport motorcycle, or using various modes of transportation to get out and enjoy the outdoors.

Charter subscriptions are only $25 annually ($30 Canada, $55 International) and include the following:
– Six issues (print & digital) offered bi-monthly in perfect-bound format
– OutdoorX4 decal
– DVD copy of “Nature Propelled”, a film about utilizing the natural elements to explore

October 2013 eNews

  • Sand Lick Road Update,
  • Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival,
  • Coral Pink Sand Dunes,
  • Minnesota Hunting Season OHV Restrictions,
  • 8 Stunning Fall Drives through a National Forest,
  • SnoFari January 24 / 25 2014,
  • Toys for Tots,
  • WOHVA Update October ‘13,
  • UFWDA online magazine ‘Voice’,
  • Recreation Survey to be conducted on Wayne National Forest,
  • National Forests Remain  Accessible,
  • Hunters are OHV users too,
  • City car rentals put brake on 4WD lease during vacations,
  • Thinking of Easter Safari 2014?
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CALIFORNIA Sierra National Forest Upcoming Public Meetings in August

For information on the planning process or public meetings visit:


Technical In-Person Meeting
Friday, Aug 16, 2013
1 to 4PM
Sierra National Forest Supervisor’s Office, 1600 Tollhouse Road, Clovis, CA 93611

General Public Meeting
Saturday, Aug 17, 2013
1 to 4 p.m.
Holiday Inn – Fresno Airport, Fresno, CA. 5090 E. Clinton Way, Fresno, CA 93727

Public Meeting via webinar
Tuesday, Aug 20, 2013
Webinar address to be announced

For questions contact Rebecca Garcia, SNF Public Affairs Officer (559) 297-0706 extension 4804 or



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.

June 2013 eNews

  • Jim Mazzola ponders…
  • Read UFWDFA ‘Voice’
  • UFWDA 2013 AGM June 26 – 30
  • Buy a ticket NOW
  • A Weekend in Alaska?
  • 12th Annual Blessing of the Jeeps
  • Alpine 14ers on Red Elephant Hill
  • The ‘real’ OHV numbers!
  • Stop Press from the Bantam Festival
  • Could this technique be used to 4×4 advantage?
  • The worst trail user
  • Government’s Shocking Interference in Rancher’s Life
  • Carnegie State Vehicular Recreation Area expansion plans
  • Regional plan helps drive 4WD tourism push
  • Cal4 stay very busy
  • New Zealand Group Issues Safety Alert
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