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November 2012 eNews

  • US Forest Service (USFS) and UFWDA sign a MOU
  • Land use and UFWDA
  • The war is heating up
  • Wilderness and Roadless Area Release Act of 2011
  • UFWDA Voice
  • Moab and Easter Safari
  • Shortcuts to Landuse and Volunteerism
  • UFWDA on Facebook
  • The  Devil’s  Staircase
  • Where do you want to ride today?
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US Forest Service (USFS) and UFWDA sign a MOU

A positive step forward has been achieved in on-going efforts to build relationships with public land managers by UFWDA and was negotiated by Carla Boucher, the UFWDA legal advocate, who stated:

“The recently signed Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) between the US Forest Service (USFS) and UFWDA indicates strongly the desire of both the Forest Service and UFWDA to express our common support for four wheel drive motor vehicle use recreationally on lands managed by the US Forest Service.

The intention between UFWDA and USFS is to foster and maintain the best cooperative partnership we can.  It is important to the progress that UFWDA clubs and associations make on the care and use of roads and trails managed by the USFS, as it outlines both the commitment of four wheel drive motor vehicle enthusiasts to care for the land and a commitment on the part of the agency to continue to view 4×4 recreational use as a legitimate form of recreation.

The MOU is an outward sign of the relationship both parties currently enjoy at both a national level and a local level and signals the strength of the relationship between UFWDA and the USFS for 4×4 motor vehicle access.”


The US Department of Agriculture, Forest Service provides multiple opportunities for visitors to enjoy outdoor recreation on National Forest Service lands.

UFWDA is a USA based, international 4×4 organization established in 1978 and working to maintain motorized access to public and private lands, while advocating sustainability.

To get a copy of the MOU please follow this link


ASHEVILLE, NC (September 21, 2012) — The United States effectively walked away from its substantial investment in a sizable portion of the Nantahala National Forest as a result of a recent ruling in the U.S. Western District of North Carolina rejecting four-wheel drive enthusiast efforts to re-open some portion of the Upper Tellico OHV System. The ruling, issued on September 19, came in a lawsuit filed by Southern Four Wheel Drive Association, United Four Wheel Drive Associations, and BlueRibbon Coalition. The suit contended the U.S. Forest Service overlooked required procedures and otherwise acted illegally in closing the 39 miles of trail in the System to motorized access.

The Court ruled against the enthusiast organizations, the Court ultimately concluded “[t]he decision of the Forest Service was not arbitrary, capricious, or an abuse of discretion, and it was in accordance with the law. Having conducted ‘a searching and careful, but ultimately narrow and highly deferential inquiry,’ the Court concludes that the Forest Service followed the proper procedures and that there is a rational basis for its decision.” The System represented the remnants of a network of former logging roads and skid trails purchased by the United States in 1980 and officially opened as a “high challenge” area in 1986.

“We are obviously disappointed by this result, but knew that we faced long odds in this case” said Roger Theurer, Past President of Southern Four Wheel Drive Association. “We realize the agency has broad discretion, but are incredibly frustrated that they exercised that discretion to walk away from rather than find an effective management solution for the System. It should concern more than just four-wheelerswhen the federal agency would rather run for cover in the courts than craft a solution on the ground,” Theurer observed.

The System was located in a remote and difficult to access portion of the Forest which historically received little attention other than from the four-wheel drive community, who came to attach iconic significance to the Tellico System. As part of the closure decision, a Forest Service contractor has obliterated the former trails and left a maze of boulders and fallen trees in their place, making the former routes inaccessibleto all but the most determined hiker.

“We released an update to our enthusiasts during this case called ‘Tellico – Alamo’ which today seems sadly prescient” stated Greg Mumm, BlueRibbon Executive Director. “Within and beyond our land managing agencies exist strong opponents to meaningful human access and recreation, and we would be wise to learn from Tellico and heed their next project,” Mumm concluded.

The Court document can be downloaded from

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United Four Wheel Drive Associations is an international organization comprised of four wheel drive enthusiasts, clubs, associations, and businesses dedicated to providing community services around the world, education in responsible land use and safe vehicle operation, and protection of our natural resources through conservation practices.1-800-448-3932.

The BlueRibbon Coalition is a national recreation group that champions responsible use of public and private lands, and encourages individual environmental stewardship. It represents over 10,000 individual members and 1,200 organization and business members, for a combined total of over 600,000 recreationists nationwide. 1-800-258-3742.

Southern Four Wheel Drive Association (SFWDA) was founded in 1987 to promote responsible land use and to keep public lands accessible for motorized recreation. For more information on the activities and accomplishments of Southern Four Wheel Drive Association, please visit .

Annual 4WD Jeep Jamboree

Over $10,000 in prizes!

Two day event: September 28 and 29 (Friday and Saturday)
4Wheel Drive Hardware – Columbiana, OH View Map

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Join us for our annual Jamboree presented by 4Wheel Drive Hardware.

  • Due to the local high school football team having a home football game, we are unable to run our annual parade through Columbiana. We will still be having Jeep festivities at our facility Friday night – stay tuned for more details.
  • Vendor Displays
  • Come Rain or Shine
  • Food
  • Events – Rock Crawl, Mud Pit, Obstacle Course, Show-n-Shine plus many more!
    Bring lawn chair, camping chair or blanket to watch our events or enjoy seating in our bleachers.
  • No pets, alcohol or glass bottles permitted on the grounds.
  • Jeep Only Event

Admission is Free

The entrance to this event is on the backside of 4WD. Follow the signs along state route 14 to the entrance through the industrial park.

BFGoodrich® Tires Announces 2012 Outstanding Trails

MOAB, Utah (April 4, 2012) – BFGoodrich® Tires, in collaboration with  United Four Wheel Drive Associations (UFWDA) and Tread Lightly!, today announced the trails selected for its 2012 Outstanding Trails program.  Nominated for uniqueness, terrain type and enthusiast following, the trails selected for this year’s program are Blanca Peak Trail in Blanca, Colo.; Mirror Lake Trail in Sierra National Forest, Calif.; and Bents and Dents Trail in Mount Olive, Ala.

Launched in 2006, the Outstanding Trails Program is dedicated to the responsible use and preservation of off-road trails while promoting the trails’ conservation efforts.  To help with costs associated with the trail’s conservation efforts, BFGoodrich Tires will also present a grant to the associated off-road clubs at events throughout the year.

“We’re proud to see the amount of support and attention that the Outstanding Trails program has received over the last seven years,” said Renato Silva, light-truck brand category manager for BFGoodrich Tires.  “We’ve met 29 tremendous clubs and their volunteers along the way, and all of them are equally passionate about spreading the message of responsible four-wheeling.  It’s been great to work side by side with them to help maintain some of North America’s most beautiful trails.”

BFGoodrich® Tires 2012 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 and educate off-road enthusiasts on the responsible use of the trails.  The clubs will also receive a $4,000 grant for preserving the scenic off-highway trail system and continue conservation efforts for three of America’s most beautiful areas for off-roading.

  • Blanca Peak Trail, nominated in 2011, is a rocky six-mile trail with many granite outcroppings. It offers many challenging obstacles, including Jaws 1–4, as well as views of the valley, Como Lake and spectacular mountain scenery.  The trail is maintained by Creeper Jeepers Gang, a family oriented 4-Wheel Drive club, which promotes safe and environmentally sensitive off-road recreation and family.
  • Mirror Lake Trail, also nominated in 2011, is located in the Sierra National Forest about 13 miles east of Shaver Lake on Highway 168.  The trail features beautiful lake scenery with steep boulders and large hills for the more experienced off-roader. The trail is maintained by Lock and Low 4-Wheel Drive Club, which promotes family four-wheeling and fosters safety and education of responsible four-wheeling. Lock and Low is an active member of the California Association of Four Wheel Drive Clubs
  • Bents and Dents Trail is one of the premier trails in a vast trail system of extreme obstacles at Gray Rock ORV Park in Mount Olive, Ala. The trail is one of the most extreme and versatile trails at the park, with lines to accommodate vehicles with a variety of modifications. The Bents and Dents trail starts in a valley and winds its way uphill to a large rock garden area with various ledges and rock sizes. For the most extreme drivers and rigs there is an alternate line at the top end of the trail on the right side called the lunch line it is ridiculously steep and off camber. This trail, as well as many others in the area, is maintained by Central Alabama Offroad Society (C.A.O.S.), which promotes safe family oriented four-wheeling from mild to wild.

“For the past seven years, UFWDA has been honored to be a partner in this program alongside BFGoodrich Tires and Tread Lightly!,” said Todd Ockert, former UFWDA Director of Environmental Affairs.  “The three trails and clubs nominated in 2012 are top notch, and it was personally a pleasure to nominate Mirror Lake Trail and the Visalia Lock and Low Club for this award. They are dedicated to maintaining Mirror Lake Trail and working well with the Forest Service to enable public access to Mirror Lake.”

About the Outstanding Trails Program

The BFGoodrich® Tires Outstanding Trails program was established in 2006 to raise awareness for responsible use and preservation of off-road trails while providing support in the trails’ conservation efforts.  Through 2011, the Outstanding Trails program has recognized 27 off-road trails and 27 clubs across 16 states and two trails in Canada.  The program has provided more than $100,000 in grants in support of the various trails conservation efforts.

Both Tread Lightly!® and UFWDA are non-profit organizations dedicated to responsible and ethical outdoor recreation.  BFGoodrich Tires collaborated with these two groups to select the finest off-road trails and continues to work with these organizations on restoration and education initiatives.

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 30 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 unlimited member access to its full-time legislative advocate and nationally recognized attorney who works exclusively for four-wheel-drive enthusiasts to protect access and prevent road and trail closures.  For more information on the UFWDA log on to or call 1-800-44-UFWDA (800-448-3932).

Tread Lightly! is a national nonprofit organization with a mission to promote responsible recreation through ethics education and stewardship.  Tread Lightly!’s strategic educational message, along with its training and restoration initiatives, are designed to instill an ethic of responsibility in outdoor enthusiasts and the industries that serve them. The program is long-term in scope with a goal to balance the needs of those who enjoy outdoor recreation with the needs of the environment. The federal government recognizes this by acknowledging Tread Lightly!® as a sole-source service provider of education and training on how to be environmentally and socially responsible while using motorized and mechanized vehicles in off-highway settings.

Using motorsports as a proving ground for more than 40 years, BFGoodrich® Tires is involved in every type of racing, including oval, sports car, drag, desert, dirt, rally and extreme rock crawling. BFGoodrich Tires combines technological expertise with vast motorsports experience, delivering a high-performance tire for every type of vehicle. Visit BFGoodrich Tires at, on Facebook at or on Twitter at

March 2012 eNews

  • Outstanding Trails urgent call for nominations by March 22
  • RTP may not die
  • UFWDA quick survey
  • UFWDA 4×4 Awareness Training
  • UFWDA ‘Winter’ Voice
  • Push to reappoint Daphne Greene to OHMVR
  • 2012 UFWDA Annual General Meeting
  • Cape Hatteras update
  • UFWDA ‘forum’
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The United Four Wheel Drive Associations are sending their Legislative Advocate to Washington DC in early February to discuss the pending Surface Transportation bill that eliminates the dedicated funding mechanism, upon which the entire Recreational Trails Program (RTP) relies.  Without dedicated funding, administrating entities do not have to fund the RTP.  While the Program would still exist in name, it is extremely doubtful that adequate funding would be supplied without Federal direction.

UFWDA will be joining over a dozen other recreational organizations to help ensure this critically important program is continued without interruption or degradation of the program.  Activities include meetings with several Legislators and their Staff to inform them of the importance the “user-pay, user-benefit” RTP Program has had across the country.  UFWDA  are seeking meetings with the following key legislators, or their staff, on RTP – Rep. Candice Miller (R-Michigan), Rep. Don Young, (R-Alaska), Rep. Heath Schuler (D-NC), Rep. John Duncan (R-TN), Rep, Michael Michaud, (D-ME), Rep. Tim Johnson, (R-IL).  Millions of dollars annually are returned to the States for use improving their motorized and non-motorized trail systems, utilizing the fuel taxes paid by recreationist use of motor vehicles off-highway.

When considering recreation, RTP is one of the nation’s most beneficial programs ever devised.  Please watch for future press releases by UFWDA about this critical topic.  UFWDA anticipates a need for grass-roots supporters to contact their Representatives in the very near future if we are going to rectify the current RTOP funding issues.

To follow this subject, check the UFWDA forum topic