A useful conversation is nice and generally leads to better understanding... there are two points here that I can address from when I was on the board... because I hear them over and over and they make no sense at all:
But I see this as just another example of UFWDA's bias towards their hometown and most active associations.
Well since by the most active I assume you mean largest (since no one is really Active - except perhaps just before convention) associations are not the ones you are thinking of.. they would be in the southern /western & central part of the country - so how would something going to Great Lakes be that? The Web Award went to Australia. If they were catering to where their money / activity comes from then why didn't those southern / central / western organiztions win the awards you are referring too?
When I was on the BOD of UFWDA the west coast accused John Stewart and UFWDA of only caring about the east coast.. the east coast organizations accused UFWDA of only caring about CA. The organizations in the middle of the country claimed that UFWDA only cared about the two coasts.
A group of 10 or 12 people can not do everything for everyone from coast to coast - they have to choose and generally they choose the items that have national impact and when people pick up the phone and ask for help... Sometimes that things can't be communicated in a way that is make "sense" and "seems" as though it is taking care of everyone.. but they do try. And constantly they are attacked instead of simply asking questions.
UFWDA does a poor job in PR - in fact they have no PR Director and desperately need one. And hopefully getting the right person (or persons) to do this job will off set some of this issue.. but this issue isn't new to UFWDA and it really really does need to be addressed.
The "action map" showed that UF didn't do anything on the ground in Utah,
Steve have you contacted UFWDA and ask for help with something (other then the advertisement defending the businesses in Moab a couple of years back which UFWDA did help with)? Now that would be a discussion worth having with the BOD - although perhaps in private forum first.
As for the Action map:
The work on the map is consistent with people who have called and asked for help.. it shows "STATE SPECIFIC ISSUES". It doesn't show things like national travel plan and work done at the national level or cover lawsuits - it pertains to specific items where people have called and asked for help.
Let's talk about the NPS Lawsuit for example.. the precedence set there if Blue Water wins could eventually set a precedence that might require federal land managers (read National Parks, FS and BLM) close their doors to ALL Motorized Activity until such time that the travel plans are completed. How many areas do you think would be reopend? What will happen to most of the trail in Moab or COLORADO if that was to pass?
Anyway I just wanted to clarify those point.s...