UFWDA is developing specific information to address forest certification issues in MN and how related issues brought up by anti-access organizations may impact OHV use in MN. Furthermore, UFWDA is addressing immediate access concerns and forest certification in MI and WI. While UFWDA is serving as the primary author of this information, we are working cooperatively with other national recreation organizations to ensure that third-party certifying bodies and standards organizations know that the recreation community is speaking with one voice on this important issue. UFWDA is partnering with American Council of Snowmobile Associations (ACSA), American Motorcyclist Association (AMA), Americans for Responsible Recreational Access (ARRA), BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC), Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC), National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC), and Specialty Vehicle Institute of America (SVIA).
There are three critical areas of concern regarding forest certification and its possible impact on 4x4 and other OHV access.
1) Forest Certification for state-managed forests.
2) Development of new Forest Certification Standards by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) pertaining directly to OHV use and management and its impact on certification availability.
3) Development of Forest Certification capabilities for federally-managed lands.
UFWDA is currently working on three related projects concerning forest certification and its impact on OHV access.
A) Authoring a joint letter to intervene in private complaint resolutions between the Forest Stewardship Council and the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy (MCEA) and Isaak Walton League of America (known collectively as MCEA).
B) Authoring one of 5 pillar documents in response to the Forest Stewardship Council review of FSC-US Standards; and
C) Development of advisory opinion to US Forest Service (USFS) regarding feasibility study of certification of national forests.
If you have concerns or information relating to forest certification and its impact on OHV management in your state or area please notify UFWDA at the LAND database athttps://online2.svia.org/Land/Default.aspx
Click on the red colored "click here to submit issue" button on the left side of the page. This database is monitored by the organizations listed above.
If you have any questions about certification and its impact on 4x4 or OHV use contact me at (757) 546-7969, email@example.com
, or through this forum.
Carla Boucher, Attorney
United Four Wheel Drive Associations