BFGoodrich® Tires Recognizes Beasley Knob OHV Area as Part of the 2008 Outstanding Trails
Blairsville, Ga (October 20, 2008) — Located in the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest just a few miles east of Blairsville, Ga., the Beasley Knob OHV Area was honored today by BFGoodrich® Tires as one of the 2008 Outstanding Trails. More than 50 off-road enthusiasts and members of the Georgia Bounty Runners 4WD club were in attendance as BFGoodrich Tires presented a grant to the club’s president. The grant will be used to preserve the scenic trails and continue conservation efforts for one of America’s picture-perfect areas for off-roading.
BFGoodrich Tires, working in conjunction with Tread Lightly!® and United Four Wheel Drive Associations (UFWDA), chose Beasley Knob as one of the 2008 Outstanding Trails for its experienced steep mountain terrain that offers off-roaders a wide variety of challenging rides. Many trails within the system are classified as difficult to most difficult and thus the area is recommended for experienced riders only.
“With a combination of steep and tight terrain, the Beasley Knob OHV Area provides just the right balance of leveled obstacles for the skilled off-roader, making it a great choice for the 2008 Outstanding Trails program,” said Gary Enterline, light truck product manager for BFGoodrich Tires. “As an off-road enthusiast myself, we’re honored to join with the Georgia Bounty Runners to help in the conservation efforts for this amazing off-road trail system.”
The Georgia Bounty Runners 4WD Club is an organization of 4WD enthusiasts dedicated to enjoying the backcountry experience while promoting safe and responsible use, family values, conservation, multi-use access, and camaraderie. They support the principles of TREAD Lightly! and welcome 4WD enthusiasts of all levels.
“We are so honored to have Beasley Knob named as one of the 2008 Outstanding Trails,” said Lane Bailey, president of the Georgia Bounty Runner. “The trail system offers experienced off-roaders a little bit of everything and we are so pleased that this grant money can be used for the future of preserving Beasley Knob OHV area and its many trails.”
Launched in 2006, the BFGoodrich Tires Outstanding Trails program is dedicated to the responsible use, and preservation of, off-road trails while providing aid in the trails’ conservation efforts. Over the past two years, the Outstanding Trails program has recognized 11 off-road trails in nine states and one in Canada. The program has also given $42,000 in grants to clubs and seen more than 1,700 participants in trail events.
The following additional five trails have also been selected as part of the 2008 BFGoodrich Tires Outstanding Trails program:
· Blacktail/Wild Bill OHV Trail located in the Flathead National Forest of Montana
· Iron Range OHV Recreational Area in Gilbert, Minnesota
· Quinn Trail that leads to Quinn Lake in Ottawa, Canada
· Pritchett Canyon, one of the toughest trails in Moab, Utah
· BlackCat Trail located on Superstition Mountain near San Diego, California
To learn more about these trails, visit the Outstanding Trails Web site at www.bfgoodrichtires.com/outstandingtrails
Both Tread Lightly! And UFWDA are non-profit organization dedicated to responsible and ethical outdoor recreation. BFGoodrich Tires collaborated with these two groups to select the finest off-road trails, and will continue to work with these organizations on restoration and education initiatives.
Tread Lightly!is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to proactively protect recreation access and opportunities. 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 the people who enjoy outdoor recreation with the needs of the environment and it’s leading the way to help remedy current and future recreation issues. Tread Lightly! is proud to be recognized by the USDA Forest Service and its partner actively engaged in collaborating to implement solutions to the problem associated with outdoor recreation.
United Four Wheel Drive Associations (UFWDA)
United Four Wheel Drive Associations is the world’s leading representative of all-brand four wheel-drive enthusiasts. UFWDA benefits, developed and tested true over the past 30 years, include four wheel drive safety and awareness education; user ethics programs such 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 connect members globally and instantaneously; and unrestrained member access to its full-time legislative advocate and nationally-recognized attorney working exclusively for four wheel drive enthusiasts to protect access and prevent road and trail closures. For more information on the UFWDA log on to www.ufwda.org
or call toll free 1-800-44-UFWDA (800-448-3932).
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