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Category: Press Releases
Date: November 6, 2008
National Motorized Recreation Leaders Continue Issues Dialogue
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT CARLA BOUCHER – 757-546-7969
UFWDA and other national recreation organizations have been meeting bi-monthly to discuss land use and legal issues important to motorized recreation and to coordinate efforts and pool resources where practical. The organizations represented in these forum discussions include American Council of Snowmobile Associations, the American Motorcyclist Association, Americans for Responsible Recreational Access, the BlueRibbon Coalition, the Motorcycle Industry Council, the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council, the Off-Road Business Association, the Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association, the Specialty Vehicle Institute of America, Tread Lightly!, and United Four Wheel Drive Associations.
The most recent face-to-face forum took place in Las Vegas last week in conjunction with the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show on November 6, 2008. Topics from their July, 2008 meeting in Washington D.C., as well as new topics unique to the newly changing political environment after the elections, were discussed.
Upcoming issues important to recreational access include reauthorization of the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) and the need to address proposed Wilderness designation likely to be introduced in the 111th Congress. On-going topics of concern include the US Forest Service transportation management planning, Bureau of Land Management ORV route designation, and national and state-wide forest certification issues, particularly for states such as Minnesota, Michigan, and Wisconsin and adoption of a forest certification policy by the US Forest Service.
“Our organizations have collectively accomplished a great deal through these meetings over the past 2 years”, stated Carla Boucher, attorney for United Four Wheel Drive Associations. “The importance of discussing emerging threats to motorized recreation access and the impact of utilizing coordinated responses to those most important to our sport can not be understated”, Boucher said.
United Four Wheel Drive Associations (UFWDA) UFWDA is the world’s leading association of all-brand four wheel drive enthusiasts and is dedicated to protecting, promoting, and providing for 4x4 recreation opportunities across the globe. UFWDA is a group of individuals, clubs, state, regional, provincial and national associations and businesses in the United States and around the world; our members span the globe from the U.S. and Canada, New Zealand, Australia, England, Japan, South Africa, and Iceland. If you would like more information on how you can be a part of this effort contact United Four Wheel Drive Associations today at 14525 SW Millikan Way #22622, Beaverton, OR 97005-2343, 1-800-448-3932 or visit www.ufwda.org