Category Archives: United News

April 2014 eNews

  • Drive on the Beach of Cape Hatteras National Seashore
  • PA Jeeps Scholarship Fund
  • AMA update on Johnson Valley
  • A Successful Day on Capitol Hill – TN OHV & SFWDA in action
  • VA4WDA 2014 Annual Meeting
  • Recreation Community Urges Recreation Enhancement, Not Just Fees
  • 4WD Sponsoring Three Trails for Easter Jeep Safari
  • PA DCNR recreation survey
  • Dynatrac, Superlift and Falken Tire Host EJS Bunny Run 7
  • Epic Decision for Glamis Sand Recreation
  • eNews April 14

Epic decision for Glamis sand recreation

Barely a month following argument, U.S. District Judge Susan Illston of the U.S. Northern District Court of California yesterday issued a long-awaited decision on the 2013 ISDRA management plan, ruling almost entirely on the side of the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and sand-rider organizations, and against the latest challenge led by the Center for Biological Diversity. The ruling sets the stage for implementation of the 2013 plan, which would allow resumption of access to areas placed off-limits to riders through “interim” closures imposed over a decade ago.

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Recreational Trails Program support needed

There is a wonderful opportunity to boost awareness of and support for the Recreational Trails Program within the United States Senate.  However, we have to take action immediately!
 U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Jim Risch (R-ID), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Richard Burr (R-NC) released a Dear Colleague letter soliciting signatures for a letter to Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, and Senator David Vitter (R-LA), Ranking Member on the Committee, supporting the continuation of the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) in the next surface transportation authorization bill.  Attached are their Dear Colleague request and the planned letter to the EPW leadership.

Please share this information with your membership and ask them to contact their Members of the U.S. Senate (except, of course, Senators Klobuchar, Risch, Shaheen, Burr, Boxer and Vitter) and request that they sign on to the letter supporting the continuation of the RTP in the next surface transportation authorization bill.  Our basic message is that the RTP is a very effective, user-pay/user-benefit program and a proven success story.  It serves as the foundation for state trail programs across the country, benefits motorized and non-motorized trail users alike, leverages significant additional support for trails, encourages productive cooperation among trail users, and facilitates healthy outdoor recreation and associated, badly needed economic activity in countless communities throughout the nation.

Time is very short.  The deadline for Senators’ response is noon on Wednesday, April 9th.

Thanks very much for your help.

Cathy Ahern

Catherine A. Ahern
American Recreation Coalition and Coalition for Recreational Trails
1200 G Street, N.W., Suite 650
Washington, D.C.  20005

2014 4 1 RTP Dear Colleague letter Signed


March 2014 eNews


  • SFWDA New Association Logo,
  • U.S. House passes bill to overturn ORV plan for Outer Banks,
  • BFGoodrich® Tires Call for Entries for 2014 Outstanding Trails Program,
  • Land Management Planning Rule,
  • Replacing your Catalytic Converter,
  • ‘Voice’ needs a cover photo,
  • 2014 Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival,
  • Wallowa-Whitman National Forest – Planning,
  • AMA identify changes in BLM fees,
  • Cibola National Forest MVUM,
  • Roads and Wilderness???
  • The top 3 4WD tracks in the Gladstone region
  • eNews March 2014

UFWDA welcome OutdoorX4 magazine

With its charter issue in late December, charter subscriptions to the new magazine OutdoorX4 are now available.

OutdoorX4 is focused on providing engaging content that inspire adventurers and families alike to get out and explore responsibly, whether it’s in a 4×4 vehicle, dual-sport motorcycle, or using various modes of transportation to get out and enjoy the outdoors.

Charter subscriptions are only $25 annually ($30 Canada, $55 International) and include the following:
– Six issues (print & digital) offered bi-monthly in perfect-bound format
– OutdoorX4 decal
– DVD copy of “Nature Propelled”, a film about utilizing the natural elements to explore

October 2013 eNews

  • Sand Lick Road Update,
  • Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival,
  • Coral Pink Sand Dunes,
  • Minnesota Hunting Season OHV Restrictions,
  • 8 Stunning Fall Drives through a National Forest,
  • SnoFari January 24 / 25 2014,
  • Toys for Tots,
  • WOHVA Update October ‘13,
  • UFWDA online magazine ‘Voice’,
  • Recreation Survey to be conducted on Wayne National Forest,
  • National Forests Remain  Accessible,
  • Hunters are OHV users too,
  • City car rentals put brake on 4WD lease during vacations,
  • Thinking of Easter Safari 2014?
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CALIFORNIA Sierra National Forest Upcoming Public Meetings in August

For information on the planning process or public meetings visit:


Technical In-Person Meeting
Friday, Aug 16, 2013
1 to 4PM
Sierra National Forest Supervisor’s Office, 1600 Tollhouse Road, Clovis, CA 93611

General Public Meeting
Saturday, Aug 17, 2013
1 to 4 p.m.
Holiday Inn – Fresno Airport, Fresno, CA. 5090 E. Clinton Way, Fresno, CA 93727

Public Meeting via webinar
Tuesday, Aug 20, 2013
Webinar address to be announced

For questions contact Rebecca Garcia, SNF Public Affairs Officer (559) 297-0706 extension 4804 or



Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (IDPR) invites members of the public to attend one of three open houses scheduled in August. The open houses will take place at the following dates and locations:

August 13, 2013
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

1.  Northern Idaho: Department of Lands Region Office, 3802 Industrial Ave, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho 83815
2.  Eastern Idaho: IDPR East Region Office, 4279 Commerce Circle, Suite B, Idaho Falls, Idaho 83401

August 15, 2013
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

3.      Southern Idaho: IDPR HQ Offices, 5657 Warm Springs Blvd, Boise, Idaho 83716

The Idaho Department of Parks of Recreation was tasked with analyzing recreational vehicle registrations in the state and making recommendations for how that process should be managed in the future.

The Idaho Department of Parks of Recreation was tasked with analyzing recreational vehicle registrations in the state and making recommendations for how that process should be managed in the future. The purpose of these open houses is to allow the public an opportunity to review and comment on the recommendations set forth by the recreational vehicle registration taskforce and consulting group hired by Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation.

There will be an open forum for public comment as well as an opportunity for a question and answer session with staff present.

Contact: Jennifer Okerlund, Communications Manager
(208) 514-2254;

Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation

PO Box 83720 • Boise ID 83720-0065 • 208-334-4199 • fax: 208-334-5232

Flathead National Forest Forest Plan updating

MONTANA: The Flathead National Forest is embarking on a multi-year process to update its Forest Plan, the document that guides how the forest manages your public lands. The Forest Plan provides direction for managing resources and activities such as recreation, fish and wildlife habitat, historic and sacred sites, vegetation, mineral exploration and development, and timber.
The Forest Service is holding 4 public field trips which will each focus on subject matter important to the Forest Plan. During these field trips the public is asked to share their values and the benefits they derive from the Flathead National Forest as well as provide input to help the forest staff accurately capture the current conditions on the forest.
Trips will run from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM (except for August 29 which includes a stop at the Spotted Bear Ranger District with a 5:00 PM return). The trips will begin and end at the Flathead County Fairgrounds with transportation provided.

1. August 8 – Forest vegetation and disturbances including fire, timber harvest, and forest products (Tally Lake Ranger District)

2. August 29 – Recreation settings, opportunities and access, native knowledge, existing wilderness and scenic character (Hungry Horse/Spotted Bear Ranger Districts)

3. September 12 – Terrestrial and aquatic habitats, threatened and endangered species, species of conservation concern, and invasive species (Swan Lake Ranger District)

4. September 26 – Inventoried roadless areas, recommended wilderness, and wild and scenic rivers (Glacier View Ranger District)
* Social science, economics, and the role and contributions of the Flathead National Forest will be a component of each of the field trips.
The information shared, and the feedback received, will be used to develop and finalize the assessment, determine needs for change, and to draft a proposed plan.
RSVP to Wade Muehlhof ( or 406-758-5252) at least one week before the field trip(s) you plan to attend. Visit the Flathead National Forest Plan Revision page to learn more.