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Welcome to the November 2021
UFWDA eNews 


 
From The Top
I have to apologize to the members who logged on for the Annual Meeting.  Due to technical problems, the Zoom meeting did not work from the SEMA Show.  We did have some people in the meeting room from Southern Four Wheel Drive Association and we had a wonderful discussion.  I will share the details when we reschedule the meeting for the week of after Thanksgiving..  I look forward to sharing some of the news from this week at the SEMA Show.  Again I apologize for the technical problems and look forward to seeing you at our rescheduled meeting.  We will send out the new link next week.
  
Steve Egbert 
UFWDA president

Paper maps and waypoints can be invaluable navigation resources while traveling overland

From Outdoorx4

"In April 2008, Four Wheeler magazine published an article titled “101 Places to Wheel Before You Die – Global.” Two things struck me about the article: First, many of the places mentioned I would consider overlanding destinations rather than “wheeling” opportunities. Second, the list included Camp Six road in Belize, a route I had already attempted and knew a lot about. Apart from the mud and jungle, one thing stuck out in my memory: the challenge we had finding the road in the first place. Curious, I took the waypoint given in the Four Wheeler article and compared it with my own"

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 From the NOHVCC website...
 
Help The Forest Service Implement It’s 10-Year Trail Shared Stewardship Challenge By Completing This Survey!

Note from the USFS:

Greetings, Forest Service Partners

The Washington Office Trails Team is working with a graduate student at the University of Colorado Denver to conduct a survey to provide insights into the experiences and perceptions of trail volunteers and partners working with the Forest Service.

Per trailing message, we’re hoping you’ll Click Here to Take the Survey by Saturday, November 20. PLEASE SHARE WIDELY. We’d appreciate responses from as many partners and volunteers as possible from the national, regional, forest and district levels.

Survey results will help inform implementation of the Forest Service’s 10-Year Trail Shared Stewardship Challenge (Trail Challenge) which is focused on working in shared stewardship with partners and volunteers to increase our collective capacity to maintain trails and increase trail sustainability. We conducted a similar survey to gain insights into the perceptions and experiences of Forest Service trail program employees earlier this year. Those survey results have been instrumental in identifying areas we can put more focus to help remove barriers or provide more support.

Click here to read more and to take the survey.

Keeping UFWDA alive still

An annual meeting is when the direction of an organization is determined  by the members and their choice of association officers.  It is an opportunity to inject fresh volunteers to guide United and for that to happen we need people to step up to take on the various roles of the Board of Directors (BoD). The term of office is for two years.

A personal disappointment for me over recent years, has been the lack of a 'project'  that UFWDA could use to advance our profile and advocacy for our recreation.  United, as a widely representative organization, is not ideally positioned to take on those many local and regional issues impacting 4x4 recreation, with most of those best dealt with by those 'on the ground' but with guidance where needed from United.  I'm hoping that as a result of informal discussion with members at the failed SEMA based annual meeting, Steve Egbert might have identified a 'project' that United can get behind.

It does not matter if there is already someone in a BoD role, if you believe you have the ability to take on that role and maybe do it better or differently, then join the rescheduled annual meeting and put your 'hat in the ring', or contact Steve beforehand to advise your interest.
(Section 4. TERM OF OFFICE. Each Director shall hold office for two years or until a successor is duly elected. Terms of Directors shall be staggered, the President, International Vice President, and Director of Membership elected every even year and Vice-President, Director of Public Relations, Director of Environmental Affairs, and Treasurer elected every odd year).
 
Peter Vahry,
UFWDA international vice-president
UFWDA editor
UFWDA ambassador 

RPM ACT REINTRODUCED IN U.S. SENATE FOR 2021—ACT NOW!

Our voices have been heard once again! After receiving more than 1.5 million letters from enthusiasts like you, the Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports Act (RPM Act) has been reintroduced in both the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate in the 2021-2022 session of Congress!

The RPM Act must be enacted into law to guarantee your right to modify street cars, trucks, and motorcycles into dedicated race vehicles, and ensure that industry can offer parts that enable racers to compete.

More than ever, now is not the time to take our feet off the gas. Even if you’ve previously contacted your lawmakers about the RPM Act, we need your voice once again now that the bill has officially returned for consideration in both houses of Congress in 2021! Tell your federal officials to do their part to finally save racing from government threat by supporting and passing the RPM Act into law this year.

CONTACT LAWMAKER(S)

SIGNING THE LETTER ONLY TAKES A MOMENT. EVERY LETTER COUNTS!

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Off-roading enthusiasts press 4WD vehicles into pulling stranded vehicles, people to dry ground

Yes, it's a worldwide pattern Ed.

Off-roading enthusiasts find firm ground where none exists. They find it inching up inclines. They find it plunging into pits. And they also find it wading into waters. With torque fed to all four wheels, their 4WD machines unbox the first two experiences for them. Snorkels turn 4WDs into something of a dabbling duck and offer the experience of “water crossing”, a hallowed chapter in any play-book for off-roaders. During the recent rains, off-roading enthusiasts are thumbing through this chapter, ironically “on-road” at GN Chetty Road, North Crescent Road, Sixth Main Road (RA Puram) and Jawahar Nagar (Perambur), to name a few.

On November 7, the night of November 10 and on November 11, a handful of off-roaders were neck-deep in efforts to winch out vehicles stranded in rainwater-soaked roads.

“On November 7, we would have totally pulled out nine cars,” notes Arkaprava Datta of Terra Tigers Jeep Thrills (TTJT) which has put out “helplines” to address this often-ignored category of monsoon distress. These are temporary helplines (listed at the end of these article) that will go silent when the last raindrop from the monsoon falls on Chennai soil. “It is a free service we would be offering through the monsoon,” notes Arkaprava, adding that TTJT has been rendering this free service every monsoon since the 2015 floods and 2016 cyclone, but has become more efficient in orchestrating it.

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/chennai/off-roading-enthusiasts-press-4wd-vehicles-into-pulling-stranded-vehicles-people-to-dry-ground/article37431650.ece 

Tread Lightly! Announces 2021 BFGoodrich® Tires Outstanding Trails Project Awardees

From Outdoorx4

November 4, 2021

Tread Lightly!, a U.S.-based nonprofit dedicated to promoting responsible motorized recreation through stewardship and educational programs, announced the BFGoodrich® Tires Outstanding Trails stewardship grant awardees.

“We’re very excited to award our 2021 stewardship projects that support trails across the U.S.,” said Matt Caldwell, Tread Lightly! Executive Director. “Thank you to BFGoodrich Tires for funding these efforts and the project organizers for doing their part to protect their local trails.”

This year, Tread Lightly! has chosen four projects across the country in partnership with BFGoodrich that promote sustainable off-road trail use. The projects take place in Colorado, Arizona, Virginia, and California
Click to read about the recipients.

Please feel free to forward these editions of UFWDA eNews to other four wheelers. Because some of our member organizations don't enroll their members as members of UFWDA, we don't have email addresses of those individuals.  Member numbers count when advocating for a cause.

Here at UFWDA, we are volunteer based and our Board members are geographically dispersed, so regular 'online' meetings have been our primary management tool for quite some time. Our 'overheads' are minimal, but we still need to have a good membership base. You can join or renew at 
https://united4wd.org/join-ufwda
Stay safe
Peter Vahry: editor

UFWDA Facebook updates
 
The UFWDA Environmental Director, Jerry Smith maintains a steady flow of information through Facebook  which includes updates from sources such as the Federal Register  
There is now a link to that FB page on https://united4wd.org/land-use-access
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