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Welcome to the May 2021 UFWDA eNews 


 

FRIENDS OF OCEANO DUNES FILES QUIET TITLE LAWSUIT TO ENSURE CONTINUED CAMPING AND OHV RECREATION AT THE OCEANO DUNES STATE VEHICULAR RECREATION AREA

Friends of Oceano Dunes (Friends) filed a third lawsuit arguing that state law mandates that OHV recreation, beach driving and camping are permanent uses at the Oceano Dunes that cannot be banned by any agency.

Friends’ new lawsuit is known as a “quiet title” action and it argues that public off-road riders used nearly 145 parcels within Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area (ODSVRA) long before the land was owned by the public, and that use created an implied dedication for off-road vehicle recreation, and camping, and also for driving vehicles on the beach. Under state law, neither the Coastal Commission, State Parks, or any other governmental agency has authority to prohibit uses established by an implied dedication. Once established, an implied dedication exists forever.

Friends previously filed a lawsuit claiming that the Commission’s action violated the California Environmental Quality Act, and another lawsuit arguing that the Commission violated the Coastal Act which expressly forbids the Commission from decreasing, duplicating or superseding the authority of State Parks, which manages the park. All three lawsuits are currently pending before the San Luis Obispo County Superior Court.
Read more here


 

Wheelin' for Hope 2021

The calculators have stopped, the bills have been paid, and the numbers are in! This year we raised $26,500 to donate to the American Cancer Society and this year’s partner, Blue Ridge Medical Center. Thank you to all of our attendees, prize donors, and our sponsors!

 
Watch the video  
Wheelin' for Hope is an annual two-day trail ride at Oak Ridge Estate in Nelson County, Virginia for "all breeds" of 4WD vehicles. Funds raised at this event benefit the American Cancer Society through the Relay for Life of Nelson County.
 
                 Earth Day CleanUp

Virginia Four Wheel Drive Association

13 JUN AT 01:00 UTC+12 – 13 JUN AT 08:00 UTC+12

Bald Mountain (Big Levels) Forest Service Road 162.
Dinner provided Saturday night by VA4WDA to all that participate at no charge. We do need a head count so spread the word and let us know that you are joining us. (LandUse@va4wda.org)
Camping is at no charge if you are staying in our designated area of the campground, the William Branch Day Use Area. Hot showers are available.
Gate to the campground closes at 10PM, so arrive before 10PM. Let them know at the gate that you're with VA4WDA and they will give you a pass and directions to where we are camping.
Our area is secured from Friday, June 11 morning until Sunday June 13 morning. If you plan to trail ride on Sunday, you must pack up your camp site before taking off for the trails.
Again, we need a head count so be sure to let us know if you plan to join us. (LandUse@va4wda.org)
Camping and dinner at Sherando Lake Campground (94 Sherando Lake Rd, Lyndhurst, VA 22952)
Bring your gloves, bug spray, non alcoholic beverages, your lunch, and tools for limbing and brushing. Bags will be provided.

Signed Law: Off Highway Vehicles Not Allowed on Streets, Highways in Colorado

Published: May. 14, 2021
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - Governor Jared Polis signed a bill into earlier this month, stating off highway vehicles (OHV) will not be allowed on public streets, roads, or highways in the state. Off highway vehicles reportedly include ATVs, four wheelers, and side-by-sides, etc.
Read it all here
Rock Junction

                                      June 3-June 6, 2021   

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
The Grand Mesa Jeep Club, based out of Grand Junction, Colorado, is located in a very unique setting for 4-wheel drive adventure loving enthusiasts. Within an hour and a half are some of the most spectacular scenic trails and some of the most extreme rock crawling trails in the United States of America. With that in mind, the club created Rock Junction -- a trail-riding event highlighting our area.

For this event, expect to find yourself not necessarily trail riding in Grand Junction every day. Explore places like Unaweep Canyon, Gateway, Bangs Canyon, Montrose, the Book Cliffs, Rangely, Moab, and the various trails around the Grand Valley. Each night there is a post-trail event to eat and tell tall tales of the days adventures. Wake up the next morning and you're off to a new location for a fantastic day of wheeling!
 
Rock Junction is a multi-day event where participants drive their own 4WD vehicle on family-friendly group trail rides.  Trail rides range from mild and scenic to extreme rock crawling. Each evening features a BBQ hosted by the Grand Mesa Jeep Club.
This event is permitted by the BLM and the USFS.
                                            

XPLORE Journal Issue 1 Has Dropped in Digital!

XPLORE Journal's Inaugural Issue has finally dropped in digital and is packed with engaging stories and beautiful imagery to inspire you along the road less traveled. Featured in this issue is:
  • Hero Adventure to Oaxaca, Mexico             
  • Exploring the Maze in a Jeep Gladiator
  • Hiking 101
  • The Jeeps That Saved the World
  • XPLORE Your World Photo Collage
  • Plus Much More
You can view this issue by clicking (if on a desktop) or tapping (from your phone or mobile device) the image below or click/tap HERE . The magazine can be viewed in both a Page View (looks just like the print magazine) or Contents View (designed to be readable like a webpage with the Expedicion de las Americas video viewable in the XPLORE Adventure section). To change, the viewing experience, simply click the top toolbar and choose from the various options. You can share XPLORE Journal via social and access our various social channels from the toolbar as well as download a PDF for offline viewing and other features.

The print edition ships on Monday, May 17 and should arrive in subscriber mailboxes near the end of the month depending on your location.

If you're not already subscribed, click the Subscribe to OutdoorX4 option on the bottom of any page in the digital edition to subscribe to print, digital, or both the print and digital editions, or click the Subscribe button below.

GET THOSE JEEPS READY - BANTAM IS BACK!

The ongoing pandemic has caused a lot of uncertainty, but there is one thing that we want you to know. Bantam IS happening! While we fully anticipated we would be able to have the majority of the Festival following Pennsylvania's earlier coronavirus restrictions, the recent increases in capacity for outdoor events are enabling us to have the Festival with only some modifications. Of course, social distancing, hand washing and mask wearing guidelines will be encouraged to keep everyone safe. If you have been waiting for positive news before you register your Jeep, your wait is over! Lets get this Jeep party started!

If you missed our pre-registration deadline for this year's Festival,
today is your lucky day!


Due to the high volume of registration interest, we are launching Will Call Registration, available now! Instead of waiting to register on-site, you can skip the majority of the lines by registering between now and June 1. Plus you can guarantee your spot in available activities. Click here for details

Proposal aims to open Rollins Pass to off-road vehicles

A proposal from a number of off-roading groups is rekindling Grand County’s interest in opening a motorized route over the historic Rollins Pass.

Also known as Corona Pass, this pass connected Rollinsville to Winter Park. The majority of the route is open to motorized use except for a trestle east of the pass and the Needle’s Eye Tunnel, which was closed by Boulder County and the US Forest Service in 1990 after a collapse.

The Boulder Wagon Road also utilizes Rollins Pass, but bypasses Needle’s Eye Tunnel. That road was closed to the public in the early 1970s due to damage concerns. Because of these closures, there has not been a continuous motorized route open over Rollins Pass for the last 30 years.

Read the full article here

4WD Clubs work with Auckland Council to restore native species in park.

In New Zealand, the members of several Auckland region 4WD clubs travelled to Kaipara South Head on Sunday 16 May to again help with the revegetation of the Te Rau Puriri Regional Park.  For 2021 they were joined by members of the South Kaipara Landcare group. There were four wheelers from the Land Rover Owners Club (Auckland), the Auckland Four Wheel Drive Club and Wilderness Ridge Riders Club.

The 4WD clubs have been doing an annual planting day at Te Rau Puriri for almost fifteen years and the results of those efforts are impressive, with several wetlands now surrounded by vigorous native plant species. It is estimated that over 30,000 plants have been planted in the park by the 4WD volunteers
The planting project involves families, and it is quite common to have grandparents with their grandchildren, all wielding spades and getting the young trees into the ground.

 
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

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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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