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Welcome to the December 2021
UFWDA eNews and 

Compliments of the Season


 
From The Top
2021 is coming to an end and it seams to have gone by so quickly.  I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a most positive New Year.

This year at the SEMA Show we came up with some new ideas and it was great interacting with everyone.  I would like to thank everyone for their patience with us due to the failure of the tech for the annual meeting, but it did give us the opportunity to have a great face to face meeting with the folks from the Southern Four Wheel Drive Association.  I would like to thank ORBA, SEMA and TORA for the great support during the show.  Thank you to everyone that did attend the rescheduled Annual Meeting via Zoom.  I would like to thank the new board members for stepping up and the retiring members for all their work.

Look for something new from us in the new year to try to bring awareness to our community and we look for your help when we are ready to launch a new campaign we are working on.
So again, Merry Christmas and Happy Positive New Year.

Steve Egbert, President
 

Introducing Aaron Roddy

Here is what I been working on as the new Director of Public Relations.
I have reached out to all the associations/ organizations introducing myself and the off-road background I have. I  have asked what these organizations/ associations expect from the United Four Wheel Drive Associations and will be sharing this with the Board at the next Board of Director meeting. I'm aiming to represent the United Four Wheel Drive Associations  in West Virgina at the 3rd annual OHV Rally at the state capitol (Feb 25th-26th) . I will talk about the positive impact of OHV recreation throughout the state and country and will also be advocating for more OHV opportunities on public lands. I am making plans to attend the VA4WDA Annual Meeting in March to promote the United Four Wheel Drive Associations.

Thanks,
Aaron

Agreement reached for Oceano Dunes operations during lawsuit 

From Paso Robles Daily News


Nonprofit’s lawsuit currently being decided by court

On Friday, South County nonprofit the Friends of Oceano Dunes reached an agreement with California State Parks to prevent the closure of Oceano Dunes SVRA and Pier Avenue while the a case against the California Coastal Commission was being decided by the San Luis Obispo County Superior Court.
 

On March 18, 2021, the Coastal Commission purported to change the permit for Oceano Dunes SVRA to require:
(a) closure of the SVRA by 2024,
(b) closure of the Pier Avenue entrance by July 1, 2022,
(c) a prohibition against crossing Arroyo Grande Creek immediately when even a trickle of water is present, and
(d) a host of other interim restrictions on SVRA OHV recreation and camping.

The nonprofit filed a lawsuit to overturn the commission action. Last week, state parks began canceling camping reservations based on minimal amounts of water in Arroyo Grande Creek. This effectively closed OHV and camping at the park.

The nonprofit had been negotiating with state parks and the commission to “stay” the March 2021 permit conditions during the litigation. On Friday, the Friends reached an agreement with state parks, and the commission agreed not to oppose the interim agreement in court.
Read the full article

 

NZFWDA effort to keep a beach open to vehicles

Vehicle access to popular Auckland beach to close over holidays | RNZ News

NZ Four Wheel Drive Association Northern Zone president John Hickey says four-wheel drive groups on that working group came together to create a trailer billboard that could be moved around the various beach entry points, to increase awareness of the need for a beach driving permit and identify the only area of the beach where vehicles were allowed.

Auckland Council's Western Principal Ranger Stephen Bell said there had been "challenges" with some drivers who wanted to use the beach, but having the New Zealand Four Wheel Drive Association there alongside council officials talking to drivers had be good.



 
Travel management planning on BLM public lands in Chaffee County.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Royal Gorge Field Office announced on Friday that it is accepting public comments on dispersed camping and travel management planning on BLM public lands in Chaffee County. Comments will be accepted through January 31, 2022.
The Arkansas Hills to the east of Salida and Tenderfoot Mountain were identified as a target of development by the BLM during the Trump administration, which opened significant wilderness to mineral extraction. 

“Recreation use, especially dispersed camping, has increased dramatically in recent years,” said Royal Gorge Field Office Manager Keith Berger. “This increase in use has resulted in a multitude of issues, such as vegetation and habitat loss, erosion, and sanitation impacts, which all affect people’s recreation experiences and our ability to meet our multiple-use mandate.”

Input is being sought on alternatives for camping and travel management on approximately 38,000 acres of BLM public land in Chaffee County where camping demand has increased in the past decade.
The BLM is initiating this effort based on concerns identified by BLM resource specialists, public land users, and neighbors adjacent to public lands.

Additional information is available and public input will be accepted through the project’s ePlanning website at https://eplanning.blm.gov/eplanning-ui/project/2012291/510.

The BLM says that this input effort will inform a planning effort in alignment with Chaffee County’s Recreation in Balance” group. It is also being coordinated with the U.S. Forest Service and Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
https://arkvalleyvoice.com/blm-seeks-public-input-on.../
SEMA announce an Individual Member program
https://www.sema.org/individual-membership/

Note, it does not give access to the SEMA Show.
HERE ARE JUST A FEW EXAMPLES OF YOUR AUTOMOTIVE RIGHTS BEING THREATENED:
As Editor of these monthly eNews bulletins, I believe that UFWDA have been able to make a difference to the future of our recreation, albeit in a quiet way over 2021. I'd like to thank Mike  Ingalsbee as the past Director of PR and who is also the editor of the ORBA  publications, for his efforts over the past two years.  Thanks too, go to the retired vice president Ray Stanley.
Jerry Smith continues as Director of Environmental Affairs and we hope that his health improves as we head into 2022.  Fred Wiley was re-elected as UFWDA Treasurer and as CEO of ORBA we appreciate their contributions.
We've a new vice president in Bo Rosa, a member of SFWDA and we'll have more about him next month.
As primarily an association of 'associations', we appreciate the support of all our members and welcome 'old and new' members joining us to boost the advocacy required for our recreation, in almost every corner of North America and the world for 2022 and beyond.
Stay safe in the holidays and Happy New Year.
Peter Vahry
UFWDA editor
International vice president
UFWDA Ambassador
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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