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Welcome to the July 2021
UFWDA eNews 

Vehicles on beaches seems to be worldwide management issue and the Pew Charitable Trust  article below certainly highlights issues in North America.  Even though it is winter down here in New Zealand, the same conversations are being had. I've spent several chilly evenings over the past month as part of a 'working group' made up of recreation representatives and residents of a 25 mile long, popular beach near our biggest city to try to find a balance to avoid the closure to vehicles.  The word 'education' crops up continually but the target audience is hard to reach, with a myriad of social media sources to cover off. The closure of one beach will trigger many others as the vehicle owners move to alternatives and we are already seeing other regions surveying residents about their opinions of vehicles on beaches.
Peter Vahry
UFWDA Editor

Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission Approves $5.9 million in Motorized Trail Grants

by  | Jul 14, 2021 | Environment/Recreation

Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s 2021 – 2022 OHV Trail Grant funding award recommendations have been approved for $5.9 million to fund 70 trail projects across Colorado. The grant funding represents over 100,000 trail crew hours and comes from Colorado OHV registrations and the federal Recreational Trails Program.

“This is literally OHV dollars going right back into the trails,” said CPW State Trails Program Manager Fletcher Jacobs. “This year we funded 33 maintenance trail crews across the state, 24 of which are Good Management crews, which allow our federal partners at the United State Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management to get much needed consistent funding for trail crews. We were also excited to fund 36 weeks of youth corps crews that helps us to not only protect resources, but also allow young adult corps members to be exposed to careers in natural resources.”

Some of the highlights from this year’s grant award winners include:

High Alpine Counties Partnership
Funding will allow Hinsdale, Ouray, San Juan, and San Miguel counties to partner with the BLM, the Forest Service, and volunteers from area nonprofit organizations to address resource impacts on the popular Alpine Loop. This grant will finalize the development of one informational video for what it means to visit the counties in these High Alpine areas, with a focus on Stay The Trail ethics and appropriate stewardship. The partnership will also develop an information kiosk and an ambassador program to further promote education, stewardship goals, and be welcoming to visitors. Grant funding will also be used for volunteer support such as tents and materials to install rock/boulder barriers that protect fragile areas of tundra impacted by increased visitation.

Read the full article here

Chicago show spotlights off-road rivalry
The Bronco's adventurous "Built Wild" outdoor obstacle course makes its world debut in Chicago.
July 13, 2021
Ford's Built Wild course was designed by race car driver Vaughn Gittin Jr.

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Auto Show kick-starts a new phase in the turf war between the revived Ford Bronco and the venerable Jeep Wrangler.
For the first time at an auto show, both SUVs will have their own off-road courses for attendees to compare them side by side. The Bronco's adventurous "Built Wild" outdoor obstacle course makes its world debut in Chicago on Thursday, while "Camp Jeep" is set up for the Wrangler and other models inside the convention hall.
The Camp Jeep layout has been a popular draw at shows for years, bringing an amusement parklike flair to the events, and Ford hopes to steal market share from Jeep in part by generating similar excitement with its Bronco family. Ford's Chicago course, made possible by the show's temporary move to July from its usual timing in February, includes a 38-degree hill and water fording. Visitors can ride in the Bronco's two- and four-door variants and the Bronco Sport.
While the auto show circuit was shut down due to the pandemic, Ford took the Bronco to select markets so consumers could have hands-on time with it and do small off-roading excursions, said Suzy Deering, Ford's marketing chief.
Ford took lessons from those interactions, she said, and applied them to the Built Wild experience. In the last six months or so, Deering said the automaker honed in on what it wanted to create with this new Bronco setup. 
"We don't want to just put cars out there on the carpet," Deering told Automotive News. "We really wanted to bring them to life in a very different way."

Full article here

Montana Overland & 4x4 Adventures
BOULDER LAKES directions:
The Boulder Lakes are a beautiful destination. Due to the good condition of the road, it is an excellent choice for those who wish to get into the high back-country but are not looking for a harder 4-low type off-roading experience.
It is not a trip for a car, but with a bit of skill and some careful driving, most modern SUVs, with true 4-wheel-Drive, can make this trip with little difficulty. The trail is also full-sized friendly. It is bumpy (baseball...
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The Era of Beach Driving May Be Coming to a Close

PACIFIC CITY, Ore. — To access the beach, Nicole Boulden eased her all-wheel drive Dodge Durango from the highway down a steep, rock-strewn access road toward the ocean. Behind her, Boulden's friend Kari Layman, 47, drove a Dodge Caravan very carefully down the same path.

"We take it kind of slow," Layman said.

They parked in a wind-sheltered cove on the Oregon coast where their children could play and their teenagers could sneak away. Then, they unfolded beach chairs and a sun shelter, and leashed their dogs to the Durango. Only a handful of other vehicles were in view.

Beachgoers await the sunset on one of the remaining drivable beaches north of Pacific City, Oregon. Spurred by crowding and environmental concerns, coastal communities nationwide are changing the rules for accessing beaches by car. The Pew Charitable Trusts

To the south, they could see one of the iconic haystack rock formations of the Oregon coast. All around was the roar of the Pacific Ocean. It was a bright, sunny Friday afternoon in early June, and the weekend beckoned. Layman, a native Kansan who embraced the beach when she moved to Oregon five years ago, was at peace.

"If I'm feeling really stressed, I think: 'I need to go to the coast,'" Layman said. "The sound of the waves, it's relaxing and also refreshing. I always feel better after a day at the beach."

But accessing this sort of scene by car is increasingly difficult in states with beaches, a trend sped up by the pandemic. In California, the state's Coastal Commission recently announced plans to phase out vehicular access at its remaining drive-on beach state park, Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area, along the central coast near San Luis Obispo.

Read the full article by the Pew Charitable Trust
Check the YouTube video

The Mint 400, in partnership with Republic Services, has announced an industry wide desert clean-up event Saturday, November 20th in Jean, Nevada beginning at 9:00AM. The goal of the event is to unite the off-road community and clean up waste dumped illegally in the Jean area as well as promote sustainable habits and responsible public land use to improve Southern Nevada’s pristine desert landscape. The Mint 400 Desert Clean-Up event is presented by Republic Services, held in cooperation with the Southern Nevada BLM office.

What:  The 2021 Mint 400 Desert Clean-Up presented by Republic Services
Who:  Volunteers from the Off-Road Community & Local Las Vegas Residents
When:  Saturday, November 20th @ 9:00AM
Where:  Jean, Nevada. Event staging area located in Jean, Nevada, half-mile down on south side of Southern Nevada Liteweight Road (Mint 400 Spectator Area 2 in the rock quarry). Click here for directions from Las Vegas, NV.

We are asking participants to pre-register to account for supplies.

Click here to get registered.

2021 Virginia Four Wheel Drive Association Fall Run
Oak Ridge Estate
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Peter Vahry: editor

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