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                 Welcome to the December                                          2020 UFWDA eNews 


It has been a rough year for everyone, trying to stay safe from the COVID-19 virus. So much of our lives was disrupted with social distancing and closures to keep us from having fun with family and friends. I would like to hope that things will get back to normal when we can again enjoy wheeling with our friends and family.

Christmas time always brings hope and happiness to many, so I hope you can find some happiness this year as well. We will face new challenges in the coming years, but we will continue to advocate for our community so we can continue to enjoy doing what we love. Thank you to the volunteers and members alike for your support over the last year.

Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a much, much better new year.
Steve Egbert
UFWDA President


 

 

UFWDA Members...


The Colorado Association of 4WD Clubs is a not-for-profit (contributions are not tax deductible) umbrella organization for four-wheel drive clubs in the state of Colorado. We began in 1968. We are members of the Colorado Off-Highway Vehicle Coalition, and United Four-Wheel Drive Associations and are voting members of Tread Lightly!

We support our clubs’ efforts thru the Adopt-A-Trail program with funding for trail project thru our Trails Grant Program. To support the education of our young four wheelers, we give out an annual Scholarship toward post-secondary education.

Annually we donate to Mountain States Legal Foundation and to Colorado based organizations that support the four-wheel drive community such as; Stay the Trail, Four-Wheel Drive Emergency Assistance Team (FEAT), Colorado 4x4 Rescue & RecoveryColorado Off-Road Enterprise (CORE) and the Colorado Off-Highway Vehicle Coalition Legal Defense Fund (COHVCO in order to support legal actions that maintain public access to public lands.

The Colorado Association is more than a financial supporter of public access. Every year, our clubs do over 10,000 hours of volunteer work on the campgrounds, picnic grounds, hiking trails, and 4WD roads of Colorado. We also participate in the National Trails Day event in June by taking a group of physically challenged people on a 4WD trip into the Rocky Mountains for the day. Many of our Member Clubs with the support of our Associate (Business) Members put on annual events.

The Association meets four times annually, once each quarter, to conduct our association business and to share information about upcoming events. Annually, we also vote for the associations Four-Wheeler of the Year, and Club of the Year for an individual(s) and club(s) that have shown outstanding support for motorized recreation.


 
Finding 4x4 access problem answers?

United Four Wheel Drive Associations (UFWDA) members are widely dispersed and while there were once the annual 'Land Use  conferences', often in conjunction with the 'face to face' Annual Meeting, there's no longer that opportunity to confer about the various concerns that groups may have about four wheeling issues.

With the evolution of online meeting options like Skype, Teams, Zoom etc. it's easy to link up interested people from near and far to outline land access issues they may have and ideally identify how UFWDA might help resolve or assist with finding resolutions.

To get an idea of the interest in having UFWDA coordinate  such occasional, or regular online discussions it would be great to get feedback via a simple two question survey  

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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

Four-Wheelers Have A Lot To Be Thankful For

 BY TOM SEVERIN

I was well into my second day of a four-day trip through Death Valley.

Suddenly, after bumping over a rut, the left front spring broke in half. I looked at it in disbelief — the rut wasn’t that deep. (The spring may have been cracked prior to hitting the rut.) The body hadn’t collapsed on the tire, so I knew I could drive on it for a bit. It would not survive the terrain the next day.

Approximately two hours later I was within cell range. I determined there was a replacement spring in the Compton, California, warehouse of 4-Wheel Parts and called a friend. He graciously agreed to buy the replacement spring and deliver it. He stopped what he was doing and headed out the door.

This Good Samaritan drove all night long to meet me in Death Valley, arriving at our campsite just as the sun was poking its nose over the mountains. I installed the spring, and was able to continue the trip. A true friend indeed.

Thinking of that incident reminded me that we four-wheelers have a lot to be thankful for besides really good friends. In the spirit of the season, I offer these thoughts just in case you are caught in one of those dreaded “Let’s go around the table and say what we’re thankful for.” Perchance these ideas will save you from some lame comment.

Read on..

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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
UFWDA eNews is published monthly, about the 15th of each month. Compiling eNews depends on you, our readers, for material about events, land access issues, etc. The monthly deadline is the 10th of each month and material, or links to sources should be emailed to editor@united4wd.org 
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