National Monument Designaton News

National Monument Designaton News

ORV riders, it is the Upper Peninsula ORV Trail Development Association that laid the groundwork on MANY legislative issues that ORV Riders will be taking advantage of for years. No one has been more PROACTIVE in keeping ORV Riders aware of State and Federal Issues. It was President Clinton that used an early 1900 “Antiquities Act,” by unilaterally (without Congressional approval) shut MANY recreational uses from PUBLIC land by calling this land National Monument, …Wilderness.

President Obama has designated 553 million acres of land and water as national monuments during his presidency, far more than any other president. Further, in Congressional testimony Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell, acknowledged that more designations may be forthcoming before the end of Obama’s second term. President Clinton famously designated nearly 2 million acres in Utah as a National Monument in the closing days of his Administration. These sorts of designations have long lasting impacts and will ultimately lead to restrictions on even the most responsible recreational uses.
it doesn’t matter what you’re political views are, you or your children may someday want to enjoy this PUBLIC Land….either by motorized recreation, mountain biking, or even horseback riding…and you will NOT be allowed access. The ONLY access to National Monument land is via Hiking.

Tell me how many of you are going to be able to hike hundreds of miles into a National Monument area when you are older? Sure some of you will be able too, but do you really think it is fair to shut the majority of the public out of PUBLIC LAND?

It is difficult to do this through Wilderness Designation as that has to go through Congress…but the ‘end around’ to getting PUBLIC LAND shut off from the public is through National Monument Designation.  I wish I had the answer as to what we can do, but one thing you can be assured of is that your UP ORV TDA will keep you informed.

Skip Schulz

UP ORV TDA President

610 Greenland Road

Ontonagon, MI 49953

FALL Convention 2016

Fall meeting/convention will be held at the Wintergreen Resort and Conference Center October 14 – 16, 2016.  This is located in Wisconsin Dells so there is plenty of things to do when not in meetings.  Rooms are $79.00 per night with choice of 2-queen beds or 1-king with sofa and whirlpool.  There is only 12 rooms blocked so please reserve soon so more rooms can be added if needed.  To reserve rooms call (800)-648-4765 press 1 and ask for  MW4WDA block.  I am not planning a dinner unless there is enough requests for one.  Contact Sam Vandenberg with any questions (920)-268-6869 or

WI DNR – TRAIL NEWS Aug 4 2016

TRAIL NEWS – AUG 4th 2016

Hikers enjoy the North Country National Scenic Trail.

Next Meeting of the Governor’s State Trails Council: Friday, August 12

The next meeting of the Governor’s State Trails Council will be held at the Town of Rib Mountain Town Hall in Wausau on Friday, August 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Town Hall is located at 3700 North Mountain Rd.

The State Trails Council is appointed by the Governor to provide state trail user groups and individuals a voice in the statewide trails program.

Agenda items include council member updates, DNR report and other trail issues. Information about the STC, along with August meeting materials, is available online on the STC page.

Please RSVP by August 10 ( if you are planning to attend the meeting in Wausau.

Watch out! Wild parsnip prevalent this year

Wild parsnip is especially bad this year, due to favorable spring growing conditions. Large yellow rosettes at the top of the plant often bow into trail tread space, and contact with the plant’s sap can cause severe rash and blisters when exposed to the sun. Think poison ivy only potentially worse. It’s a good idea for trail users and volunteers to be able to identify the plant and alert others to its presence.

The DNR website and UW Extension fact sheet [pdf] for the plant provide identification and control info for this troublesome invasive. Be sure to work with the property manager on any pesticide use on public lands.

Don’t let wild parsnip come in contact with your skin.

Old Abe debate put to rest: eagle was male

The 150-year old debate is over: Old Abe, the Wisconsin bald eagle which became a symbol of strength and patriotism during the Civil War, was male. While the spirit and pride that the bird encouraged was definite regardless of its gender, conflicting 19th century accounts fueled the dispute until this year when DNA sequencing finally put the debate to rest. More information on Old Abe, which has a State Trail named after him, can be found here.

UFWDA’s “The Voice”

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UFWDA eNews July 2016Welcome to this edition of eNews and to those readers who’ve recently joined us.

With the AGM in around ten days time, it looks like it might be a quiet affair. UFWDA have tried to make life as simple and as cheap as possible with our online meetings, which means there should be little excuse for not registering and taking part for a little over one hour. Use the link below to join in and play your part too. The webinar is not just one-way… it’s interactive!

In fact an even more valuable thing would be to volunteer to help drive UFWDA and a key role is for public relations… someone to market UFWDA please step up.

Your input of topical material for each eNews is still vital, so please keep UFWDA and our readers informed by emailing to

Counting Down to the UFWDA Annual MeetingA reminder that the date for the 2016 Annual Meeting is the evening of Thursday 28 July and conducted as an interactive online webinar. We need delegate and member involvement.

Join us for a webinar on Jul 28, 2016 at 8:30 PM EDT.

Register now!

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

View System Requirements

The United Four Wheel Drive Associations Inc., North America and worldwide, announce that several positions on its Board of Directors will be voted on at this year’s Annual Meeting held July 28th, 2016.

Those positions up for election are: President, Secretary Director of
Membership, Director of Environmental Affairs, and Director of Public

Each of these positions is a two-year term.

Nominees for office should have submitted a signed Letter of interest and
qualifications to the current Board of Directors sixty (60) days prior
to an election or be present or accept a nomination from the floor at
the meeting where the election is being held.

Newly elected officers shall begin their term at the fall of the gavel
ending the Annual Meeting at which they were elected. “UFWDA S.O.P.
Article V, Section 1. (This year, 60 days prior to the Annual Meeting was
May 30 2016)

Nominees shall be members in good standing.
Anyone interested in running for office is strongly urged to send a
Candidate’s Statement for publication in the July UFWDA eNews.You should list your qualifications, goals, ideas for that office, and what your
direction of United would be.

That will give the voting delegates and their member associations an
opportunity to learn about the candidates before the Annual Meeting.
All such statements should be submitted to
Now is the time to start considering one of these positions please.

Award winners are also announced and UFWDA invite nominations from organizations for the Jack Edwards Award, Four Wheeler of the Year, Environmental Affairs Four Wheeler of the Year and the Conservation Volunteer Award.


Parks Transformation Team’s plan to gut the CA OHV Program.

Recreation HQ Blog with Op Ed

This is going to be a tough battle. Thanks for your interest in managed OHV recreation.

Don Amador


Jeep is the engine that drives Fiat Chrysler globally

In its 75-year history, Jeep never has been in better shape than it is right now.

The reason? Current owner Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has accomplished what a succession of previous owners only dreamed of: truly globalizing one of the world’s most storied automotive brands.

Worldwide, Jeep’s deliveries in 2015 topped 1.2 million vehicles, its fourth consecutive record year for global production and sales.
Read more

All Parties Interested in Uses of the Manti-La Sal National Forest:The Manti-La Sal National Forest invites you to join in the process of revising its Forest Plan. The Forest Plan provides guidance for managing resources and activities such as recreation, fish and wildlife habitat, mining, vegetation, and timber production on the National Forest for the next 15 years. Written in 1986, the current Forest Plan is outdated and needs to be revised to reflect the current uses and needs of the Forest and its users. A lot has changed over the past 30 years, including significant scientific advances and changes in recreational uses. [ Read more here]


VA4WDA 24th Annual Trail Ride at Oakridge Estate in Nelson County VA

Sept 16 to Sept 18, 2016

July 15 Registration opens at
Sept 15 Camp field opens at 2:00
Early check in begins at 2:00 at camp field

More info at:


U.S. Four Wheeling Competition Is Still At Risk

Tell Congress to save racing from government threat — it only takes a minute:


The Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports (RPM) Act is gaining Congressional support as race enthusiasts and industry stakeholders flood lawmakers’ offices on Capitol Hill with letters urging them to support the legislation. However, there are still many lawmakers who remain undecided. Visit to contact these lawmakers, who need to hear from industry members on why the bill is critical to the future of motorsports and the tens of thousands of jobs the motorsports industry supports.

“The industry has been great at taking the time to urge their legislators to support the RPM Act—and we’re seeing the impact,” said Chris Kersting, SEMA president and CEO. “We’re finding that once the issue is explained and people understand what it means, they immediately take action and contact their representatives.”


SEMA has an online form that makes it easy for you to send letters to your lawmakers. By entering one’s address, the form automatically identifies the respective congressional reps and a letter can be generated and sent to them in less than a minute. The form at can be easily shared on websites and in emails to employees and customers.

Read the full article


Johnson Valley to be closed August 14-21

Created: Thursday, 14 July 2016 18:12

Written by US Marine Corps

The Johnson Valley Shared Use Area will be temporarily closed to the public August 14-21, 2016 while the Marine Corps conducts convoy operations and resupply missions to support a large-scale exercise. The closure period will include the time required to ensure the Shared Use Area is clear of recreation activity prior to training and to confirm the land is clear of hazards prior to reopening the land for public access.

The adjacent Johnson Valley OHV Recreation Area will remain open to the public during the closure of the Shared Use Area. The Marine Corps will continue to implement robust public outreach to ensure the public is informed
of the temporary change in land use.



Did you see these on the UFWDA Facebook page?

Extreme ORV Expo

BLM asking for input on off-road race through Basin and Range National Monument


OHV Upcoming Events page


Blizzard/Snow Volunteering… memories of winter


On January 22 and 23 a historic blizzard hit the Capital region dumping nearly 3ft of snow in some metro areas. CORE members, always on the lookout for ways to help those in need, did so again in this emergency situation. Several members found ways to help during this significant winter storm. While millions of people hunkered down and stayed inside the safety of their homes these folks went out and helped others.


SFWDA July 2016 Newsletter
30th Anniversary Dixie Run 2016

Register before August 1 to take advantage of reduced admission costs!

Bipartisan congressional letter aims to prevent E15-relatedengine damage

Bipartisan congressional letter aims to prevent E15-related engine damage
Urge your representative to sign before the deadline, May 27!

Take Action

U.S. Reps. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Peter Welch (D-Vt.), Bill Flores (R-Texas), Jim Costa (D-Calif.) and Steve Womack (R-Ark.) are taking the lead by sending a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to “…express concern about the lack of consumer awareness surrounding the inappropriate use of E15 gasoline and… how it [the EPA] plans to mitigate consumer misfuelings… .”

The bipartisan letter comes in response to the EPA’s Renewable Volume Obligations rule for 2014, 2015 and 2016. The EPA proposal would increase the amount of ethanol from all sources in the nation’s fuel supply to 17.4 billion gallons in 2016, up from 15.93 billion gallons in 2014.

Those increases come despite the EPA’s acknowledgement that the current market cannot absorb these higher ethanol production rates without substantially increasing the amount of ethanol in our nation’s gasoline supply. The practical effect of the EPA’s action is more unsafe E15 (15 percent ethanol by volume), less E10 and virtually no E0 for older and vintage machines.

The urgency of EPA action to address misfueling is supported by a recent study from the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute. The study indicates only five percent of consumers are aware that E15 is prohibited for use in certain engines and that 60 percent of consumers assume that any gas sold at a pump must be safe for all of their engines.

This letter would help protect the 22 million motorcycles and ATVs currently in operation and the riders who depend on their safe operation.

The deadline for signatures is Friday, May 27! Act today to ensure your representative signs the Goodlatte/Welch/Flores/Costa/Womack letter.

To urge your representative to sign on to the bipartisan letter, just follow the “Take Action” option, which will send a prewritten email directly to your lawmaker demanding access to safe fuel.

Take Action