NATIONAL FOREST TOPICS
TRAVEL MANAGEMENT RULE (ROUTE DESIGNATIONS) ON NATIONAL FORESTS
www.fs.usda.gov/cnnf The Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) for 2011-2012 is now available. The Pipeline is open only 6/1 through 3/14. Therefore, NOT OPEN for Memorial Day! Keep in mind that trails/roads that are not listed that you want to use, you need to submit a request to have that specific trail/road added to the annual update of the MVUM for consideration by November 30, 2012. This also applies to dates of usage!! The information you submit should be as specific as possible. You can contact Joan Marburger, CNNF Supervisor’s Office, 1170 4th Ave. South, Park Falls, WI 54552, 715-762-5178.
PIPELINE CLEAN-UP AND WORK WEEKENDS
The first Pipeline work weekend is June 6. Watch for information on these dates on the W4WDA and WOHVA websites. WOHVA has started work from the RTP grant to work on Site 26. Help is being requested.
STATE OF WISCONSIN DNR TOPICS
INVASIVE SPECIES GROUP
There is a brochure out via the DNR website specific to Four Wheel Drive and others specific to other users. At this point the only way you can access this brochure is through the website since the State does not have funding to print these. It is being requested that you make copies of this brochure in your goodie bags at events and also hand out to your club members.
STATE TRAILS COUNCIL (STC)
www.dnr.wi.gov/org/land/parks/trails/council Earlier this year I was appointed as a non-voting member by DNR Secretary, Cathy Stepp. In October I was appointed by the Governor to the STC representing Four Wheel Drive (Jeeps, trucks, etc.) as an official voting member of the STC. My objectives are to encourage a change of policy to establish less closure of public lands, encourage establishing Off Road parks in Wisconsin and encourage more Multi-Use (Shared Trails) that include OHV. A meeting was held October 29 in Lapham State Park in Delafield. At that meeting a resolution was approved that the STC supports the legislation in regard to UTV’s. Also, some review on meeting provisions for the STC By-laws were presented and discussed. On December 7, the governor signed legislation increasing the STC from 9 members to 11 members—I attended the signing at the Capitol. On December 8, there was a special conference call discussing the hunting legislation allowing hunting on state parks unless stated no hunting. Also, two individuals were voted on to fill the two new positions on the STC to act as non-voting members and recommend to the governor as to appoint as voting members.
A regular meeting conference call was held the morning of January 13. There was discussion on just what the STC mission is and what actions the STC can really take. Brian Much who was part of the ADHOC Committee in regard to reviewing STC’s roll, etc. will submit a report shortly after this meeting for the STC members to look at before the next meeting. A request was made to have a DNR attorney come to the meeting in April to give some legal guidance. Reports were made by the Council members in regard to the users they are representing. It was decided that at future meetings the DNR will give their report earlier in the agenda and hopefully can send out a report to the STC members ahead of time on things that are known and realizing other things will very likely come up by the time of the meeting, but this way the Council members will have an opportunity to consider and even share some with the folks they represent for comments before the meeting.
The Recreational Trails Program funding was reported on by Tim Parsons of the DNR. (See Below for further info).2 There was an update on the State Motorized Recreation Area. (See Below for further info). The DNR is currently writing up a policy on having events on State Park lands that hopefully will be ready by the middle of this summer.
When the minutes of the January 13 meeting come out I will send out to the W4WDA.
You are very welcome to sit in on any of the STC meetings. To learn more about the Council, details of future meetings, read the minutes, etc. you can go to the STC website noted above.
RECREATIONAL TRAILS PROGRAM (RTP)
This funding is in jeopardy—realize that these funds are generated by us offroad users paying gas tax for roads. Let your Federal legislators know we need to keep this funding available. At this point funding for 2012 for RTP funding here in Wisconsin is still available to us for trail projects—if you have a trail project, you may want to check into the possibility of it being eligible for these funds on a 50-50 grant. Contact the DNR for more info on this—May 1 is the deadline for submitting requests.
DEPARTMENT OF TOURISM
The new Secretary of the Department of Tourism, Stephanie Klett is very supportive of motorized recreation—we need to let her know what she can do to help us out. Remember our various events that are trail type events where the public is welcome we should submit to the Dept. of Tourism and ask the Chamber of Commerce in the area of the event to also submit to Tourism and advertise in the area for you. Keep that in mind when planning your event and looking at advertising angles. I would be interested in what success or problems you have when doing this.
STATE COMPREHENSIVE OUTDOOR RECREATION PLAN (SCORP)
The plan for this five year period is being worked on with the UW doing the surveys, reviews, etc. If you should get the opportunity to be contacted in regard to this, make for sure you express the needs of Four Wheel Drive (Jeeps, trucks, etc.) opportunities. Initially this time they had lumped ATV, UTV, 4WD, & OHM together and have found 19% of Wisconsin citizens recreate with these. They apparently had to lump these users together due to rules by the federal government. However, recently this has been changed, but I have not seen that change on the website as of yet. This plan will hopefully be ready for public review in April and is intended to be completed yet in 2012.
MOTORIZED RECREATION AREA (MRA)
The DNR is in search of property for an MRA. This area should be close to an urban area, with good highway access, have local acceptance, a method of financing and adequate acreage. The DNR’s vision is not to make this a competitive type of park, but a family oriented place which would include a nice picnic grounds. The hopes are to draw from other states and have every intention of making it selfsustaining. The largest stumbling block they are running into is “local acceptance”. I asked if the “local acceptance” was with government entities in the area or the local people. The response was from both. I have offered our assistance in getting endorsements from businesses, etc. if they want them. It has been suggested we talk to our local legislators in regard to this. The Dual Sport Group is ready to set up a Friend’s Group for such a park. The DNR are currently looking at a site in southern Wisconsin in the part of the state where land prices are not currently as high and the area definitely is in need of some economic growth. Negotiations are occurring and there is hopes of letting folks know more soon. The DNR is looking for ideas for other possible lands that may be available. THE DNR WANTS YOUR EXPERIENCES!! THEY WANT TO KNOW WHAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE IN AN MRA (OHV PARK). You can send via e-mail to the Dan Schuller at Daniel.Schuller@wisconsin.gov. or Peter.Biermeir@wisconsin.gov or you can send to Wisconsin DNR, c/o Dan Schuller, PO Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707-7921. Remember to emphasize the MRA is NOT to be a replacement for our use of public lands but an addition to or as some call it an enhancement to our recreation!
Legislation to implement a sticker program for Off-Highway Four Wheel Driving and Off-Highway Motorcycles is currently being written. WOHVA has sent out a letter to all clubs asking that the clubs and its members send letters supporting the concept of a sticker program and send it to WOHVA to be included in a packet to be sent to the legislators who will actually write up the legislation. Last information reported was that the legislation was going to be submitted in January, so be watching for this!! Keep an eye open as to notices that might be sent out asking for your assistance, input and public hearing attendance.
25 YEAR PLAN REVIEW OF STATE FORESTS/MASTER PLANS
These are occurring. We need to know which areas are being looked at right now and let people know in those areas to keep an eye on these for us to respond to what is being done. This is another opportunity for us that is being lost. This is another one of those projects that isn’t so large in itself that someone could be doing. Let me know of interest out there and let’s see what we can put together.
BADGER AMMUNITION PLANT
A master plan for this area is starting in the Spring of 2012. There is over 3,000 acres there and would be great if we could get some trails included in this. Keep your eyes and ears open in regard to this!!
BLACK RIVER FALLS (BRF)
I have received an e-mail from an individual that has been running up by BRF for some time and had put some of his activities on U-Tube. Apparently someone in the DNR saw the U-Tube and from that figured out who the owners of the vehicles were and sent both of them a ticket. This has to do with the back side of the shale pit where the trail has a very steep dropping—so do not go on that part!!
3,200 ACRES DONATED NEAR MINOCQUA
http://www.wisconsinoutdoorfun.com/article/20111226/WOF12/312260050/Illinoiscouple-gift-3-200-acres-recreational-useMinocqua?odyssey=mod%7cnewswell%7ctext%7cAPC-News%7cp Initially it sounds like it is for cross country skiing. So far I have found out it can be used for other “nature based” activities. Four Wheel Drive is listed as a “nature based” activity in SCORP, but I am uncertain of the definition in this case—something I am checking into further. Sam Vandenberg is also following this.
NORTHWOODS OVERLAND OHV PARK
The area is currently closed for the winter season. The park is only open for the public certain weekends—check their website for those dates. However, if a Four Wheel Drive group wishes to go there a different time, just touch bases with the owners (Jeremy and Annie VanCamp) and they very likely will accommodate.
Jon Graham has set up the Spring Fling at Apple Valley again—dates not confirmed as of yet.
MARCH OF DIMES RALLY
Rally went over quite well and I heard a lot of compliments about the event–good clues, nice route, beautiful scenery. Could have had more challenge available (I know some didn’t come because of that) but also said that is not why they come to this event. Raised over $17,000 for the March of Dimes and there were 66 vehicles that participated. Thank you letters and patches were just mailed last week. We are looking at this site again, or Northwoods Overland or another one that I am not at liberty to say as of yet. We are looking at the date of the weekend of October 6 & 7 depending on approval of where we have the rally. We had some difficulty in getting folks to commit to doing checkpoints this year. We are in dire need of folks who may be interested in helping out on planning, taking on a project and/or working the day of the rally, please contact me at email@example.com.! There are all sorts of projects that can be done!
NEED LOSS OF LAND
I keep asking for this info and no one seems to have had land lost to them since we do
not seem to be getting any info on this. Yes, I would like to have a list of ALL lands/trails in Wisconsin that you know of that have been lost—whether it is on public or private land. Would like any info you may have on why.
UNITED FOUR WHEEL DRIVE ASSOCIATIONS (U4WDA)
www.ufwda.org There was a conference call May 17 at which time the main topic was a proposed dues structure. There was much discussion on dues and the coming up 35th
Annual General Meeting (AGM) that was held June 9 & 10 in Little Rock, Arkansas. Rod & I
attended the meeting. There were many land use topics discussed, some SOP changes including membership dues structure changes. The dues structure was discussed and left for further work by the Officers and then have a conference call. Also awards were presented. Go to United’s website for full minutes. After the meeting, some of us headed down to the Super-Lift Off Road Park on June 11 & 12 for some wheeling—very interesting, challenging, but too hot in June! Since that meeting there have been two more conference calls in regard to dues structure of which some is really good, but I do have problems with some other parts that I believe are going to create an issue as far as W4WDA continuing to be a voting member. In order for the association to continue to be a voting member, the W4WDA would need to be a 50% of all members or 100% of all members. Otherwise, to be a supporting member it would be $1,000 with no voting rights. Something we need to discuss at the meeting meeting in April. Also, there will be a 4
delegate conference call on January 24 where this will be finalized and an update of what is happening on a United basis.
I routinely forward to W4WDA & MW4WDA through their webmaster & W4WDA Yahoo group info on various things United is doing and also notices of when the new monthly United e-news is out that you can access on United’s site. The e-news is a great way to keep up-to-date on what is happening in United. If you haven’t as of yet, sign up through United’s internet site so you can be notified directly when the new e-news comes out. Also, for those of you that are members of United, you should be receiving a notice as to when the electronic quarterly United’s Voice comes out. You can also go to United’s Forum for more info and to also state your opinions, ideas, etc. Please read these in order to be informed!! United is a very important organization to the four wheel drive community!! It is the ONLY viable organization that represents ONLY four wheel drive on a national level and it accomplishes so much with so little. The problem still is the dollars and how to get to the pockets that have the big dollars to get involved with such an organization and use those dollars as economically feasible as possible. I know the volunteers and the employees of United are working very hard!!
UNITED LAND USE COMMITTEE
United would like to have a representative from each member organization on this committee—that includes one from both W4WDA and MW4WDA. I don’t think this in itself
would be a difficult committee to be on. It is a means of discussing land use issues in our area with others and by sharing issues and experiences hopefully there can be some help for us and we in turn can help others. The Four Lakes Four Wheelers has an individual, Dave Dick, who has volunteered to represent the club and W4WDA on this committee. At this point I am not sure who is going to coordinate this for the time being until a new Land Use Director is elected.
UNITED CONVENTION IN 2012 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (AGM)
There will be the All Breeds Jeep Show on July 21 & 22 in York, PA. The AGM will be held July 23 & 24 in York, PA. Following the AGM there will be a trail ride on July 25 at Rausch Creek Off Road Park in Tremont, PA. Everyone is welcome! For more info check United’s website.
UNITED TRAIL RIDE WHEEL-IN
These Wheel-Ins were quite fun and were held at different sites. Presently United is looking for a group that may be interested in holding such an event.
LAKE STATES RESOURCE ALLIANCE (LSRA)
Gil and/or Helen Wagner have been attending meetings.
COUNTY TEN YEAR PLANS AGAIN
I am informing you that the County ten year plans are continuously being worked on—either for the current 10 years or the next. Counties need to report to the DNR on these plans. Contact your county and find out the status of your county’s plan. You can also check your county website at www.co.(name of your county).wi.us for what is coming up or send them an e-mail through their website. We need YOU to communicate with YOUR county officials IMMEDIATELY to see what type of input they have received from four wheel drive (OHV’s) such as Jeeps, Trucks, etc. recreationists and let them know that we are definitely out there and want to be included in their recreational plans for the County Forest!
http://www.rainforest-alliance.org/program/forestry/smartwood/publiccomments.html . United Four Wheel Drive Associations has major concern especially in Wisconsin and other midwest states in regard to this. Apparently Wisconsin is a leader in this action and all state forests are certified while the National Forest is not. There is also an attempt to get all county and private forests also certified in the state. This is another topic that needs to be addressed by us and would be majorly helpful if someone could take this on as their project. NOTE: You can get more info on this and have more internet sites to go to for more info, it is http://www.fscus.org/standards_criteria/standards_revision_process.php and http://www.pinchot.org/what_we_do/forest_cert/certification.
WISCONSIN OFF HIGHWAY VEHICLE ASSOCIATION (WOHVA)
http://wohva.com WOHVA has a chainsaw seminar along with their Annual workshop/conference in April 12 -14. WOHVA again will host the Wisconsin Jeep Jamboree and the Annual Great Northern Trailride. Both events are held on the Mole Lake land in Forest County. WOHVA is also very involved in getting a sticker program up for Four Wheel Drive in the state of Wisconsin. Go to the WOHVA website for more info on many of their other activities.
WISCONSIN OFF HIGHWAY MOTORCYCLE ASSOCIATION (WOHMA)
They have written up a white paper for legislation on a fee (sticker) program for offroad motorcycles and are proceeding on getting legislation submitted.
FOREST COUNTY OHV PARK (WORVPI)
http://worvpi.org A coalition has been formed in regard to establishing a Motorized Recreation Area. They are looking for folks to be on the Board for this group. It would be
good for the W4WDA to have a representative on this board. If interested in knowing more about this endeavor, go the their website. Also if interested W4WDA on this, contact W4WDA president, Jon Graham or me.
Helen Wagner holds this position and is ready and willing to follow up on any leads you may have for her!
LAND USE CHAIR FOR YOUR REGION AND YOUR CLUB
We need to have every region appoint a land use chair and also every club. These folks then can follow through with many things found in this report. Also I for one and I am sure there are others in W4WDA who would like to have the name, address and phone number of that person so we have a contact. Could this be the W4WDA Assistant Regional VP?
SPILL KITS This is becoming more and more a need in order to go to some offroad parks, etc. The biodegradable kits are available through U4WDA.
Communication is so key in an organization going forward!! Let’s use the forms of electronic communications more to keep everyone up on what is happening!
Everyone, seriously think of taking on one project and then follow it through. We need more people to get involved in order to even keep what we have. There are many of us ready and able to help you, we just can’t be also working on all these projects. There are many other projects that need to be done. Taking just a small piece can make such a big difference!!
GET TO KNOW YOUR REPRESENTATIVES, FORESTERS, RANGERS AND OTHER GOVERNMENT HEADS IN YOUR AREA!!! Let them know your interest in Four Wheel Drive trails and state parks that include Four Wheel Drive trails. Explain to them what we do. Invite them out on a trail or even a work weekend!
TREAD LIGHTLY—-SUPPORT THOSE WHO SUPPORT US—GET INVOLVED!