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 broncosam1618@yahoo.com.

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 (daniel.buckler@wisconsin.gov) 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 editor@ufwda.org

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 president@ufwda.org
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 www.va4wda.org
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 www.sema.org/rpm 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 www.sema.org/rpm 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.

Read more at http://cal4wheel.com/


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.http://core4x4.org/blizzardsnow-volunteering/


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


2016 Spring Convention Flyer


2016 Spring Convention

April 15-17, 2016


Ramada Grand Seasons Hotel (with waterpark)

110 Grand Season Drive.

Waupaca, WI 54981


Special room rates and block valid until March 15th(use code MW4WDA):

Two queen bed room-Occupancy-Single/double$89.99



Friday night hospitality room and registration 6:00 pm. BYOB. Hosting club – 4×4 Forever Ltd.

Saturday: (times subject to change)

9:00 am – 9:15 am W4WDA Board meeting

9:15 am – 12:00 pm W4WDA General Membership meeting

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch – On your own

1:30 pm – 4:30 pm Seminars and Activities(more details to follow)

5:00pm Cocktails – cash bar

6:00pm Dinner with Program (DJ/door prizes/raffles) – Wear your 4×4 Club apparel.


9:00-11:00am MW4WDA Meeting


Saturday Family Style Dinner Menu

Adults – $22.00 per person – Includes Roasted Chicken and Tender Beef Tips, plated garden salad with dressings, mashed potatoes & gravy, oven baked dressing, hot garden vegetable , dinner rolls and coffee or milk.

Children 3-10 years ($12.00)


Please detach and send payment to W4WDA by April 7, 2016 for meeting and dinner reservation to Mary Hoernke at 203 Gruenwald Ave., Neenah, WI 54956-2040.

Name__________________________________________ # of adult dinner_____($22/PP)

Club Name______________________________________ # of child dinner______($12/PC)

Registration fee is $5.00 per family. Total Due______________

Email for updates______________________­­­_________________________________________

W4WDA Fall 2015 Meeting minutes

Wisconsin 4 Wheel Drive Association

10-17-2015 Fall Meeting

  1. Meeting called to order at: 9:24 a.m.

Reading of Mission Statement.

  1. Roll Call 27 people present.

Officers/Board members present.

President-Sam Vandenberg, Region A V.P.-Arnold Miller, Region C V.P.-Helen Wagner, Region C                                             Assistant V.P.-Jesse Thompson, State Director-Luana Schneider.

Clubs present.

Borderline 4×4 Trail Seekers – Loan Riders 4×4 – 4 Lakes 4 Wheelers – Road Side 4 wheelers – 4×4        Forever Ltd. – Green Bay High Riders Ltd. – Trail Gators 4 Wheeler Inc.

III. Secretary’s report – accepted as printed.

  1. Treasury report – Mary not present – Report accepted as printed.
  2. No Guests
  3. Reports
  4. Pipe line – does not open until June 1. No clean-up efforts this year – not much left to wheel on – just mud holes left now
  5. Jesse registered the w4wda.com domain name – it is being forwarded to the w4wda.org site – the association voted to reimburse Jess for the 3 year registration of $155

Discussed e-mails to the membership for spreading the word about the meetings and conventions

Noted that not everyone had e-mail access and that a text notification may help

  1. Bylaws/SOP – nothing.
  2. S.C.O.R.P. – Grants may have been elliminated.
  3.  State Trails Council – minutes are posted on the website – noted that 2 key people on the committee that we’ve worked with have recently retired – these folks were up to speed on our 4 wheel drive needs – we’ll need to rebuild this relationship and educate the now members when they come onboard – no ETA on replacements – budget constraints may be a factor in this – mentioned the DNR needs to setup a road inventory – this is both paved and 2 track primitive roads – some discussion was had on the width of trails – this may eliminate our ability to be allowed on some of the trails due to vehicle size – all of these roads need to go through a master plan to identify the trail and accessibility for each trail –

Noted that there has been a lot of push back on the Sauk Prairie recreation area for anything motorized – this has even gotten to the point where a local rocketry club is being shot down… to use the area for rocket launching a few times a year.

Some discussions was had around leaving a foot print on the trails that we ride on – we need to be able to fund our sport and bringing in revenue to help repair and maintain trails –

Discussed that we may need to consider on “focus points” – No one person can do this alone – The group needs to support efforts and pitch in – if we just talk about stuff – nothing will really get done – There was a lot of “passion” bubbling up around working towards getting/keeping trails open

I will say that there was a lot of valid points made – not everyone wanted to hear these comments and observations – then again – this is not the first time these points have been made – nobody is grabbing the torch and running with it – this is the

Helen made a request that we come up with 5 focus points for the January meeting – we can review this ideas and pick 3 and run with them.

Luana would like to see that no more trails are closed on forest land – while this is not entirely possible – if we peruse this goal we can retain some % of open trails –   Also – we need to take advantage of funds like RTP and find ways to use this to better the sport.

  1. United Four Wheel Drive Association – Nothing.
  2. MW4WDA – nothing.
  3. WOHVA – they have secured 3 more years of events at Mole lake – so there will be at least 2 events a year on the property – the jamboree and GNTR – This year’s GNTR had a good turn out – noted that Jon is working towards getting more trails open on the property – this would allow for spreading out the trucks and keeping the trails in better condition – this could then allow for more events on the property.

Looking at moving towards a more focused goal between the WOHVA and W4WDA.  We hope to be able to join up with them for convention at some point – hopefully next year we can make this happen.

  1. Helen will be sending out a membership packet to Title Town Jeepers – they may be looking to join WI
  2. Lake States resource alliance has disbanded – funds were dispersed out to several different groups – W4WDA was not a recipient (Tax status has a play on that)
  3. Sauk Praire Recreation Area – Noted that there has been a lot of push back on the Sauk Prairie recreation area for anything motorized – this has even gotten to the point where a local rocketry club is being shot down… to use the area for rocket launching a few times a year.
  4. MRA – Luana reviewed what the MRA is responsible for – no new news on from the MRA
  5. Jesse and Joel will look into a Rally for 4 wheel to heal for Wisconsin – will need to head up the committee again to move this forward.

A proposal was made have an event or a convention at the Farm in Red Wing MN $40 a vehicle is the minim and we need to have 15 trucks – we would need to charge more to cover the additional insurance that the W4WDA would be responsible for if we decide to take in money for the association or a charity  –  would like to get a more formal proposal for January.

  1. WORVPI – nothing.
  2. AB369(Sticker/decal program) – Needs to be re-introduced.

VII. Region Vice President Reports

  1. Arnold Miller – Toys for Tots October 24 at Frontenac Farms, $25/truck + toy.
  2. Orlin Clark – Orlin and Ginny are celebrating their 50th anniversary.
  3. Helen Wagner – 4×4 Forever had a fund raiser for Old Glory Honor Flights, and volunteered at last Quarry Quest Charity event.

VIII. Break

  1. Old Business
  2. Winter meeting will be at Hidden Waters  Golf Course,  E4480 State Road 22-54  Waupaca, WI 54983 on January 9, 2016. Board meeting at 8:45am, membership meeting at 9:00am.  There will be a Pot Luck Lunch, W4WDA will provide sloppy joe and everyone else is asked to bring a dish.  (Anyone remember who was going to handle the sloppy joe?).  Arnold and Bev donated speakers and we will be setting up conference calling or skype for the meeting.
  3.   Spring Convention – Spring Convention is being hosted by 4×4 Forever Ltd. and will be at the Ramada Grand Seasons Hotel in Waupaca, WI(110 Grand Seasons Dr, Waupaca, WI 54981. 1-715-258-9212)Room rates are $89.99/night use code MW4WDA when reserving rooms.  on April 15-17, 2016. More info has been sent out and more will be.
  4. Trail Specifications requested by DNR – had seperate group meeting to discuss this.
  5. Houston Park is still moving forward – all land/property studies are completed and the town is all on-board. There is a new private park in MN that recently opened – that same group is planning on opening another private park near Houston http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/ohv/difficulty.html
  6. Conference Calling/Skype – Arny and Bev Miller donated speakers to use for this.  Will be tried at Winter meeting.
  7. New Business
  8. Any ideas where to host 4-wheel-to-heal or another event,  Let Jesse Thompson know.

   B. MW4WDA Fall 2016 Convention will be held at the Wintergreen Resort and Conference Center in the Wisconsin Dells again on October 16, 2016.  Sam Vandenberg will be handling this again.  room rates are $79.00/night.  100 North Gasser Road  (or 100 Gasser Road),  Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin  53965. 608-254-2285

 XI. Fall Election Results

   A. Region A Vice President – Arnold Miller

   B. Region B Assistant Vice President – Dave Bahr

   C. Region C Vice President – Helen Wagner

   D. Secretary –  Vacant, no nominations

Elections for fall 2016

   President – Sam Vandenberg

   Region B Vice President – Orlin Clark

   Region A Assistant Vice President – Nate Odman

   Region C Assistant Vice President – Jesse Thompson

   Treasurer – Mary Hoernke

   Secretary – Jan Kasper

XIII. Meeting Adjourned at 11:42am.

Does anyone know where the W4WDA banner/flag is?

Thank you Jesse for taking notes and video of the meeting.

Thank you to Jan Kasper for stepping up and volunteering to take the Secretary position later Saturday night after the meeting.

Fall Convention 2015

Fall meeting/convention will be held at the Wintergreen Resort and Conference Center October 16 – 18, 2015.  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 broncosam1618@yahoo.com.