Help Needed!!!

We are in need of more help from you, the membership in putting on our N4WDA events. The same members from the same clubs have been providing the manpower and we don’t want to lose them from burn-out. We need fresh blood!!!

Particularly, we need someone (or group) to step up and do the cooking (hamburgers and hot dogs) for the Fall Swap Meet, Saturday, October 13th at 4 Wheel Parts in Sparks, NV.

The Association will provide the food and drinks as well as the needed equipment (grill, tables, EZ-Up, etc.), all we’re asking is for some one to flip burgers on the grill.

If you can help, email Doug Barr @ dougbarr@charter.net or me at nv4wda@charter.net.

Additionally, we can use help with our membership booth and/or committee help at these events:

  • Ultra 4 World Championships – October 19 & 20 at Wild West Motorsports Park, Mustang, NV
  • Off Road Expo – March 14-17, 2019 at Reno/Sparks Convention Center, Reno, NV
  • N4WDA 5th Annual Spring Swap Meet – Time and place to be determined
  • 4th Annual N4WDA Silver State Poker Run – Time and place to be determined

Working at our events is a FUN way to spend some time with your buddies and meet new friends with the same interest as yours. No one is overworked and you get to participate in or watch the event taking place – and the admission is Free!

Larry Calkins

Membership Update – July 31, 2017

I apologize for the long period between updates, but our family has been involved in some medical issues for our son and we have been travelling between Dayton, Stanford University Medical Center and the Sacramento Area where he remains hospitalized.

However, Patti and I are planning our annual two weeks at Meadow Lake, CA, for the 50th Sierra Trek event sponsored by the California Four Wheel Drive Association. This will be our 37th consecutive Trek, so we don’t want to break the string!

Current Issues:

  • Washoe County Lands Bill – Properly called the Washoe County Economic Development and Conservation Act – Washoe County, in cooperation with the Friends of Nevada Wilderness (FNW) have prepared a bill request whereby certain public lands would be withdrawn for various purposes, including seven new Wilderness areas in northern Washoe County.

The Washoe County Lands Bill seems to be in a limbo state. It seems that all land use issues are stalled until the Presidential appointments for Interior, BLM, US Fish and Wildlife, Agriculture and US Forest Service are completed and these people are at work, most, if not all land use issues are stalled. Congress is busy with the health insurance bills, among others, and very little is moving through the committees.

  • National Monuments –

President Trump has concern over those National Monuments that were created by past Presidents under the Antiquities Act which gives the President the authority to designate areas of high cultural significance as National Monuments. He has detailed Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zinke, to review approximately sixty National Monuments, including the Gold Butte and Basin and Range National Monuments in Nevada that were created by President Obama. He is to assess their size and suitability for monument status and report back to the President by the end of August.

Secretary Zinke is in Nevada today to review the Gold Butte and Basin and Range National Monuments.

It is not known whether the President will reduce or increase the size of these monument areas and draw lawsuits from environmental organizations who would challenge the President’s authority to eliminate or make boundary changes to existing monuments.

Permitting on Federal Lands –

The President has directed the Secretary of Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture to streamline the process for obtaining special land use permits. We are watching this closely as it affects the Association and our member clubs that wish to obtain permits to put on events on the public lands.

Deer Valley –

After four years of closure due to a Forest Service paperwork error, the Deer Valley Jeep Trail, located between California Highways 88 and 4 in the Eldorado National Forest, will reopen on August 3rd. There are work parties scheduled for the 2nd, 3rd and 4th weekends in September (For information, call me at 775-246=3212 or email to the Association address}.

Upcoming Events:

–         August 10th through 13th – 50th Sierra Trek at Meadow Lake/Fordyce Trail – for information: www.cal4wheel.com/events.

–         September 16th – 2nd Annual N4WDA Silver State Poker Run – Dayton Area – This event is our annual N4WDA fundraiser (see attached flyer) which will be held on Saturday, September 16th at the Mark Twain Community Center in Dayton, NV.

The poker run is a three-hour event on private land and each entrant draws five poker cards at checkpoints throughout the run. The 1st, 2nd and 3rd best poker hands receive cash awards plus wall plaques commemorating the event.

The registration includes, in addition to one poker hand, a dash plaque, a meal (hamburgers, hot dogs, beans, salad and soft drink) and a raffle ticket. Additional poker hands, meals and raffle tickets are available for purchase. Kids will receive a raffle ticket for a kid’s raffle.

The raffle will include thousands of dollars’ worth of prizes obtained from major national and local donors.

Last year’s event was enjoyed by all and this year’s event will be even bigger and more fun so print out and mail the attached registration form or contact Carole Vance, Registration Chairman, at 775-246-4099 or atvance63@charter.net or go to the N4WDA website events page.

Please mark this on your calendar as a must attend and help support your Association. Volunteer help is also appreciated, also contact Carole.

Larry

Membership Update – February 9, 2017

Current Issues:

  • Washoe County Lands Bill – Properly called the Washoe County Economic Development and Conservation Act – Washoe County, in cooperation with the Friends of Nevada Wilderness (FNW) are preparing a bill request whereby certain public lands would be withdrawn for various purposes.
    On January 19 th , N4WDA sent letters to Senator Heller and Congressman Amodei urging them to remove the unwritten rule (from Senator Reid) that ALL public land transfers contain a Wilderness Component and to work for the release of all Wilderness Study Areas (WSA’s) which were supposed to be examined by Congress and either made into Wilderness or released as unsuitable for Wilderness and have not been acted upon for up to 53 years.
    We received a letter back from the Jeremy Harrell in Senator Heller’s office stating that they are in complete agreement with the items we asked for and that they have been working on the WSA release. Jeremy also stated that he would like to meet with me on Wilderness matters when he is back in the area.
    On January 30 th , the Public Land Access Network – High Desert Coalition (PLAN-HDC), an organization that N4WDA has been actively working with, sent a letter to the Washoe County Supervisors (5) and the County Commissioner advising them of problems with the following items in the Wilderness component of the proposed bill:

    • The Wilderness component, as attached to the bill, cannot be found on the Washoe County website along with the Urban Interface component of the proposed bill (you must go to the Friends of Nevada Wilderness website and then find their “Wild Nevada” page to find maps of the Wilderness component).
    • The proposed Wilderness component runs afoul of the Wilderness Act of 1964 in that it modifies the boundaries of existing Wilderness Study Areas and adds lands that were not studied to these WSA’s to create the Wilderness areas in the component.
    • There was never a stakeholders meeting to get proper public comment on the proposed withdrawal of public lands as required by the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA).
    • There is a conflict created with the Sage Grouse critical habitat restoration being done by the BLM because of the restrictions on motorized vehicle use within a Wilderness area. Also, there are those who currently hold grazing permits in these areas and need the use of motorized or mechanized transportation to develop and maintain water sources not only for their animals, but also for other wild animals.

Now for the good news: Commissioner Jeanne Herman has told us that as of the last meeting, the Washoe County Commission has decided to drop the Wilderness component from the Lands Bill so that it can move forward and be introduced in by Senator Heller and/or Congressman Amodei in the next few days. It is now time for us to shift our focus from Wilderness to the Urban Interface component of the Lands Bill, working through Senator Heller and Congressman Amodei.

Coming Events:

  • February 18 th , Four Wheel Parts has asked us to support their Grand Re-opening of the Sparks store, so, weather permitting, N4WDA and some of our member clubs will be on hand to talk with folks and, perhaps get a few new members. If you have the time, please drop by and check out the remodel of the store and, by all means, come and see us at the N4WDA booth.
  • March 11 th , Four Wheel Parts is holding their annual Madness in March event and they have asked us to have our membership booth at the event. We will be there, weather permitting…
  • March 17 th through 19 th , the Off-Road Expo at the Reno/Sparks Convention Center. We will have vehicles on display and our membership booth will be present so stop by and say HI! to those of us that will be working in the booth. Also, on Saturday afternoon, we will hold an Open Meeting where our members and the general public can be updated on what we are doing and interact with the Board of Directors.
  • May 6 th , Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful annual cleanup
  • April 22 nd , 3 rd Annual N4WDA Swap Meet – location to be determined.
  • May 20 th & 21 st , Pine Nuts Mountains Trails Association annual clean-ups
  • September 16 th , 2 nd Annual N4WDA Silver State Poker Run – Dayton Area – Details to come.

Larry

Membership Update – January 7, 2017

We would like to wish you a happy and joyous New Year and wish many days of fun wheelin’ for you!

Current Issues:

  • Expansion of the Navy’s Fallon Range Training Complex – The US Navy has applied to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to continue to use the site of the Fallon Range Training Complex and to expand it to include more than 600,000 acres of additional public land. As a result of the Navy’s withdrawal application, the BLM has segregated the proposed expansion area from appropriation under the public land laws. The two-year segregation is obligatory while the Navy prepares an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on its expansion and extension proposals for the Fallon site.
    On November 9 th , 2016, we, along with Greg McKay, Chairman of the Nevada Commission on OHV (NCOHV); Jenny Scanland, Secretary of the NCOHV: Don Amador, Field Representative, Sharetrails/Blue Ribbon Coalition; Doug Holcomb, Pine Nut Mountains Trails Association and Eric Anderson, Motorcycle Industry Council, met with representatives from the US Navy.
    The Navy team made a presentation about what training goes on at NAS Fallon, and the need for the expansion to accommodate modern weapons training for the next twenty years. The presentation was very complete and we came away with an understanding of the situation.
    The deadline for comments on the expansion was set at December 12 th , 2016, and N4WDA submitted a letter that included suggestions that, because the B-16 range is used for Navy Seal training, primarily small caliber weapons and no airborne ordinance is involved on this range, that the expansion area be shared with the public when no active training is being accomplished.
    We also suggested that a small shift be done to the B-17 range that would allow access to a major trail and move the airborne training further from Middlegate, a popular OHV area on US 50.
    Finally, we supported a suggestion by Sharetrails/Blue Ribbon Coalition that a section be added to the authorization Bill that Congress designate a suitable section of BLM land, acreage equal to that lost to the expansion, as a dedicated OHV area to be managed as such.
    It wil be several years before the final bill goes to Congress, so we wait and see.
  • Nellis Air Force Base Expansion – Like the NAS Fallon Expansion, Nellis AFB is also asking for 2,900,000 acres to expand their weapons range (aka Area 51). This consists of expansion of the area between US 95 and the existing range from Creech AFB at Indian Springs to just south of Beatty. Another area wraps from the southern edge of the existing range southeast to near Alamo, which is a heavily used OHV area.
    Like the NAS Fallon response, we asked that a section be added to the authorization Bill that Congress designate a suitable section of BLM or USFS lands, acreage equal to that lost to the expansion, as a dedicated OHV area to be managed as such.
    Once again, we will wait and see.
  • Washoe County Lands Bill – Washoe County, in cooperation with the Friends of Nevada Wilderness (FNW) are preparing a bill request whereby certain public lands would be withdrawn for various purposes.
    We have attended several Washoe County Commission Meetings and, so far, nothing has been submitted to either Senator Heller or Representative Amodei.
    We have written a letter to Senator Heller asking him, since he is the senior Senator from Nevada, to do away with Senator Reid’s unwritten law that every Nevada lands bill have a Wilderness Component. We urged him to consider Wilderness areas on their own merits. We also asked him to urge Congress to move on the 53-year- old release of the Wilderness Study Areas (WSA’s) per the procedures sent forth in the Wilderness Act of 1964. We are also writing a similar letter to Congressman Amodei.
    We will continue to write letters to the County Commissioners urging them to drop the Wilderness component from the desired land transfers in the Reno urban interface (which also has some problems with access to areas withdrawn from BLM.
  • S. 22/H.R.243 – Senator Heller and Congressman Amodei have introduce the Nevada Land Sovereignty Act, legislation that prevents the threat of executive action designating or expanding national monuments without Congressional approval or local support.
    This, because of President Obama, using his powers under the Antiquities Act, recently designated the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah and the Gold Butte National Monument in Southern Nevada (a favor to Senator Reid before his resignation). Both monuments had heavy opposition by locals and by the state Congressional representatives. Instead of these monuments being brought before Congress (the normal way), President Obama decided to use his heavy hand and unilaterally designated these monuments before leaving office. There is a move already to have President-elect Trump or Congress override these designations after the inauguration.

Coming Events:

  • January 26 th – N4WDA Board of Directors Meeting. Contact us at nevada.4wd@att.net if you would like to attend and we’ll send directions to the meeting site. Remember, all our meetings are open to our membership and to the public as well. We just need to know how many folks will show up.
  • March 17 th through 19 th , the Off-Road Expo at the Reno/Sparks Convention Center. We will have vehicles on display and our membership booth present so stop by and say HI! to those of us that will be working in the booth. Also, probably on Saturday afternoon, we will hold an open meeting where the members and the public can see and talk with the Board of Directors.
  • KTMB and Pine Nuts Mountains Trails Association clean-ups, dates and times to be determined.
  • We will set a date for the 3 rd Annual N4WDA Swap Meet, so start diggin’ your junk out and bring it to the meet where you can trade it for someone else’s junk. Lots of fun!!
  • Four Wheel Parts has asked us to support their Grand Re-opening of the Sparks store on February 18th and their Madness in March event on March 11 th . We will be there, weather permitting…

Larry

Membership Update – September 22, 2016

Since the last update, many things have happened and I finally have enough time to send out this update.

First, N4WDA has become a 501(c)7 corporation. This makes us a not-for-profit corporation in the eyes of the US government. Our first act, when we started in February, 2013, was to obtain a charter from the State of Nevada recognizing us as a not-for-profit corporation in Nevada. This federal recognition will give us more stature when dealing with corporations and government agencies.

This 501(c)7 status does not mean that donors can deduct their contributions to us from their personal income taxes… that would be a 501(c)3 charitable foundation. As we grow, the Board of Directors will consider creation of a conservation and education foundation whereby N4WDA and its member clubs can apply for and receive grants from other organizations and corporations for projects that would benefit our members and others.

1st Annual N4WDA Silver State Poker Run – September 10th On Saturday, September 10th, we held our first off-highway fund-raising event. The poker run began and ended at the Mark Twain Community Center in Dayton, NV.

We developed a route of 26.2 miles across county roads and private property that provided some interesting 4 wheeling in an area that even the local folks had not seen. The participants drove Jeeps, trucks and ATV’s and the route took about 4 hours for most to complete. This route was completed following the clues in a “tulip rally” format whereby they followed drawings of intersections and mileages between these intersections. No one got permanently lost, but most had a few misdirections.

Upon finishing the event, the top three poker hands were awarded prizes and the attendees enjoyed hamburgers and hot dogs, followed by a super raffle.

We were surprised that more people from California registered for the event than from Nevada.

Current Issues:

  • Expansion of the Navy’s Fallon Range Training Complex – The US Navy has applied to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to continue to use the site of the Fallon Range Training Complex and to expand it to include more than 600,000 acres of additional public land. As a result of the Navy’s withdrawal application, the BLM has segregated the proposed expansion area from appropriation under the public land laws. The two-year segregation is obligatory while the Navy prepares an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on its expansion and extension proposals for the Fallon site.

 As a result, the Navy will hold seven public meetings on this expansion and extension. The BLM, Federal Aviation Administration, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service will participate as cooperating agencies in the preparation of the EIS.

N4WDA and its partners need to know YOUR knowledge of the OHV trails that will be impacted by this withdrawal which includes lands near Middlegate and Lake Lahontan.

Please go to the following website for the project area maps and information and to submit comments: https://frtcmodernization.com.

The following is a schedule of the Navy’s public meetings:

  • Fallon Convention Center, Fallon, 3-7 PM, October 3rd
  • Pershing County Community Center, Lovelock, 11 AM – 1 PM, October 4th
  • Evelyn Mount Northeast Community Center, Reno, 5-7 PM, October 4th
  • Emma Nevada Town Hall, Austin,5-7 PM, October 5th
  • Eureka Elementary School, Eureka, 5-7 PM, October 6th
  • Hawthorne Convention Center, Hawthorne, 11 AM – 1 PM, October 7th
  • Gabbs School Gymnasium, Gabbs, 5-7 PM, October 7th
  • Washoe County Lands Bill – Washoe County, in cooperation with the Friends of Nevada Wilderness (FNW) are preparing a bill request whereby certain public lands would be withdrawn for various purposes.

 A public open house on this issue was held on Friday, September 16th and again on Monday, September 19th at the Washoe County Administrative Complex in Reno. We were told that the areas around Reno were withdrawn for new water tanks, water lines, etc. and that the total acreage of the lands shown on their maps would be reduced as the entities requesting these lands finalized their requests. We also noticed that lands showing on the maps as being withdrawn for the Reno–Sparks Indian Colony (RSIC) and the Pyramid Lake Indian Reservation are already, in part, included in H.R. 2733 (Rep. Mark Amodei) the “Nevada Nations Land Act”. Our concerns with the Washoe County Lands Bill is that it appears that the lands withdrawn for the RSIC are far greater than those in H.R. 2733, and that they, although the RSIC has stated for H.R. 2733 that the OHV use on the current Cold Springs-Moon Rocks OHV Area would continue, we have no such assurances in this expanded lands bill.

The Washoe County open house did not address those lands being requested by FNW. In fact, if you went to the meeting and viewed the maps that were posted and asked about the various withdrawals, you would get the feeling that this was all that is included in this bill (almost as if Washoe County were helping to hide the FNW parcels). For further information and maps for the Washoe County Lands Bill visit the following site: https://www.washoecounty.us/csd/planning_and_development/conservation-act.php

The FNW proposes that 494,793 acres be withdrawn for creation of six new Wilderness areas in northern Washoe County (a half-million acres represents a huge portion of the county, considering that there are already several Wilderness areas already in existence in the Black Rock/High Rock area). For information and maps go to: http://www.nevadawilderness.org/wildwashoe

We need your input on these areas, where do you go to hunt, fish and otherwise use your OHV? We need information so that we, along with our affiliated organizations can formulate our opposition to the creation of these new Wilderness areas.

  • Pershing County Lands Bill – There is a proposed lands bill for Pershing County that transfers some of the BLM-managed “checkerboard” lands (dating back to the building of the Central Pacific Railroad whereby alternating sections of land for 20 miles either side of the right of way were granted to finance the building of the railroad and the other alternating sections to remain in federal ownership) to the county to aid in economic development including sales of lands to operating mining projects.

 Additionally, the lands bill would create 76,161 acres of new Wilderness in four areas and has language to release the remaining Wilderness Study Areas in the county (good luck… the feds were supposed to release these WSAs thirty or more years ago but the environmentalist organizations have prevented their release).

Once again, we need your information on use within the proposed Wilderness areas so that we can coordinate our opposition with our affiliated organizations. In this case, the small miners, specifically the GPAA of Northern Nevada, are adamantly opposed citing mineral potential in these areas.

For further information and maps for the Pershing County Lands Bill see:

http://pershingcounty.net/index.php/Lands-Information/pershing-county-lands.html

Nevada Commission on OHV (NCOHV) – In May of this year, the NCOHV was placed within the Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR). The NCOHV is currently involved in a grants cycle whereby qualified applicants may be awarded grants for projects beneficial to the OHV community.

Since its inception, the NCOHV has operated as a stand-alone commission, but had been seeking a home in an existing department in order to be able to have office space and a permanent mailing address as well as house its newly-hired Executive Secretary.

The next meeting of the NCOHV will be on October 6th. For meeting information and to obtain the supporting materials, go to the Commission website: http://nvohv.com.

That’s all for now.  Please email us at nevada_4wd@yahoo.com to provide input on the above items or any concerns you might have.

Larry

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