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Nevada Commission on Off Highway Vehicles announcement

On September 3rd the Nevada Commission on Off Highway Vehicles made the announcement: FUNDING ANNOUNCEMENT and REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL Fiscal Year 2015/16 This culminates over two years of meetings and necessitated legislative changes. This means that your club or other organization can apply for funds to accomplish projects that are of benefit to the OHV community. For further information, go to the NCOHV website, www.nvohv.com.

An N4WDA Update (or What We’ve Up To)

N4WDA Membership: N4WDA continues to grow steadily. We currently have about 125 members, representing over 300 family members spread through several states, including Business, Life and Individual Members. We have six member clubs, the southernmost in Pahrump, and one out-of-state club. We continue to take our membership efforts to various venues. The following is a list of near-future events that we will participate in: Sept. 19 – 2nd Annual N4WDA Family Fun Day, 4 Wheel Parts, Sparks, NV Sept. 26/27 – Silver State Rock Crawling Championship @ Wild West Motorsports Park, Sparks Oct. 16 & 17 – Ultra 4 Championship @ Wild West Motorsports Park, Sparks, NV Greater Sage Grouse: As of our last update, there were two populations of the Greater Sage-Grouse that were being proposed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) for possible inclusion as endangered species under the Endangered Species Act. The Bi-State Distinct Population Segment (DPS), 1.8 million acres, covers the Pine Nut and Sweetwater ranges from Gardnerville, NV, to near Bishop, CA, encompassing eleven counties in both states. Late this past spring, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced that the DPS was being dropped for consideration for listing because of an increase in bird population and the implementation of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest’s plan to conserve the bird’s habitat. However, the Northeastern California and Nevada Population, 18 million acres in Nevada alone, along with that of the ten other states’ populations of Greater Sage-Grouse and despite such groups as the Western Governor’s Conference, the affected states’ departments of fish and game, and many other organizations, remains a candidate for inclusion as an endangered species. The decision date by FWS is soon… September 15th. N4WDA has participated as a member of the Blue Ribbon Coalition’s Greater Sage-Grouse working group and BRC has been, in turn, a part of other coalitions (mining, oil, ranching, etc.) all who are working toward plans to preclude the need for listing the bird. What does this mean for our membership? The plans by USFS and the BLM for management of the bird’s critical habitat will not be as stringent as they would be if FWS decides to list the Greater Sage-Grouse as endangered. We stand to, perhaps, lose some access to the affected habitat areas during the breeding season if the bird remains unlisted, but may very well be entirely restricted from this habitat if the bird becomes designated as endangered. N4WDA has written its letters to FWS, USFS and BLM to make our position on the listing of the Greater Sage-Grouse well known – we support reasonable plans to save and improve the grouse habitat (the sagebrush steppe) but oppose the listing under the Endangered Species Act. ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT: As for the Endangered Species Act, as it currently is enacted, there are numerous proposals in Congress to amend it, some major, some minor. As it currently is being used, the ESA is being used as a tool by the environmentalists to restrict habitat areas. The species itself, is secondary to the wishes of the environmental community in regard to their wishes for the affected habitat area, usually to restrict development. The current administration has promised “Good Science” in determination of whether a candidate species is listed under the ESA, but most reports seem to be the opinion of some expert, without scientific data backup, that are used in the determination. An example: OHV recreation affects the Sage-Grouse during the mating season and must be restricted (this must be common sense); however, there has never been a definitive scientific study to prove or disprove this notion. Scientific data, not perceived “common sense” must be used in these determinations. Another ESA item is “Sue and Settle”. This is where FWS makes a determination that the environmentalists disagree with, the environmentalists give a notice of intent to sue or start a lawsuit and then FWS settles with these groups to avoid the cost and hassle of defending their position. This puts the Endangered Species Act in the hands of the legal system and not in the hands of FWS, who are, under the act, the determining agency. Eldorado NF 42 Trails: compacted As of this writing, twelve of the original forty two trails remain closed. As I’ve explained in previous writings, the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) sued the Eldorado National Forest (ENF) alleging that the ENF failed to take into consideration its own Standard & Guideline #100 (S&G 100) when evaluating these trails for inclusion in the ENF Travel Plan. S&G 100 deals with “connectivity of water flows across wet meadows” (an example would be if a trail cause the meadow’s soil to become compacted, therefore restricting normal water flow in the meadow). The court agreed and ordered ENF to close these 42 trails and evaluate and mitigate S&G 100 problems before these trails would reopen. Shortly after the court’s ruling, 18 of these trails were released from inclusion for several reasons (such as the affected meadow being on private land instead of ENF land). Over the last two years, several of the remaining trails have reopened after mitigation of the S&G 100 problem. This group includes the Richardson Lake and Barrett Lake trails. The remainder (12 trails) remain closed pending ENF’s mitigation of the problem meadows. However, one trail remains a problem for N4WDA members, the Deer Valley Trail. Deer Valley Trail: The Deer Valley Trail is, next to the Rubicon, the most-travelled trail in the Eldorado NF. It is also one of the remaining twelve trails that remain unopened pending resolution of S&G 100 meadow problems. But, THERE IS NO S&G 100 PROBLEM ON THIS TRAIL, OR HAS THERE EVER BEEN. Last summer, N4WDA, along with other appellants to the ENF Travel Plan, was invited to attend an interdisciplinary team trip to discuss the S&G 100 problem at Deer Valley itself. When we pointed out to the team that the second page of the hydrologist’s report describing the area where this problem existed did not match the land that we were actually looking at, the ENF hydrologist (not the one that was on the report – he was no longer on the ENF) stated that THERE IS NO S&G 100 problem and, if he were filling out the form, would not have checked the appropriate box. The team then looked at other problems that WE pointed out that had been recommended by the South County Trail-Riders of San Jose, CA, the Adopt-A-Trail club during the last 37 years that had fallen on deaf ears. These included some trail re-routes to get the trail away from the bank of the stream at Clover and Deer valleys, some repair of the stream bank where some renegade wheelers had taken upon themselves to create a new crossing, etc. The team suggested hardening the Deer Valley stream crossing to alleviate any silt that might accumulate, from being released downstream when a vehicle crosses the stream. They also stated that the Yosemite Toad, an Endangered Species List candidate may have to be considered. The Forest Supervisor, Laurence Crabtree, agreed that ENF would seek a letter from the FWS stating that there would be “no significant impact” to the Yosemite Toad if this trail were to reopen. The trail was to reopen upon receipt of this letter (which, as of this writing, has never been written, ostensibly due to a lack of time as a result of the King Fire last September on the ENF). The user groups stated that volunteer help would be offered to ENF to accomplish these goals. NONE OF THESE OTHER PROBLEMS HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE CLOSURE OF THE TRAIL UNDER THE S&G 100 COURT RULING. N4WDA feels that this trail is illegally closed by ENF and is exploring litigation, with other stakeholders and organizations. This is a perfect case of “obstructionism” by ENF since they fear litigation by environmentalist groups if the trail should reopen. “Running scared” is not an acceptable excuse by N4WDA. Meanwhile, ENF, Amador Ranger District, has just released an Environmental Assessment, that, under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), states ENF’s intention to accomplish these non-S&G 100 goals and sets four alternatives for comment. These alternatives vary, chiefly, in trail closure dates for protection of the Yosemite Toad. N4WDA suggested that instead of ENF’s proposed Alternative #1, which sets the annual trail-opening date of July 31st (totally arbitrary) the date be determined by the snow melt and water on the trail, which is listed as Alternative #3. In most years, the trail is dry by July 1st, and this year would have been dry by June 15th (let’s, once again, use “good science” in this determination. By the way, after we submitted our comments resulting in Alternative #3, the environmentalists submitted comments resulting in Alternative #4, suggesting that July 31st might be too early for trail opening. We need your help! Please go to: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45439, the website for this Environmental Assessment, and submit your comment by September 11th supporting Alternative #3. NEVADA COMMISSION ON OFF HIGHWAY VEHICLES: Despite the agonizingly slow process of doing Commission business within the state regulations, the Commission has made some very measurable progress since our last report. The NCOHV, at its latest (August 20th) meeting determined that $700,000 will be made available for the OHV Grant Program, for which the Requests for Grant Proposals will be released, hopefully, within the next month. These grants will be made available to organizations and clubs recognized by the Secretary of State’s office (your group does NOT have to be a federal 501(c) organization, a state incorporation is all that is necessary (it is easy to obtain if your group is not Nevada-incorporated). These grants can be used for items such as trail maintenance equipment, the establishment of a trailhead with parking and potties, an education program, etc., anything for the betterment of OHV recreation. The Commissioners are to be commended for their work in re-creating the NCOHV and those of you who have been paying your sticker fees will see some long-awaited results. This is a BIG WIN for N4WDA and the other user groups who have taken the Commission to task, insisting that the NCOHV legally administer the program for the betterment of the OHV community. H.R. 1497: This bill, titled “Honor the Nevada Enabling Act of 1864 Act”, introduced by Representative Mark Amodei on March 19th and referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources, directs the Secretary of Agriculture and the Secretary of the Interior to convey certain Federal lands to the State of Nevada. This bill is the first attempt to cause the Federal government to cede most of the Federal lands, other than military bases, to Nevada. Several other states, notably Utah, are also considering like bills. However, only Nevada has 87% of its lands managed by the Federal government. There are pros and cons… this would allow control of these lands closer to home, but would create a land management problem that Nevada, as it now stands, is ill-equipped to handle. N4WDA will be keeping a close watch on this and similar bills, commenting when and where necessary. Although it may seem that we don’t communicate well with the membership, we are very busy working on your behalf. We are always discussing ways to be more informative and communicate with you more frequently, but alas, just like you, we, as volunteers, have families and responsibilities too. Larry

4×4 Swap Meet

The Nevada Four Wheel Association will hold its First Annual 4×4 Swap Meet starting at 8:00 AM, Saturday, April 25th at 4 Wheel Parts, 40 Victorian Avenue, Sparks, NV. The Swap Meet is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!!! Come, bring your treasures, and buy, sell or swap for new (to you) stuff… Come on, everyone has some extra stuff cluttering the garage, shop or yard or, if you don’t, ya’all need some. Fun for the whole family! The cost of a display space for this first-time event is only $10.00. We will have people on site at 7:00 AM to assist you with your space. N4WDA will have our Membership Booth and FOOD (hamburgers & dogs) at the meet.  Also, 4 Wheel Parts is allowing us to use the RTI Ramp and the Rock Crawl during the Swap Meet. For further information, or to reserve a space, call Larry at 775-246-3212.

N4WDA 4×4 Swap Meet – April 25th

The Nevada Four Wheel Association will hold a 4×4 Swap Meet at 8:00 AM, Saturday, April 28th at 4 Wheel Parts, 40 Victorian Avenue, Sparks, NV. The Swap Meet is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!!! Come, bring your treasures, and buy, sell or swap for new (to you) stuff… Come on, everyone has some extra stuff cluttering the garage, shop or yard or, if you don’t, ya’all need some. Fun for the whole family! The cost of a display space is only $10.00, but, if you become a new member of N4WDA between March 20th (at the OHV Expo www.lockettshows.com) and the Swap Meet, we will give you a free space. We will have people on site at 7:00 AM to assist you with your space. N4WDA will have our Membership Booth and FOOD (hamburgers & dogs) at the meet. Also, 4 Wheel Parts is allowing us to use the RTI Ramp and the Rock Crawl during the Swap Meet. For further information, or to reserve a space, call Larry at 775-246-3212.

Join us at the Jamboree

During the week of July 13th through 19th, the Nevada Four Wheel Drive Association will be presenting, with Carrera Performance Group, the 1st Annual Silver State 4X4 and UTV Jamboree. We feel that the Reno/Sparks area, with its many roads and trails is the perfect setting for an event that will draw OHV enthusiasts from across the nation. This is the year in which we will get our feet wet and learn for future events. The base location will be at the Nugget (formerly John Ascuaga’s Nugget) in Sparks, NV. On Sunday, July 13th, come to the Meet and Greet for N4WDA and the Blue Ribbon Coalition. Meet your N4WDA directors and Del Albright, Director of Operations for the Blue Ribbon Coalition as well as other OHV leaders. The Meet and Greet will be in the Southern Pacific B meeting room starting at 5:00 PM on Sunday, July 13th (we’ve been saying from 5 to6 PM, but we have the room from 3:00 to 9:00. Don Spuhler and I can’t make it before 5 PM because we’re returning from the Niagara Poker Run in the Sonora Pass area). On Monday, July 14th, there will be an OHV Leadership Summit, by invitation only, where leaders of OHV groups and the OHV industry will discuss issues associated with the future of OHV recreation. On Tuesday, July 15th, there will be 4X4 and UTV trips led by volunteers to local trails and destinations. Because we are not advertising and pre-registering for these rides, there will be a sign-up sheet at the Silver State Jamboree room at the Nugget and if enough interest is shown for a local trail or destination, the volunteers will lead the participants to that trail or area. If there are multiple trails signed up for, the volunteers will lead multiple trips. However, if only a few select a trail, those may be combined with a trip to another trail of about the same difficulty. On Wednesday, July 16th, the RallyVenture is to be held. This is an event combining an off road rally with geocaching (and a few other things). Since N4WDA is not involved with the RallyVenture, check out silverstatejamboree.com for information. If there is enough interest, there is the possibility of more 4X4 and UTV trail rides. Check at the Nugget. On Thursday, July 17th, there will be more 4×4 and UTV trail rides, just like Tuesday. On Friday, July 18th, there will be practice and qualifying for the HellsGate Grand Prix, an Ultra 4 race (King of the Hammers– type vehicles) to be held on Saturday at the Wild West Motorsports Park, at the Mustang exit from I-80 east of Sparks. N4WDA will have the membership booth set up in the manufacturers display area. There will be a free Show ‘n Shine along the entrance path, so shine ‘em up, bring ‘em out and show ‘em off! Lastly, on Saturday, July 19th, the HellsGate Grand Prix race will be held at the Wild West Motorsports Park. N4WDA will again have the membership booth set up in the manufacturers display area. If you can make it to any of the events, please come. Support N4WDA in its efforts to help make the 1st Annual Silver State Jamboree a success. Be sure to drop by and say hi to the N4WDA volunteers during this week. If you are available to volunteer to help N4WDA during this event, please email me at nevada.4wd@att.net. Larry

Lassen Applegate Emigrant Trail Ride – by High Rock Trekkers 4WD Club

This is a 4WD trip for high clearance 4WD vehicles only. The route used will follow the same trail heavily used during the Gold Rush (1849-1852) with exception of a few areas where the original trail still remains in relatively pristine condition and needs to be preserved. The condition of the road ranges from maintained county roads to un-maintained 4WD trails. This is 200 miles of a guided 4-wheel drive tour of the 1849 wagon route used by thousands of emigrants from Imlay, Nevada to Surprise Valley, California. Superb desert and mountain scenery with many historical points of interest, led by experienced guides. All quality meals and basic camping facilities are provided. Limited to 25 vehicles. The Emigrants wrote in their diaries such a good description of this trip that we can identify all of the key points of interest in the history of the route. It is not a difficult trip but there are places where 4WD will be required or where trail committee instructions must be followed. Camping the first night will be on private property. The second night will be at Stevens Camp where basic facilities are located, such as a toilet, non-potable water and possibly hot showers. You will need a tent, chairs and sleeping bags. The price is $275* for adults and $150* for children age 7 to 14. Children under 7 are free. Price includes all meals from breakfast Saturday through lunch on Monday. Bring your own snacks, refreshments and plenty of drinking water. A travel guide with a map will be provided for each vehicle so that you may keep track of your progress and learn what the emigrants wrote down about their harrowing experiences. On Friday evening, there is an introductory get together and meeting. You will receive a packet with more information once you register. For more information see www.highrocktrekkers.com or contact: Warner Anderson, Registration Chair 6140 Andersen Court Stagecoach NV 89429 775-629-9232 or 775-315-3945 wana7448@sbcglobal.net

Nevada Four Wheel Drive Association and Local 4×4 Clubs Clean Up El Dorado Canyon!

In this 25-minutes, see how much these volunteer four-wheelers value their trails and public lands. The clean-up began at 8 a.m. with a double-dumpster stop conclusion nearly twelve hours later! Two rusted motor vehicles and an abandoned projection screen television were among trash and human debris that filled a half-dozen trailers and pickup beds! El Dorado Canyon’s pristine, spring-fed creek feeds cottonwoods and other habitat at this high desert destination. Join the call to action!

Dog Valley Project – June 14th

Volunteers Needed – Saturday June 14th Time once again for the 4×4 community to do even more good. This time, it’s the Dog Valley Meadow Barricade Project. Humboldt Toiyabe National Forest, Hills Angels, Nevada 4 Wheel Drive Association, Reno4x4.com and many others are working together to install 1500 feet of barricade along the sensitive areas on the Dog Valley meadow forest service road. This is similar to the Dutch Louie Flat, Big Meadow, Dog Valley-Summit One barricades. NV Energy has donated the power poles needed as well as many of the special tools, the forest service has paid for delivery and all the other materials needed. N4WDA has chipped in for food (still seeking more donations) and Hills Angels will be doing the cooking and site coordination. PLEASE POST UP on Reno4x4.com if you are coming so we have some idea of crew sizes and food requirements. From Verdi take Bridge Street to Dog Valley Grade, stay right at the summit and go down the hill into Dog Valley. At the bottom of the grade take the first right and go about a quarter of a mile. Come on out and make a difference! http://www.reno4x4.com/forum/showthread.php/77209-Dog-Valley-Project-June-14th

CARRERA PERFORMANCE GROUP, AND THE NEVADA FOUR WHEEL DRIVE ASSOCIATION PARTNER

The Carrera Performance Group, LLC and the Nevada Four Wheel Drive Association have partnered to add another feature to the already full week of activities planned for the Silver State 4WD&UTV Jamboree July 13-19, 2014. In an effort to promote motorized recreation in Northern Nevada, and responsible OHV use, the Nevada Four Wheel Drive Association will take ownership of the trail ride aspect of the week long OHV celebration. “This partnership takes our trail ride element to a whole new level.” Said event promoter Jeff Knoll, “We have been negotiating to open up some popular trails on private property, and this partnership gets the best trail leaders and land stewards teaching and promoting responsible travel practices. I am hopeful this will lead to a massive amount of trail riding opportunities as the event grows.” The partnership allows the the association to take ownership of the trail ride portion of the event and presenting northern Nevada trail opportunities, and development of trail systems that will make the Silver State 4WD&UTV Jamboree a premiere OHV event. Trail Rides in most cases will be free of charge in 2014, but membership in the Nevada Four Wheel Drive Association is encouraged. While protection of Nevada trail opportunities are paramount to the Association, education and stewardship remain a high priority. Additional Trail Ride information will be published as available. In addition Silver State jamboree attendees will be able to learn more about trails at the event in the lobby of the Nugget Casino. http://silverstatejamboree.com/trail-rides/carrera-performance-group-and-the-nevada-four-wheel-drive-association-partner/
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