I apologize for the lateness of this message… I’ve been very busy with N4WDA and personal projects and just didn’t take the time to write a timely message.
First, we would like to wish all our members a very Happy Holiday Season.
Sadly, we lost former Board of Directors member and Advisor to N4WDA, Craig McAllister, in late summer after suffering a long bout with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). We wish to express our sorrow to the McAllister family. Craig will also be missed by the N4WDA family. Craig was a long-time member of the Hills Angels 4 Wheel Drive Club in the Reno/Sparks area and we wish to thank the Hills Angels for the donation to N4WDA in his memory.
We hope you all have had a chance to visit our website, www.n4wda.org. Suzy Johnson is our new webmaster and she has created an all new website for us. Carole Vance, N4WDAVice President, will be working with Suzy to help keep the website current. If you have an upcoming event or other announcement that you would like placed on the N4WDA website, please send it to Carole at Vance63@charter.net and she will coordinate with Suzy to get it done.
- Association Board of Directors – HELP! Our Board of Directors is down to four active members(we can have up to seven members per our incorporation papers) and we need help in ensuring the future of N4WDA. If you have an interest in keeping Nevada’s public lands open for access for our and future generations, consider joining our Board. We meet 3 or 4 times per year at dates selected to have little interference with other commitments for our BoD members (our next meeting is Wednesday, March 13th at 9:00AM in Dayton,). If you like participating in the organization of events, etc., perhaps you might have interest. If you do have interest in joining our BoD, contact me, Larry Calkins, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 775-246-3212.
- Association Sponsorship – N4WDA is proud to announce that we have reached agreement with our first association sponsor, Extreme Terrain(XT). XT has a line of accessories, lift kits and other items for Jeep Wrangler vehicles. Check them out at www.extremeterrain.com.
- 3rd Annual N4WDA Silver State Poker Run – On September 15th we held our 3rd Poker Run that originated and ended at the Mark Twain Community Center, in Dayton. We had a turnout of about 40 entrants, that consisted of about a 50/50 mix of Jeeps,trucks, etc. and ATVs/UTVs. Also, for the 3rd time, we incurred no problems with mixing these vehicle types.
Nine days before the event, BLM called and informed us that the county and other public rights of way that we intended to use are considered to be BLM lands and require a Special Use Permit, which would take at least 180 days to obtain. We scrambled and hurriedly redesigned a route that used public and private roads staying off BLM property (I personally consider BLM property to be OUR property and we simply pay, through our taxes, the agency to manage or administrate these lands.)
We had a great hamburger and hot dog meal back at the Mark Twain Community Center followed by a kid’s raffle and the main raffle, which had a great array of prizes that were donated by manufacturers of OHV products, retailers and local merchants that support us, and a won by those buying tickets for the raffle. We wish to thank the donors as well as the ticket holders.
Thanks to N4WDA members (and especially the Komstock Krawlerz who turned out in great numbers for the event) the poker run event came off perfectly. Several participants wrote emails thanking us for a fun-filled event and wanting to be at next year’s 4th Annual Silver State Poker Run.
- February 15-17, 2019 – California 4WD Association 60th Annual Convention, Marriott Hotel, Rancho Cordova, CA.
- March 14-17, 2019 – Off Road Expo, Reno/Sparks Convention Center, Reno, NV.
- April 27, 2019 – 5th Annual N4WDA Swap Meet, location to be determined.
- August 8-11, 2019 – California 4WD Association’s Sierra Trek, Meadow Lake, northwest of Truckee, CA.
- September 14, 2019 – 4th Annual N4WDA Silver State Poker Run, Dayton, NV.
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 @ email@example.com
or me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
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!
- 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.
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
weekends in September (For information, call me at 775-246=3212 or email to the Association address}.
– August 10th through 13th –
Sierra Trek at Meadow Lake/Fordyce Trail – for information: www.cal4wheel.com/events
– September 16th
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
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 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.
- 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.
- 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.
We would like to wish you a happy and joyous New Year and wish many days of fun wheelin’ for you!
- 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.
- January 26 th – N4WDA Board of Directors Meeting. Contact us at email@example.com 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…