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 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 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 or contact: Warner Anderson, Registration Chair 6140 Andersen Court Stagecoach NV 89429 775-629-9232 or 775-315-3945

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, 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 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!


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.

N4WDA Upcoming Activities

Date: Activity: April 18- 20 Big Reno Show – N4WDA Membership Booth May 10 Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful (KTMB) Great Community Clean-up – Multiple Locations plus N4WDA Membership Booth – info @ May 17 Pine Nuts Mountains Trails Assn. Clean-up – Gardnerville – info @ June 14 Hills Angels 4WD Club – Dog Valley Meadow Project – Install barricades near sensitive areas – lunch included for volunteer workers – info @ July 13-19 Silver State 4wd & UTV Jamboree: – This is a NEW event coming to Northern Nevada. We expect that this will grow to be a destination event in the future. We have an abundance of OHV recreation space with nearby trails from easy to very difficult. Jeff Knoll, the promoter, was instrumental in promoting and developing the King of the Hammers Event in Johnson Valley, CA. – info @ Sunday, July 13 N4WDA/BRC Meet & Greet – 5:00-6:00 PM @ John Ascuaga’s Nugget, Sparks, NV –– Partake of beverages and meet your N4WDA Officers, members and Del Albright from Blue Ribbon Coalition – Open to all OHV enthusiasts Tuesday, July 14 N4WDA 4X4 Jeep/Truck and ATV/UTV Trail Rides – Details to come shortly Wednesday, July 15 RallyVenture event – Details to come shortly Thursday, July 16 N4WDA 4X4 Jeep/Truck and ATV/UTV Trail Rides – Details to come shortly Friday, July 17 Qualifying for HellsGate Grand Prix @ Wild West Motorsports Park, Sparks, NV and N4WDA Midway (Manufacturers Display Area) Saturday, July 18 HellsGate Grand Prix @ Wild West Motorsports Park and N4WDA Midway

Reopening of Comment Period on the Bi-State DPS of the Greater Sage-Grouse – Public Meetings

On Tuesday, April 8th, the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced in the Federal Register, the reopening of the Public Comment period for the Bi-State Distinct Population Segment (Bi-State DPS) of the Greater Sage Grouse, both for comment on the Proposed Listing as “Threatened” under the Endangered Species Act, and on the Proposed Designation of Critical Habitat. The Bi-State DPS includes 1.8 million acres of sagebrush steppe reaching from just south of Gardnerville, NV to the White Mountains, south of Bishop, CA. The USFWS has listed recreation, especially OHV recreation, as an threat to this Critical Habitat. N4WDA and the Blue Ribbon Coalition have contested this threat as being an assumption since no comprehensive study of OHV vs. Sage-Grouse has ever been completed. Additionally, no thorough study of the economic effect upon the community has ever been studied, yet there ihas been a determination of no major impact as a result of the critical habitat designation. The US Government, through President Obama, has stated that only “good science” is to be used within the government agencies for such purposes. We contend that no science, good or bad, only supposition has been used in this listing and habitat designation. At any rate, the USFWS will be holding two “Public Hearings” concerning the listing and habitat designation during the reopened comment period. These public hearing dates are as follows: April 29th – Minden, NV @ the Carson Valley Inn from 6-9 PM April 30th – Bishop, CA @ the Fairgrounds from 6-9 PM If you can make either meeting, please attend and state your concerns. If you can’t make the meeting, please write a comment to the USFWS stating your concerns. Emailed comments may be made at: In the Search box, enter FWS-R8-ES-2013-0072 for the Listing as Threatened or FWS-R8-ES-2013-0042 for the Designation of Critical Habitat. For further information on the Bi-State DPS or the Northeastern CA/NV Greater Sage-Grouse listings (18 million acres), go to the N4WDA website and select Land Use. Read what we have learned and accomplished about this threat. THIS IS THE GREATEST THREAT TO OHV RECREATION THAT WE HAVE EVER FACED! Larry Calkins – President, N4WDA

Happy Birthday to Us!

On February 14th, the Nevada Four Wheel Drive Association turned 1 year old. In the last 12 months we grew from a concept shared by a few to a reality. The following is a chronology of N4WDA’s life… See attachment.

Greater Sage-Grouse Bi-State Distinctive Population Segment Forest Plan Revision Draft Environmental Impact Statement

Attached is a copy of the Nevada Four Wheel Drive Association’s comment letter submitted for the Greater Sage-Grouse Bi-State Distinctive Population Segment (Bi-State DPS) Forest Plan Revision Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) that was sent to the Humboldt-Toiyabe NF on January 7, 2014. This DEIS covered 8 counties in Nevada and California and totalled 1.8 million acres, stretching from Gardnerville, NV to south of Bishop, CA. The last day to send comments on this DEIS is January 17, 2014. Next up is the Nevada and Northeastern California Greater Sage-Grouse Draft Land Use Plan Amendment and Environmental Impact Statement. Comments are due to the Bureau of Land Management Nevada State Office by January 29th, 2014. Strangely, the comment period for the US Fish and Wildlife Service notice of intent to list the Sage-Grouse as a “threatened” species has been moved out until February 10, 2014. The actual listing, if it happens, will not occur until 2015. As you can see by the above dates, the US Government is “business as usual” with the land agencies spending time and money planning for protection of a bird that is not listed and may never be…. Thanks, Larry DEIS_Comment_Letter

N4WDA submits comments on the Bi-State Distinct Population Segment (BSDPS) of the Greater Sage-Grouse

As we have stated in our earlier articles, the listing by the US Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) of the Greater Sage-Grouse as a “Threatened” species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) represents an enormous threat to access to the Public Lands. The listing and subsequent designation as Critical Habitat affects public lands in ten western states totaling 47 million acres. In Nevada, approximately 17 million acres are to be designated. We expect, in the best case that this listing and designation will cause seasonal closures of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and US Forest Service (USFS) lands during the mating season, the worst case could result in permanent closures of this Critical Habitat. We expect that the Western Watershed Project (greens) will not be content with the listing as Threatened, but will continue to their goal of listing as an Endangered species which certainly would close this Critical Habitat permanently. While the Critical Habitat designation only affects Public Lands and not private property, ranching, mineral exploration, alternative energy development and many other uses will be affected, both on public and private lands. The economic impact of this listing and designation is far-reaching and has not been comprehensively studied. The joint BLM/USFS planning document for the management of these Nevada public lands is called the Draft Nevada and Northeastern California Subregional Greater Sage-Grouse Land Use Plan Amendment and Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DLUP/DEIS). In Western Nevada, the FWS set aside a portion of the California and Nevada Greater Sage-Grouse population and habitat affecting five Nevada counties and three California counties, designating it as the Bi-State Distinct Population of the Greater Sage-Grouse (DPS). The DPS identifies 1.8 million acres as Critical Habitat. The area runs from just south of Gardnerville and Dayton, NV in the Pine Nut Mountains, through the Sweetwater Mountains south of Wellington all the way to the White Mountains southeast of Bishop, California. The final date to comment to the FWS on the listing and designation for the DPS is December 27, 2013. The final date to comment on the joint BLM/USFS DEIS for the DPS which identifies the management of the public lands with regard to the FWS listing is January 25, 2014. The final date to comment on the Nevada and Northeastern Nevada DLUP/EIS is January 29, 2014. If you are interested in learning more and/or commenting on either the DPS or the BLM/USFS EIS, the following links will take you there. The following is the comment letter submitted by N4WDA to FWS concerning the listing and designation: November 22, 2013 Public Comments Processing, Attn: FWS-R8-ES-2013-0042 and FWS-R8-ES-2013-0072 Division of Policy and Directives Management US Fish and Wildlife Service 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, MS 2042-PDM Arlington, VA 22203 Dear Sirs, The Nevada Four Wheel Drive Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the aims and goals of our membership whose recreational livelihood is dependent upon multiple uses of public lands. We welcome the opportunity to submit these comments on their behalf: • Recreation, especially OHV and trail riding recreation, has never been comprehensively studied yet recreation is listed as a threat in the rulemaking. The USFWS, although pledging to only use “good science” in its proposed listing, has used “no science” in declaring recreation a threat. Such a declaration, not based on scientific fact, strongly suggests an agenda with a predetermined outcome. Until such a comprehensive study of the effects of recreation on the Sage-Grouse and its habitat is published, we will oppose these proposals. • The head of the USFWS certified that the requirement to perform a regulatory flexibility analysis, as required under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) as amended by the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996 (SBREFA), was unnecessary because the rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. The USFWS deemed that only those entities directly regulated by the rulemaking (BLM and USFS) are subject to analysis, excluding private small businesses that may be affected, due to the agency’s interpretation of recent of the act and recent case law. Executive Orders 12866 and 13563 require the agency make costs and benefits analysis and take into considerations impacts to both directly and indirectly impacted entities, including small businesses. According to the briefing at the public meeting held in Wellington, NV, on November 6, 2013, Edward D. Koch, the Nevada State Supervisor, when queried, stated that this analysis has not been performed. We feel that the head of the agency erred by suppressing the intent of the RFA and SBREFA in the determination and certification that the RFA requirement to evaluate the effect of this proposal on small businesses was unnecessary. The proposed critical habitat directly affects ranching, mineral exploration and other small businesses, such as those dependent upon recreation. Without this analysis available to the public, it is impossible to determine total costs and benefits of this proposed Critical Habitat determination. Until this information is available and can be evaluated, we will oppose these proposals. • USFWS performed poorly in providing information about the proposals to the public. The agency, with little notice (the Federal Register Intent to List as Threatened and the Proposal to Determine as Critical Habitat appeared in the Federal Register on November 1, 2013) the two meetings (in Bishop, CA on November 5th and Wellington, NV on November 6th) allowed no lead time for the public to arrange to attend. The Wellington, NV meeting could hardly be called worthy of being a Federal Agency meeting, obviously planned to expect a poor turnout due to the 1-3 PM meeting time on a workday. The meeting was organized to be a meet & greet format, with USFWS, BLM and USFS personnel available. We can only imagine the surprise of the agency when several hundred attendees appeared at their “stealth” meeting. Unfortunately, except for a few, the representatives wore no name tags, uniforms or insignia, therefore looking like the rest of the meeting attendees; most did not have business cards at their disposal. Initially there was no speaker system set up, resulting in shouted questions and answers when Mr. Koch finally took the stage. Additionally there were inadequate handouts, particularly maps, available. Because of poor public notification for these proposals, and until further meetings are scheduled with reasonable lead times between notice and the meetings, we will oppose these proposals. The listing of the Sage Grouse appears to be the first step to curtail grazing on public lands, and will very likely lead to additional burdensome government regulation of the American cattle ranching industry. The direction in which USFWS is proceeding seems to be similar to that which was used to nearly wipe out the timber industry in the northwest. The premise regarding the northern spotted owl as a separate species is false. Spotted owls are called stryx occidentalis, and they range from British Columbia to Mexico. They differ in their morphology (what they look like), and they interbreed where their “boundaries” coincide. The spotted owl has not become extinct, and in fact has survived in new forests as well as old growth forests. Sincerely, Larry Calkins President

MEMBER ALERT: ENDANGERED SPECIES: FWS proposes listing for 1 sage grouse subpopulation

This is the biggest threat to our off road recreation that is looming. The Blue Ribbon Coalition (BRC) says that the mitigation efforts that will be proposed to save the sage grouse habitat will impact both casual and permitted use of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest and BLM Carson District Lands. N4WDA will attend the FWS, Forest Service and BLM meetings and be involved in the opposition to the listing of this subpopulation. The following is a well-written article from that describes the threat. Larry Calkins ENDANGERED SPECIES: FWS proposes listing for 1 sage grouse subpopulation Scott Streater, E&E reporter Greenwire: Friday, October 25, 2013 The Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to list as threatened a subpopulation of greater sage grouse found only in central California and southwest Nevada and to designate 1.8 million acres as critical habitat to help save the bird. Today’s proposal involves a genetically unique population of grouse found only in the two states, commonly referred to as the “bi-state” or Mono Basin population. And it includes a special rule that Fish and Wildlife says will provide increased flexibility for land-management practices that are intended to benefit this distinct grouse population. The bi-state population occurs at the westernmost periphery of the imperiled greater sage grouse’s 11-state range in a fragile area of sagebrush steppe that is particularly vulnerable to landscape disturbances. An estimated 5,000 bi-state grouse remain from a historic population that probably exceeded twice that number, according to Defenders of Wildlife. The proposed listing comes as the service is evaluating whether to list the much larger greater sage grouse population as threatened or endangered. An advance notice in today’s Federal Register says the bi-state population warrants listing as a threatened species mostly because of threats from invasive plant species and wildfires that destroy the sagebrush steppe habitat that the grouse depend upon for survival. Other threats include expanded renewable energy development in both states, according to the advance notice, and urban development, mining and climate change. A second advance notice states that the 1.8 million acres of critical habitat would encompass federal, state, tribal and private lands on four separate units in Carson City, Douglas, Lyon, Mineral and Esmeralda counties in Nevada, and in Alpine, Mono and Inyo counties in California. While critical habitat designations do affect how public land is managed, this designation would not have any impact on private landowners or any uses of lands that do not require federal permitting or funding, according to the service. Fish and Wildlife will formally post both notices in Monday’s Federal Register, kicking off a 60-day public comment period ending Dec. 27, said Jeannie Stafford, a service spokeswoman in Nevada. “We applaud the combined efforts of our federal, state and local partners, as well as private landowners across the species’ range, to address the significant challenges faced by the bi-state [population] of greater sage grouse,” Ren Lohoefener, regional director of Fish and Wildlife’s Pacific Southwest Region, said today in a statement. “These efforts are essential to the recovery of the species. Today’s proposal, based on the best available science, should not deter us from continuing our work on behalf of the bi-state [population] and its important sage brush habitat.” But today’s announcement concerns some industry and private property rights observers. Among them is Kent Holsinger, a Denver natural resources attorney who has represented the energy and agricultural industry in litigation involving the Gunnison sage grouse. Holsinger questioned the science of breaking up the larger greater sage grouse population into so-called distinct and genetically unique populations, like the bi-state population. “Any two individuals are ‘genetically distinct,’ so I’m quite dubious about making management decisions that affect people’s livelihoods on such a basis,” he said in an email. He also said a threatened listing often interferes with on-the-ground conservation work being done by private landowners and local governments. “That’s a theme that even FWS and other agencies have recognized in the past,” he said. “Coupled with the critical habitat [proposed designation] and the FWS rulemaking that would emasculate the ability to consider economics in such decisions, and I’d label this bad news for California and Nevada,” he said. But conservation leaders said the designation is long overdue. Groups such as the Center for Biological Diversity, Western Watersheds Project and Institute for Wildlife Protection have petitioned the agency over the past decade to list the bi-state grouse population. “The sage grouse in the Mono Basin are truly imperiled, not only by the same habitat loss and degradation facing every other sage grouse population, but also by their small numbers and isolation in one of the most ecologically sensitive areas of sagebrush in the West,” said Mark Salvo, federal lands policy analyst for Defenders of Wildlife. “With only a few, scattered populations [of] sage grouse remaining in the Mono Basin, it’s important that the service moves forward to conserve the bi-state grouse.” But a threatened listing does not mean the bird will be saved, Salvo added. “While we applaud and support the service’s proposed listing of the Mono Basin sage grouse as threatened, it is premature to determine whether the proposed rule will in fact conserve the sage grouse, since the devil will be in the details of the local sage grouse conservation plans that the rule relies upon,” he said.

N4WDA Membership Booth at VORRA race, Wild West Motorsports Park, Reno, NV

On Sunday, October 27th, the Nevada Four Wheel Drive Association will have the Membership Booth at the VORRA Season Finale Race ( at the Wild West Motorsports Park, 12005 Interstate 80, Sparks, NV (next to the Sparks Marina) ( We invite all N4WDA, friends, and the general public to visit the booth, meet N4WDA officers and other members.
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