ARRA-Logo-9-24-13The ARRA sent out this release regarding the 20th anniversary of National Public Lands Day:

This coming Saturday, the 20th anniversary of National Public Lands Day, public lands throughout the country will be offering opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts to make a difference by volunteering. This is a chance to put your hands to work in your favorite park or public lands.  The Bureau of Land Management, the Forest Service, the National Park Service, the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers and many state and local agencies are prepared to welcome eager volunteers and put them to work making public lands all the better.

Trails will be improved, trees will be planted, areas cleared of brush and habitats for wildlife will be enhanced. These agencies have created special projects where your talents and energy can make a difference.

BlueRibbon-Coalition-Logo-9-28-12The Blueribbon Coalition sent over an update on winter park use at Yellowstone National Park:

The National Park Service (NPS) Intermountain Regional Director John Wessels today signed a Record of Decision (ROD) for the Winter Use Plan/Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (Plan/SEIS).

The ROD officially completes the Plan/SEIS process, which was developed in accordance with the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 and included extensive public involvement, including a number of opportunities for the public to submit comments on the Plan/SEIS.

AMA-logo-230PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said that demand for ethanol-related fuel probably isn’t enough to meet the requirements of federal law and changes may need to be made next year, the American Motorcyclist Association reports.

In a regulatory announcement released Aug. 6, “EPA Finalizes Renewable Fuel Standards,” the EPA said that for 2014 “the ability of the market to consume ethanol in higher blends such as E85 is highly constrained as a result of infrastructure- and market-related factors. EPA does not currently foresee a scenario in which the market could consume enough ethanol sold in blends greater than E10, and/or produce sufficient volumes of non-ethanol biofuels to meet the volumes of total renewable fuel and advanced biofuel as required by statute for 2014. Therefore, EPA anticipates that in the 2014 proposed rule we will propose adjustments to the 2014 volume requirements, including the advanced biofuel and total renewable fuel categories.”

Outperformer-Mike-Schultz-Bike-7-16-13Porter, TX. (July 16, 2013) – Premium synthetic lubricant manufacturer, Royal Purple, today announced “Monster” Mike Schultz as the subject of its second Outperformer mini-documentary series for the 2013 season. Schultz, a championship racer with an impressive list of wins under his belt, is a pioneer in the field of adaptive action sports.

The five minute documentary tells Schultz’ story of Outperformance, including the motivations that drove him to triumph following a devastating accident; inspiring others to return to extreme sports following potentially career ending injuries; and how he became one of the best in his field both as a racer and inventor.

Yamaha-Logo-10-27-11Kennesaw, Ga. – Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A.’s outdoor power equipment division announced today its new Yamaha PW3028 Pressure Washer, building on its trusted generator line to bring heavy duty cleaning equipment to motorsports, outdoor, marine and recreational activities. The 3,000 PSI pressure washer has 2.8 gallons per minute of flow for cleaning requirements frequent users demand, combined with unique features such as a five-in-one nozzle tip, a fold-flat handle for storage and maintenance-free, non-pneumatic wheels to handle any terrain.

The pressure washer is powered by a powerful 192cc, four-stroke Yamaha engine and backed by a factory three-year warranty. The product will be available at Yamaha Outdoor Power Equipment dealers mid-April with a $749 manufacturer’s suggested retail price.

Representatives Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Ed Markey (D-MA) and Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) have once again introduced legislation (H.R. 1187, the Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act) that would designate a massive 23 million acre area across five states (Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming) as wilderness. This means each of these 23 million acres would be made permanently off-limits to motorized and mechanized recreation, including off-highway motorcycles, ATVs, ROVs (side-by-sides), 4x4s, snowmobiles and mountain bikes.  It is particularly important to note that the lead sponsor, Rep Maloney, represents Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn in New York City, yet has introduced legislation that would have an economic and social impact on millions of Americans who live, work and recreate on or near the lands in question.  In a particularly ironic twist, Representative Maloney and the other cosponsors will not accept emails from anyone who does not live in their districts.  So, these Members seek to force the most restrictive land management on millions of Americans, but will not listen to their concerns.

Congratulations to Tucker Hibbert and the whole Arctic Cat/Monster Energy team on winning their record-setting sixth consecutive gold medal at Winter X Games 2013 in Aspen, Colorado.

Having spent two weeks prior in Colorado getting his sled dialed in and a convincing first place finish in his qualifier race, Tucker was looking and feeling confident. That didn’t stop him from watching the other two qualifier races and walking the track prior to the final confirming his lines. Based on what he saw, he elected to change his place on the start and move right by one position. A decision that helped him get out ahead of the pack in second place by turn one. From there, Tucker propelled his Sno Pro 600 past Ross Martin in the first lap and had 15 laps to build his lead and finish 11 seconds ahead of second place.

This gold medal gives Tucker 11 Winter X Games medals, seven of which are gold. We look forward to Tucker going for the seven-peat next year.

Phoenix, Arizona – Just in time for the winter snow season, KMS has released the best solution for powering your Snow Bike. A complete bolt on turbo system for a stock KTM motor. Increase your HP up to 100 with this amazing system. This system offers unparalleled power with incredible throttle response. Turbo lag is less than 0.2 sec!

Extensive development and field testing has allowed us to optimize design and component location for the rugged use of the snow bike. So, whether your taking a tree line or high-marking with the sleds, this system will stand the test of time.

Team Rockstar Energy Polaris Racing dominated Round 1 of the CSRA National Snowcross title hunt at Calabogie Peaks Resort near the nation’s capital this past weekend. While Friday and Saturday were on the mild side temperature wise, Sunday was much colder and felt more like winter and sledding weather.

Defending Pro Open National Champion Iain Hayden came, saw, and conquered the competition both days of the Capital Cup National Snowcross event. His teammate Lee Butler also nailed down a solid performance in the Pro Open while young up-and-comer Jacob Rosko-Fong raised some eyebrows in the Pro-Lite class.

As part of its annual summer sales meeting and its presence at the Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally, Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII), Victory Motorcycles and the Company’s dealers donated $154,125 to the Wounded Warrior Project™ (WWP). The donation was part of Polaris’ continuing relationship with the WWP, an organization that raises awareness and aids injured servicemen and women. Earlier this year, Polaris also gave away three special, blacked-out RANGER RZR XP 4 900 Side-by-Side vehicles to WWP veterans.

“Our relationship with the Wounded Warrior Project allows Polaris and our dealers to support the men and women who selflessly sacrifice for our nation through their military service,” said Scott Wine, Polaris Industries CEO. “We consider it an honor and a privilege to partner with the Wounded Warrior Project, an organization that lends a hand to those who merit it most. We hope this donation helps these brave men and women return to the rich, active lives they truly deserve.”