BlueRibbon-Coalition-Logo-9-28-12BlueRibbon Coalition sent over this note regarding a meeting on the Johnson Valley OHV Area this weekend. Details are listed below – Ed.

Representatives from the Bureau of Land Management and the Marine Corps will host a Resource Management Group meeting about the changes in land use in the Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area at the Lucerne Valley Community Center on August 16, 2014 from 1-3 PM.

BlueRibbon-Coalition-Logo-9-28-12Yesterday, The BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC) filed a complaint against the Federal government to challenge the arbitrary closure of, “Trail 38,” a high value single-track motorcycle trail in Wyoming. The BRC Legal Program is representing a local AMA District club and local users in the case.  “Though the trail mileage is small, the stakes are high,” said J.R. Riggins, a plaintiff in the suit and Wyoming dirt bike rider.  “The Forest Service apparently thought it could fly under the radar and close this trail without meaningful analysis or public process.  We are calling their bluff,” Riggins concluded.

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Earlier in the year, Nissan announced its plan to build a custom Titan pickup truck. What’s unique about Nissan Project Titan is that the Japanese automaker decided to let fans vote on the modifications to determine what the final version of the truck will be.

Rancho-Logo-7-22-14Monroe, MI – Rancho, a leader in the performance off-road industry, has become an official sponsor of Tread Lightly!.

Tread Lightly! is a national nonprofit organization that is dedicated to protecting and enhancing recreational access and opportunities by promoting responsible recreation through ethics education and stewardship programs.

“Tread Lightly! aligns perfectly with the Rancho brand and the absolutely critical need to educate enthusiasts who are using recreational trails and areas throughout the United States,” said Chris Gauss, director, performance brands, Tenneco. “Tread Lightly! provides materials, programs and services within our industry that promise for a sustainable future for off-road driving. Their focus on education and stewardship is unmatched in the industry and by any other nonprofit organization.”

National-Forest-Foundation-Logo-7-11-14Missoula, MT, July 11, 2014 – The National Forest Foundation (NFF) is pleased to announce an expanded partnership with Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII), the leading manufacturer of off-road vehicles. Polaris’ $62,000 donation to the NFF will improve motorized recreation opportunities on two existing ATV trails on the Superior National Forest in Minnesota.

The first project will expand a current effort to address erosion and user experience on the 20-year-old Big Aspen ATV Trail. In 2013, the Forest Service received funding from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, which it combined with funding the NFF received from Polaris to improve approximately two miles of trail. This year, Polaris again is supporting Big Aspen ATV Trail improvements by providing funding to complete the final mile of trail resurfacing. The Forest Service will add gravel to the trail surface which will reduce erosion, improve user experience and result in a more sustainable motorized trail system. The Big Aspen ATV Trail is located near the Iron Range OHV Recreation Area, which is managed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

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This August 7-10 near Truckee, California, the California Association of Four Wheel Drive Clubs (CA4WDC) will host the 47th Annual Sierra Trek, one of the West’s premier four-wheel drive events. Sierra Trek offers some of the best four wheeling in the country and has a long-standing reputation for great family fun.

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Signing ceremony in 1990 establishing Tread Lightly! as a non-profit.

Salt Lake City, Utah – July 7, 2014 – Tread Lightly!, the nation’s leader in promoting responsible outdoor recreation through ethics education and stewardship programs, is kicking off its 25th year anniversary celebration as a non-profit in conjunction with a historic Land Rover charity auction fundraiser on eBay.com.

American-Sand-Association-6-19-14The American Sand Association drew attention to a new threat to off-highway vehicle (OHV) access in its recent newsletter. Here’s what the ASA had to say:

In addition to the ongoing lawsuit seeking to end open riding at Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area (OWSVRA), the Center for Biological Diversity filed a petition on June 9th seeking the Flat Tailed Horned Lizard be listed as an endangered species. They claim that habitat loss, off-road vehicles and global warming are pushing the species towards extinction.

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Jamboree founder Mark Smith, standing with Chrysler Group employee Michele Callender, died June 9. He was 87 years old. Photo: Courtesy of Chrysler

Editor’s Note: Chrysler recently shared this story remembering the life of Jamboree founder Mark Smith, which we in turn wanted to share with our readers to pay homage to the passing of this off-road icon.

The passing of Mark Smith marks the end of an era in four-wheeling and the beginning of a lasting legacy.

Smith, 87, was a true friend of Jeep, having founded the Jamboree movement that is to Jeep owners what revival meetings are to the faithful.

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The Rock Junction trail runs have already started! The annual Rock Junction Wheeling Event is one of Tony’s favorite wheeling events and runs from June 4th to the 7th. Starting today, the Grand Mesa Jeep Club is hosting trail runs throughout the beautiful Grand Junction, CO landscape. They have runs for any level of wheeler from totally stock to Ultra4 racer! Yes, Tony has the GenRight #4485 car out there right now! .