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! .

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IRVINE, Calif.
, – With the busy summer riding season upon us, the ATV Safety Institute, the Right Rider Access Fund and the Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s Dirt Bike School encourage kids to enter the “Do the Ride Thing Video Contest”. The contest, in its fifth year, runs June 1 to August 15, 2014 and offers 19 prizes totaling $8,500. Students ages 6 to 18 may enter. The winning videos will be used as public service announcements to highlight the importance of dirt bike and ATV safety.

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Photo: Del Albright

As early as the 1840’s, farmers and gold seekers loaded their possessions, a few women, children, dogs and cats in covered wagons and began what would become an arduous journey toward the Pacific Ocean.  The trickle of emigrants beginning in 1841 would turn into hordes of dreamers after the discovery of gold in California in 1848.  The overland emigrant trek would take five to six months crossing mountains, deserts, rivers, and some of the most hostile country in the world.

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IRVINE, Calif.
– The ATV Safety Institute and the nation’s major manufacturers and distributors urge ATV riders across the country to be safe and responsible during Memorial Day weekend, when many will head out to the trails.

SCORE-Imperial-Valley-Logo-3-24-14SCORE released an expanded entry list for the inaugural Imperial Valley 250 for this weekend. Below is a list of the entries so far.

SCORE also notes that on-site late registration will be held Thursday and Friday. Round 2 of the 2014 SCORE World Desert Championship series will be held in Plaster City, Calif., USA, 17 miles west of El Centro, Calif. off of I-8.

SCORE TROPHY TRUCK (Unlimited Production Trucks)
(By Thursday’s Qualifying Order)
1 B.J. Baldwin, Las Vegas, Chevy Silverado
6 Steve Sourapas/Brett Sourapas, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., Ford F-150
72 Robert Acer, Wilmington, Del./Andrew Becerra, West Covina, Calif., Chevy Silverado