Tread-Lightly-Thumb-9-22-14Salt Lake City, Utah – Tread Lightly! appointed two new members to its Board of Directors at an annual meeting recently held at its headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The new board members are Andrew Hoit, Vice President of Sales at Falken Tire Corporation, a global performance tire manufacturer, and Mark MacGuinness, Vice President at Discount Tire Direct, the world’s largest independent tire and wheel retailer.

“Tread Lightly! is committed to protecting access to the great outdoors for the benefit and enjoyment of people of all ages, and our diverse board has a growing interest in the many issues currently impacting access to public and private lands and waters,” said Lori McCullough, executive director and board member for Tread Lightly!. “As a member based organization, Tread Lightly! is also committed to expanding our membership as we approach our 25th anniversary in 2015. We encourage everyone who enjoys the outdoors to consider a Tread Lightly! membership as a way to help support access to our public lands.”

SEMA-Logo-1-3-13Diamond Bar, CA – According to a report from SEMA, an estimated 2,000 tons of salt were successfully deposited on the mud surface at the end of the access road to the Bonneville Salt Flats.  It was graded and then dried to a hard concrete-like racing surface.  Although modest in scope, the project demonstrates that it should be possible to deposit dry salt in targeted areas so as to help preserve our national treasure, the site where land speed records have been set over the past 100 years.

The project took place over several days in mid-June.  It was organized by the Save the Salt Coalition in coordination with the Southern California Timing Association (SCTA) and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM).  Shelton Construction deposited the salt over the mud, an area once covered by salt.  The company has decades of experience working in and around Bonneville.

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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.

NORRA-LogoAgua Dulce, Calif.: With pre-rally entries at record levels, the National Off-Road Racing Association (NORRA) today released a final event schedule for its fifth annual General Tire NORRA Mexican 1000. NORRA and its unique, vintage-flavored, on and-off road rally will cover 1,300+ miles over four days starting in Ensenada, Mexicali, Baja, Mexico on May 10th and finishing in the world-class resort destination of San Jose Del Cabo on Wednesday, May 14th.

For the first time in its history, the Mexican 1000 will start in the host city of Ensenada, Baja, Mexico, just two hours south of downtown San Diego. Much of the pre-race activity will center around Ensenada’s iconic Riviera Cultural Center, including Saturday’s General Tire “Round-Up” of historic and vintage race cars, trucks and sedans, the “Bilstein Shock Absorber Tech Inspection” and the “Walker Evans Racing Driver’s Meeting and Welcome Fiesta.”

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Story and Photos by Jaime Hernandez

Superwinch makes some of the toughest recovery equipment and winches for serious Jeep and 4-Wheel Drive owners. For the last few years, Superwinch has been putting on a trail run for customers and those wanting to join a group with plenty of pulling power.

BlueRibbon-Coalition-Logo-9-28-12This was sent over today in regards to the Matrix Lands adjacent to Jawbone Canyon & Dove Springs OHV Areas from BlueRibbon Coalition. -Editor

Dear OHV Enthusiast:

Over the last 40 years, many of us in California have seen private land owners (developers, ranchers, timber owners, and mining interests) close their properties to historic OHV recreation. They have a right to exercise their private property rights.

However, OHVers have a rare opportunity to secure long-term access to existing OHV recreation that is occurring on private property near the Jawbone OHV Area.   The CA OHV Program has been working hard to purchase about 59 privately owned parcels in an effort to secure said lands for long-term OHV use.

BlueRibbon-Coalition-Logo-9-28-12POCATELLO, ID (November 12, 2013) — The BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC) Board of Directors formally announced today that Del Albright will serve as Interim Director of Operations, overseeing the daily affairs of BRC following the departure of former Executive Director Greg Mumm. Albright is well known to BRC supporters and the broader outdoor community, having worked with BRC for over a decade, most recently as the BRC Ambassador.

“It is with great anticipation that we promote Del to this position,” said John Parrinello, President of the BRC Board. “He has the right mix of experience, vision, and credibility with our constituents to lead BRC at this important juncture,” Parrinello explained.

Craig-Morgan-Charity-9-24-13Nashville, TN – Country music star and award-winning TV host Craig Morgan had a hugely successful weekend at his 7th Annual Charity event, gathering motocross celebrities, country stars, and fans to enjoy the beautiful middle Tennessee weather and some great musical moments!

The event took place on Saturday, Sept 14th, in Morgan’s hometown of Dickson, TN.  All proceeds benefit Billy’s Place, a component fund of the Dickson County Craig Morgan Foundation. The organization’s primary goal is to assist foster children in Dickson County and throughout Middle Tennessee.

The day kicked off with an exhibition from several major motocross celebrities including Jimmy Albertson, Destry Abbott, Fred Andrews, Brett Cue, Randy Hawkins, Andrew Short, and Larry Ward, followed by a group trail ride and lunch.

ORBA-Logo-8-8-12The Off-Road Business Association (ORBA) reports that the California State Parks has filed their formal response to the PEER/DPC lawsuit seeking to limit open riding within Ocotillo Wells SVRV. The response requests the judge to dismiss the lawsuit.

The response, demurrer, cites that Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) and Desert Protection Council (DPC) have improperly invited the court to direct State Parks how to run the SVRA, something the law does not allow. In order to pursue this lawsuit, PEER/DPC must identify a specific non-discretionary task, required by law, that State Parks has failed to perform. That is something the filing by PEER/DPC fails to identify.

With summer here, it’s the season to head out for a weekend off-road and camping adventure. To help make a checklist of what to bring on your next adventure, here’s a checklist of things you should have stowed in your off-road rig to make the trip both fun and safe.

Water
Never leave home without it. Always plan to load more than enough water for everyone in the group. It’s always good to have an extra gallon stashed away. If you break down or plan to stick around an extra day, having some extra on hand will make sure your group stays hydrated on the trail.

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Tent
A tent or shelter is always important to have along to get out of the elements and avoid bugs, rain and heat. Whether it’s a traditional ground tent or a fold-out overland-style tent, there are a number of shelter options for camping off-road. One helpful note is to make sure the tent is in proper-working order before the trip. A ground mat is also helpful to have along to create a barrier between you and the ground, and most are also mildew-resistant in case they get wet.


Food
Yeah, this seems pretty obvious, but it’s important not just to bring food but be mindful of what you bring and how you’ll store it. A blend of perishable and non-perishable items is smart to bring along. Meat, bread and fruit can stay fresh in a cooler for a few days, but bring along some items with longer shelf life light canned food, trail mix or even the emergency MRE (Meal, Ready to Eat). It’s wise to have options on hand – especially if you’re camping quite a ways from civilization.

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First Aid Kit
Being prepared for any emergencies that might arise is crucial. A basic first aid kit  should include bandages, gauze, disinfectant, first aid tape and more. Pack a lighter in it as well since matches can get wet. A small flashlight or headlamp on hand will help make sure you can address first aid issues in the dark without having to dig through the vehicle. A roll of duct tape and rope can help in a number of situations, and a Swiss army knife or multi-purpose tool can really come in handy.