COCOPAH-RACEWAY-Lucas-Oil-6-4-13GILBERT, AZ, May 29, 2013: Alexander Ford Lincoln Truck Fest will feature Arizona Short Course Championship and Lucas Oil Regional Off-Road Racing Series Arizona presented by ADS Shocks, the Monster Truck Obsessed and more at the Cocopah Speedway outside of Yuma, Arizona on June 7th and 8th.  The weekend is packed with entertainment starting with a Monster Truck on display at Alexander Ford Lincoln on Friday.  At the racetrack on Friday, drivers will be practicing and then will head over to the Friday Driver Meet & Greet at the Wild River Entertainment center starting at 8pm.  Conveniently located next to the Cocopah Casino, Friday night will be a great mix of off-road racing talk and entertainment.  On Saturday, racing starts at 2:30 with 6 lap qualifiers and then the heat increases at 6pm when the drivers hit the track for the 10 lap main events.  The Monster Truck ‘Obsessed’ will be on the track for intermission entertainment.

“Ryan Hancock, the owner of Alexander Ford Lincoln, competed in the Lucas Oil Off-Road Series last year and is racing the Best in the Desert series this year,” said Blake Stallworth, Alexander Ford Lincoln Sales Manager.  “It was a natural fit for us to support this race series as it comes into our backyard.  We are really excited to have the autograph signing here on Thursday and the Monster Truck on Friday.  Then on Saturday we are all going to jump into a Ford or Lincoln and bring a wide selection of trucks, cars and SUV’s to the track for people to sit in and check out all the features during the races.”

The BlueRibbon Coalition sent over this information on the AHV Trail Project on Coconino National Forest:

The Coconino National Forest’s Flagstaff Ranger District has completed the Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Kelly Motorized Trail project, and is seeking public input. The project will designate existing trails, as well as construct new trails and facilities for off-highway vehicles (OHVs).

BRC members may remember that this Forest closed nearly all single track and ATV trails via a forest-wide route planning effort completed early in 2012. This project is one of several that seeks to address the lack of riding opportunity in one of the largest Forests in Arizona.

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge in Arizona has reversed an unwritten policy and is now allowing street-legal motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) on certain roads, the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) reports.

After being alerted by AMA member Keith Dishong that street-legal motorcycles were barred from three public access roads while trucks and other street-legal vehicles were allowed, AMA Western States Representative Nick Haris and Brian Hawthorne of the BlueRibbon Coalition contacted officials at the refuge, which is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Haris noted that the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge Comprehensive Conservation Plan allows street-legal vehicles to use three access roads, so there was no reason to bar street-legal motorcycles and ATVs from those routes.

After investigating, refuge officials agreed.

The officials announced on May 18 that street-legal motorcycles and ATVs are now allowed on three public access roads: the El Camino del Diablo, Christmas Pass and Charlie Bell roads, which are outside designated Wilderness areas. No other roads or trails in the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge are open to motorized use.

“This action does not open the refuge to unrestricted off-road vehicle activity,” refuge officials said in a news release. “Only the three public access roads already open to 4×4 vehicles are open to street-legal motorcycles and ATVs. These vehicles must abide by the same rules and restrictions as all other vehicles that access the refuge.

“Furthermore, permits for accessing these roads are required,” the officials said. “To reduce impact of large caravans, an additional special use permit is required for a party size of five or more vehicles traveling together or traveling in smaller groups but part of a larger organized event. This applies to all vehicles, including motorcycles and ATVs.”

Street-legal motorcycles and ATVs must run a mast displaying an orange flag at least 8 feet above the ground.

As part of ongoing efforts to recover endangered Sonoran pronghorn, seasonal road closures are in effect at the refuge through July 15.

Haris praised the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for reversing its policy that barred street-legal motorcycles and ATVs, and urged all appreciative motorcyclists and ATV riders to send notes of thanks to: Manager Sid Slone, Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge,1611 North Second Ave, Ajo, AZ 85321 or send an email to Sid_Sloane@fws.gov.

“Land managers at the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge were responsive to our inquiries, and forthright in evaluating their existing policy banning street legal motorcycles and ATVs,” Haris said. “Motorcyclists everywhere can appreciate their efforts.”

The 1,000-square-mile Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge shares a 56-mile border with Sonora, Mexico. Almost all of the refuge is designated as Wilderness, which bars motorized recreation. The refuge features rugged mountain ranges, sand dunes and hardened lava flows.