The Utah Shared Access Alliance passed along a note regarding a meeting in Moab, Utah, today, regarding job creation and off-highway access:

MOAB, Utah-On Wednesday, Sept. 28, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will join Moab community leaders and outdoor recreation stakeholders for a conversation on the importance of conservation and outdoor recreation in creating jobs and building strong local economies across America.   During the visit, the Secretary will hear about locally-driven conservation initiatives taking place on public lands in Utah and learn how the Department can better support them. Prior to the discussion, Salazar will visit the Mill Creek Canyon Wilderness Study Area (WSA) to learn firsthand about recommendations to preserve unique recreational and wilderness values of certain areas, such as Mill Creek, through potential Congressional action.

In June, Secretary Salazar directed Deputy Secretary David J. Hayes to solicit input from members of Congress, state and local officials, tribes and federal land managers to identify lands that may be appropriate candidates for Congressional protection under the Wilderness Act.  Hayes will deliver a report to the Secretary and Congress regarding those areas that the Department believes can be the basis for a bipartisan wilderness agenda that can be enacted in the 112th Congress.

WHO: Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior                        Jeffrey “Rock” Smith, Bureau of Land Management Regional Office Manager

WHAT: Conversation about Outdoor Recreation, Conservation, and Job Creation

WHEN: Wednesday, September 28, 2011                        4:30 p.m. MDT

Conversation about Outdoor Recreation, Conservation, and Job Creation

WHERE: Location:  Moab Adventure Center225 South Main StreetMoab, UT 84532

Auburn Hills, Mich. — Jeep enthusiasts now have the opportunity to transform their four-door Jeep Wrangler Unlimited into a two-door pickup truck.

The manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) for the Mopar JK-8 kit is $5,499. The kit, which comes with a three-year/36,000-mile warranty, is now available for ordering through Mopar at Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Ram dealerships. The warranty covers kit materials and workmanship performed at a Chrysler Group dealership.

Check out Off-Road.com’s story on the JK-8 Install at this year’s Easter Jeep Safari.

“Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited are some of our most accessorized vehicles,” said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO, Mopar, Chrysler Group LLC’s service, parts and customer-care brand. “New Jeep Wrangler owners typically spend more than $500 on Mopar accessories. For Jeep Wrangler Unlimited owners, our new Mopar JK-8 kit answers the call for even more radical customization. And it’s yet another example of how Mopar will continue to support our brands with innovative features.”

Prior to the introduction of the JK-8 kit, Mopar introduced numerous industry-first features including in-vehicle Wi-Fi, off-road camper trailers, vehicle-information apps and an Electronic Vehicle Tracking System (EVTS). Most recently, the brand introduced its Ram Runner off-road desert-racer kit.

Mopar first revealed its JK-8 kit at this year’s Moab Jeep Safari. The kit takes cues from the popular Jeep Scrambler CJ-8 from the 1980’s. Major components include a spacious 44-inch by 50-inch steel bed, inner and outer bedsides constructed from stamped sheet metal, sport bar extensions, Freedom Panel assemblies, a removable fiberglass hardtop with a sliding rear window, two fixed side windows and a fiberglass bulkhead.

MOAB, Utah (April 21, 2011) – The off-road power is in the hands of the people with BFGoodrich Tires’ 2011 Outstanding Trails program. Three trails will be selected in 2011 –BFGoodrich Tires, in conjunction with Tread Lightly! and United Four-Wheel-Drive Associations (UFWDA), have chosen the Interlake Trail 19 located in Lynnville, Ind., and Morrison Jeep Trail in Shoshone National Forest, Wyo., to be 2011 Outstanding Trails.

Now, for the first time ever, off-road enthusiasts will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite BFGoodrich-nominated off-road trail to be the third trail selected for 2011.

The winning trail will receive a $4,000 grant on behalf of BFGoodrich Tires for trail conservation and maintenance efforts.  The four trails up for vote are:

Today at the Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah, Jeep introduced two new models for 2011. The company presented to the media and enthusiasts in attendance its two newest models at its display on Main Street, including the 2011 Jeep Wrangler Mojave and the 2012 Grand Cherokee SRT8.

For the 2011 Wrangler Mohave, Jeep decided to offer another special-edition version of the vehicle after the success of the three special-edition Wrangler vehicles produced last year. The name pays homage to the rugged western desert Mojave Trail, and the Jeep Wrangler Mojave features a unique desert theme inside and out (accented with lizard graphics), as well as the wheel-and-tire package similar to the one found on the Rubicon with mineral gray 17-inch wheels and 32-inch tires. The exterior features a body-color hardtop and fender flares, and the Sahara model’s side steps.

“The Mojave Trail is known for expeditions, exploration and a rugged environment that features elevation, sand, canyons, a river crossing and hill climbs – the perfect landscape for the Jeep Wrangler,” said Mike Manley, President and CEO — Jeep Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “By creating the Jeep Wrangler Mojave, we are able to deliver another specialized vehicle that Jeep enthusiasts will love, while drawing new customers into Jeep showrooms.”


Inside, the Mojave features dark saddle leather seats with a lizard logo embossed on the front seats. Driftwood surrounds the vents, front-passenger grab handle, steering-wheel spokes and door-handle inserts and Mopar slush mats and overhead grab handles complete the package.

For the 2011 Easter Jeep Safari, Jeep and Mopar introduced a number of Jeeps and Dodge Ram trucks utilizing Mopar’s performance parts. Of the new vehicles and kits, one of the most eye-catching is the new Wrangler JK-8 Independence Kits. This kit, which will be available July 4th to coincide with Independence Day, allows owners of newer four-door Wranglers to update their vehicle to a truck-like Jeep with an open truck bed.

The concept was partially born out of a vehicle the Mopar Underground team built for last year’s EJS event as an updated version of the Kaiser called the Nukizer 715.

This year’s Easter Jeep Safari kicks off this week, and Warn winches started things in style by introducing the media to some new product while also following that up with a trail ride on Cliff Hanger in Moab, Utah.

Off-Road TV personality Jessi Combs was also along for the ride, kicking off the video with a little introduction about the event.

Before the trail action, Warn introduced the group to its new line of winches. The new line of winches is designed as an entry level line that still provides a high-quality winch, and it includes the VR8000, the VR10,000 and the VR 12,000.

Check out the video of Jeepin’ action on Cliffhanger below:

Auburn Hills, Mich. -  Each year, thousands of diehard off-road enthusiasts descend upon Moab, Utah, for the Easter Jeep Safari and a week of fun on some of the country’s best and most rugged trails. Jeep and Mopar are marking the occasion by returning to the annual event – which takes place April 16-24 – with six new customized vehicles.

Check out these Moparized Vehicles at the 2010 Easter Jeep Safari.

“The annual Moab Easter Jeep Safari provides us a perfect opportunity to interact with our most loyal fans in a true Jeep setting,” said Mike Manley, President and CEO – Jeep Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “We are able to demonstrate and test new potential Jeep production and customization ideas at our away-from-home proving ground, while getting instant feedback from our customers.”

More than 30 percent of the people who are in the market for a new vehicle are influenced by the breadth and availability of aftermarket accessories and Mopar comes to the party with a vast selection of accessories that will fit a variety of lifestyles.

Jeep recently invited Off-Road.com to Los Angeles for a lunch at the Automobile Driving Museum. Jeep decided to gather some of the automotive media to highlight some of its 2011 vehicles, including the all-new 2011 Grand Cherokee. Chris Ellis, head of marketing for the Jeep brand, was on hand to walk us through some of the features of the new vehicles. We had the chance to meet Ellis at last year’s Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah. Jeep has kept a relatively low profile in the past year, which Ellis noted that other than the launch of the new Grand Cherokee, the company has been a little quiet … on purpose.