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UFWDA Annual Meeting 2019
Held at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas
The Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be on Wednesday Nov 6, 2019 at 4:00 pm in the ORBA Meeting Room on  the Second Floor of the South Hall and on GotoMeeting.  If you are a UFWDA member and you're at SEMA,  please join us at the AGM.

To attend the webinar, please use the information below to join us on 6 November.
You can join the meeting online directly by using the link below...
United Four Wheel Drive Associations Annual Meeting
Wed, Nov 6, 2019 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM PST

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Roles for election this year are Treasurer, Vice-President, Director of Public Relations and Director of Environmental Affairs.  Additionally there is a vacancy in the role Business Development Manager. These positions are all volunteer roles.
To  invigorate UFWDA, we need  some additional passionate four wheelers to  guide our growth and influence over the next few years.                                 

email Steve Egbert for additional information
This is your chance to help make a difference to the future of four wheeling, so nominate yourself now by emailing a resume.
Hurd Attends Escondido Draw Recreational Area Grand Opening in Crockett County
by Will Hurd on October 21, 2019 at 1:02 PM

I  recently attended the grand opening of the Escondido Draw Recreational  Area in Crockett County. This is the largest off-highway vehicle (OHV)  project ever by the U.S. Federal Highways Administration and the State  of Texas Parks and Wildlife, including over 3480 acres for riding trails  and 76 acres for events and camping, and is the product of over 13  years in the making.
As a staunch advocate for our public lands  and recreational trails, I was proud to support federal funding for the  U.S. Federal Highway Administration that was vital for this project.

With  hundreds of miles of marked trails and hills for OHV’s, the Escondido  Draw Recreational Area park will allow area residents a way to legally  enjoy their motorized vehicles from 4x4’s to motorcycles. I applaud the  Texas Motorized Trails Coalition, Texas Parks and Wildlife, the other  public and private sponsors and volunteers for their hard work and team  effort in putting this together, and I’m glad I could play a small part  in making this happen by supporting funding for the Federal Highway  Administration’s Recreational Trails Program. I will continue to do all  that I can to fight for important projects that improve the lives of  South and West Texans.

CA Governor vetoes Carnegie bill in a win for OHV users
From Don Amador  on Saturday, 12 October 2019
GOV. NEWSOM VETOES CARNEGIE BILL – Big victory last night for  everyone associated with OHV recreation. Congrats to all of the activist  men and women who attended hearings, sent letters, made phone calls, or  provided insight while all the time remembering that we are stewards of  this generation who protect responsible OHV recreation for future  generations of California families.
The Governor’s VETO of the Glazer  bill – which would have ended decades of work by Parks to expand  environmentally sound OHV recreation – reflects the work that we have  done and that the legislature has respected.
Big shout out to our D36 lobbyist and Parks! Everybody worked hard period.
These States Are the Biggest Fans of Four-Wheel-Drive, By the Numbers
James Gilboy

Surprisingly, not a single southern state even makes it into the top 10.
What combination of driven wheels is most popular in my state?" is a  question that nobody but a marketing professional has ever asked, but  now that automotive market researcher iSeeCars has answered it, you can't help but be a little curious which locales like what.
The firm analyzed a dataset of 11 million vehicles registered across  the United States with the intent of figuring out where all-wheel and  four-wheel-drive (AWD/4WD) are proportionally most popular. Of course,  to complete its data set, iSeeCars also had to determine the popularity of competing two-wheel drive configurations, and it gave The Drive its analysis of these drivetrains as well. But let's start with the study's original subject: combined popularity of AWD or 4WD by state, ranked below by the percentage of registered vehicles which use these drive types.
  1. 71.8: Montana
  2. 70.9: Alaska
  3. 70.1: Wyoming
  4. 67.8: North Dakota
  5. 67.8: Vermont
  6. 66.1: South Dakota
  7. 65.7: West Virginia
  8. 65.7: Maine
  9. 64.7: Colorado
  10. 63.4: Idaho
There  are two trends most obvious among this group of states: they tend to  have some mountainous terrain and are likely to see snow in their colder  months. In seven of these 10 states, 4WD is more popular than AWD, with  only ecologically conscious Vermont, Maine, and Colorado preferring the relatively light-duty latter.
Outdoor Recreation Helps Drive the U.S. Economy

By SEMA Washington, D.C., Staff
For the second consecutive year, federal government statistics  demonstrated that outdoor recreation is a key driver of the national  economy and communities around the country. The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) report  found that outdoor recreation in 2017 supported 5.2 million jobs and  accounted for $778 billion in annual economic impact. Some of the  largest outdoor recreation activities include motorized recreation,  boating and fishing, RV’ing, biking, hunting, camping and skiing.

The BEA’s report notes outdoor recreation makes up 2.2% of the  country’s gross domestic product (GDP). This share of GDP is larger than  many other industries, such as mining, utilities, farming and ranching,  and chemical products manufacturing.
For the first time, the report also compiles economic data for the 50  states and District of Columbia. California, Florida, Illinois, New  York and Texas were the top five states for outdoor recreation as a  percentage of total federal GDP. In terms of percentage of state GDP,  outdoor recreation was largest in Hawaii, Montana, Maine, Vermont and  Wyoming.

The report was welcomed by the “Outdoor Recreation Roundtable” (ORR),  America’s leading coalition of U.S. outdoor recreation trade  associations. ORR is comprised of 28 members, including SEMA, and  represents more than 50,000 businesses that produce vehicles, apparel,  equipment and services enjoyed in our nation’s parks, waterways, trails  and outdoor spaces. SEMA’s focus within ORR is on motorized recreation  (four-wheel, ATVs, UTVs, etc.) along with all the equipment that makes  it possible to tow RVs, trailers, boats and off-road vehicles  (suspension, wheels, tires, increased horsepower, etc.).
For more information, contact Stuart Gosswein at
USDA Forest Service and State of Utah sign Shared Stewardship Agreement

"Agreements like this appear good on paper but must have action and  
consequences" comments UFWDA Director of Environmental Affairs, Jerry Smith.
"The USFS must make a complete reversal of its "Protect and
Preserve" philosophy before anything of value will happen in our  
severely unhealthy forests."

As part of this Shared Stewardship Agreement, the State of Utah and  the USDA Forest Service are working together to identify and map  priority landscapes that will guide activities across jurisdictional  boundaries. Utah and the Forest Service will work in partnership to  restore these priority landscapes using all tools available, including  existing programs such as Utah’s Watershed Restoration Initiative and  the Governor’s Catastrophic Wildfire Reduction Strategy.
“This agreement is about setting priorities together and combining  resources to achieve healthier forests for the people of Utah,” said  Secretary Perdue. “We will use every available authority and tool at our  disposal to support partnership efforts to improve forest health and  target treatments in areas with the highest payoffs. We want to leave  America’s forests better than we found them and that means creating  meaningful stewardship partnerships that proactively keep our forests  healthy.”

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