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Action Alert: Contact your U.S. representative now to support the Recreational Trails Program
18 February 2020

The Coalition for Recreational Trails (CRT) calls on all trail organizations and trail enthusiasts to take action immediately to continue and to expand the Recreational Trails Program (RTP), the national trails assistance program that aids all trail activities nationwide through use of federal non-highway recreational fuel taxes.
A huge step occurred late last year when the Congress instructed the U.S. Department of Transportation to develop a timely estimate of the fuel tax generated through non-highway recreational activities in its FY2020 budget and included RTP reauthorization in key Senate legislation creating the next-gen surface transportation program. Now, action in the House of Representatives is underway and underscores the bipartisan and coast-to-coast support RTP enjoys in the Congress.
US Representatives Peter Welch (D-VT), John Curtis (R-UT), Angie Craig (D-MN), Annie Kuster (D-NH), Mike Simpson (R-ID) and Chris Stewart (R-UT) introduced the Recreational Trails Full Funding Act of 2020 (HR 5797) that will more than double funding for the RTP and make other important changes. HR 5797 will:
● require completion of the nonhighway recreational fuel use study at least every five years and reports to Congress on the results;
● increase RTP funding to $250 million annually – from $84 million currently – or to the new estimated amount from the mandated studies;
● establish new reporting standards for projects completed with RTP funds to provide increased transparency;
● simplify and increase funding of administration of RTP by FHWA; and
● re-establish the original formula for apportionment of RTP funds to the states.


Washington, D.C. (January 26, 2020) –The Coalition for Recreational Trails (CRT) expressed appreciation for bipartisan Congressional efforts which moved the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) forward recently and offer real hope that additional federal non-highway recreational fuel taxes will soon provide better and safer trails. Led by U.S. Senators Shaheen, Risch, Klobuchar, Burr, Daines and Van Hollen, Hill champions of RTP succeeded in including preparation of an estimate of non-highway recreational fuel usage to facilitate Congressional determination of future RTP funding levels in the U.S. Department of Transportation’s FY2020 budget.  

Since its creation in 1991, RTP has underwritten the costs of more than 25,000 key projects. Projects are in place in all states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico and benefit not only the recreational trail enthusiasts paying the taxes but all trail activities. The successes of RTP are easier to understand than ever through CRT’s new website at and through new infographics. One infographic is an updated version of a document explaining the need for the new fuel use study. It shows that current funding of RTP – about $85 million annually – falls far short of the estimated $300 million in federal tax generated as motorcycles, snowmobiles, OHVs, 4x4s and more are used nationwide. A new infographic provides a colorful overview of the program, noting the partnership-based nature of RTP and its contributions to access, safety, fun and the economy. The two infographics are on the website and attached to this release. The website also provides access to the RTP projects database.

According to CRT co-chairs Marianne Fowler and Derrick Crandall, the trails community is optimistic that 2020 will be a year of success for recreational trails. CRT is now working to include RTP in the next multi-year major surface transportation bill and has solid, bipartisan support. According to the duo, prospects are excellent for RTP to celebrate its 30th anniversary with many more years of authorization and a marked increase in funding.

The new website includes information on the more than 30 national organizations comprising CRT. Most played key roles in its initial creation and its successful journey since December 1991. The website also contains information, including nomination information, on the CRT’s 2020 Recreational Trails Awards, which is planned for Washington on June 17, 2020.

United Four Wheel Drive Associations Inc is a CRT member
Notice Of Proposed Rulemaking Designed To Shorten Environmental Reviews (NEPA) Issued

Earlier this month the Council on Environmental Quality issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking -Update to the Regulations Implementing the Procedural Provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). This proposed rulemaking is intended to “…revise and modernize… NEPA regulations to facilitate more efficient, effective, and timely NEPA reviews by Federal agencies.”

As many in the OHV community are aware, NEPA reviews can often be time consuming endeavors which can produce reports hundreds of pages in length.  The proposed changes are intended to “…advance the original goals of the CEQ regulations to reduce paperwork and delays, and promote better decisions consistent with the national environmental policy…”

NOHVCC encourages everyone in the OHV community to take a look at the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and submit comments to encourage a reduction in paperwork and reporting required under NEPA while still ensuring that resources remain adequately protected.

Comments are due March 10, 2020.  

NOHVCC staff just wanted to alert you early in the process so that you will have adequate time to review the notice.  We will work together with other interested parties and will provide opportunities to weigh in, sample comments and other information as this process moves forward.

Pismo State Beach and Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA) comments due
14 Jan 2020
State Parks is preparing a Public Works Plan (PWP) for Pismo State Beach and Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA). A PWP is a long-range land use management plan for compliance with the California Coastal Act (Coastal Act) that is reviewed and certified by the California Coastal Commission. The PWP will document existing conditions, consider improvement projects and management programs to improve access for motorized and non-motorized recreation opportunities, and develop policies and programs.

State Parks held two public meetings to discuss the PWP, in Arroyo Grande (December 10, 2019) and Bakersfield (December 11, 2019). At these open house-style meetings, attendees visited topic stations to view materials and provided input to the planning team.
Click on the links to view the materials presented at these meetings: Presentation, Information Packet, Display Boards.
To provide comments on the Park-wide PWP Proposed Options and Proposed Project Concepts, you may fill out the Comment Card and mail it to the address on the card or you may scan and email it to Or, you may go to to complete the online comment form.
Comments on the PWP Proposed Options and Proposed Project Concepts will be accepted until January 24, 2020.
Things You Can Do to Pass the RPM Act and Protect the Future of Motorsports
Jan 10 2020
Act now to defend the future of racing! Tell Congress to support the RPM  Act (Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports Act)—a bill to protect  our industry and hobby. Send a new letter today, even if you have done  so in the past.

Outdoor Recreation Industry Rallies to Help Minnesota Create an Outdoor Recreation Task Force
Effort will Create a Multitude of Outdoor Recreation Related Economic Opportunities
Outdoor recreation industry leaders including Outdoor Recreation Roundtable, REI and Outdoor Industry Association applaud Minnesota’s announcement of an Outdoor Recreation Task Force (ORTF) to study and identify economic and participation opportunities around the state’s robust outdoor recreation resources. The effort to create the task force was jointly pursued by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and Explore Minnesota and was supported by many Minnesota outdoor recreation businesses- from boating and fishing to hunting and paddling. The Task Force will consist of 20 seats and be announced in January. Minnesota is well-positioned to take advantage of the opportunities the Outdoor Recreation Task Force will create because outdoor recreation already accounts for 2.7% of Minnesota’s economy, supports 101,000 jobs and contributes $9.6 billion to Minnesota’s economy.

“The outdoor recreation community has worked collectively before to make great strides, but Minnesota’s announcement of an Outdoor Recreation Task Force is a stunning example of our sector working together with the state to create real support for the growing outdoor recreation economy in Minnesota,” said Jessica Wahl, executive director of Outdoor Recreation Roundtable. “Time and time again we have seen how states with offices of outdoor recreation are better able to leverage their existing outdoor recreation businesses and resources into attracting even more outdoor businesses while increasing the overall recreation economy those states. ORR is proud of the role our members played in working together to create a Task Force in Minnesota and thrilled to provide continued support for this effort!”

To read the full story, click here.
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.
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

Please join our meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (571) 317-3122

Access Code: 427-262-685

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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.
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
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.

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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