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January 2018 eNews

Happy New Year from UFWDA

This year has started with a flurry of decisions and calls for input from OHV recreation. Check the 'Recent posts' panel on the UFWDA website for some of those earlier items.

There are so many activities for four wheeling being planned in North America for 2018 that suggests that interest in four wheeing is not fading. It just reinforces the need to keep pushing for access to public lands and supporting those who are making that effort.

Like most organizations based around volunteers, UFWDA could use more hands to keep our recreation to the fore amongst the many types of recreation wanting to enjoy the shrinking areas of public land where motorized use is still permitted. Pleas talk with us if you've some time to help.

An email from NOHVCC advises that it is downsizing its facility in Great Falls and suggests that now is a good time to order some of their excellent publications including ' Great Trails: Providing Quality OHV Trails and Experiences'. It is also available as a free PDF downoad.

In a recent outdoors newsletter was an aricle about the future of ski feilds on public land that concluded... " Perhaps more than any other activity, skiing and snowboarding have lured the masses to the forested slopes that make up much of our public lands estate. For many of those skiers and boarders, the view at the top of a ski resort—sprawling ridgelines and snowcapped peaks that extend in almost every direction—is their first and often, most powerful, connection to the incredible beauty and vastness of our National Forest System."

Is it true that skiing etc. has lured the most people to the higher vantage points? We can't challenge that as we've no data! Four wheelers are really hard to get that sort of information from. We should try harder!

A reminder again that the UFWDA ‘online’ store is temporarily disabled. The donation function is however still available and your support is most welcome.

Your input of topical material for each eNews is still vital, so please keep UFWDA and our readers informed by emailing to before the 10th of each month. If your organization has a website with interesting stories etc. then send a link to

We really need your stories and photos now for the next UFWDA Voice ... Who will feature on the front cover?

Peter Vahry; editor

With 300 Jeepsters watching, Oakland County votes to

create park for off-road

A crowd of more than 300 off-road vehicle buffs -- some from as far as Kalamazoo, Saginaw and northern Ohio -- jammed a meeting of Oakland County parks officials Wednesday in Waterford Township to implore support for a new park where they could drive their Jeeps and other off-road machines.

“There’s this image of off-roaders like, ‘Hold my beer and watch this,’ but we have a large group and we spend a lot of money” -- with an emphasis on safety and family fun, not alcohol consumption, said Jim Kitson, 60, of Davison, an engineering manager who helped draw the big crowd via Facebook and e-mail. Kitson’s burgundy Jeep with oversize tires sat outside amid scores of other Jeeps, off-road-ready pickups and similar vehicles.

Read more on UFWDA Facebook
or at

California Four Wheel Drive Association...

Make your Convention hotel reservations now

Convention is February 16-18

Steampunk is the theme for this year's Convention. Don't forget that we are having a costume contest, a table decorating contest and a vehicle show. Get creative!! Get info and register by going to

ExtremeTerrain’s Clean Trail Program

Funds Just Under $10,000 Trail


Working With Local 4x4 Clubs, The Clean Trail Program Helps To Protect Our Favorite Trails

ExtremeTerrain’s Clean Trail Initiative Program is ramping up and is looking to improve the
trails near you.

The Clean Trail Program was founded by ExtremeTerrain in 2015 and setup to fund trail
improvement projects that can include anything from trail clean-up, trail restoration, trail
expansion, and more. ExtremeTerrain has worked with numerous Wrangler and 4x4
clubs/groups as well as many privately and publicly owned off-road trails to enact changes
for the betterment of trail conditions for the communities being served.

To date, ExtremeTerrain has granted over 22 grants for trail improvement projects, funding
just under $10,000 in trail improvement projects all around the country.

In just the past few months for spring/summer 2017, ExtremeTerrain has approved an
additional 10 grants and is shooting for more.

Applying for a Clean Trail Grant is easy; head to
and click to apply for a grant, filling out a short questionnaire.
With a grant from ExtremeTerrain, you can get the tools you need to clean, restore, or
expand your local trails, helping to maintain the trail system and improve it for future


About ExtremeTerrain is a leader in providing enthusiasts with aftermarket Jeep Wrangler
parts. Located just outside Philadelphia, PA, ExtremeTerrain is dedicated to providing Jeep
Wrangler owners with the best parts at the best prices while also ensuring the conservation
and protection of off-road trails. Visit

Fiat Chrysler can double profit by 2022

on Jeep success, Marchionne says

January 14, 2018

DETROIT -- Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne said the automaker can double profit within five years by exploiting the potential of the Jeep brand.

With the offroad nameplate in position to grab as much as 20 percent of the global SUV market and coffers padded by lower U.S. taxes, it will be his successor who carries out the strategy.

Marchionne, who is one of the longest-serving bosses in the auto industry, was steadfast in his commitment to retire from Fiat in early 2019 after 15 years, succeeded by one of his lieutenants, he said in an exclusive sit-down interview.

More on the new Jeeps




17 January 2018

Land Rover today announces a limited-edition high-performance version of the iconic Defender, with up to 150 V8-powered examples re-engineered to celebrate the Land Rover marque’s 70th anniversary in 2018.

The Defender Works V8 pays homage to the early high-powered engines in both the Series III Stage 1 V8 from 1979 and subsequent Defenders including the 50th Anniversary Edition, which are highly sought after by enthusiasts and collectors today.

Defender Works V8 is the most powerful and fastest version that Land Rover has ever created. The 5.0-litre naturally-aspirated petrol V8 powertrain produces 405PS and 515 Nm of torque (the standard Defender delivered 122PS and 360 Nm). The Defender Works V8 will accelerate from 0-60mph in 5.6sec*, while top speed is increased to 106mph.

SNF, BLM to hold OHV grant workshop in


Th e U.S. Forest Service and BLM are hosting a public workshop on the Sequoia National Forest and BLM OHV program from 9-11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 1, at the Kern River Ranger District office, 11380 Kernville Road, Kernville.

To join the meeting by phone, register no later than Jan. 31 at the Kern River District office or call 760-376-3781, for more information.
Read the full article

NEEDLES OHV Grant Meeting

The annual meeting where the Needles Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management seeks public interest, deliverables, and requests for a state-issued OHV grants application, is set locally for early February.

The open-house style meeting continues from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, in the field office at 1303 S. Hwy. 95.

Each year, the local field office submits an off-highway vehicle grant request to the California State Parks, Off Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division. The grants program supports managed OHV recreation controlled by city, state and federal entities, Native American tribes and non-profit organizations.

Preliminary applications must be submitted to OHMVR no later than March 5 and will be available on the division website at, for additional public review and comment from March 6 through April 2.

Foundation seeks OHV public input

Jan 17, 2018

The Southern California Mountains Foundation is preparing to submit grant applications to the State of California Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division in March. The foundation seeks public input on the grants.

California state regulations require public input prior to the preliminary application deadline for this fund allocation process. These grants support off-highway vehicle education and safety activities on the San Bernardino National Forest.

Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival

If there's a Jeep in your driveway, you need to Be At Bantam!
Join us June 8-10 for the 8th annual Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival in Butler, PA - birthplace of the Jeep. You'll meet more than 15,000 people who love Jeeps as much as you do. Off-road trails, Jeep Playground obstacle course, the original Jeep Invasion street party and more will make this the best Jeep road trip of the year!

  • Want to learn about volunteering and earning FREE Jeep activities? Click here!
  • Need details on pricing, packages and wristband policies? Click here!
  • Read up on new activities and changes to your Festival favorites. Click here!
  • Check out our Where To Stay page for local hotels and camping. Click here!
Participate in popular Festival activities at a discount ($125 value plus additional savings from our vendors). Package includes Playground/On-Site Trails, Mystery Road Rally and Decorate Your Jeep plus Festival decals. You will also receive a new Bantam Bonus Card featuring special discounts to select vendors that are only available to those who purchase the Festival package. You will also receive a $25 voucher to use at North Country Brewing Company and the during Saturday Night event. Both are located in Slippery Rock. You may also use the voucher at The Harmony Inn located in Harmony. Voucher is valid June 1-30. Package is available only to 375 Jeeps and must be purchased by March 31. Package cost is $85.
The deadline to pre-register is May 6, 2018 but we recommend registering early to secure your spot in your favorite activities since capacity and rides time fill up fast.

BRC / OHV Events Calendar page

Check out a range of recent updates on activities.

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