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February 2018 eNews

Someone must have read my comments about statistics in last month's eNews. These will do for a start, but maybe we too can add to them?

Prototype statistics from the Outdoor Recreation Satellite Account (ORSA) released  by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) show that the outdoor recreation economy accounted for 2.0 percent ($373.7 billion) of current-dollar GDP in 2016. In addition, the outdoor recreation economy grew 3.8 percent in 2016, compared to growth of 2.8 percent in the overall economy.
Our partners at ORBA have more in the next item.

It's several years since UFWDA ran one of our surveys about four wheeling  so perhaps the time has come to run another, Watch for one.

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

Peter Vahry; editor



Conclusions of Dept. of Commerce Research

Denver, CO, February 14, 2018- Department of Commerce research commissioned by Secretary of Interior Sally Jewel to determine the value of outdoor recreation as part of the Gross Domestic Product was released today.  The research identified that outdoor recreation accounted for 2% of the GDP or more than $371 Billion in spending annually and that this value was steadily increasing from 2012 to 2016. 


This research further concluded that motorized spending was the dominant portion of spending for recreational activity, and almost exceeded all other spending sources combined. This research provides the following breakdown of spending:



"ORBA representatives were always aware of the strong relationship motorized recreation played in outdoor recreation but even we were surprised at the values established in the Department of Commerce Research.  This is welcome information and will be very helpful in undertaking land management decisions on public lands moving forward and confirmed what many in the industry had believed for many years" said Fred Wiley, ORBA CEO/President.   "Additionally, this information will be very helpful for communities that are targeting recreational activity to replace tax revenue that has been lost when other industries have moved out of the communities" 


A complete version of the research is available here:

BLM hosting public scoping meetings on

possible changes to Desert Renewable

Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP)

From the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)

Meetings will be in several locations between February 26 and March 7

The Bureau of Land Management will host eight public scoping meetings in the process to consider amending three land use plans that underlie the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP). The BLM invites members of the public to attend meetings at the following dates and locations:

Check the meetings schedule

ExtremeTerrain’s Clean Trail Program

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

Fish Conservation Group Blasts Jeep

Super Bowl Commercial

Trout Unlimited isn't happy that Jeep appeared to depict a 2019 Cherokee driving through a stream

Read more

 Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival

Just one month into registration and we already have 26 states represented plus two provinces in Canada! Last year, we had 27 states and Canada at the event.
We know you're good at breaking records so we challenge YOU to help us beat 2017's number of states represented! That means tell your mother, your brother, your friends and acquaintances that you'll Be At Bantam June 8-10! 

Haven't registered yet? What are you waiting for---your Jeep could represent a state we're missing! Register here!

UFWDA thank Middle Atlantic Four Wheel

Drive Association
for their membership


Don't forget that if your organization is sending your member roster to UFWDA... we'd prefer it is in Excel format or anything except a PDF !

NMOHVA "Promoting OHV Recreation"

NMOHVA's stated mission is to "promoting, protecting, and preserving responsible OHV recreation."  Far too often, it seems like the "protect and preserve" part gets most of the effort.  But NMOHVA is activing "promoting" your ability to enjoy the lands of New Mexico from the motorized mode of your choice.  To that end, here are quick updates on four areas where NMOHVA is working hard " creating additional motorized recreation opportunities in the state of New Mexico":
  • We are currently working with the Espanola Ranger District on developing additional legal routes on the Santa Fe National Forest just north of Los Alamos.  NMOHVA was involved in securing the Recreation Trails Program (RTP) grant to fund the project which included getting archeological clearances for about 30 miles of roads and trails.  The arch surveys are done!  The next step will be using the remainder of the money to employ Youth Conservation Corp teams to construct the included new trails.  The Forest Service will be looking to NMOHVA to provide volunteer assistance as part of the required "match" for the RTP grant.  Watch your newsletter for opportunities to provide some "sweat equity" in help build new trails and clear and reconstruct old trails.
  • Red River and Questa are working to create a trail linkage between the two towns utilizing an existing pipeline corridor along Highway 38.  NMOHVA is involved to ensure that motorized use is being considered for the proposed trail corridor.
  • The Carson National Forest has created a team representing diverse users to help draft a management plan for a new area (Miranda Canyon) acquired by the Forest.  NMOHVA members are part of that team and are working to ensure that continued motorized access is part of the new management plan.
  • NMOHVA initiated meetings with the Carson National Forest to revisit travel management on the Camino Real Ranger District.  The Forest Service has now scheduled additional meetings to discuss amending the motor vehicle use map and authorizing new travel system routes for motorcycles, ATVs and other forms of motorized recreation.  



From American Motorcyclist Association

Comment Period:

BLM announces scoping for modified Grand Staircase Escalante Management Plan & EIS


Planning will include lands removed from the national monument


The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is beginning the process of determining the scope for Resource Management Plans for the three management units that make up the revised Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument and the lands formerly within the monument's boundaries. The American Motorcyclist Association believes you may be interested in providing comments on this process.

The three management units in the revised monument are Grand Staircase, Kaiparowits and Escalante Canyons. The lands removed from the monument will continue to be managed by the BLM. The agency also will prepare a single environmental impact statement for the three monument units.

The need for this effort arose from Presidential Proclamation 9682, which reduced the size of the monument from about 1.7 million acres to a little more than 1 million acres in December. The new resource management plans will replace the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument plan, which was adopted in 1999.

Scoping is intended to identify issues that members of the public and agency managers consider relevant to the environmental analysis and alternatives required by the National Environmental Policy Act.  Issues that should resonate with AMA members include outdoor recreation and travel management.

Among nine more detailed preliminary topic areas, the BLM has acknowledged that it will consider changes to off-highway vehicle area designations. Current monument travel management restricts OHV travel to passenger-vehicle quality roads, several of which include the 4,455 mile Great Western trail which runs from Canada to Mexico.

The agency has also announced the possibility of scoping meetings to gather public input. Dates and locations for those meetings will be announced at least 15 days beforehand through local media and BLM's Utah website at

DEADLINE: March 19

Submit comments through the monument website at or through the U.S. mail to:

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
669 S. Hwy. 89
Kanab, UT 84741

For more information, contact Associate Monument Manager Matthew Betenson by phone at (435) 644-1200 or by email at

Latest news from Cal4WheelSierra Trek registration drive
at WFO Concepts in Auburn

Event will be March 3 from 11AM-2PM

DNR plans meetings on border to border

OHV trail

Herald Staff Report

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will hold a series of listening sessions this month and into March across northwest Minnesota and other northern counties to gather feedback on a proposed touring route for highway-licensed, four-wheel drive vehicles.

The Border To Border Touring Route will connect the eastern and western borders of Minnesota across the northern third of the state using minimum maintenance and rugged roadways to create a signed, mapped system of routes that already are open for driving.

The DNR's Parks and Trails Division, in conjunction with the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council and the Minnesota 4-Wheel Drive Association, are holding the meetings.

The project is funded by the off-road vehicle account in Minnesota's Natural Resources Fund. Revenues for the fund come from registered off-road vehicle owners.

In a news release, the DNR said the purpose of the listening sessions is to gather feedback on a draft alignment for the touring route. Last year at this time, similar meetings were held to help determine the best location for the adventure route. Planners then used that information to form the draft alignment that will be the topic of the upcoming listening sessions.

The route is proposed to go through the counties of Cook, Lake, St. Louis, Itasca, Beltrami, Clearwater, Polk, Red Lake, Pennington, Marshall and Kittson.
Read the full article

Alberta, Canada has some passionat writers about the closure of forests.

Using fake news to target OHV trail use

By Letter to the Editor on February 14, 2018.

As the subject of OHV trail use in Alberta continues to be a hot topic, I’m constantly raising my eyebrows at some of the claims I read by those who support the extreme left views of organizations such as U.S.-funded Y2Y and its sister-wife CPAWS. In a recent opinion piece by Kevin Van Tighem (“Fake news and public land”) he uses the topic of fake news to create fake news!

Read it here

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