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Jessi Combs memorial

 If any one is in LA the next couple days, this would be well worth attending!

Jessi Combs: Life at Full Speed celebrates the extraordinary life of Jessi Combs.

Join us in honoring the “fastest woman on four wheels.”

More info here: https://www.petersen.org/jessi?utm_source=Master+Opt-in&utm_campaign=753535704a-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_09_20_07_35&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b7d474b575-753535704a-63298909&mc_cid=753535704a&mc_eid=799e88e4c2

Contact your U.S. senator now to support full funding of the Recreational Trails Program

Senate Bill 1527 has five sponsors, many more needed

The federal Recreational Trails Program has used off-highway vehicle users’ federal gas taxes to fund more than 24,000 trail projects nationally since 1992. It is clearly one of the best tools we have to help fund trail construction and maintenance.

Only about $84 million of the estimated $270 million collected annually on OHV fuel makes its way to trails projects. That’s less than a third. And it’s a gap that every trail user should want closed.

In late May, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) introduced legislation that takes the first, important step toward getting RTP the full funding it deserves. Four other senators have signed on to co-sponsor the bill, which requires the Federal Highway Administration

More info here:

https://cqrcengage.com/amacycle/app/write-a-letter?0&engagementId=500602

What3Words

A new app, for making it easy to remember, and pass on GPS coordinates….  It seems pretty cool, and they claim to be able to cover the world, in 3 words.

More info here:  https://what3words.com/wounds.client.face

 I think our Hunter Access road is “timings.flood.friday”  the app doesn’t seem to convert coords. I sent them a question about that…

Red Spring Trail Project Timeline

Back in 2013 when TRS began speaking publically about the idea of creating single-track trail for dirt bikes, there were many dirt bike riders who doubted this would ever happen. This was an understandable reaction considering there was not a mile of true legal motorized single-track on the Coronado National Forest at that time. But a core group of TRS members saw the possibility and persevered. This was no easy task and required tremendous amounts of volunteer time and sacrifice. What appears below is my effort of condensing an enormous amount of detailed history into a short Face Book post. Enjoy and feel free to ask questions.

September 2013 —— April 2014
The journey begins by establishing relationships inside of the Coronado National Forest.
TRS meets Forest Service Officials to share a motorized single-track (ST) vision.
TRS educates itself on “how to” create a 25-mile trail system & forms a ST Committee.
TRS establishes contact with national & regional organizations/resources to gain trail building knowledge.

November 2014 —— June 2015
The background work begins.
Discover a potential trail system site and interest in the Nogales Ranger District.
TRS develops a detailed plan, conducts research, formalizes a “purpose and need” plan.
Forest Service agrees to pursue an OHV grant from Az. State Parks & Trails.
TRS assists the Forest Service in preparing the OHV grant application.
Grant approved for the Red Spring Trail Project.

November 2015 —— Current 2019
The on the ground work begins.
Numerous trail hikes to investigate trail routes.
Forest Service prepares NEPA documentation.
Public Scoping & Fish & Wildlife reports.
Flagging & GPS’ing trails, feed back to FS Archaeologist, Biologist & Range Specialist.
Draft & Final Decision Notices published.
Coordination of trail building resources, private contactors, volunteers, Az. Conservation Corp.
TRS volunteer participation in or assisted with – –
Pima Pineapple Cactus, archeology & invasive species surveys,
Trail building, rock moving, brush trimming,
GIS mapping, map production,
Staging area development, route marker installation,
1,600 hrs. or $62.6K worth of TRS volunteer support to date!

George

Safe OHV Operation in the Desert – Know Before you Go!

OHV recreation occurs all over the country on all sorts of terrains. Many lucky OHV recreationists will have the opportunity to experience riding on trails in heavily wooded areas, areas with serious exposure in mountainous areas or in open plains. Others yet will have the opportunity to ride on dunes or through the desert. Each type of area has its unique safety concerns – this article focuses on desert safety.

NOHVCC recently spoke with Brian Puckett who is a paramedic and leads search and rescue operations for the Bureau of Land Management’s El Centro Field Office in California, which manages the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area. Brian leads a team of five permanent staff who are bolstered with seasonal help during the busy winter season. The team responds to 400 calls a year and deal with a vast range of injuries. Brian said, “Everything from splinter removal to serious traumatic injuries – we see it all.”

More info here…   https://www.nohvcc.org/safe-ohv-operation-in-the-desert-know-before-you-go/

New Study Reveals 6.35 Million Acres of Western State Lands Are Landlocked

This week, onX and the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership revealed the stunning results of a collaboration to quantify how many acres of state lands across the West are entirely landlocked by private land and, therefore, inaccessible to hunters, anglers, and other outdoor recreationists.

This is the anticipated follow-up to last year’s study of federally managed public lands, which showed that more than 9.52 million federal acres have no permanent legal access because they are isolated by private lands.

The Findings on State Land

Using today’s leading mapping technologies, more than 6.35 million acres of state lands across 11 states in the American West were identified as landlocked by private lands. The detailed findings are now available in a new report, “Inaccessible State Lands in the West: The Extent of the Landlocked Problem and the Tools to Fix It,” which also unpacks how this problem is rooted in the history of the region.

More info here…  http://www.trcp.org/2019/08/19/new-study-reveals-6-35-million-acres-western-state-lands-landlocked/

Registration is open for NOHVCC’s 2019 Annual Conference in Reno, Nevada.

2019 Annual NOHVCC and INOHVAA Conferences, October 15-19, 2019, Reno, Nevada

This year NOHVCC and INOHVAA will visit Reno, NV October 15-19.  The conferences will follow the typical schedule that will be familiar to many of you. After preliminary activities on the 15th, the INOHVAA conference will begin sessions on the 16th, a mobile field workshop for attendees of both conferences on Thursday, October 17, joint INOHVAA/NOHVCC sessions on Friday, October 18 and, finally, the NOHVCC conference will conclude with sessions on Saturday and a banquet on Saturday evening.

More info here…  https://www.nohvcc.org/annual-conference-2019/

6 Solutions For Managing Multi-Use Trails And Conflict

American Trails hosted a panel of experts to discuss multi-use trails and conflict at the 2019 International Trails Symposium and Training Institute. These experts included Scott Linnenburger of Kay-Linn Enterprises and Professional Trailbuilders Association , Danielle Fowles of Tread Lightly!, Chelle Grald of AERC Trailmaster & Vermont Trails Advocate, Cam Lockwood of Trails Unlimited, and Steve Salisbury of American Motorcyclist Association. The panel was moderated by Karen Umphress, principal of UP! Outside and project manager with Great Outdoor Consultants.

 More info here…  https://www.americantrails.org/resources/multi-use-trails-and-conflict