NOHVCC Newsletter - June 2010 edition

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Updates

by Karen Umphress, NOHVCC Project Coordinator

 

Note 1) Registration for the conference is due by July 23rd. Registering and making travel arrangements is better sooner rather than later. Although the Great Falls airport is listed as 'International', that doesn't mean that it has a large choice of flight times. If you wish to have a choice, make your plans early.

 

Note 2) The Lead Ban is still in effect. Congress needs to act before the 2 year stay of enforcement is over. One of the 2 years is already gone. Are you helping to promote this cause? Have you put the information on your website or in your newsletters? Do the OHV activits around you think the stay of enforcement was a fix and the issue is no longer pressing? We need to make sure our pressure on congress doesn't ease or there will not be a positive future for OHV recreation. All of the information you need to know is at www.stopthebannow.com.

 

Note 3) The DVD distribution competition continues. Arizonza has overtaken California for second place. And there are now 6 states in the 100s of DVDs shipped. They are Arizona at 187, California at 183, Utah at 157, Wisconsin at 139, and Florida at 127. We have shipped over 2,500 DVDs, but need to get another 2,500 shipped out this year. NOHVCC has had several articles written about the DVD to assist. Check them out in Dirt Rider, on Speed TV, Fishers ATV World, Cycle News, ATV Illustrated, and more! See the April newsletter for your state's standings.

 

Note 4) The National Trails Symposium awards are due this month! June 30th is the last day to submit an award nomination for the Amerian Trails 2010 National Symposium. Let's make sure there are some great motorized award nominations! See the May newsletter for all of the details and to get the nomination forms.

 

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Rampart Range OHV Development

by Karen Umphress, NOHVCC Project Coordinator

 

2010 CRT Award Winner from ColoradoThe Coalition of Recreational Trails (CRT) is a national organization representing the nation's major trail interests. It has been working since 1992 to build awareness and understanding of the Recreational Trails Program, to support its implementation and to help insure that it receives adequate funding. The awards are part of the Coalition's ongoing effort to promote and celebrate this highly successful program, which has greatly enhanced the quantity and quality of trail experiences available to the public. The Coalition gives out 7 project awards and 2 state awards each year.

 

The 2010 award winners included some motorized trails and some multiple use trails which included motorized recreation. We will showcase these award winners in the next couple of newsletters. We hope they are an inspiration to you that successes can and do happen. This issue's award winner is the Phase Three of Rampart Range OHV Development Project.

 

The Rampart Range OHV Development Phase Three project continued the implementation of a plan that was initiated in 2006 following the completion of the Rampart Range Recreation Area motorized Roads and Trail Plan's Environmental Assessment. The US Forest Service leveraged the $120,000 RTP award with $600,000 in cash and/or in-kind match. New trail construction (35 miles) included vital connections to existing trails or to access neighboring trails. Trails in riparian areas or other locations that make maintenance efforts difficult were rerouted and/or reconstructed (30 miles) and trails that did not provide loop opportunities or where environmental concerns could not be mitigated with a reroute were closed and the area restored. Trails have been designated for a specific type of use, which allowed for the creation of singletrack trails. Four trailheads were expanded, six new toilets and informational and educational kiosks were installed at six trailheads, and 35 miles of trails have been signed. Input was solicited from all segments of the public through mailings, newspaper notices, website and public meetings.

 

The South Platte Ranger District's partner in this effort was the Rampart Range Motorcycle Management Committee, an all-volunteer, nonprofit corporation, founded in 1972 to promote and preserve dirt bike trail riding opportunities in the Rampart Range area of Pike National Forest near Sedalia, Colorado. This close-to-home recreation opportunity is located approximately 35 miles southwest of Denver and is open to motorized recreation (and all other recreationists) such as motorcycles and ATVs under 50" width.

 

This project won the 2010 Maintenance and Rehabilitation award. Congratulations to all involved.

 

The Recreational Trails Program needs all of our help to ensure that it is included in the next transportation bill. Be sure to contact your legislators [again] and explain that this program is a pay-to-play program. The money from the Recreational Trails Program comes from the un-refunded gasoline tax used by off-highway vehicle recreation. The American Trails website has additional information about the gas tax and the RTP program.

 

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Tom Crimmins Appointed to Idaho State Parks Board

by Jack Terrell, NOHVCC Senior Project Coordinator

 

Tom Crimmins, Field DemoIdaho Governor Butch Otter has appointed Tom Crimmins to the Idaho State Parks Board. The interim appointment is effective with the July meeting of the Board, and will become a six-year appointment upon confirmation by the Idaho Senate next January. The six-member Idaho State Parks Board provides policy direction and oversight for all activities of Idaho State Parks.

 

Tom Crimmins is well-known to NOHVCC, having served many years as a NOHVCC advisor and consultant. In addition to his participation in twenty years of NOHVCC conferences, he has been the face of NOHVCC at dozens of NOHVCC OHV Recreation Management Workshops, was part of the design team that developed our Route Designation Workshop series, and was the lead facilitator for these workshops. He is the lead developer and presenter of the NOHVC Public Land Advocacy webinar series. He also is the author of the publication "Management Guidelines for OHV Recreation", the definitive textbook for the design, construction, and maintenance of sustainable OHV trails.

 

Upon learning of his appointment, Tom said: "In today's environment of limited budgets, Idaho State Parks is facing a series of challenges to provide the recreation opportunities our citizens deserve; and I look forward to working with the department to find creative solutions to these challenges." Tom noted that NOHVCC State Partner Ernie Lombard also is a member of the State Parks Board.

 

Russ Ehnes, NOHVCC Executive Director commented: "Tom brings a wealth of motorized and non-motorized recreation management experience to the Idaho State Parks Board. He is an advocate of building partnerships between land managers and all recreation stakeholders, and I am sure that he will be an effective member of the Board."

 

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Spotlighting Cynthia Henderson

by Karen Umphress, NOHVCC Project Coordinator

 

Cynthia Henderson is a Civil Engineering Technician with the Wayne National Forest in Ohio. She is also the winner of the OHV Recreational Management course scholarship for the 2009/2010 spring semester. The scholarship was funded by the Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC) and the Specialty Vehicle Institute of American (SVIA); and administered by the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC). We asked Cynthia some questions regarding herself and her experience with the program. Here is what she has to say:

 

Why did you wish to take the OHV Course? Funding for training opportunities in my current position are only authorized for development within my own position classification of engineering and for recertifying any requirements of my current job. Funding is not available for career advancement opportunities into positions outside my engineering field. My long term career goal is to be an Assistant District Ranger (ADR) of the recreation department. My current education and experience is applicable in meeting some of the qualifications for advancing to an ADR position, but I would need to pick up additional specialized education courses in a recreation field to be competitive.

 

How is the course going? I have completed the course and I'm happy to say with an A!

 

How will you be able to use the information on your job? My position provides engineering and contracting support for our facilities, roads, fire, natural resources and recreation, which includes developing and maintaining our trail systems. The information provided by the MU OHV Recreation Management online program is very applicable to my work and has provided new insight to the bigger picture of OHV planning.

 

How will it help you advance your career? My career goal is to move more into agency management of the recreation program, and being at the end of the baby boomer generation, where hard work, intelligence and dedication used to be all you needed to advance a career, utilizing the NOHVCC scholarship and MU OHV online course will assist me in completing my college degree and further promote my future career opportunities.

 

Would you recommend the course to others? Absolutely Why? The course was very informative and is designed in such a way that the student can successfully complete the course without impact to their work duties. I'm looking forward to completing the other OHV courses in this online series myself.

 

Do you do any OHVing for fun? I do not own a machine of my own but enjoy every opportunity I get at work to ride my ATV for trail inventory or contract inspection work. Whenever I am asked, I enjoy providing the local ATV club with Forest Service support assistance at their bi-annual ATV rallies held on our District OHV trail system.

 

NOHVCC, MIC, and SVIA offer our congratulations to Cynthia and offer our best wishes for her career advancement.

MIC logo         SVIA logo

 

 
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NOHVCC Field Events

by Jack Terrell, NOHVCC Senior Project Coordinator

 

The NOHVCC education trailer, manned by NOHVCC staff and Board members, Girls at OHV event with Stupid Hurts Stickers provided support to two field events in May and June. NOHVCC provided the Adventure Trail program and the Public Land Advocacy message at both events.

 

Russ Ehnes, NOHVCC Executive Director, and Bruce Butler and Tom Niemela, NOHVCC Board of Directors members, took the trailer to Bend, Oregon to participate in the April 30 - May 2 Demo and Education Fair sponsored by the Central Oregon Combined Off-Highway Vehicle Operations (COHVOPS), an interagency organization comprised of the USFS, BLM, and Oregon State Parks. The event included ATV and dirt bike Young girl with Adventure Trail temporary Tattoo training classes, demo rides, presentations about the proposed new trail system, new Oregon OHV rules, and discussions of public lands responsibilities and ethics. Attendees also enjoyed 4WD rock crawling pit demonstrations, vendor displays and giveaways, and a poker run.

 

On the weekend of May 21-23, the NOHVCC education trailer was in Utah to support an OHV education event sponsored by the BLM Vernal Field Office. Jack Terrell, NOHVCC Senior Project Coordinator, Bruce Butler, NOHVCC Board of Directors member, and Tom Covert, NOHVCC Intern, provided OHV safety and ethics presentations to event attendees. The event was supported by the US BLM, US Forest Service, Utah Department of Natural Resources, Utah Trust Lands Administration, and local law enforcement and emergency services agencies.

 

If you have an OHV education event coming up in your area, contact NOHVCC at trailhead@nohvc.org to request our support.

 

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Listening Sessions

by Karen Umphress, NOHVCC Project Coordinator

 

In April of this year the President announced the America’s Great Outdoors Initiative. The goals of the Initiative are: 

  1. Reconnect Americans with the outdoors by promoting community based recreation and conservation, advance job and volunteer opportunities related to conservation and recreation, as well as educate individuals in American’s history, culture, and natural beauty;
  2. Build upon State, local, private and tribal priorities for the conservation of land, water, wildlife, historic and cultural resources;
  3. Use Science-based management practices to restore and protect America’s lands and waters

 

As part of the initiative the Administration and federal agencies involved are holding listening sessions around the county with tribal leaders, farmers, and ranchers, sportsmen, community park groups, foresters, youth groups, businesspeople, educators State and local governments and recreational and conservation groups. These sessions in conjunction with continued discussions with attendees of the conference and a report due in November will be used to craft future policy to achieve the goals of the Initiative

 

It is important the Off-Highway Vehicle recreationists take part in these sessions to ensure that our sport is not over-looked or that the science-based management practices offer a balanced approach instead of taking the word of the Climate Research Center, which has admitted to using and offering faulty data.

 

We don't have a lot of informaiton about the listening sessions. Here is what we have received.

  • Annapolis, Maryland: June 25th
  • South Carolina: June 28 in Charleston (Details TBA)
  • Washington: July 1 in Seattle (Details TBA)
  • California: July 8 in Los Angeles (Details TBA)
  • North Carolina: July 15 in Asheville (Details TBA)
  • Minnesota: July 25 in Minneapolis (Details TBA)

More information about the listening sessions is available on the Secretary of the Interior's website

 

Or you can visit the website created for the Great Outdoors Initiative.

 

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