REGION 4 MINUTES
June 12, 2012
Moses Lake, WA
Director Earl Nettnin (Desert Rats) called the meeting to order at 7:35 PM. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited and a moment of silence for the sick and departed was observed. No guests were present.
A motion was made by Randy Hayes (Sand Commandos) seconded by Doug Conner (Roamin’ Chariots) that we accept the Region 4 minutes from May 8, 2012 as printed, motion passed.
Sande Nettnin (Desert Rats) gave the Treasurer’s report. No outstanding bills at this time.
COMP report: Our COMP Chairman for Region 4 asked that we announce that the try-outs for the Region 4 relay team for Summer Convention will be held at the Outdoor 4X4’s race the weekend of July 21 on the OB Course. The OB times will be used to determine the team. Summer Convention will be held at Camas Valley, Oregon this year. The Barrel Extravaganza held in Longview May 5th was a huge success and we came out in the black. Some good news the Cowlitz County Fair Grounds people were impressed with us and said they had never worked with a group as professional as were. They have asked us back to do another Barrel racing for their final event of the season July 29th and they will give us a $3000 check to the PNW4WDA for doing this.
Membership – nothing new to report at this time.
PNW’s Web Site – Seems to have some bugs still. It’s a work in progress.
Club Power/We Did It – We should be getting new forms soon, please keep on using the old ones until the new ones arrive.
Trail Jamboree – Co-chairman Kelda Hagemeier (Shindig Wheelers) has expressed a desire for someone to help with registration for next year. We understand that Trail Jamboree is full and has a waiting list. They are still need door prizes, so if you would like to donate something please let Sid or Kelda know as soon as possible.
JR Jeepers – no report. We understand they participated in the Selah Days Parade.
PR – Clay Graham (Yakima Kittitas Forest Watch) is doing a great job getting information out. If you need something sent out to our alert list, just get the information to him and he’ll take care of it. Thanks Clay for all the pictures and articles you send in to Tri-Power.
Doug Conner (Roamin’ Chariot) said he had not received anything new on Juniper Dunes. Doug said he had been contacted by Al Yenney who said that he is involved in the campaign for Clint Didier who is running for Commissioner of Public Lands against Peter Goldmark. Al said they would appreciate any support we might be able to give, however, the region cannot indorse a candidate; but as an individual each one of you can do it.
Dave McMains (Hurtin’ Units & Sand Commandos) reported nothing new the Moses Lake Sand Dunes, the clean-up went well. Dave reported that the Liberty Clean-up went well and we were able to turn in over 1000 hours of volunteer work; we were able to get all the lower trails opened up before Memorial week-end. We even did some restoration work on Tuesday May 22nd for BLM during the work party at Liberty on the Williams Creek Campground. We spent three plus hours doing some riparian and stream bank stability. BLM was very pleased with our work and happy we were there and willing to help.
Ron Rutherford reported that they had a work party on the Rim Rock side starting with the 661 trail doing brushing, bucking out down logs and repairing a few drain dips, and ended up at the intersection of the 661 and 641 trails. Ron reported that the trail is open except for 2 feet of snow on the last ¼ mile.
TWIG report – the 1601 and 1611 roads are the only roads open during the winter to 4X4 use and they will remain open because of the letters that we had written. Naches is still pushing to have a first aid card for the person who is a certified chain saw person, a class will be held June 27 from 8 AM – Noon and again from 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM at a cost of $17 per person. All trails in Naches will be officially opened June 16, 2012. The restoration on the 1800 and 1808 roads will not be started until late September. The Draft for the Travel Management will be coming out in the fall with five alternatives. Special guests at the TWIG meeting were Mary Bean the Recreational Program Manager and Brenda Yankoviak Forest Recreation Planner for the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest; they asked what the users really wanted and they seemed interested in talking to the users that were present; answer in a nut shell is we want our trails open for all users. Mary Bean wants to be added to our mailing list for the Tri-Power. Earl will see that this is done. Sue Ranger District Recreation Planner said they would like to have letters of support for the grants they are applying for. Naches is planning to apply for several grants; Motorized Trails Maintenance - for two grants, one under the RTP program and one under the NOVA program. These grants will be for two years each, and will cover regular motorized trail maintenance of Four Wheel Drive and Motorcycle trails. One grant from NOVA for OHV Education and Enforcement Rangers. They also will apply for two backcountry trails maintenance grants – each for a two year timeframe – and one will be under the RTP Program, with the other under the NOVA program. Letters of Support are due by July 2nd. You can email them to email@example.com
) or write a letter to the Naches District, Attn: Sue Ranger, 10237 US Highway 12, Naches, WA 98937.
Director Earl Nettnin said he had received a letter from Mikki Douglass from the CleElum Ranger District also asking for support letters. Mikki said it is that time of year so she was working on grants which are due at the end of this month (for the 2013-14 seasons). Mikki is hoping she could get some letters of support from the PNW4WDA, as well as anyone who uses the trails. These grants are a key to maintaining a quality trail system, and letters of support from individuals and groups are a big reason they have been able to get these grants year after year. If you enjoy riding/wheeling these trails, would you be willing to write a letter supporting these applications? This year, the motorized projects they intend to apply for are: Education/Enforcement; North Zone Maintenance; South Zone Maintenance; North Ridge Reroute/Reconstruction; and Lower Jolly Reroute/Reconstruction. A simple e-mail is fine, though hard-copy letters are welcome as well, feel free to support any or all of these applications. E-mail your letters to Mikki Douglass at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ed Massey (Hurtin’ Units and Sand Commandos) asked about the slide on the road going to Red Top. The road has been washed out and if you don’t have a 4X4 you can’t get through it; no word on when the road will be repaired. This is the only road to the lookout on Red Top.
Earl touched on the following:
Wet Spring closures; the Nelli Restoration Project; and the BLM Resource Management Plan.
Earl said he had heard from Bryan Hawthorne (Public Lands Policy Director for Blue Ribbon) that an advisory committee of 21 members has been formed to serve on the Federal Advisory Committee for implementation of the U.S. National Forest Planning Rule. Representing developed outdoor or commercial recreation is Russell Ehnes from Great Falls, MT.
Earl reported that he had heard from Kelda Hagemeier one of our Co-chairmen for Trail Jamboree that we don’t need a Discover Pass at Jamboree.
Blue Ribbon is fighting to protect recreational access for us; they are in need of donations. Region 4 has donated $100 every year since 2002. After much discussion Earl is asking all clubs in Region 4 to consider making a donation also. Dave McMains (Hurtin’ Units and Sand Commandos) made a motion seconded by Doug Conner (Roamin’ Chariots) that Region 4 make an additional donation of $250 to Blue Ribbon, motion passed.
Blue Ribbon sent an update on National Land Use and Legislation referring to it as a “Silly” season, however, it’s really a “Serious” season and the wilderness “wish list” marches on. Blue Ribbon expects only a few bills will move before the election and they will provide updates. So we really need to keep our eyes and ears open on the wilderness proposals.
The Naneum ridge State Forest Recreation planning committee has met. DNR was soliciting applications for a citizen committee (12 people) to be part of the planning process serving for 16 months or so until fruition. Clay Graham (Yakima Kittitas Forest Watch) has been picked to serve on the committee. Lynn Kirk (Mountain Masters) has also applied to be on the committee; we haven’t heard if he was picked yet. Bruce Moses and Bruce Germain (Mountain Master members) also attended the meeting and they felt things might be more favorable than they first thought.
Earl asked if anyone did any business with the Umatilla National Forest because they have moved to a new location. They have moved their headquarters to the Coyote Business Park at 72510 Coyote Road, Pendleton, Oregon.
Update on the NOVA Law Suit – the Supreme Court has completed the hearings on it and will render a decision in 20 days. We may get a judgment; however, we’ll probably never see the money.
A work party will be held at Liberty June 27 – July1 to open the upper trails. Dale Neuman is the person of contact, camp at Williams Creek.
Pick Up A Mountain – Pam Remley (Shindig Wheelers) is our coordinator for this event. She is in need of door prize donations as well as other things. If you would like to help, please contact her at 509-658-2496 or e-mail email@example.com
Desert Rats – some attended the May 18th Liberty Work party; some will be launching Sprint Boats at St. Johns on May 16th and we are planning to do security for the Cool Desert Nights Cruise June 22nd. Some will attend the June Liberty Work Party and we are hosting again at Trail Jamboree in July.
Sand Commandos- Some went to the Liberty May 18th work party, some are going to Liberty for Father’s Day and some will go to Liberty again for the June work party; and working on their Jeeps.
Roamin’ Chariots – Memorial Day Weekend they camped with the Jeepin’ Nomads in the Rimrock Lake area. They had a permit from the Forest Service so they were able to do some trail work and trail condition surveys. They also did some road repairs and campsite repairs. They handed out Forest Service provided information to other campers. They plan on attending the Jeepin’ Nomads annual get together later this month at Rimrock.
Hurtin’ Units – some are going to Liberty this weekend, some are going to Liberty next weekend and some are going to the June Liberty work party.
Peak Putters – had a Bachelor party run in May to the Ahtanum Snow Park and had a good time. If you would like additional information go to the Peak Putters web site. They have some Father’s Day things planned and July 8th they are going to Liberty.
Mountain Masters – had a couple of runs to the Moses Lake Sand Dunes and figured how to roll over in the sand, it was just a slow soft roll over and no one was hurt. They will have their annual Stag run the weekend of June 23rd to Liberty. They had a snow run to Four Corners in the Colockum.
GOOD OF THE ORDER
Ed Massey’s father passed away in Lacey, WA – our condolences to the family.
Door Prize was won by Dave McMains.
The Next meeting dates for Region 4:
Tuesday, July 10, 2012 at Magic’s Pizza in Selah, WA
Tuesday, August 14, 2012 at Doug Conner’s shop in Pasco, WA
June 27th – July 1st work party at Liberty – Dale Neuman contact person
Montana Divide Ride July 24 – 29 in Whitehall, MT
Fall Delegates meeting September 9, 2012 hosted by Region 2 in Tumwater, WA
Pick Up A Mountain September 14th – 16th in Naches, WA
WOHVA annual meeting September 15th in Spokane, WA
Dave McMains (Hurtin’ Units and Sand Commandos) made a motion seconded by Doug Conner (Roamin’ Chariots) to adjourn the meeting at 8:55 PM – motion passed
Sande Nettnin, Region 4