REGION 4 MINUTES
November 12, 2013
Director Earl Nettnin (Desert Rats) called the meeting to order at 7:30 PM. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited and a moment of silence for the sick and departed was observed. No guests were present.
MINUTES: Doug Conner (Roamin’ Chariots) made a motion seconded by Merrick Graves (High Country Cruisers) that we accept the October 8, 2013 minutes as printed; motion carried.
TREASURER’S REPORT was given by Sande Nettnin (Desert Rats). Sande said we have no outstanding bills at this time. Sande said she is waiting for a refund check from the place where we purchased the t-shirts for Pick Up A Mountain; we had some shirts that had to be returned because the printing on them bled through. Merrick Graves presented the Region with two checks totaling $124.80 that were from salvage from a couple of abandoned vehicles that were hauled out during Pick Up A Mountain, and sold as scrap. Thanks Merrick for your efforts on behalf of the Region.
COMP – Nothing to report at this time.
MEMBERSHIP: membership renewal forms were handed out after Fall Delegates. If you have problems with membership contact the Membership Chairman Kirstin Smith at Members@pnw4wda.org
CLUB POWER/WE DID IT: Pam Remley Pick Up A Mountain Co-Chairman (Shindig Wheelers) turned in the paper work for Pick Up A Mountain; we will pass it on to Gary Harting Club Power/We Did It chairman (Desert Rats).
JR JEEPERS Advisor Teia Ireland (Yakima Kittitas Forest Watch) reported she felt Pick Up A Mountain activities were a success and everyone seemed to have a good time. She said about 25 kids participated; she said they have $115.21 in their treasury.
PR: Clay Graham (Yakima Kittitas Forest Watch) said he had gotten his computer problems fixed; they had some issues because they had changed servers, but all is good now. Thanks Clay for getting information out.
TRAIL JAMBOREE Co-Chairman Kelda Hagemeier (Shindig Wheelers) said that the Jim Sprick clean up will be April 12, 2014 a week earlier than our normal weekend after tax day because Easter falls on that weekend this year. A trail host meeting will take place then also. More information will be coming in Tri-Power and on the Web Site. Trail Jamboree registration begins on February 17, 2014 and the event is July 9, 10, 11, 12 & 13, 2014. This will be our 25th Anniversary for Trail Jamboree and their last year as Co-Chairmen. Kelda said they were looking for someone to take over and they would be training with her and Sid this year. If interested step up, volunteers are always needed.
JUNIPER DUNES – Doug Conner (Roamin’ Chariots) said he had nothing new to report it’s still a work in progress and tack weeds are getting spread around.
NANEUM RIDGE TO COLUMBIA RIVER RECREATION PLAN report was given by Clay Graham (Yakima Kittitas Forest Watch). Clay is our representative on this committee; he was not able to attend their October meeting; however Earl Nettnin (Desert Rats) and Doug Conner (Roamin’ Chariots) attended and brought back a couple maps for Clay. Clay said the plan is almost finished, hopefully the first of the year he will have more information for us. Clay said people on the committee are mostly concerned about the Elk. Clay said he has been pushing for multiple use trails and campgrounds. Earl and Doug stated that the people at the meeting were impressed by the way Clay had represented the PNW4WDA.
BEVERLY DUNES CLEANUP report was given by Clay Graham (Yakima Kittitas Forest Watch) he said they were pretty clean this year. They planted posts for signs that will be placed by DNR trying to keep campers in the camping area. Clay said he didn’t have a big turn out mostly his club. The weather that day was rather extreme very windy and some roads had been closed. Clay said Friday was the best day.
Earl Nettnin (Desert Rats) reported that he had received information from Tim Foss of the Cle Elum Ranger District that the bridges in the Shoestring Lake area were totally gone from the fire. Tim said nothing was left except the spikes, the fire burned so hot that it just vaporized the whole thing. It looks like we will have lots of work parties getting things fixed. Earl also reported that Tim said he will be retiring January 11, 2014. We’ll miss him; he has been a real 4X4 advocate.
AHTANUM – Ron Rutherford (Jeepin’ Nomads) reported that the area had survived hunting season. Ron said Jeff Jones (DNR) had been doing an emphasis being out in the DNR pick up patrolling the area and talking to hunters and campers. They had a dumpster at the end of the black top on the North Fork and encouraged the hunters/campers to bring their garbage and throw it in. Ron said he was told last weekend that DNR has a job opening in the SE Region for an Education & Enforcement Officer; anyone interested in a one man operation, Ron said it pays well and you work every weekend and holidays. Ron said December 15th the road is closed and snowmobile season starts depending on the snow.
WENAS - the Game Department has some concerns in the upper end of the North Fork of the Wenas. This has been an area of concern for about 10 years; there are some springs where you could drag your vehicle. This area will be up for review next year to see what improvements we might be able to make.
Education and Enforcement needs to happen. A Wenas user meeting is scheduled for December 17, 2013 from 6:30 – 8 PM at the Selah Fire Station #1. They are working on a land acquisition yet to get up to Barbecue Flats; this has been in the works for about a year and a half. The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission has approved the purchase of 5,497-acre property 35 miles northwest of Yakima that provides prime habitat for elk, northern spotted owls, bull trout and other native species. Once the sale is finalized, the property will become part of WDFW’s L.T. Murray Wildlife Area. Also approved was a separate purchase by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) to add a 598-acre property to the state’s Wenas Wildlife Area in Yakima County.
RATTLESNAKE TRAIL CELEBRATION PROJECT Power Point was presented by Ron Rutherford (Jeepin’ Nomads) on the July 19th -21st work party. Ron put together information on the history of the trail as well as pictures of the project. He would like to receive additional pictures if anyone has some available. Merrick Graves (High Country Cruisers) said he may have some pictures that were taken before the project started; he will send them to Ron. Ron plans to show this at the December TWIG meeting also. Great job Ron, thanks.
The Forest Service is looking for a 2014 Celebration project. Merrick Graves (High Country Cruisers) said he was looking at doing the east side of the Naches above the 1913 Road; bridges need to be repaired as well as some other issues. The PNW has funds available for this project.
The 1702 road known as Rock Creek is now open. The 1702/550 road that connects to the 1701 road will be closed and Fish & Wildlife wants this road to be re-opened. Construction is planned for FSR 1708 (Milk Creek Road), FSR 1704 (Lower River Road), FSR 1703 (Gold Creek Road), and the first 0.4 miles of FSR 1600 (Clover Springs). No decision has been made regarding the Environmental Assessment for FSR 1501, known as the Little Rattlesnake.
TWIG REPORT was given by Region 4 Director Earl Nettnin (Desert Rats). Ross Huffman (Department of Fish and Wildlife) had a presentation on what they plan to do with the Bald Mountain area. They plan to close 14 miles of roads; they have 83 miles of roads they are going to abandon 14 miles and still maintain 67. They want to reduce vehicle disturbance. Some of the work will be done in 2014 and most has not been funded yet. The plan is to maintain access, but want no resource damage. The roads that the Forest Service have that go through these areas have a legal easement; but the trails we have up there have no easement; so they may be susceptible to closure We need to watch for the comment period that will come out on any trail closures. Ross knows that we had been told if we supported the sale of the 15 sections that were purchased so that Plum Creek would not sell them to developers, they would keep our trails opened. A lot of issues up there are with water crossings, WDFW does not allow water crossings; and those trails have water crossings. Ron Rutherford said that he is our motorized representative filling in the spot with the game department that was vacant for a couple of years. Ron said he had spent quite a bit of time going over all the trails and listening to what they were going to close. Ron said from the pictures they showed on what they planned to close he didn’t have a problem with them. Ron will keep us updated; he said there were a couple of concerns - the North Fork of the Wenas and Milk Lake. The comment period will only be 15 days so we better not miss it if we want to make any comments.
Discussion followed on the flood repair projects in the 1700 system project – none will be done this year.
Data Counter info will be presented by Ron Rutherford (Jeepin’ Nomads) to the PNW4WDA Board of Directors at the December 7, 2013 meeting in Longview.
Swap meet – everyone was to take this back to their clubs and discuss if they would be interested in having a Region 4 Swap meet. Ron Rutherford (Jeepin’ Nomads) said his club would be willing to help and share information on what had worked for them when they had their annual Swap Meet. A short discussion followed with not much input so, it’s still a work in progress.
Pick Up A Mountain – Pam Remley (Shindig Wheelers) said she had posted on Facebook that we had 180 people sign in and that they had driven 14,916 miles one way to attend. We had a lot of Region 1 and Region 2 people attend. Pam said thank you to everyone who stepped up to help, she couldn’t have done it without you. Thank you Pam for all your efforts too. We don’t have an exact figure of how we came out financially yet but should have everything turned in and a report made for the January meeting.
Pam will talk with the people who put on Chinook Fest the weekend following our event and see if they might be interested in sharing expenses for the dumpster. We are looking forward to next year and Pam hopes that everyone will stay on board and do the same thing they did this year.
Slick Magazine replacing our Who And What We Are is being worked on. Everyone was to ask their club to write up an article and send it to Kyle Wiebold Reg3Dir@pnw4wda.org
. Kyle is putting it together and hopes to have it ready for Winter Convention. If you have not done this, please do so ASAP, Kyle would like the information before the end of November.
Nominations were opened for Region 4 Officers for 2014. Nominations will be opened again in January and voted on then. Nominations were as follows: Region 4 Director Earl Nettnin (Desert Rats); Vice Director Ed Massey (Columbia Basin Sand Commandos & Hurtin’ Units); Secretary/Treasurer Sande Nettnin (Desert Rats); Lead Land Matters Dale Neuman (High Country Cruisers).
Jim Putman (The Hombres) our Washington State Executive Director for the PNW4WDA has announced he will have a Washington State Land Matters meeting in Yakima on January 11, 2014. He is only having one state meeting and it will be on this side of the mountains. Time and place will be announced.
A letter was read by the secretary that we received from the Naches District Ranger Irene Davidson thanking us for our cooperation and volunteering in several projects especially Trail Jamboree and Pick Up A Mountain. Irene Davidson said Pick Up A Mountain helped substantially to reduce the amount of litter on the district’s roads and trails. She thanked us for working with our OHV Ranger, Merrick Graves and the White Knuckle Jeep Club on the removal of two wrecked and abandoned vehicles.
FYI we received from Blue Ribbon Coalition an announcement stating that Blue Ribbon Coalition (BRC) Board of Directors formally announced that Del Albright will serve as Interim Director of Operations, overseeing the daily affairs of BRC following the departure of former Executive Director Greg Mumm.
High Country Cruisers – nothing to report.
Roamin’ Chariots – nothing to report.
Ridge Runners – nothing new.
Shindig Wheelers – nothing to report.
Jeepin’ Nomads – attended Pick Up A Mountain, did a little hunting and spent 3 days in the Ahtanum and one day in White Pass doing forest watch stuff.
Timber Wolves – had nominations for their officers, they are looking forward to their Turkey shoot and really looking forward to wheeling in the snow and planning their Christmas party.
Yakima Valley Mountaineers – nothing to report.
Yakima Kittitas Forest Watch – voted to break up their non-profit Eastern Washington Adventures club so they will not be a PNW club after December 2013. Most of their club will become individual members.
Desert Rats – had nominations for their officers for 2014. They had 12 Jeeps participate in the Veteran’s Day Parade in West Richland honoring our Vets. They are planning an after holidays party in January.
GOOD OF THE ORDER
Special thanks to all our Veterans.
Char Massey (Sand Commandos & Hurtin’ Units) father passed away. Our condolences to the family.
Ralphies has closed its doors so we are looking for a new place to meet in Moses Lake.
Next two meeting dates for Region 4 will be:
No December meeting
January 14, 2014 in Pasco, WA at Doug Conner’s shop
February 11, 2014 in Moses Lake - place to be announced
FUTURE EVENTS/WORK PARTIES
December 3, 2013 – TWIG meeting
December 7, 2013 Board meeting in Longview, WA
WA State Land Matters meeting January 11, 2014 Yakima place to be announced.
Winter Convention February 7-9, 2014 at the Heathman Lodge in Vancouver, WA
The meeting adjourned at 9 PM.
Sande Nettnin, Secretary/Treasurer