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Region 4 minutes April 10,2012
REGION 4 MINUTES
APRIL 10, 2012
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.
Guests present were: Michelle King NEPA Planner for the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Jim Putman PNW4WDA Washington State Executive Director & the Hombres and George Dousett (The Hombres).
MINUTES: A motion was made by Leonard Paine (Desert Rats) seconded by Randy Hayes (Sand Commandos) that we accept the March 13th, 2012 minutes as printed, motion passed.
TREASURERíS REPORT: given by Sande Nettnin (Desert Rats), we have no outstanding bills at this time. We will have expenses for the Hobo Stew for the Jim Sprick Park clean-up April 21st
COMPETITION: Flyers were passed out for the Barrel Extravaganza May 5th at the Cowlitz County Expo Center in Longview, WA. This event is being hosted by the PNW4WDA as another fund raiser for our organization. Sounds like it should be a lot of fun.
MEMBERSHIP: We are still working out the kinks in the new membership program. Director Earl Nettnin reminded everyone that itís up to the club contact person to make address and phone number changes for their club; if you have problems doing that contact Angela Holm Membership Chairman at 1-253-529-9482 or Members@pnw4wda.org and she will be glad to help you.
CLUB POWER/WE DID IT: Chairman Gary Harting (Desert Rats) said he had nothing new to report, however, he plans to discuss some ideas he has with the PNW4WDAís We Did It/Club Power Chairman Kathy Greenwood (Off Road Animals) that may help distributing awards.
TRAIL JAMBOREE: The clean-up at Jim Sprick Park is Saturday April 21st plan to attend if you are a trail host; Sid Hagemeier (Shindig Wheelers) Jamboree Co-Chairman plans to have his host meeting following the clean-up. Please bring something to add to the Stew pot (no more than 1 cup of something cut up and prepared or one 303 can) the Region will provide the meat, bowls, spoons, napkins, rolls and butter. We also have a pot luck Saturday night, so please a bring something to share.
JUNIOR JEEPERS: Advisor Gloria Joralemon (Shindig Wheelers) said she has purchased patches for the kids and will hand them out at the Jim Sprick clean-up; this will be their first meeting of the year. Gloria said Krista Palachuk (Shindig Wheelers) will graduate this year, she has been a great help; Gloria will miss her, but taking over for her will be Kristaís mom Alicia Palachuk.
PR: Chairman Clay Graham (Yakima Kittitas Forest Watch) is doing a great job of sending out information to our contact list. If you arenít on the list contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and he will add you to the list; if you donít want to be included on the list anymore just send him an e-mail and he will remove you. Jim Putman (WA State Executive Director & The Hombres) said he appreciated getting the DNR (Department of Natural Resources) material that Clay posted. Merrick Graves (Naches Ranger District & High Country Cruisers) said if you wanted information on DNR you can sign up on their web site to receive information directly from them.
Director Earl Nettnin handed out the remaining of his 110% awards from Winter Convention. The pins were back ordered so he was unable to hand them out at Winter Convention. Awards went to Pam Remley, Gloria Joralemon, Clay Graham, Ron Rutherford, Gary Harting, Dave McMains, Doug Conner, Dale Neuman, Sande Nettnin and Arlene Brooks. Earl thanked everyone for stepping up and making our Region a success.
Director Earl Nettnin (Desert Rats) introduced Michelle King the NEPA project planner for the Naches Ranger District. Michelle said she started in June with the Naches Ranger District; she is mostly involved in project planning, but does some public affairs and she is trying to stay involved with the TWIG meetings as well. Michelle said after attending several TWIG meetings she realized there wasnít much time to get to know the people who attended those meetings so she was hoping to be able to attend other group meetings and get feed back on projects, and have time to answer more questions and hear what others really had to say. Michelle had several items to discuss starting with Spring Burning. She said that updates are available daily as well as weekly, just check their web site. Spring Trail Closure (everyoneís favorite topic). On March 19th they signed a decision, two days later they found out there was a national injunction on all categorical exclusions starting March 19th. So right now the decision that was signed cannot be used; discussion followed, right now all trails are open. Michelle will pass on all news releases when available. Trails need to be marked better; Merrick Graves (Forest Service & High Country Cruisers) said he will be marking trails this summer so we will have a better idea of just where the trails are. Work parties will be called and clubs will be notified as to how and when they can help.
Once Travel Management hits things will change drastically; however this is a few years away now. Michelle said she is hoping that Irene Davidson (District Ranger) will sign something in the next couple of weeks regarding the spring trail closures; information will be posted on the Naches Ranger District web site under alerts and notices listing the trails that are open as well as the trails that are closed.
TWIG update: the next meeting will be May 1st at 7 PM. This is for the volunteer trail coordinators, club leaders, and adopt a trail leaders but everyone is welcome. This will be a volunteer training workshop and will run until about 9 PM. Discussion followed on the flood repair. The Forest Service has completed the analysis for the 1808 Bumping, 1601 and the 3100 road system over in Cle Elum, these should be completed this year as long as contracting goes through. The next set was a much bigger damaged area the whole 1700 road system will have one analysis, 1501 will have one analysis, the 1901, 3300 in Cle Elum and 4715 in Cle Elum. Michelle said they will be looking for a lot of public comment on these roads. Please let them know why these roads are important to you and be specific with your comments. Donít just say Iím opposed to it, state why. Michelle said she would be sending out the proposed actions for all of them and some would have more than one option. The major roads in Rock Creek will be fixed; most of the culverts will be upgraded. There will be lots of construction from July 15 to August 15 on the 1900 Road so expect delays and closures of the road. This will mostly impact traffic coming from the west side over Green Pass, Pyramid Pass and the Naches Pass; so it would be very good to have that well posted on the west side so they wonít have any surprises like - closed. Discussion on the Nelli Restoration Project was next. Michelle handed out pamphlets detailing the project. Michelle said this is very much like the Glass Angel project. Comments are due by April 15th, although comments received anytime during the analysis period will be accepted and given consideration. For further information on this project contact Jim Bailey at (509) 653-1479 Monday through Friday. Michelle handed out copies of a comment form detailing the kind of information you should include with your comments. Please use one form for each road you are commenting on. If you want information on the Travel Management Plan contact Clint Kyhl the Forest Supervisor for the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, 215 Melody Lane, Wenatchee, WA 98801. A question was asked about the proposed closure of the 1601 and 1611 roads during the winter. These roads are the only roads that are open to 4 X 4 use during the winter. No decision has been made yet, so please make your comments known to the Naches Ranger District.
Recreation planning meeting for the Naneum Ridge State Forest will be April 25th in Ellensburg & April 26th in Wenatchee time and place to be determined. This will be like the one they had for the Ahtanum State Forest. There are openings on the committee; contact Mike Williams Recreation Manager for Department of Natural Resources (DNR) if you are interested in being on this committee 509-925-0973, or e-mail Michael.Williams@dnr.wa.gov
A question was asked as to the status of the 1605 road Ė this is part of the Glass Angel Timber sale, and it is technically closed right now, however, they are fixing it for the timber sale so the logging trucks can use it.
Pick Up A Mountain - Chairman Pam Remley (Shindig Wheelers) said she is looking for donations for door prizes and additional help with some of the activities. Pam will post on Face Book the areas she is looking for help with. Contact her at email@example.com or 509-658-2496. Pam said we may have some Region 1 people coming over this year because of problems with camping at Operation Shore Patrol.
Washington State Executive Director Jim Putman (The Hombres) reminded everyone about our Adopt A Trail Program. He said we still have lots of trails that need adopting. The official Adopt A Trail web site should be open by May 1st so you can check and see which trails have been adopted. Pam Remley is our Trail Coordinator for Adopt A Trail and she will be able to let everyone know when work parties are planned.
Chainsaw training is still on schedule for April 28th starting at 8 AM at the Naches Ranger Station. Other dates are May 5th, May 19th, and June 9th, sign up with Jeff Leisy Trails, Wilderness, OHV Coordinator for the Naches Ranger District (509) 653-1438 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Winner of the Door Prize Ė Steve Richards (Peak Putters).
A question was asked if we had received any clarification from Washington Fish & Wild Life on their newly acquired land regarding the Discover Pass. Answer No. We are trying to find out if we need to have a Discover Pass for Trail Jamboree.
GOOD OF THE ORDER AND/OR MONKEY BUSINESS
The Shindig Wheelers are planning to participate in the Selah Days Parade May 19th.
Next meeting dates for Region 4 will be:
May 8, 2012 at Doug Connerís Shop Ė Pasco, WA
June 12, 2012 at Liberty Off Road in Moses Lake, WA
Jim Sprick Park clean-up April 20-22, 2012
Moses Lake Clean-up April 28, 2012
Beverly Dunes Clean-up May 5, 2012
May 5, 2012 Barrel Extravaganza
May 19-28, 2012 work party at Liberty
Meeting adjourned at 9:10 PM.
Sande Nettnin, Region 4
Region 4 Secretary/Treasurer