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Region 4 meeting minutes from April 13, 2010
REGION 4 MINUTES
April 13, 2010
Moses Lake, WA
Region 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. We were asked to remember Sharon Reynolds wife of Randy Reynolds and a member of the Columbia Basin Sand Commandos who passed away April 1st, 2010.
Guests: Gary & Sharon deMoss, Dan Galloway, and Dolly Richards.
Al Matson (Ridgerunners) introduced their new delegates – Josh Wesselius and Kevin McCarty.
Minutes: A motion was made by Dave McMains (Hurtin’ Units & Columbia Basin Sand Commandos) seconded by Randy Hayes (Columbia Basin Sand Commandos) to accept the March minutes as printed. Motion passed.
Treasurer’s Report: given by Sande Nettnin (Desert Rats) No outstanding bills at this time, but we will have expenses from the Hobo Stew for the clean-up at Jim Sprick Park April 17th.
Competition: Word was received from the PNW Comp Chairman (Rob Stafford) about putting on a race at the Cadillac Ranch race track on Memorial weekend. If any club or group wants to host this event, please get in touch with Rob ASAP at firstname.lastname@example.org. The race track is located near the town of Rainier, WA.
Membership: We have one membership packet out and have not heard anything from them lately.
We Did It/Club Power: Please turn in your forms to Gary Harting (Desert Rats). Any activity you or your club participates in qualifies for Club Power/We Did It. Forms are available on the web site in the member’s only section or contact Gary Harting or Sande Nettnin.
Future 4-Wheelers: We have a Region 4 person who is going to head this up, more information will be coming.
Web Site: No word on what’s happening at this time.
PR: Kelda Hagemeier (Shindig Wheelers) is our PR person, so if you have an event you want promoted, get in touch with her and she will send it to our contact list. email@example.com.
Dave McMains (Hurtin’ Units & Columbia Basin Sand Commandos) reported the Moses Lake Clean-up is scheduled for April 24th starting at 9 AM. Meet at the big dumpster on the hill by the destroyed outhouse.
Earl Nettnin (Region Director & Desert Rats) reported on the TWIG meeting April 6th. Earl said they were given an overview of the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act for the Little Naches. Fee areas have been established at Long Meadow, Longmire, and Ponderosa. To find information on the Expanded and Standard Amenities available contact the Naches Ranger Station. If you would like more information or to be a camp host at Long Meadow, Longmire or Ponderosa Camp, please contact Katie Harrison at 360-894-8995 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The USFS has implemented new fee sites at these campgrounds and hosts are needed. The fee will be five dollars per night per vehicle (trailed vehicles are included) and camp hosts are exempt from this fee.
Monies have been appropriated for bridges on the 1800 road and work will start in the fall of 2010 and finish in the fall of 2011, however, the gates will be closed all year.
The Little Naches will be open Memorial Weekend for recreation.
There are some new recreation people on the district – Lindsey Wormwood and Merrick Graves. Merrick will be part time with the CleElum Ranger District and the Naches Ranger District, mostly in education but he qualifies as an enforcement officer also. Merrick said he is starting a program called “Ride with the Ranger”, so if you want to ride along with him you can make arrangements to do this. Merrick said he would be posting information on this on the PNW’s web site. If you want him to ride along with your club, he would love to do that too. Volunteer opportunities are still available, most of them were in the wilderness, however, they will be having saw training in the Naches (you have to take this training yearly in the Naches, it’s every two years in the CleElum. The class is full in April, and another one is scheduled for May, contact Sue Ranger at 509-653-1446.
The Forest Watch Patrol has been successful. They have had three convictions through this program. So keep watching and reporting things when you come across them. We are the eyes and ears for the DNR.
Juniper Dunes: Doug Conner (Roamin’ Chariots) reported that the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department has a contract with the BLM to help patrol Juniper Dunes. Still no legal access.
A report on the Wenas meeting April 8th was given by Terry Joralemon (Shindig Wheelers). He said that the gate on Tom Bass’s property would be locked December – May and will be open the month of May and June 5th it will be locked again until September1st. The big problems they have had are with people coming down from Clemans Mountain and cutting the fence at the bottom where the locked gates are.
The major land owners are getting pretty fed up with having to repair fences and they plan to put up more locked gates. The DNR put three more locked gates in one is on the observatory road, one on the Hanson pond road, and Terry couldn’t remember the other one. These have seemed to work pretty well in keeping the people out of the troubled areas. Even though these roads are green dot roads a lot of damage can occur when the snow melts and the road ways are soft. Being able to lock these gates and keep the people out while they dry up has been a help.
Several people and clubs have written letters in support of the Grey Rock Multiple-Use Maintenance Grant. This is a Recreational Trails Program (RTP) grant #10-1073. Greg Mackey (DNR) has requested letters of support for this project. He said if you could also have statements in the letters concerning your groups’ willingness to donate volunteer time; that would be perfect. Volunteer hour’s means more matching funds. Letters need to be turned in before April 30th 2010. Address your letters to Michael Williams-Recreation Manager, Washington Department of Natural Resources Southeast Region, 713 Bowers Road, Ellensburg, WA 98926.
Travel Management Plan is on going and moving at government speed.
May 1st a volunteer appreciation meeting and award banquet will be held at the CleElum Ranger Station in the Tom Craven Conference Room, 803 West 2nd Street in CleElum. Open House and Lunch from 11 AM – 12:30 PM. A year in photos – video presentation will be from 12:30 – 1 PM, award ceremony from 1 – 2 PM. Top V-Team volunteers will receive awards for 2009. If you have questions contact Mikki Douglass at email@example.com. Friends and family are welcome to attend, regardless of volunteer contributions. Additional information can be found at www.CleElumTrails.com.
Rock Crawl – has suffered a set back. Some computers were stolen containing all the Environmental information including the revisions. This material had not been backed up on a disk, so it’s back to square one.
Forest Plan Revisions – we have two of them going on in our region; one in the Blue Mountains which includes the Umatilla National Forest and the Colville Okanogan Wenatchee. Several public meetings to discuss the forest planning process and proposed action will be held. You can attend one in our area on April 29th at 5 PM at the Franklin County PUD in Pasco at 1411 West Clark Street. Other meetings are held in Oregon; this is the only one in Washington. If you are interested in obtaining a copy of the Colville Okanogan Wenatchee forest plan visit the web site at http://fs.fed.us/r6/wenatchee/forest-plan/.
Time is running out to nominate your favorite motorized RTP project for an award. The form and supporting materials, including pictures, should be turned in by April 16, 2010 to the chair of the Coalition’s Awards Committee. Arlene Brooks (PNW WA State Executive Director) has turned in the Little Rattlesnake. Awards will be presented in Washington D.C. during the week of June 7-13.
NOVA funds law suit was turned down by the courts; WOHVA has decided to appeal the decision.
Utah is in danger of loosing over 40% of the public land managed by the BLM in Utah. The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance (SUWA) has made huge progress on advancing their ill intended 9.4 million acre Utah Wilderness bill (H.R.1925). Should this bill pass you can kiss goodbye recreational gems like the San Rafael Desert and Moab. For more information go to www.usaall.org this reminds us of Wild Sky here in Washington.
The Columbia Basin Sand Commandos reported they had taken a trip to Jameson Lake to look for some Jeep trails that had been reported as being in that area, the only thing they found was some gravel roads – no Jeep trails.
Trail Jamboree clean-up April 16 – 18 at Jim Sprick Park. Hobo Stew will be served at noon. Region 4 will provide the meat, rolls, butter, bowls and spoons. Please bring something (no more than 2 cups) cut and ready to add to the stew. There will also be a pot luck in the evening. We were told that in the afternoon about 3 PM Sid & Kelda would have a meeting with all the Trail Jamboree Hosts.
Gary deMoss was present to explain his plan for developing an ORV park in the Lind, WA area that he feels would benefit the PNW. Gary has been a PNW member for 13 years mostly on the west side of the mountains. Gary said he is looking at a couple of pieces of land one is 165 acres for $60,000 and another one is 63 acres for $37,000. Both pieces of land are what they call scrub land. The second piece of land has a 24 X 40 foot shop on it with an office in one end of it. There is water there. Gary said he had talked with the owner who is willing to hold the contract. Gary said he would be the facilitator, caretaker etc if we can put this thing together, but we have to have everyone on board with it. He said we could probably pay for the land in three years by holding about 3 events a year. Gary said that some members of Region 1 are coming over to look at the land on April 23 on their way to the Moses Lake clean-up. Gary said he had already talked with Jeff Williams Region 7 Director who plans to come and take a look at the land in May. Gary said he would have to have the land in his name because of our tax status and when it was paid for he would turn the land over to the PNW. Gary asked the delegates to take the information back to their clubs and discuss it with them. If they have questions call him at 406-544-6630 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Gary said he had not looked into environmental regulations but he didn’t think there would be a problem since its farm land and no fish are involved. There is more dust put out by the farmers than we could ever stir up.
Al Matson (Ridgerunners) made a motion seconded by Dave McMains (Hurtin’ Units and Columbia Basin Sand Commandos) that we donate $100 to Blue Ribbon. Motion passed. Secretary will send the check.
Earl talked about the slick magazine special edition that the PNW is going to print to commemorate 50 years of the PNW. This will be a one time deal. Carol Jensen (Individual Members Club & Sand Fleas) needs help selling advertising, and getting articles and pictures. Time is short and she needs everything by May 1st. For further information e-mail her at email@example.com.
Columbia Basin Sand Commandos had a run last weekend to Jameson Lake and a Geo Catch Run. They had 100% participation from their club. They lost a member of their club early this month, Sharon Reynolds passed away, and she was the wife of Randy Reynolds. They have started working on their Haunted House and are planning to attend the Moses Lake Clean-up and Liberty Work party in May.
Hurtin’ Units plan to attend the V-Team awards banquet on May 1st. They plan to attend the Liberty work party in May. They have a very new member born this morning Steele Deason proud parents are Jeff and Crystal Deason and proud grandparents are Mike and Ann Deason.
Ridgerunners are excited to participate in the Trail Jamboree clean-up and the Trail Jamboree in July. They have a new member initiation run planned in May.
Peak Putters went to Juniper Dunes two times. The second time they had a Geo Catch run, Steve said he had set up 35 for them to find and he had used Google Earth. They participated in a March respect with Ark of the Tri-Cities, had a run to the Ahtanum but stayed out of the middle fork because of the new snow to give the snowmobilers that area even though they didn’t have to because it was no longer closed to 4X4 use. This weekend they plan a run back to the Ahtanum and this time they will go in the middle fork. They have a run planned to Williams Creek in May to attend the Liberty clean-up. They will be helping with a mud bog, rock crawl, tuff truck etc event at the Othello Fair Grounds April 24th and will help with another mud thing at the Benton County Fair Grounds later this summer.
Shindig Wheelers had a run March 27th to Bethal Ridge/Maloy Canyon interesting change in snow from morning to afternoon, they didn’t get very far, but everyone had a good time. They plan to attend the Clean-up at Jim Sprick Park April 16-18, on Sunday they will have a run and everyone is invited. They have a Car Wash May 1st at Les Schwab in Selah from 8 - 4 with an RTI ramp; a show and shine; bring your rig, 4X4, dirt bike, street bike, low rider, street car, whatever you want to show off. Trophy plaques given, lots of freebies will be given away, Yakima Bears Mascot and batting cage. Lots of fun for all.
Roamin’ Chariots are planning camping trips with friends.
Desert Rats helped with a yard sale at Doug Conner’s April 10th & 11t.. Some are planning to attend the clean-up at Jim Sprick Park this weekend. Some are planning to attend the V-Team banquet May 1st, and Liberty Work Party May 21st – 31st at Williams Creek.
WORK PARTIES SCHEDULED
• April 17, 2010 Trail Jamboree clean-up at Jim Sprick Park (contact Hagemeier’s)
• April 24, 2010 Moses Lake Sand Dunes Clean-up (contact Dave McMains)
• May 1, 2010 Beverly Sand Dunes Clean-up hosted by All Wheelers Off Road & ORV Trail Watch meet in the main parking area 10 AM Camping too (contact Clay Graham)
• May 1, 2010 - V-Team recognition at CleElum Ranger Station 10 AM
• May 22 – 27, 2010 Liberty work party (contact Dale Neuman) Camp at Williams Creek.
• July 24, 2010 Ahtanum ORV Trails clean-up – Ahtanum Sno-Park 10 AM camping hosted by All Wheelers Off Road Club & ORV Trail Watch (contact Clay Graham)
• September 17 -19 Pick Up A Mountain
GOOD OF THE ORDER
Door prize donated by Doug Conner and won by James Harter.
The Peak Putters had some dues issues and had not paid their dues by the February 15th deadline. After discussion a motion was made by Dave McMains (Hurtin’ Units and Columbia Basin Sand Commandos) seconded by Al Matson (Ridgerunners) that we reinstate the Peak Putters and wave the $25 initiation fee and call it good. Motion passed.
Meeting adjourned at 9:30 PM
Sande Nettnin, Region 4 Secretary/Treasurer
Region 4 Secretary/Treasurer