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Old 06-23-2010, 02:25 PM
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About the Yakima/Kittitas Forest Watch Association
AKA "Yakima/Kittitas ORV Trail Watch Association"


The Yakima/Kittitas Forest Watch Association is a group of citizens that care about keeping public lands open for generations. The group uses Off Road Vehicles to watch over the trails, roads and campgrounds on public lands as they are out recreating or doing volunteer work. The group educates users and reports rule violators a long with damage they see to the proper authorities. The group watches over many areas in Yakima and Kittitas Counties.

Yakima/Kittitas Forest Watch Association co-host public land work parties and helps with getting the supplies or materials needed.

AKA "Yakima/Kittitas ORV Trail Watch Association" -
We started out with the name "Yakima/Kittitas ORV Trail Watch Association" name but added the new "Yakima/Kittitas Forest Watch Association" name since we are watching more than just the ORV trails. We watch over all public lands around Yakima and Kittitas Counties.

Note:
We do not report vehicles on roads behind close signs unless we know for a fact that they do not belong there. We do not report 3rd party pictures on the internet. We do not report vehicle or traffic violations unless there is a danger or damage being caused. That is not what this association does. We are here to educate people on public land rules and to stop any damage we can to public lands.


Yakima/Kittitas Forest Watch Association History
In September 2008 the All Wheelers Off Road Club started a group called ORV Trail Watch where we offered free camera decals to people that wanted others to follow rules as they were. The idea with the decal is to get the word out someone could be watching so do not do anything that could get the areas closed. This is the same idea with our new improved Forest Watch Volunteer Program.


In April 2010 the All Wheelers Off Road Club got together to form a local Non-Profit group to watch public lands in the counties we live in. This group was named, "Yakima/Kittitas ORV Trail Watch Association" later to be called "Yakima/Kittitas Forest Watch Association". By focusing on just these two counties we believe we can get a better working relationship with public land users, the local agencies that run the public lands and with local law enforcement. We have added a few more things to this Watch group. The biggest one is what we call "Project Funds". "Project Funds" are separate accounts to collect funds for repairs and upgrades on different public land projects within the counties we serve. We keep local donations for local public land projects of their choice.


In September 2010 the Yakima/Kittitas Forest Watch Association's Pacific Northwest Four Wheel Drive Association member application was approved and we became a PNW4WDA club.


To join or get more information please visit us on the web.
Web site: http://ykfwa.org/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Selah-...32326933450514
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Last edited by Ceg_; 11-16-2010 at 04:44 PM. Reason: Up-date
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