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Region 4 Minutes May 8, 2012
Region 4 Minutes
MAY 8, 2012
Director Earl Nettnin (Desert Rats) called the meeting to order at 7:34 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 Ed Massey (Sand Commandos & Hurtin’ Units) seconded by Randy Hayes (Sand Commandos) that we accept the April 10, 2012 minutes as printed, motion passed.
Sande Nettnin (Desert Rats) gave the Treasurer’s report. All bills have been paid.
COMP: We had a meeting with our COMP people in Longview May 5th. The first ever Barrel Extravaganza trying to create another money maker for the Pacific Northwest 4-Wheel Drive Association (PNW4WDA) was held in Longview, WA on May 5th, 2012. We don’t know the outcome financially yet. There were about 37 PNW4WDA racers who participated, the weather was quite cool and a little rainy; and the track was very muddy. Earl passed around a copy of the Longview newspaper article from Sunday’s paper. We had good publicity for the event and we hope to do it again.
MEMBERSHIP: Nothing new to report.
PNW4WDA’S WEB SITE: Still a work in progress.
CLUB POWER/WE DID IT: Chairman Gary Harting (Desert Rats) was not present; however, he reported he is still trying to get in touch with the PNW4WDA’s Club Power/We Did It person Kathy Greenwood (Off Road Animals). She had indicated that she would be sending new forms out, but so far Gary has not received any. Please keep filling out the old forms and be sure to get them to Gary.
TRAIL JAMBOREE: Looks like everything is a go. We had a good clean-up at Jim Sprick Park on April 21st. The clean-up was well attended, we had 83 people; the Hobo Stew was great and the evening Pot Luck was well attended. After the clean-up a meeting was held with all the trail hosts.
JR. JEEPERS: Had their first meeting April 21st at Jim Sprick Park with 16 kids present and they signed up 5 more. Alicia Palachuk (Shindig Wheelers) will be advisor Gloria Joralemon (Shindig Wheelers) new assistant. Josh Wesselius (Ridgerunners) said his son Avry was very excited to receive his patch and welcome letter in the mail.
PR: Chairman Clay Graham (Yakima Kittitas Forest Watch) is doing a great job of getting information out. If you need to have something sent out just send it to Clay and he’ll take care of it, his e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Doug Conner (Roamin’ Chariots) reported on Juniper Dunes. Doug said he had spoken to Guy Walters the assistant county engineer and he said we should see work on the ground on Peterson Road by the end of August and it should be completed by the end of the year. The county only has two years to use the money and Doug was assured that they wouldn’t loose that money. They won’t have enough money to pave it all; probably the first mile will be paved and the rest gravel. Discussion followed on activities that had taken place at Juniper Dunes.
Doug also shared that the Back Country Horsemen are inviting the motorized community to a work party on the Russell Ridge Trail over June 2nd and 3rd, 2012. They would like to build a puncheon and turnpike on a section of trail that is very muddy and seems to stay that way. The section of trail they will be working on is at the end of the 1362 road just as the trail leaves the camp on the way to the Rimrock Lake View Point. More information will be coming soon. This would be a nice multi-user work party and would show the Naches Forest Service that we can work together to keep the trail open on OUR public lands. The nice part is that we’re NOT in the wilderness and the trail is a horse, hiker and dirt bike trail. Mike Drougas of the Yakima Valley Back Country Horsemen is the contact person. Further information can be found at http://easternwashingtonadventures.c...ssell-Ridge-Na.
Discussion followed on how we felt the Forest Service had responded to us as volunteers. We all felt that they don’t realize the wealth of help they have in the Pacific Northwest 4-Wheel Drive Association. We have been volunteering our help on trails for many years; we stand ready to help at a moments notice.
Director Earl Nettnin reported that he had received a letter from Michelle King the NEPA planner for the Naches Ranger District thanking us for our hospitality to her at our last Region meeting. Michelle was our guest speaker at our meeting in April. She said she is looking forward to attending more of our meetings as well as going out on the trails for a first hand experience. She will be sending out information to us on trail updates.
We received an e-mail on the Naches Ranger District Spring Motorized Trail Restrictions. Bottom line Irene Davidson (District Ranger for the Naches) said if a motorized trail is designated closed, it is closed to all users – motorized or not. She has asked for an Emergency Closure of trails beginning May 1st through June 15th.
Update on the flood repair projects on the 1900 Road is they had a finding of no significant impact; the 1900 Road will be closed for ten days from July 15th – August 1st to do the Pile UP Creek Culvert and the road will be closed at different times from August 1st through August 31st; it will be open on weekends, before work is started and during lunch and after work; however while they are working on it, it will be closed.
The Nelli Restoration Project comment period ended, they want to close 41 miles of roads. An Environmental Analysis is scheduled to be ready for public review by June 1, 2012. We need to write letters letting them know that we don’t want roads closed.
BLM Management Plan – no update yet.
Discover Pass is still not clear to everyone. Steve Richards (Peak Putters) said DNR has said they would have work parties where we could earn a Discover Pass after 24 hours of volunteer work.
RCO Grant deadline is July 2nd for any off road activities. You must have your complete application turned in to the Recreation and Conservation Office. Check their web site www.roc.wa.gov for further information. They also would like your feed back on proposed policies for allowed uses on grant-assisted sites. Comments will be accepted until May 21, 2012, please submit in writing via e-mail to Dominga.Soliz@roc.wa.gov or by mail to the RCO Office, attention Dominga Soliz, PO Box 40917, Olympia, WA 98504-0917.
We had some disappointing news on the BBQ Flats Access. John Ashbaugh (purchaser of the Bass’ Property) made an offer, if three cattle guards could be installed at the gate locations, this would keep the cattle in; John would schedule his gate openings and closures to coincide with the DNR gates (Open May 1st to November 30th and closed from December 1st to April 30th. Unfortunately, John received threats if he was not going to allow access, so John called Ken McNamee (Alpine District Manager for DNR) and rescinded his offer. So for now, access across the private ownership leading into BBQ Flats will be closed until further notice.
Earl shared the list of DNR Recreation Program Projects for 2012-2013. There are three projects in our Southeast area, Ahtanum State Forest pole building; Middle Fork Ahtanum Trailhead and Trail Development; and Naneum Ridge State Forest Recreation Plan. DNR (Department of Natural Resources) had two kickoff planning meetings one in Ellensburg and one in Wenatchee. DNR is encouraging people to apply to be a part of the Naneum Ridge Planning Committee. This 12-member committee will meet approximately 7 times over the next year to develop the recreation management plan. This plan will be developed to meet state trust management obligations, while also ensuring public safety, environmental protection, and access to outdoor recreation opportunities. The committee will be selected to include a broad range of backgrounds, recreational interests, and knowledge of the area. Committee Application- Deadline: May 9, 2012
The summary is out on the Land Management Planning Rule. Plan components would be required to provide for sustainable recreation, which can include recreation opportunities on land, water and in the air. Additional information about the Planning Rule and the preferred alternative is available electronically at http://fs.usda.gov/planningrule.
Blue Ribbon Coalition National Land Use & Legislation Update is out and the Wilderness “Wish List” marches on slowly. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has been hard at work for the society pushing what he believes is the “low hanging Wilderness fruit” and has spent many hours in lobbying efforts pushing as much legislation as possible. Unfortunately his efforts seem to be falling flat. BRC has posted the brochure for your review at http://www.sharetrails.org/uploads/B...n_Nov-2011.pdf.
The Umatilla National Forest Headquarters will be moving May 21st to a new office building located in the Coyote Business park north off I-84, exit 216. Their new address will be Umatilla National Forest, 72510 Coyote Road, Pendleton, Oregon 97801. For more information go to http://www.fs.usda.gov/umatilla.
Pacific Northwest Research Station debuts new podcast series. This is available for streaming or download at http://www.fs.fed.us/pnw/podcasts, the series introduces listeners to recent science findings, tools, and timely research topics from the station’s 11 laboratories and centers. The Pacific Northwest Research Station names a new manager to lead their inventory program; Gretchen Nicholas has been selected to lead the Resource Monitoring and Assessment (RAM) Program at the Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest (PNW) Research Station. They conduct inventories and research activities in Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, and the Pacific Islands. This is one of four programs across the country that collectively make up the national Forest Inventory and Analysis Program.
The April WOHVA newsletter came out with the short version of this year’s Washington State Legislative session. The Legislature finally adjourned for 2012 after a special session. No anti-OHV legislation passed, and all OHV funding was left intact. None of the budget proposals include any misdirection of any OHV related funding (NO NOVA THEFT THIS SESSION).
Moses Lake Sand Dunes clean-up April 28 had only 3 people show up. Ed Massey (Sand Commandos & Hurtin’ Units) reported the dunes were pretty clean.
Beverly Dunes clean up May 5th was pretty well attended. See the report with pictures on the PNW’s web site. Thanks Clay Graham (Yakima Kittitas Forest Watch) for taking and posting the pictures.
Jim Sprick Jamboree site clean-up was reported under Trail Jamboree.
Our membership dues in WOHVA will be due June 14th. Doug Conner (Roamin’ Chariots) made a motion that we renew them at $100 seconded by Lee Reterer (Peak Putters) motion passed.
The Liberty Work Party will be starting May 19th through Memorial Day; camp at Williams Creek. Dave McMains is the contact person. Dave is scheduled to have surgery Thursday May 10th so he won’t be going out on the trails but will be in camp giving orders.
Pick Up A Mountain seems to be growing; contact person is Pam Remley (Shindig Wheelers). Save the date September 15th. More information will be coming soon.
Peak Putters had their Camp Schamp run; 20 rigs showed up so they split into three groups; a fun time was had by all. See pictures on their web site. They also had a couple runs to Juniper Dunes.
Ridgerunners had a poker run in Packwood. They attended the Jim Sprick clean-up April 21st , went on a run April 22nd with several who attended the clean-up; they have pre-runs planned for their trails they will be hosting at Jamboree. Some attended the Chain Saw class on April 28th. They put their first fence posts in the ground and camped at their new property May 5th.
Hurtin’ Units are getting ready for the May trail clean-up at Liberty. Some attended the Moses Lake Sand Dunes clean-up.
Sand Commandos attended the Moses Lake Sand Dunes clean-up April 28th. They are getting ready to go to the Liberty work party May 19th. They had two Geocach runs three weeks ago most of their club showed up for them.
Roamin’ Chariots had two camping trips with the Jeepin’ Nomads and have several more planned.
Desert Rats had a BBQ and Vehicle Tech Inspection on May 3rd. Some attended the Jim Sprick clean-up, some attended the Barrel Extravaganza in Longview May 5th, some are planning to attend the Liberty work party; they are hosting at Trail Jamboree and Olympic 4X4 is their sponsor again; we are doing security for the Cool Desert Nights Cruise on June 22nd.
GOOD OF THE ORDER
Dave McMains (Hurtin’ Units & Sand Commandos) is having surgery Thursday, May 10th.
DOOR PRIZE was won by Randy Hayes (Sand Commandos).
The next two meeting dates for Region 4 will be:
June 12, 2012 at Liberty Off Road in Moses Lake, WA
July 10, 2012 at Magic’s Pizza in Selah, WA
May 19-28 work party at Liberty - Dave McMains is the contact person
June work party Dale Neuman contact person (more information will be coming).
Randy Hayes (Sand Commandos) made a motion seconded by Ed Massey (Hurtin’ Units & Sand Commandos) that we adjourn the meeting at 9:15 PM, motion passed.
Sande Nettnin, Region 4
Region 4 Secretary/Treasurer