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Region 4 minutes May 11, 2010
REGION 4 MINUTES
MAY 11, 2010
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. No Guests were present. Earl asked everyone to go around the room and introduce themselves and tell what club they represented.
MINUTES: Al Matson (Ridgerunners) made a motion seconded by Josh Wesselius (Ridgerunners) to accept the April minutes as printed, motion passed.
TREASURER’S REPORT was given by Sande Nettnin (Secretary/Treasurer & Desert Rats). Sande presented a bill for $55.40 for ingredients and things for the Hobo Stew at the Jim Sprick Clean-up. Doug Conner (Roamin’ Chariots) made a motion seconded by Al Matson (Ridgerunners) to pay the bill as presented, motion passed.
COMP: The only thing we have, a run is planned for Memorial weekend at the Cadillac Ranch near the town of Rainier. For further information contact Rob Stafford, PNW4WDA Competition Chairman at email@example.com.
MEMBERSHIP: nothing new to report still have a packet out.
CLUB POWER/WE DID IT: Kelda Hagemeier (Shindig Wheelers, PR & Trail Jamboree Co-Chair) turned in paper work for the Jim Sprick Park clean-up and the Shindig Wheelers Car Wash.
FUTURE 4-WHEELERS: Gloria Joralemon (Shindig Wheelers & Future 4-Wheelers advisor) reported they had their first meeting with five kids present. Hanna Hagemeier (Shindig Wheelers) is designing their emblem and they decided they wanted to be known as Junior Jeepers. From now on the Future 4-Wheelers in Region 4 will be known as Junior Jeepers. Gloria is waiting for a list of Region 4 members so she can notify the families about the program.
WEB SITE: Region 4’s Web Site is still a work in progress.
PR: Kelda Hagemeier (Shindig Wheelers, PR & Trail Jamboree Co-Chairman) is ready to promote your activity, so please get information to her.
Doug Conner (Roamin’ Chariots) reported – the Bureau of Land Management, BLM, has started a Resource Management Plan, RMP, for Eastern Washington which includes Juniper Dunes. There will be several public scoping meetings for this in Region 4. BLM has approximately 445,000 acres of land in Eastern Washington and in the San Juan Archipelago. BLM is hosting six open houses to share information; the public is invited to attend and you are encouraged to submit written comments. Public comments will be accepted through June 25, 2010. One meeting will be held May 26 from 6-8 PM in Wenatchee at the Chelan PUD, 327 N. Wenatchee Avenue, Wenatchee, WA; another one June 1, 6-8 PM in Pasco, WA at the TRAC Center, 6600 Burden Blvd. Room 4; another one June 12th 12-3 PM in Ellensburg at the Quality Inn, 1700 Canyon Road. A complete list of meeting dates and places can be found on the BLM web site at www.blm.gov/or/districts/spokane/plans/ewsjrmp. Juniper Dunes is still being used even though there is no legal access.
Ron Rutherford (Jeepin’ Nomads) reported on the Ahtanum and Wenas areas. Ron said e-mails had gone out requesting letters for grants for projects in the Ahtanum; one was on the South Fork to develop an area for parking, hiking, biking and horses; and the other grant would benefit motorized. Ron said he had attended the Forest Watch meeting and they discussed education and how the Forest Watch was working. Ron said he had attended a meeting on April 8 for the Wenas area and it was a really big turn out. Discussion was on land closures and what effect that would have on the user groups. The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) web site now has the latest version of maps; the Wenas is at the bottom of the list. You will need ADOBIE 8 or 9 to open and print these maps. They look great in color and you are able to read the names if you can print on an 11 X 17 page.
Earl Nettnin (Region 4 Director & Desert Rats) gave a report on the TWIG meeting. Earl said they were given a run down on Title II Project Applications for 2011. They announced that they have put a size limit on the Little Rattlesnake of 75 inches wide and 95 inches long; the trail will be one way from the bottom to the top for 4X4’s; motorcycles and quads will be able to go both ways. The Little Naches area will open Memorial weekend. They are working on what they are calling hazard trees (trees that need to be taken down before they fall down). They have asked if we see anyone dumping junk, vandalizing property etc to get information like license numbers, pictures and turn it over to the Forest Service, they will follow up on it. Travel Management Plan will be open for public comment this fall. Two people are co-sharing the position that was held by Sam Bissell for front country trails, they are Bernie Snow and Angie Niebuhr. A comment was made that they have very little money for road maintenance. We have been asked to write support letters for the Recreation Conservation Office (ROC) Grants for the Naches District OHV Education Rangers, Copper City 4WD Reconstruction Final Phase, and Naches Motorized Trails M & O 2011-2012. Letters are due by July 1st, be sure to mention the project, who you are and why you support it. DNR has closed some trails in the Reiter foothills. They said that the trails snaked over 4,000 acres of the forest, crossing salmon-bearing streams and eroding pristine land. Officials intend to open a few roads to the riders by mid-June, and then phase in access as trails are built. Those trails ultimately will cover about 1,000 acres, a 75 percent decrease in available terrain. Another area of concern is the Yacolt Burn Recreation Plan. Information about this proposal can be viewed on DNR’s website. http://www.dnr.wa.gov/ResearchScienc...acolt_jul.aspx.
Forest Watch: Clay Graham (All Wheelers & ORV Trail Watch) reported that pictures had been posted on the internet of illegal happenings in the Wenas Wild Life Area. Resource damage seems to be a big thing for some people and we have our work cut out for us educating people on what is acceptable on our trails. If you see this stuff happening, take pictures, write down license numbers and get as much information as you can and turn it over to the authorities. DNR also has a watch started around the state similar to the Forest Watch; users patrolling the trails and keeping watch, doing some education etc. A lot of people think the government is patrolling the trails, they are not aware that it is volunteers. The Ski Benders (snowmobilers) did a lot of this type of work this past winter and turned in hundreds of volunteer hours.
The Okanogan Wenatchee Travel Management Plan is supposed to be putting out a draft impact statement soon.
The Rock Crawl is still a work in progress. Barry Collins said things are moving ahead and the National Guard is still going to help set the rocks.
Forest Plan Revision: meetings have been held, Earl & Sande Nettnin attended the one in Pasco, WA that was on the Umatilla National Forest; they did confirm that they don’t have any class II roads (4X4 trails), however, we need to write letters asking them to at least put 4X4 trails into the plan, so that if the opportunity arises they could put class II roads into the plan.
Colville & Okanogan-Wenatchee Forest Plan Revision is supposed to have a draft out sometime this year. We will notify everyone when that happens so we can make comments.
Trail Jamboree: Kelda Hagemeier (Trail Jamboree Co-Chairman, PR & Shindig Wheelers) said that the trail host packets are due. They are still looking for sponsors and vendors. Still no word on the 5 year permit with the Forest Service. On June 2nd the Forest Service will be taking a tour of the Little Rattlesnake to inspect the trail to see if anything still needed attention; this trail is one that is planned to be run at the Trail Jamboree.
Jim Sprick clean-up April 17th had a great turn out; 15 clubs and 83 people turned out. The Hobo Stew was great and we didn’t have a half a cup left. The Nile community posted a couple of signs saying “Thank you Jeepers for all your hard work on the Park”. On Sunday a run was held, lots of fun and snow.
Moses Lake Sand Dunes clean-up Saturday, April 24 was one miserable windy day. Sunday turned out to be a pretty nice day and the clean-up continued.
Beverly Sand Dunes clean-up May 1st had 46 volunteers sign in and 293 volunteer hours were turned in. It was very windy also and two Toyota pickups fell off the dunes, visibility was quite bad. The dunes weren’t very bad because the week-end before a group from Buckley had been over and had a clean-up.
V-Team celebration in Cle Elum on May 1st to honor the volunteers was well attended. Once again the top volunteer group was the Hurtin’ Units from Moses Lake. The up coming work party at Liberty was discussed. We will have lots to do; one will be to take the Deputy Director of the Forest Service out for an experience on the 24th; do a re-route of the 307 trail; put some kind of barrier to stop cross country travel across Tri-Pods Flats; a re-route of the Lion Gulch trail because of a water crossing; Hole in the Rock trail has a loop that has to come out because of environmental concerns; and the usual brushing out of the trails. They also mentioned that ROC funds cannot be used on private lands.
Nothing more on the property in the Lind area that Gary deMoss presented at Winter Convention and our last region meeting.
PNW4WDA is working on putting out a “Slick Magazine” to commemorate our 50th Anniversary. Articles were to have been submitted by May 1 and the deadline to take out an ad was May 10th. A motion was made by Al Matson (Ridgerunners) seconded by Kelda Hagemeier (Shindig Wheelers) that Region 4 purchase a quarter page ad for in the magazine, motion passed.
Team Trophy Challenge Washington sponsored by the Timber Tamers is scheduled for August 13, 14 & 15. Deadline to register is July 2nd. All profits will go to support the Cle Elum Ranger District. For more information go to www.TTCW.org.
Earl Nettnin (Region Director & Desert Rats) announced that the June Board meeting will be by teleconference on June 2nd.
Desert Rats: Leon Preddie reported that the club would be doing security for the Cool Desert Nights Cruise on June 25th and are looking for help; if you would like to help contact Leon at 509-374-3922 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Billy Tallman a representative from Lithia Chrysler Jeep Dodge of Tri-Cities was at our meeting hoping to generate interest in our helping them to show people what their rig can do. He said they would put together an area behind the dealership so we could demonstrate what a 4X4 can do.
Roamin’ Chariots: Doug Conner reported they are looking forward to camping with the Jeepin’ Nomads Memorial weekend in the Rimrock area.
Ridgerunners: Josh Wesselius reported they had a Mother’s Day breakfast in Cle Elum that was well attended. They had a run to the Ahtanum area the weekend before Mother’s Day.
Jeepin’ Nomads: Ron Rutherford reported they had a run to the Wenas area May 2nd and a run this weekend will be either to the Cowiche or Wenas area. They are looking forward to camping Memorial weekend with the Roamin’ Chariots.
Shindig Wheelers: Gloria Joralemon reported they had a big car wash May 1st in Selah and did really good even though it was very windy. This weekend they plan to participate in the Selah Community parade. May 28th they are going to Liberty and June 2nd some will check out the Little Rattlesnake trail and a final work party will be June 12th & 13th. A work party is planned for June 19th & 20th to Rimrock to work on Leaning Tree their adopted trail.
Timberwolves: Devon Matson reported they had a run May 8th. He said they don’t plan things very far ahead so he didn’t know what was planned next.
Yakima Valley Mountaineers: Morris Aston reported that things were pretty quiet.
All Wheelers: Clay Graham reported they attended the March 27 clean-up at the Slab with the Dust Dodgers and ORV Trail Watch and picked up 3700 pounds of garbage. April 27th had a snow run in the Ahtanum area with some carnage. May 1st attended and sponsored the Beverly Sand Dunes clean-up along with the ORV Trail Watch. This was the first time they didn’t have a Mother’s Day run. They plan to attend the Selah Parade. A run to Saw Mill Flats will be over Father’s Day. Some work parties are planned; the main one will be July 24th with the ORV Trail Watch in the Ahtanum area. Wade Kabrich is working with the Forest Service on seeing what is needed to refurbish the Jump Off Look Out. Wade will have more to report after he’s able to assess the needs.
Liberty – May 22-27 camping at Williams Creek. Dale Neuman is the contact person.
Ahtanum – July 24 camp at the Ahtanum Sno-Park, contact Clay Graham (509) 673-3610 or email@example.com.
Pick Up A Mountain – September 17th camp at Jim Sprick Park for $5 a night. Pam Remley is the contact person. More information will be coming soon.
Good of the Order: James Harter (Shindig Wheelers) winner of last month’s door prize was not present so - James will provide the door prize for June.
Al Matson (Ridgerunners) made a motion to adjourn seconded by Gloria Joralemon (Shindig Wheelers) motion passed. Meeting adjourned at 9 PM.
Sande Nettnin, Region 4
Region 4 Secretary/Treasurer