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Region 4 Minutes October 12, 2010
REGION 4 MINUTES
OCTOBER 12, 2010
MOSES LAKE, WA
Director Earl Nettnin (Desert Rats) called the meeting to order at 7:35 PM. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited and a moment of silence for the sick and departed was observed. No guests were present. Earl thanked Terry Mitchell (Hurtin’ Units) for making arrangements for the Region to meet at Columbia Bearing when we found out at the day before our meeting that we could no longer meet at Standard Battery in Moses Lake. Thanks Terry for putting this together at the last minute.
Minutes: Lynn Kirk (Mountain Masters) made a motion seconded by Doug Conner (Roman’ Chariots) to accept the September minutes as printed. Motion passed.
Treasurer’s Report: Treasurer Sande Nettnin (Desert Rats) gave the report; no outstanding bills at this time. However, we did get a couple more checks tonight from Pick Up A Mountain that need to be deposited.
Comp Report: The season is over for the year; however, the last clean-up/work party for the year at the Ethel site has been scheduled for October 16th.
Membership: We have a club that wants to join Region 4 and the PNW4WDA Treasurer (Dave McMains) said that everything is in order. A motion was made by Dave McMains (Hurtin’ Units & Sand Commandos) seconded by Gloria Joralemon (Shindig Wheelers) that we accept into membership the Yakima/Kittitas Forest Watch club into membership. Motion passed. Welcome.
Club Power/We Did It: Chairman Gary Harting (Desert Rats) said he had received paper work from Dale Neuman (High Country Cruisers) for the Liberty Autumn Chili Dog work party September 24 & 25, 2010.
Dale said he had a total of 120 hours; the mileage total was 1296 miles. Pam Remley (Shindig Wheelers) Pick Up A Mountain Chairman submitted the paper work for Pick Up A Mountain September 17-19, 2010. Paper work is available for Club Power/We Did It projects on line under the members only section, or contact Gary Harting 509-302-5587 - e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or the Region 4 Director Earl Nettnin 509-783-6481 - e-mail email@example.com . Please turn in paper work for your activities as the numbers are used to show how much we are involved with Forest Service, Dept. of Natural Resources, and Bureau of Land Management etc. These numbers are very useful when grants are applied for.
Junior Jeepers: Advisor Gloria Joralemon (Shindig Wheelers) said we now have 17 kids signed up. The ages are from 3 – 17, so if you have a child who would like to be a Junior Jeeper, contact Gloria at 509-697-9595. Gloria said she is looking into having a patch made for them instead of going with t-shirts. She shared prices for embroidery ones and they are rather spendy so she is looking at having them screen printed. Discussion followed about where Gloria might check to have patches made at a more reasonable price. Gloria will get back to the Region with prices and her recommendation on the best deal. Ron Dunn Jr. (Yakima/Kittitas Forest Watch) said he had two kids he wanted to sign up so Gloria got the information and we now have 19 signed up. We also discussed having grandchildren able to become Junior Jeepers even though their parents are not PNW members. Everyone feels like they are the future generation of our organization and should be welcomed in. When membership rosters are submitted in the future if you have a grandchild who wants to be a Junior Jeeper be sure to add their name (first & Last) as well as their age as a dependent on your clubs roster.
Web Site: Region 4’s Web site has had problems so after discussion a motion was made by Dave McMains (Hurtin’ Units & Sand Commandos) seconded by Doug Conner (Roamin’ Chariots) that we have Ron Dunn Jr. (Yakima/Kittitas Forest Watch) contact Region 4’s Web Master Rick White (Windy City Wheelers) and help him to set up a re-direct to the PNW4WDA’s Web site for Region 4. Motion passed.
PR: Kelda Hagemeier (Shindig Wheelers) will get information out to our contact list, so please contact her with your things you want advertised. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Doug Conner (Roamin’ Chariots) reported September 22nd the fire closure on BLM lands in Washington was lifted. We still have NO LEGAL Access to Juniper Dunes, however, the BLM and Franklin County are working together to acquire the first two miles of Peterson Road. This will get us closer to having legal access to Juniper Dunes. Doug said he had been out there on October 8th and noticed there are several locate stakes along Peterson Road. Steve Richards (Peak Putters) said his club had been thinking of trying to do some smoothing out of the Whoppty Do’s in the Dunes and after discussion with the recreation engineers from BLM the Peak Putters decided the project would not be worth pursuing.
Dave McMains (Hurtin’ Units & Sand Commandos) reported that they don’t have any ORV Deputies in the Moses Lake Dunes area any more.
Clay Graham (Yakima/Kittitas Forest Watch) reported there have been a lot of trees stolen in the Ahtanum State Forest. Some wood cutting permits have been issued; but not where the trees have been stolen.
Director Earl Nettnin (Desert Rats) shared that the Region had been given a certificate of appreciation for our volunteer efforts on the Little Rattlesnake 4-Wheel Drive Trail over the past several years and our willingness to adopt the continued maintenance of the trail. This was signed by Irene Davidson, District Ranger. Several individuals and other clubs received certificates of appreciation as well. The Rim Rock Trails that had been closed will stay closed until next spring hoping to let the trails harden up on the work that was done. The 1808 road will be open for the Fall Season for Horse people to get back to the Horse Camp. The 1800 Road will remain closed. The draft for the Travel Management Plan will be out for public comment after January 1, 2011. Depending on weather conditions it’s possible that we may have some seasonal closures over Memorial Weekend in the Naches and also the CleElum area. Glass Creek
Timber sale scoping letter was to come out in September. This is a land scape assessment area, from Glass Creek to Angel Creek called Dry Ore (a pilot project big experiment). A user tour may take place next week, Roger Brittain (Shindig Wheelers) plans to go and check it out.
We had a work party up at Liberty September 24th & 25th to fix some trails and we received an e-mail from Tim Foss (Trails, Wilderness, and ORV Manager) saying he wanted to let us know how happy they were with the work we had done; and that they were truly glad to know that we have a group of volunteers that recognize trail problems and are willing to help solve them. Good Work! So a big thanks to all who helped with this project; especially Dale Neuman (High Country Cruisers) for heading it up and bringing his tractor over from Wenatchee.
Rock Crawl: Ron Rutherford (Jeepin’ Nomads) took pictures and they were passed around for everyone to look at. The latest word we have is that it should be ready to use sometime next summer. The EIS still has to be approved.
Lots of discussion followed on the Washington Wildlife Recreation Program Project #10-1272. Heart of the Cascades – Phase II Bald Mountain/Rock Creek. The Bald Mountain/Rock Creek project seeks to acquire the remaining 7,711 acres of a “checkerboard” 10,386 acre site within the Wenatchee National forest at the southern boundary of Kittitas County, 16 miles west of Ellensburg. The Phase I purchase for 2,675 acres was completed in 2009 using a combination of state and federal funding. The lands under option are owned by Plum Creek. Earl has been approached by George Sheldon (TAPASH Forest Cooperative) and Rance Block (Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation) to have us write letters of support for this project. The project has received support from the Kittitas County Commissioners, US Forest Service, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, The Nature Conservancy, the Kittitas Audubon and the Yakama Nation. Rance has stated that he would like to come to our next Region meeting and discuss the project in detail. We know from past experience that some of the above organizations are not friendly with 4-Wheel Drive so we plan to take a real good look at what is being asked of our organization in regards to support letters. Apparently Plum Creek attempted to find a commercial forest owner to purchase these lands, but none were interested. If state funds are not secured the existing federal funds will expire, and WDFW will lose the opportunity to protect this large, intact landscape. If we are unable to complete Phase II during this biennium, the option will expire, and the remaining lands will surely go back on the real estate market and become fragmented. Rance indicated that he wanted us to send the letters of support for the Bald Mountain/Rock Creek Acquisition to the following: Senator Janea Holmquist, Rep. Judy Warnick, Rep. Bill Hinkle with cc to Kayleen Cottingham and Kirstan Arestad; and he would hand deliver the letters to the three State Legislators as a package.
Copper City is on hold, replacement bridges on the 1808 and 1800 roads are on going.
Pick Up A Mountain: Discussion followed on what worked and what didn’t and what we could do to make things better. Pam Remley (Shindig Wheelers) said 148 people signed in. Pam is planning to publish a list of committees she would like to have in place by March. So far the Desert Rats have volunteered to be in charge of the Pot Luck, the Yakima/Kittitas Forest Watch have volunteered to be in charge of the Sunday breakfast. Pam has 8 shirts left, so if you want one contact Pam at 509-658-2496. Pam thanked everyone for their help in making this event a success; and thank you Pam for getting it started.
Next month nominations open for Region 4 officers for 2011, so be thinking. We need a Region Director, Vice Director, Region Secretary/Treasurer, PR Chairman, and Lead Land Coordinator.
Our Washington State Director Arlene Brooks (Green River Valley Jeepers) is looking for quality people to speak at her state meeting on the East Side of the State Saturday, January 22nd 2010. She is interested in having someone who can answer more than one question about current land matters. Please contact Arlene with their name so she can issue an official invitation from her office.
Peak Putters – had several club members and candidates run Kaner Flats and Funny Rocks on September 6th & 7th. On September 15th they ran to Hover to check out modifications that had been made on some of their rigs. A few also attended Pick Up A Mountain on September 18th.
Roamin’ Chariots – had a laid back camping weekend with the Jeepin’ Nomads the second weekend of October and are already making plans for 2011.
Desert Rats – hosted a club from CA (Wine Country Rock Crawlers) from September 9th – 18th. We took them to the Rim Rock and Liberty areas. Here’s a comment we received from them “Anyone who thinks the Rubicon Trail is the ultimate 4X4 trail has not experienced the Wenatchee National Forest 4X4 trails with Ed Livezey and Paul Ziemantz as guides”. This trip was way more than they had expected and they are hoping to duplicate the experience for us in 2011 with a trip to the Rubicon. Several attended Pick Up A Mountain. Some attended a Jeep Show-N-Shine held at Lithia Jeep dealer in Kennewick on September 23rd – 26th. Some helped the Dust Dodgers with the Rim Rock Grand Prix Race October 3rd. We will be doing security for Bethlehem Lutheran’s Fun Run on Saturday, October 16th.
Yakima/Kittitas Forest Watch – had a work day on August 28th on the 4W613 adding water bars and rocked stream crossings. Had a run September 5th to Manastash and it snowed on Quartz Mountain.
They attended Pick Up A Mountain September 17th-19th. September 25th put up three of the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office “ORV Rules Signs” at the Ahtanum Sno-Park, Nasty Creek Corrals and Wenas at the Maloy & Audubon Road Y. September 26th had a run around the Ahtanum.
All Wheelers – had a run to the Little Rattlesnake on August 21st. October 1st Oktoberfest; October 9th had a run in the Liberty area. They plan to have a Halloween Run and party October 23rd.
GOOD OF THE ORDER:
Deputy Steve Sutliff’s father passed away. The Region will send a card.
Door Prize was won by Doug Conner.
THE NEXT MEETING DATE FOR REGION 4 WILL BE:
Tuesday, November 9th at Magic’s Pizza in Selah, WA 7:30 PM
NO DECEMBER MEETING
WA State meeting Saturday, January 22, 2011 at Union Gap School #2, 3201 South 4th, Union Gap, WA
Meeting adjourned at 9:35 PM
Sande Nettnin, Region 4
Region 4 Secretary/Treasurer