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Region 4 minutes February 8, 2011
Thought I'd posted the February minutes - sorry I must have been to busy with Winter Convention stuff. Sande
REGION 4 MINUTES
FEBRUARY 8, 2011
M0SES LAKE, WA
Director Earl Nettnin (Desert Rats) called the meeting to order at 7:35PM. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited and a moment of silence for the sick and departed was observed. No guests were present.
MINUTES: A motion was made by Dave McMains (Hurtin’ Units & Sand Commandos) seconded by Lynn Kirk (Mountain Masters) to accept the January minutes as printed, motion passed.
TREASURER’S REPORT: Secretary/Treasurer Sande Nettnin (Desert Rats) gave the Treasurer’s report. We have a couple of checks that were written that have not cleared the bank. These checks were written in September.
COMP: Nothing new to report at this time. We heard they had a good time at the Tacoma Dome for the Monster Truck show.
MEMBERSHIP: We have sent a packet to a club called the Mid Mountain Misfits. They are located in Ronald, WA. Person of contact is Joel Burrier. Ron Dunn Jr. (Windy City Wheelers & Yakima Kittitas Forest Watch) said he had been wheeling with them a few times; Ron said that they had told him they had received the packet.
CLUB POWER/WE DID IT: Gary Harting (Desert Rats) said he had received nothing. Kelda Hagemeier (Shindig Wheelers) said she had awards for Pick Up A Mountain and she planned to hand them out at Winter Convention because several of them were for people from the other side of the mountains.
JUNIOR JEEPERS: Gloria Joralemon (Shindig Wheelers) said she is still looking for someone to make the patches; so far most of them want way too much money. Gloria said she is working on having a web page made up so she can keep in contact with the kids. She said we are growing and have 30 plus kids now. Discussion followed about where patches might be made at a reasonable price.
WEB SITE: No comments at this time.
PR: Kelda Hagemeier (Shindig Wheelers) said so far things are pretty quiet, but if you have an event you want published get a hold of her, she will be happy to get it out.
Moses Lake – Dave McMains (Hurtin’ Units & Sand Commandos) said they have no deputies due to lack of funding. However, DNR trucks have been seen driving around town and also at the dunes occasionally. The annual Moses Lake Sand Dunes clean-up is scheduled for April 9th.
Beverly Dunes – Clay Graham (Yakima Kittitas Forest Watch) said Beverly was open this year, there was supposed to be a seasonal closure due to lack of funds, but somehow it was kept open this winter. They are experiencing the same problem as the Moses Lake Dunes as far as deputies are concerned.
Clay said the annual Beverly Dunes clean-up is scheduled for May 7th, 2011, meet at 10 AM. He said he planned to camp for the weekend. It is unsure where we are as far as camping fees are concerned. Mike Williams (DNR) has said the clean-up crew can camp for free since they will be working for accumulating hours to get a free pass.
DNR is working on setting user fees for recreating on their land. The legislature is working on coming up with a fee schedule, so we wait and see what the outcome will be. Discussion followed and of course, we all had ideas on the way this should go. A list of 2011 Recreation Program/Grant Applications was passed around; letters of support are needed for the multiple use trail and facility maintenance & operation in the Ahtanum State Forest. Letters are to be sent to Mike Williams project number 11-1021 by February 25th. E-mail your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Bureau of Reclamation is thinking of raising the Bumping Reservoir. According to the Forest Ranger the roads would remain open so there was no opposition from the residents.
Juniper Dunes – nothing new since the State meeting.
House Bill HB-1371 is the elimination of 32 Boards and Commissions; this includes the NOVA Committee.
Governor Chris Gregoire sent out a paper consolidating services for more efficiency at less cost showing how she wants Phase II of Natural Resources Consolidation to be. Her consolidation would reduce 8 boards to 3.
Irene Davidson (District Ranger for the Naches Ranger District & Okanogan Wenatchee National Forest) is planning to host a meeting with law enforcement partners to discuss opening trails later this year. Ron Rutherford (Jeepin’ Nomads) has been invited to be a part of this group that will decide the opening date for trails in the Naches, Cle Elum and Liberty areas; possible opening date June 15th. However, the trails person for Liberty, Tim Foss has said by special permit we can have our annual Liberty Memorial Day week end work party as planned. So we can go in like we have in the past to do the trails clean-up. Discussion followed on how enforcement might take place in the Rim Rock area since there are many trails that can be accessed from so many different routes and this is true of all the areas we wheel in.
WOHVA RALLY will be February 25th in Olympia. We can make a difference. The first 500 people get a free t-shirt, learn how to make a difference, visit your representative, make your needs known, speakers start at NOON rain or shine. Visit www.wohva.org for more information.
Bald Mountain update – The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition is the founder and chief advocate for the WWRP grant program. They listed the Bald Mountain land purchase in the top 10 projects they wanted to see funded. However, our Governor Gregoire ignored that and she picked all projects in Puget Sound with the lowest rankings; she by-passed the committees recommendations. So where we are now is Phase 1 has 4 sections that have been purchased, Phase 2 is the next 6 sections that includes 10 of our trails that have been purchased by the Nature Conservancy. The legislature was supposed to come through with funding to do this but the governor withdrew the funds. So as well as taking our NOVA funds the WWRP funds have also been taken away. The Nature Conservancy is upset they don’t want the land. Rocky Mountain Elk is asking everyone to write letters asking the legislature to restore the ranking of the WWRP committee.
Proposed Land Management – Forest plan has finally completed their review. A meeting is scheduled for March 25th in Portland at the Airport Sheraton. Details will be out later. More information is provided on the Forest Service website (www.fs.usda.gov/planningrule).
Tieton ORV Access – Kelda Hagemeier (Shindig Wheelers) reported that she had contacted the Public Works Director – Richard Olson. The County Commissioners want to designate three miles of Rosekrantz Road and one mile of Hatton Road as ORV access routes. The city has 26 acres they want to develop into an ORV trail head. They are also talking about establishing trails that would link over to the Wenas area and the whole way to Manastash Lake, Riders Camp and into Cle Elum. They are asking for letters of support and help from all that are willing; letters should be written or e-mail letters to Richard Olson Public Works Director, City of Tieton WA, P.O. Box 357, Tieton, WA 98947 or email@example.com. Also Shayne Downing (Yakima Dust Dodgers) is a member of the primary group working on this. Feel free to contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have more questions. Discussion followed and everyone feels this is a great thing to do. Letters can be written by each club as well as the region telling them that we support their project.
Forest Watch program - Clay Graham (Yakima Kittitas Forest Watch) reported that DNR has a forest watch program for the Ahtanum State Forest which he is a part of. They are looking to have a check point Memorial week-end at the main entrance at the guard station to give out information on the area letting people know about the green dot system and the forest watch program. There was a lot of damage last summer in the Ahtanum State Forest because there was not enough law enforcement. The Forest Watch program may be able to stop some of the people from causing damage if they know that they are being watched. Greg Mackey (DNR) said he was hoping to schedule training for Forest Watch soon for the Wenas as well as the Ahtanum. The lady who does the training is busy with other things right now. Clay’s club Yakima Kittitas Forest Watch have a forest watch volunteer program; they give free Forest Watch decals to people who volunteer to watch the woods. Hopefully when people see the decal they will realize that someone is watching. Clay said they need money to get more of the stickers and Region 2 bought 250 stickers for the West side. Clay asked if Region 4 would help purchase Forest Watch decals; he said that Ron Dunn Jr. said if the Region would help he would match the funds the Region puts up. Dave McMains (Hurtin’ Units & Sand Commandos) made a motion seconded by Lynn Kirk (Mountain Masters) that the Region donate $250 to purchase the decals, motion passed.
Mikki Douglass (Cle Elum Ranger District) has scheduled a meeting February 18th in Wenatchee with Merrick Graves (High Country Cruisers & Wandering Willy’s), Dale Neuman (High Country Cruisers), and Dave McMains (Hurtin’ Units & Sand Commandos) to lay the ground work for a UTV Safety class. This may eventually work into the PNW’s Safety Education class.
1. State meeting minutes will be available at Winter Convention.
2. House bill 1539 to lift the cap on the gas tax - bares watching.
3. A new power line on the edge of Beverly - Beverly Dunes will not be affected by this.
1. A thank you note was read from Arlene Brooks for the floral and vine basket Region 4 presented her at the State meeting as a small Thank You for all she has done for the Association. We will miss her.
2. Plan to attend Winter Convention this week-end - February 11-13 in Everett, WA.
3. Pick Up A Mountain – September 15 – 17 staging out of Jim Sprick Park, more information coming. Flyers will be available at Winter Convention.
4. Trail Jamboree clean-up April 15-17. Kelda said they had a meeting with the Chinook Pass Community Association (the people that run Jim Sprick Park). Kelda said they had expressed to them that they need to be at the clean-up too. Kelda read a list of things they would like us to take care of. Kelda said she had mail in registration forms for Trail Jamboree with her tonight if anyone felt they couldn’t sign up on line. On line registration for Trail Jamboree begins at 8 AM February 21st.
Desert Rats had our after holidays party. Bill Lucke was awarded the 4-Wheeler of the year. We have a run called to the Tucannon lakes area March 4 – 6. Plans are in the works for a Rubicon Run with the Wine Country Rock Crawlers in September. We are going to be Trail Jamboree hosts this year. Earl and Sande Nettnin were recognized for all their volunteer work for the club, region and association.
Sand Commandos had a run last week-end to the Cashmere Antique Mall. Some are going to Winter Convention. Their new president is Eric Moreland.
Hurtin’ Units went to AZ in October and brought back one of their members back home with them and a couple weeks ago he took off for Afaganstan for 5 months, so Dave told him they weren’t going to go and get him he’d have to get back himself. They seem to be getting into the fixing mode now that spring is on the way.
Ridge Runners have had a pretty quiet month. They are hosting at Trail Jamboree again. The service for Al Matson went well. They have purchased about 20 acres out in the South Fork and it will take a long time to get it set up the way they want it to be.
Shindig Wheelers had a bowling night and everyone enjoyed themselves. They plan to attend Winter Convention. They will participate in the Selah Days Parade May 30th and would like more participation from the Jeep clubs in the area. Six of their members (3 Jeeps) attended the Winter Challenge. There were 35 Jeeps and Mike came in 10th; Terry came in 15th and Scott came in 20 something. Terry broke the brand new cable on his winch but they had a blast.
Windy City has nothing much going on right now. They are discussing patches, logos and stickers.
Mountain Masters things are pretty quiet. Last month they had hoped to have a run/play day/pot luck in the snow, but because of the lack of snow it didn’t happen. They are working on getting their rigs back up and running. They are hoping to have a clean-up on Birch Mountain and try to get the Boy Scouts involved this time. They plan to attend the swap meet in March at the Puyallup Fair Grounds.
Yakima Kittitas Forest Watch in January had a run to the Colockum; last Saturday they attended the Eastern Washington Slab run; they were hoping to have a booth at the Sportsman show at the Sundown; but time is short since the show is this week-end and they haven’t heard anything. They have a run planned the end of February up the Colockum; March the Wenas Wild Life Run and the Puyallup Swap meet. They have a clean-up at the Slab in Zillah the end of March. Some plan to attend the Trail Jamboree clean-up in April; May 7 Beverly Dunes clean-up and the end of August the Ahtanum clean-up.
GOOD OF THE ORDER – None.
DOOR PRIZE: Kevin McCarty (Ridge Runners)
NEXT MEETING DATES FOR REGION 4 WILL BE
March 8th, Magic’s Pizza, Selah, WA 7:30 PM
April 12th, Doug Conner’s Shop, Pasco, WA 7:30 PM
1. Winter Convention February 11-13 in Everett, WA
2. WOHVA Rally in Olympia February 25th.
3. Slab Clean-up March 26th
4. Moses Lake Sand Dunes clean-up April 9th
5. Trail Jamboree clean-up at Jim Sprick Park Aril 15-17
6. Beverly Dunes clean-up May 7th
Meeting adjourned at 9:25 PM.
Region 4 Secretary/Treasurer
Thank you very much Region 4 for donating $250 toward Forest Watch Decals and thank you 4WheelingPlus.com for matching those funds. This will really help in spreading the word users care about the lands we use and want everyone to respect them.