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Default Region 4 minutes from May 10, 2011

REGION 4 MINUTES
May 10, 2011
Moses Lake, WA

Director Earl Nettnin (Desert Rats) called the meeting to order at 7:40 PM. 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 Randy Hayes (Sand Commandos) seconded by Dave McMains (Hurtin’ Units & Sand Commandos) to accept the April minutes as printed. Motion passed.

TREASURER’S REPORT: Secretary/Treasurer Sande Nettnin (Desert Rats) gave the Treasurer’s report. No outstanding bills at this time.

COMP REPORT: No report was submitted.

MEMBERSHIP: Nothing new at this time, we still have a packet out to an interested club.

PNW WEB SITE: Discussion followed about the new Membership Management System. We are hoping that this new program will be a real asset to the PNW. However, as with all new programs we will need to have patience getting used to using the program.

CLUB POWER/WE DID IT: Chairman Gary Harting (Desert Rats) had nothing to report at this time. Discussion followed about projects. We will ask the Board to approve the following as on going activities for Region 4 – The Slab Clean-up in March, The Beverly Sand Dunes clean-up in May and the Ahtanum Clean-up in July.

JUNIOR JEEPERS: Patches have been ordered.

TRAIL JAMBOREE: We understand that the event is filled up. They have a waiting list, for more information contact Sid or Kelda Hagemeier (Shindig Wheelers) event chairmen at 509-698-3703 or e-mail them at trailjam@pnw4wda.org or keldahagemeier@live.com.

PR: Kelda Hagemeier (Shindig Wheelers) is working full time now, but she still is taking care of PR for the Region. Special thanks to Clay Graham (Yakima Kittitas Forest Watch) for posting things for us on the Web site also. Thanks for all the articles and pictures Clay, please keep it up.

LAND MATTERS:
 Dave McMains (Hurtin’ Units & Sand Commandos) reported on the Moses Lake Sand Dunes. Dave said they are hoping to have extra enforcement on duty over Memorial weekend because of the closures in the Naches and CleElum areas until June 15th.

 Clay Graham (Yakima Kittitas Forest Watch) reported on the Beverly Sand Dunes clean-up May 7th. Clay said the clean-up went well and a good time was had by all. Weather was great.

 Please keep track of all your volunteer hours and turn them in as they show what we are doing when grants are applied for.

 The recreation access bill (SSSB 5622) will be signed by the Governor Thursday, May 12th at 1:30 PM. The cornerstone of this bill is the Discover Pass, which will enable DNR, Washington State Parks, and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to continue providing recreational opportunities through a user fee. By Friday the Discover Pass website will be up and running at www.discoverpass.wa.gov. The website will include information about how and where to purchase the pass. It will also include frequently asked questions, a toll-free number and an e-mail address.

 Juniper Dunes – Franklin County has taken the first official step to transform Peterson Road to a county road that will give legal access to the Dunes; we have been fighting for access since 1984. Progress is being made and we thank Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Washington for his help with this.

 CLOUT is doing a good job of letting us know what’s happening in the Legislature in our districts.

 NOVA grants have been applied for and the committee is in Olympia now deciding which projects will get funded. Arlene Brooks (Green River Valley Jeepers) is still a member of this committee; she will let us know the funding results.

 Dave McMains (Hurtin’ Units & Sand Commandos) said he had been approached by the CleElum Ranger District to be an ORV Ranger 22 days during the summer. Dave will take over the position formerly held by Merrick Graves who is now a full time/part time employee for the Naches Ranger District. Dave will go to school for a week in The Dalles to learn all the ropes. Congratulations Dave.

 Memorial week-end – everything is closed until June 15th. Discussion followed. However, the work party at Liberty will take place by special permit and will begin May 20th. For information on trails that are open in CleElum, go to the web site CleElumTrails.com.

 TWIG report – Jeff Lacey will be the new man in Naches replacing Sam Bissell who was the front country trails person. Several trees, 70 plus, in the Bumping landing area blew down so they are having a salvage logging operation. Lisa Therrell had a presentation on the Forest Plan Revision. She had a list of potential Wilderness areas that included the following: Manastash, Bethel Ridge, and the Divide in the Ahtanum. These areas are where we have several trails. Also a discussion on the motorized travel management plan took place. The Record of decision is anticipated to be out in the spring of 2012 and a motor vehicle use map in the fall of 2012.

 The new Forest Planning Rule is coming out and the comment period ends May 15th. There is a letter generator available on the Blue Ribbon web site, http://www.sharetrails.org/public-la..._Planning_Rule. Please tell them that we want to have multiple use trails. Multiple use is available to all to use. Also let them know that we want more trails.

 Nothing new to report on the Bald Mountain land deal.

 Glass Angle Restoration Project on the Naches Ranger District - comments due by May 21st. Ron Rutherford (Jeepin’ Nomads) our Land Coordinator is encouraging everyone to write letters to Jim Bailey, Naches Ranger District, 10237 Highway 12, Naches, WA 98937 telling him that we are satisfied with the forest health methods of logging, brushing and burning but that we have an issue with the rerouting of trail #697 in the meadow area. We recommend that the trail be rebuilt and repaired at the present location. This trail has been used for 35 years by motorized vehicles and has retained its integrity and only needs minimal maintenance.

 Teanaway and North Fork Teanaway Road highways 97 & 98 have a project going to make them a two lane road instead of one lane. Anyone wanting to make comments have until May 31st to do so. Comments can be made to Jody Marshall at her e-mail address teanawayroad@mail.wfl.fhwa.dot.gov or Jody Marshall, Western Federal Lands Highway Division, Federal Highway Administration, 610 E. 5th Street, Vancouver, WA 98661.

 RTP (Recreation Trails Program) the May meeting has been canceled. Dave McMains (Hurtin’ Units & Sand Commandos) has been reappointed to the committee. He said he would be receiving information on the projects in August and would be submitting his recommendations and the results will be published in September.

 Rock Crawl – nothing new to report at this time. The decision was to be out by June of 2011 and finished by October of 2011.

 New endangered species in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. It’s a butterfly.

 Lift Law in Oregon to limit suspension/tire alterations died. However, we might expect it to surface in Washington.

 Ahtanum State Forest report was given by Clay Graham (Yakima Kittitas Forest Watch). He said they have a meeting Thursday, May 12th to discuss what they are going to do for security since Naches is closed down until June 15th. He said they probably would help with some E & E and have a check point at the gate at the Mid Fork.

OLD BUSINESS
Beverly Dunes clean up was discussed under Land Matters.

NEW BUSINESS
Our WOHVA membership dues are due June 14th. Dave McMains (Hurtin’ Units & Sand Commandos) made a motion seconded by Randy Hayes (Sand Commands) that we renew them at $100.00. Motion passed. Secretary/Treasurer will write the check.

Information on Fall Delegates was passed out again. Fall Delegates will be September 10, 2011 in Rainier, WA at the Rainier Sportsman’s Club hosted by the Rainier Ruffians. Time 9 AM – 4 PM.

CLUB REPORTS
Yakima Kittitas Forest Watch – held the annual Beverly Dunes clean-up, had a Meet & Greet at Ron’s 4-wheeling Plus.com in Kittitas, WA the end of last month. They have had several runs and a work party is planned on June 25th to log out the 613 trail.

Wenatchee Mountain Masters – are planning another clean-up at Birch Mountain the end of May. Their annual Stag run will be June 11th.

Ridgerunners – attended the Jim Sprick clean-up helping to get it ready for Trail Jamboree; had a snow run up the North Fork of the Ahtanum trying to get to Blue Lake, got stuck everyone had to winch at least two times and they had some break downs. Several of their candidates attended and did very well. They have a well drilled on their property and are working on plans for site development. They have even planted a few trees. It will take a long time to get it functional, right now its sage brush and rocks.

Hurtin’ Units – most of them are working on getting their rigs ready for the Liberty work party and Memorial Week End.

Columbia Basin Sand Commandos – had a meeting and have a run to Banks Lake the end of June to go fishing. They are working with Relay for Life to raise funds.

Desert Rats – some attended the Jim Sprick clean-up; some will attend the Liberty work party; the club will help with security for Cool Desert Nights Cruise in June and plans are still being finalized for the Rubicon trip in September.

Jeepin’ Nomads – had a run to the Wenas May 1st; May 14 will have a run to the Ahtanum State Forest- Cowiche Mill and Reynolds Creek. They have had great Jeeping with plenty of snow, which was encountered at low elevations.

GOOD OF THE ORDER – The Region would like to thank Liberty Off Road for providing our new meeting place in Moses Lake. The only way to describe it; is to say “it’s amazing”. Thanks Dave and Lee.

FUTURE MEETINGS/EVENTS
Liberty work party May 20th – Memorial Day
BOD Teleconference June 8th
Region 4 meeting Tuesday, June 14th 7:30 PM at Magic Pizza, Selah, WA
Region 4 meeting Tuesday, July 12th 7:30 PM at Doug Conner’s shop in Pasco, WA
Ahtanum Clean-up July 30th
Fall Delegates September 10th in Rainier, WA
Pick Up A Mountain September 16th – 18th at Jim Sprick Park

DOOR PRIZE was won by Ed Massey (Sand Commandos & Hurtin’ Units)

Dave McMains (Hurtin’ Units & Sand Commandos) made a motion seconded by Randy Hayes (Sand Commandos) to adjourn the meeting at 9:35 PM. Motion passed.

Respectfully Submitted,
Sande Nettnin
Region 4 Secretary/Treasurer
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