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Region 4 minutes - January 8, 2019
Ephrata, WA
January 8, 2019

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.

MINUTES: John Thompson (Midnite Mudders) made a motion seconded by Skip Frans (Trail Seekers) that we accept the minutes from November 13, 2018, motion carried.

TREASURER'S REPORT was given by Treasurer Sande Nettnin (Desert Rats). Sande handed out a written Treasurer's Report for 2018 that included Pick Up A Mountain. We have no outstanding bills at this time. Dave McMains (Hurtin' Units) said he had paid the Region's Incorporation fee and would not be submitting a bill.

COMP REPORT: There will be some COMP rule changes to vote on before Winter Convention, these are printed in Tri-Power along with the ballot. Everyone with a COMP number can vote and send the ballot to Steve Zentner the PNW COMP Chairman by January 31st. 2019. You will find all this information in Tri-Power.

MEMBERSHIP: please make sure that your person of contact listed on the Web Site is current and up to date. Also when you send in your rosters for 2019 please make sure names and addresses are correct. Please remember to list your children on them too, if you have an email address, please list that too, as they will be used to send out the Tri-Powers now. Our PNW dues for 2019 were due January 1, 2019.

CLUB POWER/WE DID IT: Chairman Gary Harting (Desert Rats) said he had turned in everything he had received for Club Power/We Did It to the PNW's Club Power/We Did It Chairman Angela Holm (Happy Campers). If you still have some reports to turn in, please get them to Gary ASAP so he can get them sent in by the end of this month so they can be included in the 2018 report at Winter Convention. Gary said some changes were being made in how we turn in the reports and those will be explained at Winter Convention. Our understanding is that a power point will be up with how to access them. At the December Board meeting we added the Juniper Dunes cleanup to the list of approved projects and cleaned up the entry that said sand dune cleanup to be Moses Lake Sand Dunes cleanup.
JR JEEPERS: We still need a person to take this on. Mikki Douglass of the Cle Elum Ranger District is willing to help anyone who takes this on as she wants to get her Jr. Ranger program going again. Discussion followed on which activities would be used; it's mostly been at PUAM but could also be at work parties.

PICK UP A MOUNTAIN: Chairman Pam Remley (Shindig Wheelers) applied for a grant from Extreme Terrain for PUAM and she was notified that she got it. Money was received and deposited, and we have a box of product to hand out. Pam was writing a thank you letter to them. PUAM is September 20-22, 2019. Ed Massey (Columbia Basin Sand Commandos) said his club would make and serve the breakfast again.

TRAIL JAMBOREE: Is July 10-14, 2019. The Chairman is Teresa Kosel (Spanaway Moonshiners) registration opens March 3, 2019.

PR - Jim Hall (Jeepin' Nomads) cell 509-969-9905 home 509-697-8724
If you want something sent out get it to Jim. He will also help you write articles.

Skip Frans said he had nothing new to report from Dale Neuman (High Country Cruisers) except the Forest Service is closed due to the Government shut down. Skip also said Dale was afraid to come out in the snow and he was also afraid of germs as he didn't want to get sick because he has a dive planned in a couple of days.

Travel Management – is still a work in progress and we understand that it is still in committee and studies. Director Earl said at the Partner's meeting December 13, 2018 they had been told the plan would be out in April but it is still in committee, so.........

Partner's meeting – December 13, 2018 . This meeting was to establish a priority list for trail maintenance for the coming year. Some who attended that meeting were Region 4 Director Earl Nettnin (Desert Rats), Ron Rutherford (Jeeping Nomads), Gary Harting, John Thompson and Dave Linten (Midnite Mudders); also attending Dave Hiatt (WOHVA) and Ted Jackson (Washington ATV Association) who were there to establish contacts. It was also announced that two supporters of Motorized Recreation were leaving the Ranger District; Bill Zimmer (Resource Assistant) and Scott Nagel (Hydrologist). There was a lot of discussion on what equipment the Forest Service would allow us to use on the trails, grants that had been or were going to be applied for etc. The personnel leaving will be replaced by Jim Matthews, Sue Ranger, Kelly Lawrence and Lindsey Huntsburger. Trail Counters –numbers for Funny Rocks/Moon Rocks for 2017 were 4076 vehicles, 2018 were 4098 vehicles and in the Ahtanum – North Fork Short Cut Trail that opened in May had counted 1433 vehicles in a 6 month 6 day period. We should have a complete report for Winter Convention. John Thompson also said they discussed a half mile of the Glass Creek Trail #697 being wiped out; upon further review of the contract they found that it said even sections of the #697 Jeep trail have been approved for use as a haul route. This trail is in need of repair now.

HEM (Human Ecology Mapping) is going to take place in the Little Naches Basin until October of 2019.

Naches Collaborative – have had lots of steering committee meetings, another one is scheduled for Monday January 14, 2019. The government is shut down now. The Forest Service has hired a facilitator who wants to start over with the Little Crow working group meetings. (This is going on 4 years.) She wanted to have meetings that start at 9 in the morning ending at 4 in the afternoon. She also wants to have a dinner meal. Word came today that there will be 3 meetings; February 21, March 28 and April 25 all to start at noon ending at 4:30 PM, place to be determined either in Yakima or the Ranger station. They did have a meeting December 19th to discuss the temporary amendment to the North West Forest Plan allowing them to cut some old growth trees, that would help with vegetation management. Ten Forest Service employees were present in full dress uniform
to make the presentation.

Ahtanum – Ron Rutherford reported that the gates are up and locked.

Ron Rutherford said he is trying to make contact with Cabala's to see if they wanted to sponsor another show and shine like last year. So far he has been unsuccessful.

A bridge was supposed to be put in on the Naches 1913 Trail. The grant for it runs out this year. With the government shut down it probably won't happen. Scrambling to save the money for it now.

Blue Mountain Forest Plan – comment period is closed. Meetings were held in Pendleton and LaGrande. John Thompson, Dave Walters (Tri-City Peak Putters) and Dave Linten attended the Pendleton meeting. John said Chris French seemed to be sincere and the most caring politician he has ever spoken to. He said they talked to a lot of people including law enforcement. John said people were concerned about their cattle and being locked out of their land. John said he and daughter Tori went to the LaGrande meeting, where Tori gave a speech on recreation and what outdoor motorized activities in the mountains meant to her. Tori made a suggestion on how they might make it easier for the local people to make comments. John said she had some words he didn't know what they meant, however, she impressed Chris French and his crew. Tori received a round of applause and John was proud. John said some of the things in the plan are being implemented but they have a ways to go. There isn't a lot of off-roading in the Blue Mountains. John said he had been approached by some fellows who had been PNW members about joining up again, they are in Region 5. John said he gave them some information he had and then contacted Region 4 Director Earl Nettnin who suggested he give the names to the Oregon State Executive Director David Mauer (Four Runners of Klamath Falls). John has not heard back from him. There were over 350 objections so it's kind of a wait and see.

Juniper Dunes – Doug Conner (Roamin' Chariots) said the road is going in. Things are happening. Pictures were on the News and Facebook. Brad Peck (Franklin County Commissioner Chairman) has worked very hard to make this new road a reality. No name for the new road as yet.

Milk Creek Re-route will be worked on June 28 & 29, 2019.

Taneum Restoration Project – nothing new.

WOHVA – sent an email stating they are looking for OHV users to actively participate in helping shape WOHVA.
They are looking for people to join a committee. They have several opportunities that do not require a long term commitment. The goal is to have every OHV type represented: 4X4's, SxS, ATV and Motorcycle. The following committees are looking for people: Political Action; Land Action; Trail Design; Grant; Nominating; and Technology. If you have a skillset that you think will compliment their work, please email with your interest and/or questions.

OCHOCO Law Suit received very disappointing news, when the federal judge reviewing the case ruled in favor of Central Oregon Landwatch a conservation group that vigorously opposed our proposal for a multi-use trail system in the Ochoco Summit area of the Ochoco National Forest. Spencer Gilbert (Blue Ribbon Coalition) said THIS FIGHT IS FAR FROM OVER, AND WE ARE IN THIS FOR THE LONG HAUL! What's next? They plan to appeal this unacceptable decision, but it won't come cheap, it will involve legal fees and take time to get through the courts. They need financial help, so please donate to Blue Ribbon's Legal Fund. Young people may not be aware that their future recreation places are in danger. So spread the word. If you want more information contact Spencer Gilbert at John Thompson said at their club meetings they have a 50/50 raffle and they raised $410 last year for Blue Ribbon.

Director Earl reported he had received an executive order on Promoting Active Management of America's Forests, Rangelands, and other Federal Lands to improve conditions and reduce wildfire risk. If you would like a copy of the 7 page article let him know and he will forward one to you.

Insurance - If you are wanting to use the PNW's event insurance get your application filled out and turned in to Carol Jensen before Winter Convention. Be careful what you post on Facebook about your event.

Election of Region 4 officers for 2019 – nominations opened last November, the following were nominated: Region 4 Director, John Thompson; Vice Director, Skip Frans; Secretary/Treasurer, Tori Thompson and Lead Land Matters, Dale Neuman. John Thompson said that Tori has resigned from the Midnite Mudders and all land matters things so she is not able to run for the office of Secretary/Treasurer. Nominations opened for Region 4 Director, John Thompson was the only name submitted, nominations closed; nominations opened for Region 4 Vice Director, Skip Frans was the only name submitted, nominations closed; nominations opened for Secretary/Treasurer, Tamara Thompson was nominated but she said she didn't want to be Treasurer. Tamara said she would consider being an interim Secretary. Sande Nettnin said she would stay on as Treasurer if the region wanted her to. Discussion followed and a motion was made by Gary Harting seconded by Ed Massey that the interim Secretary/Treasurer position be split in 2 separate offices. Discussion followed and an amendment was made to the motion by Skip Frans since we have someone that would take the Secretary position that we strike the word interim from the motion making it read the Secretary/Treasurer position be split in 2 separate offices; motion carried. So Tamara Thompson was nominated for Secretary; nominations closed. Sande Nettnin was nominated for Treasurer. Skip Frans said he had been Treasurer for a few organizations and if Sande really didn't want the position he would be interested. Sande said she was OK with it. However, Skip Frans was nominated for Treasurer too. So ballots were passed out. Nominations opened for Lead Land Matters, Dale Neuman was the only name submitted, nominations closed. Doug Conner made a motion seconded by Ed Massey to cast a unanimous ballot for John Thompson Region 4 Director, Skip Frans Region 4 Vice Director; Tamara Thompson Secretary and Dale Neuman Lead Land Matters, motion carried. Ballots were counted and George F. (Skip) Frans is our new Treasurer. Dave McMains will destroy the ballots.

Winter Convention is February 8-10, 2019 at Ocean Shores. Director Earl asked if the Region would like to submit any door prizes. A motion was made by Gary Harting seconded by Doug Conner that we donate $200 worth of door prizes for Winter Convention, motion carried. We will check with Olympic 4X4 to see if we can get door prizes from Carl anymore since he's sold his business.

Reminder that Scholarship applications are due before the gavel drops at Winter Convention.

Due to the lateness of the hour and weather conditions a motion was made by Ed Massey seconded by
Gary Harting to set aside the club reports for tonight, motion carried.

Dave McMains said he wanted it listed under good of the order that Dale Neuman was a pansy.

Next two Region 4 meeting dates will be:
February 12, 2019 Magic's Pizza – 309 South First – Selah, WA 7:30 PM
March 12, 2019 Abby's Pizza – 702 Grant Road – East Wenatchee, WA 7:30 PM

Oregon State Meeting January 19, 2019 at WARN Ind. in Clackamas, OR
Winter Convention February 8-10, 2019
Milk Creek work party June 28 & 29, 2019

Meeting Adjourned at 9:10 PM
Respectfully Submitted,

Sande Nettnin, Region 4

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