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Region 4 minutes October 9, 2012
OCTOBER 9, 2012

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.

GUESTS: Jeff Jones Department of Natural Resources, (DNR) Recreation Manager for the Ahtanum State Forest and the Wenas area brought is wife Karen with him.

MINUTES: Ed Massey (Sand Commandos & Hurtin’ Units) made a motion seconded by Doug Conner (Roman Chariots) that we accept the September 11, 2012 minutes as printed, motion passed.

TREASURER’S REPORT: given by Sande Nettnin (Desert Rats). We still have some bills from Pick Up A Mountain to take care of. Hope to have a full report next month.

COMP: Our 2013 Comp Co-Chairmen Kevin and Terri Mohan (Nitty Gritty) were elected at the September meeting. Nothing is going on at this time; everyone is repairing and rebuilding their rigs.

MEMBERSHIP: Nothing new to report.

PNW WEB Site: everything is pretty much the same. The Region 4 minutes are always posted on line and can be found in the Forum, click on Your Regional Forums and go to Region 4 minutes. Clay Graham (Yakima Kittitas Forest Watch) said the Region 4 Face Book is getting a lot of comments.

CLUB POWER/WE DID IT: Chairman Gary Harting (Desert Rats) was not present; he is having some family issues. We have the forms from Pick UP A Mountain that we will give to him. Please keep filling out reports when your club has an activity. New forms are available, contact Gary at 509-302-5587 or if you need any.

TRAIL JAMBOREE: We have a new person who has agreed to take on registration; her name is Teresa Kosel (Spanaway Moonshiners). This will be a very big help for Kelda.

JR. JEEPERS: Advisor Gloria Joralemon (Shindig Wheelers) gave a report. She said they received $16.80 for aluminum cans from Pick Up A Mountain. They have a balance of $173.49 (includes money from the sale of their patches). Patches were a dollar each. A plaque was awarded to Krista Palachuk; she has graduated out of Jr. Jeepers. Gloria announced that she is handing over the program to Teia Ireland (Yakima Kittitas Forest Watch). Region Director Earl Nettnin presented Gloria with a plaque thanking her for three years of serving as the Jr. Jeepers Advisor. Gloria was instrumental is getting our program up and running in Region 4. Thank you Gloria for all your hard work; the region appreciates it more than you will ever know. Other regions have been interested in seeing how our program worked.

PR: Clay Graham (Yakima Kittitas Forest Watch) will put information out to our Region 4 list on activities if you send him the information. He also will post it on Face Book if you want him to.

Director Earl Nettnin asked Jeff Jones (DNR) to report on activities in the Ahtanum. Jeff said he is new to this program as he started last March so he’s only been on board for seven months; his experience has been with 4-legged mules and snowmobiles. He said he does not have a background in Jeeping, Quads etc. so he does not really know what challenges we face, but he is willing to learn, and work with us on what we would like to see happening. Jeff thanked the volunteers, he said without us things would not get done. He especially thanked everyone who attended the Ahtanum clean-up; and the volunteers who took out the abandoned pick-up on the 613 trail. The Ahtanum State Forest Plan is a ten year plan. The White’s Ridge Trail Head is a motorized trail head from December 15th to April 1st particularly for snowmobiles, the rest of the year it is a non-motorized trail head for hikers and equestrians. Jeff said some discussion on why quads and other motorized could not use it were spelled out in the plan for the Ahtanum State Forest. Jeff said they are building a ten mile trail for hikers and horsemen so they can use that trail head in the summer time. Jeff said this will be completed next fall. He said several stumps have been removed from the trail head and they will be using some fencing and a toilet was put at the east end, also they brought water to it making it camping accessible, they also put in a covered pavilion. Jeff said it’s coming together pretty good, they are about a year behind. They are always looking for volunteer hours for the projects they have planned. In the plan it calls for another ORV Park. The plan called for expanding the Ahtanum campground, they have a really good spot above the Ahtanum Campground that they believe will be a start to expanding the campground. Jeff said he is looking for comments on what we would like to have so when they present the project for grants they will have some idea of what we want and what it will cost. Jeff stressed the importance of writing letters to our legislators in Olympia to appropriate funds so we can accomplish the projects. Grants are really hard to come by as several groups are competing for the same dollars. We really need to write letters stressing the importance of recreation in the state forest. Jeff said he thought it would be good to have all users sit down together and discuss what we would like to present to our legislators in January regarding capitol funds. Jeff said the Discover Pass dollars didn’t bring any new money to the program, it just allowed them to fix the back log of maintenance. Logging has impacted everyone. We need to remember that this is a working forest and sale of logs is what funds the trust for our schools. Logging will take place until the snow flies so we need to be patient, roads will be closed from time to time. The bridge is in on the North Fork. Snow Cabin is open; a lot of new signs are up. The road from Jackass to the North Fork will not be a full time road. However, we are not giving up on it just yet, so please keep writing letters. To get a hold of Jeff use his cell phone 509-961-3525 or email him at JEFF.JONES@DNR.WA.GOV, he is always glad to hear from you. He wants us to come and recreate in the Ahtanum. He would like to have the Forest Watch up and running again this winter. Jeff would like to get all users together sometime this winter and talk about various issues and concerns. Jim Putman our Washington State Executive Director for the PNW4WDA has a state meeting in January on this side of the mountains for land matters only so maybe Jeff would like to attend and have an opportunity to address the users. The Secretary will pass on Jeff’s information to Jim Putman.
Ron Rutherford (Jeepin’ Nomads) reported an area in the Ahtanum he had Jeeped in for about 25 years is now considered a riparian area, and is closed to snowmobilers too because the groomer can’t get between the trees. Ron has been talking to the higher ups about keeping it open and some think it’s a good idea to open it others say NO. Ron isn’t giving up on this just yet.
Clay Graham (Yakima Kittitas Forest Watch) said the Ahtanum clean-up is scheduled for July 27, 2013.
Clay also said there will be a meeting for the Wenas Wild Life area this Thursday at 6:30 PM at the Fire Station on Freemont in Selah because of the no shooting rules. Clay also said the Naneum Ridge State Forest Committee he is on had scheduled a field trip but due to all the fires it’s on hold for now.
Doug Conner (Roamin’ Chariots) tried to get an update of the status for Peterson Road to Juniper Dunes. No engineer was in the office to answer questions. The road to Juniper Dunes is open.
Clay Graham said the Beverly Dunes clean-up is scheduled for April 27, 2013. He said there are no issues at this time.

NACHES AREA UPDATES: The Pyramid Bridge Trail (motorcycle Trail) has received the materials needed, but will not be able to work on the project until next July. A work party at Copper City is October 10 – 13. Jim Putman (The Hombres) is in charge of this, special arrangements were made with the Forest Service and they will have a special crew working with Jim and his people. The 1808 Project will go back to bidding, the Forest Service only received one bid and it was extremely excessive, so the new bid will go out to a wider audience. The recently presented grants to NOVA are finished and the RTP grants have been turned in; thanks to all who wrote letters of support. The Deep Creek Horse Camp and Trail Head Project planning is underway with Title II money. Minnie Meadows and Bake Oven Toilets have received Title II money; the exact date of project completion is unknown. Roads: The 1913 Bridge is fixed; 1900 mile post 5.0 and 2.0 repairs are completed; Pileup Creek (1900) has the new crossing in but there is still some finishing construction occurring with a chance for some delays; the 1601 arch is in the process of going in now. Should be open in 3 weeks hopefully sooner; 1605 has always been open, but construction is occurring to enhance the crossing. In general several road projects and maintenance have experienced delays in the past couple months, and the south zone engineers are working hard to finish up all work possible before the snowfall. Several engineers were assigned to various tasks on fires and were delayed due to the IFPL (Industrial Fire Protection Level) being at a Level III and some Level IV for some period of time. The future of ERFO (Emergency Road Repair Funds) Project is still in the planning phase and they are continuing to accept comments and feedback during the scoping period. The next news you will hear on them is when the EA/CE (Environmental Analysis/Categorical Exclusion) has been completed and the preferred alternative is presented then you will have a chance to comment during the official comment period. The only project that will not have an official comment period is the FSR 4517-117 on the Cle Elum Ranger District. CLOSURES: Engineers have been surveying 1501, 1703, and 1708 (word has it that someone removed the barricade on the 1501 and people are driving in the creek). Merrick Graves (Naches Ranger District & High Country Cruisers) said there is no money to put it back so if you are caught driving in the water it’s a fine of $1500. There is also a temporary fire access to the 1702. We did hear from the Naches District that the PNW4WDA represents the most responsible users in the 4-Wheel Drive community and they hope that we will continue to spread the word respecting the closures. The NEPA 101 and Comment Writing Workshop has been postponed and they will let us know as soon as a new date has been set. They also plan to have a powerpoint that groups can use and share. FIRES: The fires are winding down but conditions are still dry. Woodcutting has ended and will not be extended. NO campfires on Forest Service land until the signs come down, if you are caught having one it’s a $1000 fine. They will not say the fires are officially out until we get significant snow fall. The next TWIG meeting is scheduled for November 6th Election Day and we are hoping it won’t be canceled. Michelle King the NEPA Planner for the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest has taken on another job, she is now the Public Information Officer; Doug Jennings is retiring. Ron Rutherford (Jeepin’ Nomads) said he felt we had made some progress with the Naches District this summer working with Jeff Leisy (Naches Forest Service Trails) and that Jeff was ill, however, he is back on the job now taking things a little easier for a while. We are glad to hear he’s back. We still have no news on the Travel Management Plan it was to be out this fall and the Forest Revision Plan was to be out in the spring of 2013; they didn’t want them both coming out together. We have no news on either one of them.
Pam Remley (Volunteer Trails Coordinator & Shindig Wheelers) has not received anything from anyone on their adopted trails. They were to submit their hours and details of their work to her as well as the Forest Service. Some just submitted it to the Forest Service. This is still a work in progress so we need to have patience. They did have a trail appreciation work party in July.
LATE BREAKING NEWS: Copper City & Granite Lake CERCLA (Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act) PROJECT. The Naches Ranger District would like you to review and comment on the proposed removal actions for the Copper City Mill Site and a mining prospect on the western shore of Granite Lake. After 100 years someone has determined that the mining operations that took place could be endangering health. Information on this can be found by going to click on the link under CERCLA projects for “Copper City Mill and Granite Lake Prospect Cleanup”. The official comment period will end November 28, 2012. If you are on our alert list this information has already been sent to you.
The NOVA committee met the first week in October and we have not received any results of how the funding went. Recreation Trails Program (RTP) grants had 77 to review. Doug Conner (Roamin’ Chariots) sits on this committee; he said there was about 5.3 million dollars needed and only about 2 million dollars to award. He said letters are very important. He also said he was not planning to continue as he has done it for 8 years representing motorized, so an opening will be available.
Washington State Trails Conference: it’s not too late to attend October 25 – 28 in Vancouver, WA at the Hilton Hotel & Conference Center. If you have questions call Pete Beaupain 253-569-2473 or

Pick Up A Mountain (PUAM) follow up. Coordinator Pam Remley (Shindig Wheelers) said she felt things went very well. She apologized again for forgetting to put one of the sponsors on the back of the shirts. The Eastern Washington Dirt Riders donated $250 and somehow they were left off the final list that was turned in to the t-shirt place. Randy Hayes (Sand Commandos) stepped up and ran the Corn Shucking contest. The Desert Rats got tables ready for the pot luck on Saturday night and Yakima Kittitas Forest Watch headed up by Lisa Graham was in charge of cooking and serving the breakfast on Sunday morning. Next year Pam would like to have every club in Region 4 take on one of the jobs. Next year Luke Ireland (Yakima Kittitas Forest Watch) and Mike Palachuk (Shindig Wheelers) have volunteered to be in charge of the raffle. Irene Davidson Naches District Ranger and her driver Jodi Leingang stopped by to see how things were going and they seemed impressed at the number of volunteers we had. Everyone seemed to have a great time and have said they will be back next year. Not everyone who attended signed in and that’s a problem. Pam said we had three clubs from Region 1; four clubs from Region 2; nine clubs from Region 4; and one club from Region 7 as well as non PNW member clubs.

Next month nominations will be opened for Region 4 officers for 2013. Nominations will be opened again in January and voted at that time.

CLUB REPORTS: Due to the lateness of the hour club reports were not given.

Remember to be sure and vote November 6th and remember who our friends are and vote accordingly.

For the first time in 15 years the Sand Commandos are not having their Haunted House in October.

Sande Nettnin (Secretary/Treasurer & Desert Rats) thanked everyone for birthday wishes and the brownie with the candle. What a great bunch of people to spend your birthday with, I love you all.

Tuesday November 13, 2012 in Pasco at Doug Conner’s shop

PNW4WDA BOARD meeting December 1, 2012 in Longview, WA
Winter Convention February 8-10, 2013 in Bothell, WA hosted by Region 1

Randy Hayes (Sand Commandos) made a motion seconded by Gloria Joralemon (Shindig Wheelers) to adjourn the meeting at 9 PM; motion passed.

Respectfully Submitted,

Sande Nettnin, Region 4

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