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Default Region 4 minutes October 10, 2017

October 10, 2017
Pasco, WA

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.

GUEST: Daniel Guillen (Midnite Mudders)

MINUTES: Doug Conner (Roamin' Chariots) made a motion seconded by John Thompson (Midnite Mudders) that we accept the minutes from September 12, 2017; motion carried.

TREASURER'S REPORT was given by Treasurer Sande Nettnin (Desert Rats), she said we have one out- standing bill at this time. We are waiting for the Dumpster bill for Pick Up A Mountain.

COMP: Summer Convention was August 18-20, 2017 in Camas Valley hosted by Ruff Country, we heard it was a success.

MEMBERSHIP REPORT: We have a new club in Wenatchee, WA. Trail Seekers have their paper work in order, discussion followed; a motion was made by Doug Conner, seconded by John Thompson that we cast a unanimous ballot for them to join Region 4 of the PNW4WDA; motion carried.

CLUB POWER/WE DID IT: Chairman Gary Harting (Desert Rats) was not present but he asked that we remind everyone to turn in paper work for their activities so he can submit it to the PNW Club Power/ We Did It Chairman. Runs as well as work parties can be reported. Discussion on Chain Saws took place. Usually in the spring a Chain Saw Certification Class is offered.

JR. JEEPERS: If anyone is interested in taking this on, please contact Region Director Earl Nettnin.

PUAM (PICK UP A MOUNTAIN) had less people attending this year because of the fires and road closures, those who came had a good time. Hopefully next month we will have a complete financial report. Mike and Alicia Palachuk along with their crew did a good job with the event. Discussion on where everyone went to pick up the trails followed. At this time we don't know how the trails are after the fires, we are hoping the bridges we put in are OK.

John Thompson said he had been in the Rimrock area recently and it didn't appear that trails in that area had been picked up in quite awhile.

PR Chairman Jim Hall (Jeepin' Nomads) is ready to send out information on activities, land matters, etc to our alert list. Please contact Jim if you need to have something sent out, his contact information is: Cell phone 509-969-9905; home phone 509-697-8724, email jimh@fairpoint.net

Travel Management Plan for Okanogan/Wenatchee and the Blue Mountain Forest Plan Revision seems to be moving at Government speed. Both of these were to have been completed this year.

Naches Collaborative (Little Crow) - We are highly disappointed with the lack of progress. They will have a working group meeting on October 12th from 1-4 PM at the Naches Ranger Station. Earl said he would be attending the meeting and John Thompson volunteered to go along too. Earl said we need to be at the table for these meetings to keep the environmentalists from shutting things down or closing roads/trails.

Trail Partners - A group of volunteers organized by Jeff Leisy (Naches Ranger District) was set up and took on several projects; building bridges, burrito's, repairing puncheons etc. Jeff has transferred to Leavenworth but the Forest Service (FS) plans to keep this program going. This group is made up of 4-wheel drive, motorcycles, horsemen, hikers, and one snowmobiler. FS wants to get the Quads involved.
The bridge on the Naches Pass Trail near the 1913 road may be replaced in 2018 with a fiberglass bridge - planning is in progress; however the capital budget has to pass to ensure funds will be available for the grants. Also the Evergreen Mountain Bikers would like to get involved with the Trail Partners.

TWIG (Trails Wilderness Interest Group) met Tuesday, October 3rd at the Naches Ranger Station. Earl reported all trails that are closed now will remain closed until May. Ravens Roost trail is closed. North Fork of the Tieton road was worked on and should be open now. Fawn Creek washout should be fixed this fall. No word on Quads on the road, currently they are not allowed on FS roads. FS complimented the volunteers especially Pick Up A Mountain and what the motorcycle clubs had done as well as all who worked on the trail projects. An update on the Norse Peak fire was also given, it burned 52,502 acres.

Juniper Dunes - Doug Conner said our new WA Exe. Director asked him to write up a report which he said you can read in the next Tri-Power. Work on the right of way for public access is in progress, and should be finalized soon. In March we took BLM (Bureau of Land Management) out to scope out a problem that had been reported with motorized being in the wilderness area. April1st BLM brought down 90 bales of weed free certified straw bales which we placed under the fence where the wind had blown the sand away. We also put a snow fence on top of the dunes where the fence had been buried. Doug shared he was reading in a June AMA magazine an article about this project, it said a thumbs up to the Tri-City Peak Putters, the Midnite Mudders, the Desert Rats, the Roman' Chariots, and the Rattlesnake 4X4's who helped repair a miles-long fence bordering the Juniper Dunes Wilderness Area in Washington State to discourage illegal off-highway-vehicle use. Doug said he didn't know how they found out about it.

Ahtanum Short Cut - the one and a half miles of new trail is completed, the seasonal gates were built and delivered this week so it's up to DNR (Department of Natural Resources) to install them.

Dave Walters (Tri-City Peak Putters) called our attention to House Bill HR 3400; it was introduced by Rep. Bob Bishop Republican of Utah - Recreation Not Red-Tape Act. It has to do mostly with permits, i.e. Discovery Pass, Forest Pass etc. seems they want to make one pass that covers all of them. We need to keep an eye on this one. Discussion followed on passes etc. To get the whole picture read the entire bill at https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-...bill/3400/text.

Dave Walters said the FS Restoration Rule has some verbiage in it that says restore to pre-European standard. Dave said he doesn't like the wordage, so he's probably going to raise a stink over it. Discussion on roads followed. The environmentalists are alive and well so we need to be watching this.

Mona Drake (Deschutes County 4-Wheelers & Harney County High Desert Wheelers) is running for a position on the Blue Ribbon Coalition Board. Mona will be a great asset to that board.

Jim Hall (Jeepin' Nomads) was elected by the delegates as our most inspirational person in Region 4 for 2017. He was awarded the trophy at Pick Up A Mountain. Jim was very deserving of this award. He is our PR person for the Region, he programmed all the Trail Counters and downloads the information, he wrote up the Incident Action Plan for our trail project on the Naches Trail Puncheon Replacement Project.
He sends out information on activities for the Region.

Arlene Brooks (PNW Individual Members Club) was appointed WA State Executive Director by PNW President Dan Morris (County Line Offroad) for 5 months until Winter Convention in February 2018.

Dave Walters said depending on schedules he might or might not be having coffee with Josh Lozano from Representative Dan Newhouse's office on Friday, October 13th.

Nominations will open in November for Region 4 Officers for 2018, voting will take place in January 2018.

Reminder our November14, 2017 Region meeting will be at Time Out Pizza, 1095 Basin Street SW, in Ephrata, WA.

Midnite Mudders - John Thompson reported things are slow. Some went to Operation Shore Patrol at Long Beach. John said 58 people were there and the weather was awesome and the water was warm. John went to Rimrock Saturday October 7th. They plan to participate November 4th with Wheelin' For Warriors in Enumclaw. They will also be in the Veteran's Day Parade November 11th in West Richland.

Tri-City Peak Putters - Dave Walters said some went to Pick Up A Mountain. Not much is happening.

Roamin' Chariots - Doug Conner said he goes to Juniper Dunes once a week. They have one more camping trip with the Jeepin' Nomads planned.

Desert Rats - Earl Nettnin reported some went to Pick Up A Mountain, some helped with the Grand Prix motorcycle race October 1st. We will participate in the Veteran's Day Parade November 11th in West Richland followed by Pizza at Roundtable Pizza on Gage Blvd.

Tim Booth (Tri-City Peak Putters) had his 40th birthday October 3rd.
Sande Nettnin (Desert Rats) had her (really big number) birthday October 9th.
Brad Schwisow (Desert Rats) is getting married October 28th.

November 14, 2017 - 7:30 PM in Ephrata, WA at 1095 Basin Street SW at Time Out Pizza
No December meeting
January 9, 2018 - 7:30 PM at Magic's Pizza - Selah, WA

October 21, 2017 Slab Cleanup (Clay Graham contact person)
November 4, 2017 Beverly Dunes cleanup (Clay Graham contact person)
February 9-11, 2018 Winter Convention in Stevenson, WA at Skamania Lodge hosted by RPM Racing.

Hearing no further business the meeting adjourned at 9:25 PM

Respectfully Submitted,

Sande Nettnin, Region 4
Sande Nettnin
PNW4WDA Secretary
Region 4 Secretary/Treasurer
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