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Default Regiion 4 minutes April 12, 2016

APRIL 12, 2016

Region 4 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: Skip Frans (Wenatchee Mountain Masters) made a motion seconded by Doug Conner (Roamin' Chariots) to approve the March minutes as published; motion carried.

TREASURER'S REPORT was given by Sande Nettnin (Desert Rats). She said we have no outstanding bills at this time.

COMP: A schedule of events is on line.

MEMBERSHIP: Paper work has been submitted for the Midnite Mudders a club in the Tri-Cities. They have paid their initiation fee and paper work has been turned in. We hope to have everything in order by the May meeting so we can accept them into membership in Region 4. We also have sent information to another group in the Tri-Cities (Rattlesnake 4X4); they want to form a club also.

CLUB POWER/WE DID IT: If your club has an activity please fill out paper work and get it to the Region's Club Power/We Did It Chairman, Gary Harting (Desert Rats).

JR. JEEPERS: Nothing to report.

TRAIL JAMBOREE: The last word we had was that not all the hosts have registered yet. We understand that a teleconference meeting will be held soon. Skip Frans will be having a couple classes on Ham Radios during Jamboree. Skip said you can purchase a book on Amazon for $20 - Gordon West Ham Radio is what the book is called, there are three of them depending what level you are. You can buy and read the book and take the test immediately or you can go on line and take the practice tests; or you can take a class; for more information contact Skip at 253-951-7036 or Skip will have one of the radios at our next meeting so you will be able to see and handle one. The cost of taking the class is free; the cost of the exam is either $14 or $15 and is a onetime fee. More information will be coming. We understand all participant spots are full but you can be put on a waiting list as we always have cancellations.

PICK UP A MOUNTAIN: Seed money has been given to Chairman Alicia Palachuk (Shindig Wheelers) and the fee has been paid to Jim Sprick Park to secure our date September 16, 17 & 18, 2016.

PR - Jim Hall (Jeepin' Nomads) has been traveling all over the country and should be able to take over the duties of PR very soon. Contact numbers for Jim are home phone 509-697-8724; cell 509-969-9905 and e-mail

Doug Conner reported there was a public notice in the Tri-City Herald on April 7, 2016 on Juniper Dunes stating the availability of Environmental Documents. Franklin County Public Works Department is proposing a county road project (CRP 602). The proposed project will construct a new road access to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Juniper Dunes Wilderness Area. All environmental documents are available for review at the Franklin County Planning and Building Department; 1016 N.4th Avenue, Pasco, WA. Work should begin in 2017. Doug said the area has been having lots of use. This last weekend the Midnite Mudders had their annual clean-up at Juniper Dunes and it was well attended.
Dale Neuman (High Country Cruisers) reported that the Provincial Advisory Committee (PAC) for the Eastern Washington Cascades is back after three years; he is a member of this group. The Travel Management Plan has been 12 years in the making and doesn't seem any closer to being out; Dale said he was told a draft would be out within two weeks of the March 22nd meeting and it's now April 12 and no draft yet. This draft is over 1000 pages long; lots of discussion followed and opinions were expressed.
Swauk Pine Restoration is still on track. Dale Neuman attended the meeting in Liberty at the Fire Station. Dale said a good thing that came out of this meeting was that he and Dave McMains (Hurtin' Units & Columbia Basin Sand Commandos) had a meeting with the ranger and she seemed very interested in being taken out on the trails to have a firsthand look at things. The ranger was open to having Dale, Dave and whoever else wanted to be qualified to run heavy equipment on the trails when John Simon (Forest Service) was not available. No date has been set for this at this time,.
Southern Star Mining project in Hurley Creek doesn't affect us.
Dale will go later this week to the Forest Service and meet with Jason to see where we are with the Travel Management Plan. Lots more discussion followed and we cannot make the decisions on this. We refer to this as "paralysis by analysis".
The Little Crow Restoration is moving along at government speed. Ron Rutherford (Jeepin' Nomads) is on the Steering Committee for this group; their next meeting will be April 22nd. A public meeting will be announced soon. This project was supposed to be done a year ago in January and nothing will be started until next year because they have to do an Environmental Analysis (EA) and that takes a year, then the comment period and objection period. This is very frustrating for us and it looks like most of the committee are hoping we will stop coming to the meetings and they will get what they want. Ron says we are not giving up, we will be there fighting to keep what we have.
Lots of discussion on fish counting, Elk and Deer crossing, Spotted Owl, Ferruginous Hawks, logging and prescribed burning etc took place.
Trail Management Partners in Naches are off to a good start. They have assigned groups to trails that their job is to check out the trail assigned to them and report what needs to be done on them. They don't need to do the work themselves just report what needs to be done and then work parties will be scheduled to take care of it. They have a plan set up for the estimated implementation schedule for 5 years in advance. A couple work parties are scheduled for June 4 & 5 and June 25 & 26. These are on the Naches Trail. A work party will be September 24 in the Lilly Pond area.
Congress has come out with a National Strategy for a Sustainable Trail System. This was talked about at the Trails Wilderness Interest Group (TWIG) meeting. One concern we have is that trails all over the country are not the same.
Blue Mountain Forest Plan is still at a stale mate.
TWIG meeting Tuesday April 5, 2016. Pictures of the damage at the Soda Springs Campground was passed around showing lots of blow down. The alternatives on what to do about it were 1. send trees to the mill, 2. salvage, 3. dump into the creek for fish habitat. They also talked about getting an Alaska Mill and cutting them up making timbers and stringers for future bridges etc. Money received from selling the trees goes back to Washington D.C. and into the general fund. Lloyd McGee facilitator for the Little Crow came and talked to them for about an hour.
We received a news release stating that prescribed burning would begin soon on the Naches Ranger District. They are unable to give dates for the burning because various conditions have to be met. Updates will be available on the Naches Prescribed Fire Website at http://go, or calling the Naches Ranger District front office 509-653-1401.
Grant Applications for 4X4 projects are due November 1, 2016. Contact Marguerite Austin, Manager, Recreation and Conservation Grants 360-902-3016 or
Earl received a letter from Stephanie Margheim Volunteer Specialist Southeast Region Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) requesting a letter of support for a grant to enhance the ORV user experience at Beverly Dunes. They are requesting funds to pave the driveway and parking lot, install two double vault toilets, two new kiosks, new signage, new picnic tables and new fire rings for a total of $294,000. She would like the letters in the next two weeks. You can e-mail your letter to her at WWRP Grant #16-1684 Beverly Dunes ORV Park Renovation.
The comment period for the Colville National Forest Draft Revised Land and Resource Management Plan (Draft Forest Plan) and Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) is being extended 45 days. The final date for submitting comments is now July 5, 2016. More information can be found on the Colville National Forest website.
Seasonal closures on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest including Naches and Cle Elum Ranger Districts are in effect from April 1 until June 15. Trails may open sooner than June 15 if conditions warrant it. Work on the Liberty trails will require a special permit; if you are going to the Liberty clean-up let Dave McMains know so you can get your special permit. This will be like last year.
Side by Sides - there was a withdrawal of Administrative Decision to Allow the Operation of WATV's on Six Forest Service Routes in October. However, if the Travel Management Plan goes through they will very likely reinstate it.

Barbeque Flats Campground Dedication will be May 21, 2016. Ron and Barb Rutherford will attend as well as our Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark.

Doug Conner asked if the Region would like to make a donation to the Steve Sutliff rehab fund. Steve was an ORV Deputy for several years in Yakima County. He is also an Honorary Member of the PNW4WDA. He has renal failure, cancer, leukemia and has lost both legs below his knees. Money is needed to adapt his house and camp trailer so he can go home and go camping. He is currently in a nursing home. A motion was made by Lynn Kirk (Wenatchee Mountain Masters) seconded by Diane Neuman (High Country Cruisers) that the Region donate $500; motion carried.

Department of National Resources (DNR) has published a list of volunteer work parties:
South Fork Ahtanum Clean Up April 16, 2016 from 9 AM - 3 PM; Wildfire Awareness Day & Campground Clean Up April 17, 2016 from 1 PM - 4 PM; BBQ Flats Work Party April 30, 2016 from 9 AM - 3 PM; 613 Trail Work Party June 25, 2016 from 9:30 AM - 4 PM; and Ahtanum State Forest ORV Trail Maintenance July 27-30, 2016 from 9:30 AM - 4 PM. Attending these activities; the hours count towards your Discover Pass.

Clean-up at the Moses Lake Sand Dunes is April 23, 2016. Meet at 9 AM at the Dumpster.

Wenatchee Mountain Masters: Skip Frans reported that a couple members went to the Moses Lake Dunes; they are basically side by side people and the rest of them are fixing up their rigs getting ready for spring and summer. They have one new member. They will be at Liberty Memorial Day weekend and Skip will be teaching a Ham Radio class at Dave McMains request as well as at Trail Jamboree in July.
Roamin' Chariots: Doug Conner reported they have been on one camping trip with the Jeepin' Nomads and have several more planned.
High Country Cruisers : Dale Neuman reported that they will be doing the clean-up at Liberty from May 21 through May 30. Dale said he would be hosting at Trail Jamboree and helping the Wandering Willys. They plan to attend PUAM in September as well as Dale will do some diving.
Desert Rats: Sande Nettnin reported they had a camping trip to the Tucannon, lots of fun, good weather no snow; we are hosting at Trail Jamboree in July; some attended the Juniper Dunes clean-up hosted by the Midnite Mudders; a run has been called to the Benton City Spring Car Show April 30th. We have another new member and our next meeting is going to be May 3 at Roundtable Pizza in Kennewick.
Jeepin' Nomads: Ron Rutherford said he and Barb would be attending the dedication of Barbeque Flats on May 21st; May 26 through May 27 they will be doing E&E work on White Pass in the Ahtanum areas.
Dr. Kathryn Schwisow, granddaughter of Earl & Sande Nettnin is getting married April 16, 2016 to Lucas Tate. They will make their home in Kennewick, WA
Earl and Sande Nettnin will be celebrating their 57th Wedding Anniversary April 26, 2016.

Next Region 4 meeting dates will be:
May 10, 2016 Doug Conner's shop 3300 Road 96, Pasco, WA 7:30 PM
June 14, 2016 Moses Lake, WA at Grant Co. Fire Dist. 5 station 4 7934 Valley Road 7:30 PM

April 16, 2016 8:30 AM South Fork Ahtanum clean up
April 22 10 AM - 3 PM Steering Committee mtg. Little Naches
April 23, 2016 Clean-up at Moses Lake Sand Dunes
May 21, 2016 11 AM Dedication of Barbeque Flats - Wenas area
May 21 - 30, 2016 - Liberty Work party More info to come
June 4 & 5, 2016 Work Party - Naches Trail
June 24 & 25, 2016 Work Party - Puncheon Replace on Naches Trail
July 6-10, 2016 Trail Jamboree
September 10, 2016 Fall Delegates hosted by Region 2
September 17, 2016 Pick Up A Mountain
September 24 & 25, 2016 Work Party - Lilly Pond
September 24, 2016 Northwest Offroad Expo - Snohomish, WA

A motion was made by Doug Conner Seconded by Diane Neuman to adjourn.
Meeting adjourned at 8:45 PM.

Respectfully Submitted,

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