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Default Region 4 minutes September 11, 2018

Selah, WA
September 11, 2018

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. Earl said we have lost some members since last month and please remember **** Sisson (Jeeping Nomads), Betty Simonson (from Region 2), Our WA State Executive Director Arlene Brooks (PNW Individual Members club), and the victims of 911.

GUESTS: Gary Lease (US Forest Service). Earl asked that everyone introduce themselves telling which club they belong to.

MINUTES: Skip Frans (Trail Seekers) made a motion seconded by Dale Neuman (High Country Cruisers) that we accept the minutes from August 14, 2018 in Ephrata, WA as printed; motion carried.

TREASURER'S REPORT was given by Treasurer Sande Nettnin (Desert Rats), we are waiting for the bill for
t-shirts for our Competition Race Team.

COMP REPORT: The Region 4 Competition co-chairmen are Kevin and Terri Mohan (Nitty Gritty). There was a fund raiser at Summer Convention to help one of our PNW kids who was injured and required a hospital trip due to burns. This involved an airlift and overnight stay at Harborview in Seattle. They raised $15,000. Don Andrews (Yakima Valley Timberwolves) broke at Summer Convention. He made it all the way to Top Eliminator. The race September 29 and 30 hosted by RPM racing has been moved to Ethel.

MEMBERSHIP: nothing new at this time. However, please make sure that your person of contact listed on the Web Site is current and up to date.

CLUB POWER/WE DID IT Chairman Gary Harting (Desert Rats) had a written report. Gary said he had received 3 Club Power/We Did It reports - the Moses Lake Sand Dunes cleanup April 21, 2018 the Sand Commandos drove 80 miles, Trail Seekers drove 255 miles and the Timber Tamers drove 925 miles for a total of l,260 miles. For the Liberty ORV Trail Maintenance May 18-24, 2018 the Desert Rats drove 290 miles and worked 64 hours, High Country Cruisers drove 124 miles and worked 64 hours. Columbia Basin Sand Commandos drove 500 miles and worked 128 hours, Individual Members drove 360 miles and worked 16 hours, and guests drove 335 miles and worked 48 hours for a total of 1,609 miles and worked 320 hours. Naches Pass Puncheon repair July 2, 2018 the Desert Rats drove 1,234 miles and worked 56 hours. Gary said he had not received anything since then. John Thompson (Midnite Mudders) said he has some to turn in. At Fall Delegates Gary had a chat with the new Club Power/We Did It person Angela Holm (Happy Campers) and she said forms are on line and should be easier for everybody. She wants to change some things. You need to go to the PNW Web Site and log in as a member, you will need a user name and password. If you don't have one, just get a hold of Rich Holm (Happy Campers) the Web Master and he will get you set up. The forms can be filled out right there. If you have questions contact Gary and he will help you. Gary also said he had been passing on the Quill Power letters and Angela Holm said that isn't a part of the Club Power/We Did It program and it is up to the Regions to keep track of them, (all letters written to government agencies or legislatures). Gary said he wasn't aware of this. This may take a little time to transition from Kathy Greenwood to Angela Holm. Discussion followed and we are still a little confused.

JR. JEEPERS: We are still looking for someone to take this on. Mikki Douglass (Cle Elum Ranger District) said she has not done the program called Jr. Rangers for a few years and she would like to work with us to bring this program back, if someone would like to step up and take this on Mikki would love to help. Contact Earl and he will set you up with Mikki.

PUAM (Pick Up A Mountain) is September 14-16, 2018. Camping for the weekend is $20. The Columbia Basin Sand Commandos will cook and serve breakfast on Sunday again. Randy Hayes is in charge of the corn shucking again, they have got prizes donated from Walmart. Chairman Alicia Palachuk (Shindig Wheelers) said they are picking up the t-shirts tomorrow. She said this year we will have cakes from Costco to commemorate our 10th year. We will also have pulled pork. We can't get into the park until NOON on Friday. Mike and Alicia have said this will be their last year as co-chairmen. If anyone is interested in taking this on, contact Earl Nettnin Region Director. Alicia said she would still be willing to help, she just didn't want to be in charge. Pam Remley is interested in taking this on again, only she has no place to store anything, apparently there is a lot of stuff. Alicia is making a picture collage and she needs pictures so if you have some please send them to her.

PR Chairman Jim Hall (Jeeping Nomads) if you have something you want sent out get it to him. Jim's email address is cell phone 509-969-9905 home phone 509-697-8724. Jim is also willing to help you write up articles for Tri-Power and news papers.

TRAVEL MANAGEMENT PLAN is still a work in progress.

NACHES COLLABORATIVE had a meeting in July. They don't seem to friendly to anything that has 4 wheels,
so we are at the table looking out for our interests. Ron Rutherford (Jeeping Nomads) is on the steering committee and he is keeping a close watch on things.

HEM (Human Ecology Mapping) You were encouraged to participate in the Manastash Taneum Resilient Landscapes Community Forest Values Mapping Project. You were asked to go on line and submit your survey responses by September 10, 2018. This survey will help plan for future management and restoration efforts in the area. The only 4X4 trail we have is at Quartz Mountain.

TRAIL PARTNERS signage is being put up in the Rim Rock area, William Rutherford (Jeeping Nomads) said he thought they had 3 or 4 signs left to put up. The Shindig Wheelers were helping put them up too.

BLUE MOUNTAIN FOREST PLAN REVISION for the Malheur, Umatilla, and Wallowa-Whitman National Forest Plans is out and the objection period has started. John Thompson said he had noticed gates and things being closed were already happening. Forest Access for All is fighting this.

JUNIPER DUNES we are told construction is to start the end of this month to have legal public access.

SWAUK PINE - nothing to report.

TANEUM FIELD TRIP Skip Frans reported that there is not much on trails for us. It was mostly on how to improve camp grounds. There is one bridge crossing that is going to be only single track. This was mostly for the motorcycle group; they talked about how to slow down the pit racers by giving them a place where they could do whatever they wanted. This would stop the kids from racing around the camp grounds and parking lot. They also said if they upped the camping fee from 5 to 10 dollars a night, would you like that?

SHOESTRING WORK PARTY September 8 & 9, 2018. Camping was at the Manastash Camp Grounds. Supplies were delivered to the work site so we didn't have to transport them. Dale and Diane Neuman (High Country Cruisers) and Skip Frans reported the Forest Service people were mildly upset because the work that was to have been done before we arrived had not been started. However, the materials had been brought in.
Skip said Daniel from the Midnite Mudders rode with him and they built the 2 bridges. They had a mini excavator dig it out and they built the bridges . Skip said some motorcycle riders who were out for a ride stopped and helped. They were not aware that something like this happened. Mikki Douglass (Cle Elum Ranger District) was very impressed with the work that was done. The guys were back in camp by 2:30 all the work was done. Dinner Saturday night was provided as well as breakfast Sunday morning.

NOVHCC (National Off Highway Vehicle Conservation Council) is working in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and needs our assistance in learning how the BLM can better provide access to high quality OHV recreation experiences in the state of Washington/Oregon. They have scheduled 5 meetings and one is in Washington on September 14, 2018 from 6-9 PM at the Red Lion, 1101 N. Columbia Center Blvd. In Kennewick, all others are in Salem, Coos Bay and Redmond Oregon. BLM is not organizing these meetings but will be there to answer questions on how TMP (Travel Management Plan) and RMP (Resource Management Plans) processes will work, the timeline for those processes to occur, and how your suggestions could help shape future decisions. Dave Walters (Peak Putters) and Dave Linten (Midnite Mudders) plan to attend.

SADDLE MOUNTAIN WORK PARTY September 22, 2018 They plan to rebuild the bulletin board on the west end, repair fences, post signs, pick up litter and maybe remove graffiti. Meet at the R Road BLM bulletin board on the west end of Saddle Mountains. Refreshments will be provided. If you have questions contact Diane Priebe (BLM) at 509-665-2131. Also if you plan to attend please let her know . You can email her at The time is 9 AM to 1 PM.

WASHINGTON STATE TRAILS COALITION is accepting 2018 Trails Award Nominations. You have until September 15th to email your nomination. The form can be downloaded at WSTC 2018 Awards Nomination Form. Please submit only one nomination per email.

GRANTS PRISM is open for grant applications with a November 1 due date. Pre-applications are due by 11:59 PM October 1, 2018. Completed applications must be submitted to ROC by 11:59 PM November 1, 2018. If you have questions and need more information go to or call 360-902-3000 and ask for an Outdoor Recreation Grants Manager.

FOREST SERVICE ANNOUNCES NEW PACIFIC NORTHWEST REGIONAL FORESTER. The U.S. Forest Service has named a new regional forester for the Pacific Northwest covering Oregon and Washington, his name is Glenn Casamassa a long time Forest Service employee and former supervisor of the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and the Pawnee National Grasslands in Colorado. He takes over September 17, 2018 at the Portland office. He has a background in forest ecology and some logging.

TWIG (Trails Wilderness Interest Group) meeting to start up in October.

Nominations re-opened for Most Inspirational in Region 4, so far the nominees are Jim Hall, Ron Rutherford and Dale Neuman. Hearing no more nominations nominations closed and voting by delegates only took place. The winner will be announced at Pick Up A Mountain and the trophy presented.

FALL DELEGATES REPORT We were a little disappointed at the turn out. Region 4 had 3 voting delegates. All By-Laws passed, changes are coming for Tri-Power, We need a new WA EXE, we need a new Idaho EXE as well as Region 8 Director, Tri-Power Editor, Ways & Means Person. We have a Trail Jamboree Chairman her name is Teresa Kosel. The delegation voted to give 4 - $2500 scholarships for 2019 then revisit for the next year. The 2019 Winter Convention info was handed out. The Board will be working on a succession plan for officers. The PNW COMP Chairman for 2019 is Steve Zentner (RPM Racing & Push & Pulls). Nominations for 2019 PNW officers are President Kyle Wiebold, Secretary Sande Nettnin & Heather Smetzler, IAD #1 Don Jensen, IAD #2 Carol Jensen Treasurer Dave McMains. Nominations will open again at Winter Convention with the exception of Treasurer. If you want run for Treasurer you must submit your application to the Board by the December Board meeting. Minutes will be printed in Tri-Power soon. Gary Harting said the Under The Hill Gang did a great job hosting the meeting. Gary said they should get a letter of thanks, Sande said it was already done, she had put the letter in the mail Monday.

Winter Convention information was handed out. Winter Convention will be hosted by the Board at Quinault Beach Resort and Casino February 8-10, 2019.

Since our WA Exe. Arlene Brooks passed away we do not have access to things in her computer yet so if you sent a Kathy Sterner award nomination to her, please re-send it to President Angie Marek or Secretary Sande Nettnin. Also if you sent her anything, please resend it to President Angie. Skip Frans asked about the reimbursement for the WA State Trails meeting that Arlene told them would be paid out of her expense account, he asked who should they send the paperwork to answer Treasurer Dave McMains as this was already in the works before she passed away. If anyone would like to fill this position until Winter Convention, please get a hold of President Angie Marek.

Dale Neuman said that Mikki Douglass said that the bridges that were put in on the Shoestring trail are going to be dedicated to Arlene Brooks. A plaque will be put on them stating that they are dedicated to Arlene Brooks.

Desert Rats Gary Harting reported that we had trail hosted for Jamboree and volunteered for the Forest Service. Launched Sprint Boats, some are working on rigs and our delegates went to Fall Delegates, several of our club will attend PUAM and help with the Rim Rock Grand Prix in October. Gary also shared his experience launching Sprint Boats, long story short, Garry ended up with one of the Sprint Boats on the roof of his Jeep, if you haven't seen it, you can find it on Facebook.

High County Cruisers Diane Neuman said they attended the Shoestring work party. They plan to attend PUAM and possibly Expo.

Columbia Basin Sand Commandos Ed Massey said 100% of their club will attend PUAM.

Shindig Wheelers Terry Joralemon said they had a run to the Shoestring over Labor Day. They plan to attend PUAM.

Jeeping Nomads William Rutherford said they had been placing the trail signs in the White Pass area. A few of their members went with the Forest Service to re-establish an existing trail through a current logging area. Ron Rutherford has been attending meetings and several members have been doing week long camping trips. Some plan to attend PUAM.

Timberwolves - Don Andrews said they attended the Ahtanum cleanup. They have been doing lots of camping and a little bit of racing; they plan to attend PUAM, and help with the Rim Rock race in October.

Midnite Mudders John Thompson said some went to the Small Tire Bounty Hole Mud Bog in Moses Lake two weeks ago. Some went on the Shoestring work party. John & Tori plan to go to Operation Shore Patrol (OSP) in Long Beach and also attend the event he created called Jeep Long Beach, as a booster for OSP. John said he expects they will have 100 to 500 Jeeps. The purpose of this is to call attention the the litter cleanup and promote the PNW as membership seems to be down.

Trail Seekers Skip Frans said they canceled a couple of runs due to smoke and fire. Skip went on the Taneum field trip, and attended the Shoestring bridge work party. A couple of them are attending PUAM and one of their members may help at Expo as a host.

Gary Lease said he plans to retire this year from the Forest Service, his last day will be September 29. Gary said he wanted to thank everyone for helping out and he has talked to a lot of people and has used us as an example of what good stewardship of the land is about. Maybe we will get more members.

A Celebration of life for Arlene Brooks October 6, 2018 from 12 2 PM at the Lakeland Community Center, 5801 Lakeland Hills Way SE in Auburn, WA, it will be a pot luck.

Next two Region 4 meeting dates will be:
October 9. 2018 Abby's Pizza, 702 Grant Road, East Wenatchee, WA 7:30 PM
November 13, 2018 Doug Conner's shop 3300 Road 96, Pasco, WA 7:30 PM

PUAM September 14-16, 2018 at Jim Sprick Park
Northwest Off Road Expo September 22, 2018 at Thomas family farms Snohomish,WA
Saddle Mountain work party with BLM September 22nd 9 AM
Rim Rock Grand Prix race October 6 & 7

Save the date October 25-27, 2018 Washington State Trails Coalition in Wenatchee, WA
Representing the PNW Skip Frans, Dale & Diane Neuman and Carl Niebuhr.

Hearing no more news the meeting adjourned at 9:05 PM.

Respectfully Submitted,

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