NEVADA - Just returned from the Reno/Carson City area of Nevada and wanted to send our members a quick update on some goings on you need to know about. Firstly, there isn't much news on the BLM's development of the Carson City District Office new management and travel plan. (Check our previous alerts here and here). I spoke to BLM staffers about various issues and they are in the "developing alternatives" mode. I also had the opportunity to testify before the Nevada State Assembly on changes needed to Nevada's new OHV registration program. We'll
NEVADA - Two New OHV Groups Formed In Nevada
Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,
Just returned from the Reno/Carson City area of Nevada and wanted to send our members a quick update on some goings on you need to know about.
Firstly, there isn't much news on the BLM's development of the Carson City District Office new management and travel plan. (Check our previous alerts here and here). I spoke to BLM staffers about various issues and they are in the "developing alternatives" mode.
I also had the opportunity to testify before the Nevada State Assembly on changes needed to Nevada's new OHV registration program. We'll have more to update you on both these important issues soon.
Secondly, I was excited to be able to attend the Reno Off-Road & Motorsports Expo where Del and Staci Albright were working BRC's booth. Del and Stacie travel the West as land use ambassadors (check their facebook page for more).
Also at the show was Nick Haris, the American Motorcyclist Association's (AMA) Western States Representative. AMA and BRC often work together on a lot of issues, and it is always great to see Nick in person. At the show, we talked with the main brains behind two new OHV advocacy groups recently formed in the Silver State.
Larry Calkins and Phil Bender are from the newly formed Nevada Four Wheel Drive Association (NFWDA).
This new group is all inclusive. If you have four wheels, they need you to help them protect OHV access in Nevada. It doesn't matter if you are of the ATV, UTV or full sized 4x4 persuasion, this group is all Four Wheel advocacy!
NFWDA is so new they don't even have a website yet and are just now finalizing the membership categories. If you're on facebook, you can learn more on their page.
Don't worry about the lack of web info. This group has a rolling start (pun intended). They incorporated with the assistance of the California Association of 4WD Clubs (CA4WDC), and their Board of Directors are seasoned and experienced off road advocates, including VP Carole Vance and Phil on board as Treasurer.
Larry said; "Our mission is to bring four wheel vehicle enthusiasts together for the mission preserving responsible access to Nevada backcountry. We want to provide leadership, governmental oversight, and education to recreationists."
Very cool! And very, very much needed.
You folks in Southern Nevada shouldn't worry. Larry and Phil are committed to a true Nevada-Wide advocacy, and they are working on getting a Vegas area representative soon.
Larry said they are looking immediately to enlist a few key "charter starter" businesses to be founding members and supporters. For a one-time $500 donation, the business will be listed on their future web pages as a lifetime founding charter business that helped Nevada get organized, ready to save trails and keep the sport alive. Businesses interested in helping start the Association and in being a lifetime founding charter-starter business, should contact Larry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The second new group is the Nevada Trail Stewards.
Nevada Trail Stewards (NTS) was actually formally chartered in December of 2010. It is patterned after several successful steward groups across the U.S. It's a volunteer program that provides a means for private citizens to work with a variety of federal, state, and local land managers and public safety officials in Nevada to promote responsible trail use and recreation on public, state, and private lands.
Volunteers (that means YOU!) contribute their time, experience, and local knowledge of trail areas in Nevada. Activities can include mapping, trail maintenance, peer education and monitoring efforts.
Similar to the highly successful Arizona Trail Stewards, volunteers provide a positive image of their recreation activity; identify and record road, trail, and other resource issues; report misuse of lands and participate in special projects to enhance trail areas in Nevada.
Trail Stewards receive extensive training from professional training representatives and serve as a point of contact for other trail users to obtain helpful and informative information about the trails they ride.
I asked Gary Lambert, the founder of the NTS about what motivated him to form this new organization. Gary said; "I think Nevada's is the best desert trail resource in the nation, but we can do more!" Gary noted that the value and quality of Nevada's trails will increase greatly with stewardship, mapping and a dedicated volunteer base. "I formed NTS specifically to work in collaboration with and direction from state and federal land managers to accomplish these goals." Lambert said.
The mission of NTS is: "To develop a partnership with agencies and volunteers dedicated to enhancing recreation opportunities, tourism, compliance, and trail management in Nevada"
Like the NFWDA, NTS is in its infancy and they don't have their website up and running yet. But you facebookers (and everyone else too) can learn more on the NTS facebook page.
Nevada is sometimes called the "Undiscovered Country" by off-roaders in the know. Whether your off-pavement flavor is adventure tourism, hard core racing, 4x4, or single track, the Silver State is home to world class opportunity. There are also many threats that we must deal with. Nevada's anti-access groups are well funded and, frankly, way more organized than we are. These two new groups are going to be essential partners to national groups like BRC, AMA and United Four Wheel Drive Association.
As we so often say, Stay Tuned for more info on what is happening in Nevada. For the very latest in land use and up-to-date info, tell your friends and family to subscribe to BRC's Action Alert list.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact BRC.
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