Recreation Advocate

The OutdoorWire family websites feature news and information affecting outdoor recreation opportunities and access to public lands. 

Advocating access to public lands carries a responsibility to be part of the solution for managing the public lands.  As a strong proponent for participation to make a difference, I am a full time advocate for recreation and the Managing Editor of the OutdoorWire family websites. 

4x4Wire.com is dedicated to four wheel drive recreation...

Advocating access to public lands carries a responsibility to be part of the solution for managing the public lands.  As a strong proponent for participation to make a difference, I am a full time advocate for recreation and the Managing Editor of the OutdoorWire family websites. 

4x4Wire.com is dedicated to four wheel drive recreation featuring technical articles and information to promote, protect, and provide outdoor recreation opportunities.  4x4Voice.com focuses on California issues. MUIRNet.net is focused on environmental, administrative and legislative news and information. OutdoorWire.com is Access and Landuse Central with an overall index to the contents of the family of websites. 

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John Stewart

Good Driving Ethics Help Keep Trails Open For All

Good Driving Ethics Help Keep Trails Open For All

Summer is here, and for many off-road enthusiasts, that means spending even more time on the numerous trails and paths available to us. This is a good time to review the code of ethics that all conscientious drivers live by. Sometimes we become a bit complacent, and forget the fundamentals that have guided drivers for years.

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PACE EDWARDS POWERGATE™ NOW AVAILABLE FOR ’07-’08 CHEVY AND GMC TRUCKS

PACE EDWARDS POWERGATE™ NOW AVAILABLE FOR ’07-’08 CHEVY AND GMC TRUCKS

The Pace Edwards PowerGate tailgate lock is the most convenient and effective way to provide added security for your truck’s bed—and now it’s available for ’07-’08 Chevy/GMC pickups. Easily installed inside the tailgate using Pace Edwards’ plug-and-go wiring harness, the PowerGate locks your tailgate electronically every time you lock the vehicle’s doors using the original remote key fob. Made in the USA, the PowerGate includes a stainless steel backing plate and slide bolt with a nylon guide block for smooth operation. For vehicles without power door locks, Pace Edwards also offers an optional switch kit. The PowerGate is the perfect compliment to any Pace Edwards retractable truck bed cover. Pace Edwards, (888) 640 5902; www.pace-edwards.com

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Pace Edwards has been the industry leader in premium retractable truck bed covers for more than 20 years. Located in Centralia, Washington, Pace Edwards covers are known for their innovative designs, quality construction and true functionality. Part of the Truck Accessories Group, Pace Edwards is a SEMA and NTEA member and proudly manufactures its products in the U.S.A.

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RECREATION GROUPS RESPOND TO THREATS TO MOTORIZED RECREATION IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA FORESTS LAWSUIT

The Recreation Groups filed a motion to intervene on May 15th in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California (Case No. C 08-1185-MHP). The groups petitioning the court include the California Association of Four Wheel Drive Clubs, American Motorcyclist Association District 36, California Enduro Riders Association, and the BlueRibbon Coalition,.

"Once again, the motorized recreation community have little choice but to respond to attempts to close treasured access to historical roads in these 'roadless' areas," said Don Spuhler, Cal4 President. "Apparently high levels of State leadership are dissatisfied by the prospect that these routes continue in use despite the Clinton Roadless Rule and unprecedented Forest Service travel management efforts. We believe it essential to defend this access and proper understanding of the forest planning process," Spuhler concluded.

The Motion to Intervene is presently scheduled to be heard on June 30, 2008.

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The California Association of 4 Wheel Drive Clubs is a California nonprofit organization actively promoting conservation and responsible vehicle-oriented recreation. The Association represents over 8,000 members and 160 member clubs. 1-800-4x4-FUNN. www.cal4wheel.com

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Utah Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Management Workshop

Utah Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Management Workshop

June 23-26, 2008

Weber State University, Davis Campus
2750 North University Park Blvd., Layton, UT 84041-9099

ONLINE REGISTRATION IS OPEN NOW!
https://conference.nohvcc.org/?EVENT&EVENTCODE=010193-45&PASSWORD=nohvcc&template=UTwork

The National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council in cooperation with Davis County, Utah State Parks, US Forest Service Region 4 and the Bureau of Land Management Utah State Office will conduct an Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Management Workshop in Layton on June 23-26, 2008.

The purpose of the 2008 workshop is to conduct an educational forum on OHV recreation management for land management agencies and local government with the specific objectives of:

Defining Utah public land management, public, and industry stakeholder issues;

Sharing the current status of local, state and federal planning efforts;

Building a better understanding of laws and regulations governing the use of OHVs;

Improving education information and the distribution of educational materials to the OHV recreation public;

Improving the planning, design, construction, maintenance, and management of OHV facilities, areas, trails and trail systems in order to:

o Minimize impacts to natural and cultural resources;
o Reduce conflict between recreation and other public land stakeholders; and
o Better meet the needs and desires of the OHV recreation public; and

Improving working relationships between local, state, and federal land management agencies and the OHV community.

The Workshop will consist of classroom instruction and field exercises. In addition, optional ATV Safety Institute(r) ATV RiderCourse(tm), Motorcycle Safety Foundation Dirt Bike School(tm) , and Tread Lightly!(r) Tread Trainers(tm) Course classes will be offered on Monday, June 23.

Please register on-line using the link provided above. Advance registration is required. Registration is required and limited to 80. Registration closes June 17th. Registration fee is $100.00.

For further information regarding the workshop please contact Ann Vance at 888-458-0131 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council is a non-profit educational foundation. For information regarding NOHVCC and its workshop programs visit its website at www.nohvcc.org.

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Destination: CJ Strike and Fishing

Destination: CJ Strike and Fishing

Friday morning and the blustery wind of the previous days had ended. The morning sun was on its daily path through a clear blue sky. It would be a great day to be outdoors. If you can’t go 4-wheeling, might as well go fishing. Mike and I loaded the boat with necessary gear (poles, tackle, and bait), hooked the trailer to his 4x4 pickup and headed for the lake.

The “lake” is CJ Strike Reservoir managed for recreation opportunities by Idaho Power Company. Located on the Snake River, the reservoir provides hydroelectric power for southwest Idaho and irrigation water for the many farms in the area. CJ Strike also provides a variety of year around recreation opportunities including waterfowl hunting, fishing, and water sports. This day, fishing was on the agenda and crappie were biting.

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