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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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BLM to temporarily suspend entrance fees on public lands across America

WASHINGTON – After careful consideration and at the direction of Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt, the Bureau of Land Management will temporarily suspend the collection of all entrance fees until further notice.

As a result, site-specific day-use fees at BLM recreation sites and areas will be waived for the foreseeable future. Other fees, such as overnight camping, cabin rentals, group day use, and use of special areas, will remain in effect.

“I’ve directed the Bureau of Land Management to waive entrance fees at recreation sites and national monuments that remain open. This small step makes it a little easier for the American public to enjoy the outdoors across the 245 million acres of public lands managed by the agency,” said Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt.

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US Forest Service Issues Guidance for Operation of Recreation Sites During COVID-19 Situation

As the response to the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, NOHVCC will strive to keep our readers up to date on the impact it is having on OHV recreation. While every individual must make decisions based on their own health, willingness to take on risk, and recommendations and mandates from local, state and federal governments, at the moment, being outdoors and isolated (dispersed recreation) meets current “social distancing” recommendations. Currently, federal land managers seem to agree with this assessment. The National Park Service is modifying services to meet current realities (details here), and recommends users to contact individual parks for specific details on park operations. Please take this situation seriously and do all that you can to protect yourself, your loved ones, and our communities.

Please note that the response to COVID-19 is evolving rapidly, and the situation could change at any moment, including guidance from land management agencies. Please continue to monitor the news and other sources of information for the latest updates to the situation in your area.

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USDA Forest Service announces challenge to increase focus on problems facing nation’s largest public trail system

The US Forest Service recently issued the 10-Year Trail Shared Stewardship Challenge which is billed as “…a call to action to increase our collective capacity to care for trails and increase on-the-ground results.” To read a brochure about the Trail Challenge click here.

The Trail Challenge consists of three phases. The Forest Service describes phase one, “the Launch and Learn” phase:

During the Launch and Learn phase, we are focusing on adaptive “learning lab” approaches that invite and encourage innovation and sharing. Success is driven by Forest Service regions and units working in collaboration with trail community stakeholders at local and broader levels to implement Trail Challenge elements (or portions of elements) when and where it makes the most sense. Successes and lessons learned during the Launch and Learn phase will help in refining, standardizing, and setting requirements of the two remaining phases of the Trail Challenge.

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Jimco Racing Steps Up as Presenting Sponsor of BITD Parker 425

Jimco Racing has stepped up as Presenting Sponsor of the Best In The Desert Parker 425, supporting the BITD Series and its participants. The Jimco Store will be on-site Thursday, January 23rd, during Tech and Contingency, at the Blue Water Resort & Casino in Parker, AZ.

The Jimco Store offers the full-lines of racer safety gear, from the best brands in Motorsports - Impact, Mastercraft, Sparco, Momo, Simpson and Hans - including race-legal camlock and latch & link belts, wired helmets, crew suits, fueler aprons, and more. We are here to help you get your race safety gear handled.

Jimco Racing will have inventory on hand at Parker 425 or available for shipping before or after the event! 

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Fastball Racing Experience Victory and Defeat at Dakar Rally

Bobby Patton is the kind of person who isn’t afraid of a challenge.  In fact, he seeks them out.  He is an incredibly successful businessman and is co-owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers. In 2017, Patton raced the SCORE Baja 1000 for the first time, piloting a vintage Land Cruiser to victory for the 50th anniversary of the event.  Fast forward just two short years, and he finished every mile of every SCORE International desert race as driver of record in his No. 240 Jimco-built Fastball Racing Spec Trophy Truck to earn the coveted Rod Hall SCORE Milestone Award, a distinction bestowed upon only 46 other SCORE series racers competing in 18 different classes.  

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