Fall is officially here and we're all planning our last few adventures before the snow hits. Here at WOHVA we've been tracking planning
in the Teanaway Community Forest, our Governor's task force on parks and outdoor recreation, the upcoming elections, and follow-through
from our prior legislative session. There's more on all that below, but first we want to remind you of our upcoming annual membership
meeting on November 9th at Clover Park Technical College in Lakewood, WA. You don't have to be a member
to attend; we'll feed you lunch and we hope to see you all there!
IN THIS ISSUE:
By Bryan Peterson, WOHVA Communications Chair
Your right to ride on public lands is being attacked every legislative session. WOHVA is the organization fighting for your rights! Our Annual Membership Meeting is open to all! Come find out what we've been up to and what we have planned for the future! We have great speakers lined up for the meeting!
Email this link to all of your OHV friends: http://wohva.org/event-1705912
Contact us in advance if you're interested in presenting at this meeting!
WOHVA's Fall 2014 Legislative Endorsements
By Tod Petersen, WOHVA Political Action Committee Chair
Our sport has a serious problem getting people to volunteer their time for advocacy . . . they'd rather be riding or wheeling. One of the strongest volunteer actions you can take in support of motorized off road recreation is to vote responsibly. WOHVA has an IRS non-profit designation that allows us to advocate in elections . . . and we're going to do that right now. Please vote in the upcoming general elections on Tuesday 4th . . . and vote for these candidates in your area who support your sport. Thank you!
Teanaway Community Forest Update
By Byron Stuck, WOHVA President
After a bumpy start with turnover in the one principal member with motorized recreation experience, the DNR planning process is under way in the Teanaway Community Forest. Mike Reimer is our current motorized recreationist sitting on the committee and he replaced Steve Justham who served on the committee for the first several meetings and then resigned.
Purchased by our State as an innovative opportunity to both preserve working forest lands and create more recreational opportunities, this 50,000 acre parcel north of Cle Elum is situated on the southern edge of USFS land. It is a truly beautiful area with high Cascade views and elevations, amazing topography . . . plus, it's relatively close to a large slice of our State’s population.
Our major concerns began with the DNR decision to not allow motorized use during the planning period, while other users could enjoy this new forest. The forest has many user-built trails and has long been enjoyed by local riders and motorized recreationists. But the DNR based their decision on conditions of the land purchase and have stuck to their guns to not permit motorized use during the planning period, even though enforcement is spread very thin. And the planning process continues . . .
What you can do to help advocate for motorized use AFTER the planning period is to submit your comments and requests to the DNR here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/K82Q3RP. More information on public meetings and committee work can be found at the DNR Teanaway Community Forest Website: http://tinyurl.com/n9dvl2p. The DNR has committed to listen and utilize public comment and we will hold them to that commitment.
Governor's Task Force on Parks & Outdoor Recreation
By John Keates, WOHVA Land Action Committee Member
One day last spring I received a phone call from WOHVA asking if I'd be willing to serve on Governor Inslee's Outdoor Recreation Task Force. I gladly accepted and began the process. My particular area of representation included off-highway vehicle recreation and local parks from my position as the Director of Mason County Parks and Facilities, in addition to my involvement with the Washington Recreation and Park Association. We had monthly meetings around Washington State from April through September, with a mid September deadline to have our work completed. This was a pretty quick turnaround for an effort of this magnitude.
The voting membership of the task force included 17 members including myself. The group included a wide diversity of backgrounds and interests. This included members who have backgrounds in tourism, government affairs, non-profit management, and military, along with additional non-voting members who primarily were employees of state agencies or state elected officials. The gentleman with a background most similar to me was an outfitter from eastern Washington.
At the first meeting in Olympia, Governor Inslee highlighted three areas that he was interested in seeing addressed:
When we actually had a vote on the Discover Pass, I voted against it. I was the sole dissenting vote and I knew there was little likelihood of the Discover Pass being eliminated. I voted against the pass primarily because ORV users for years have paid a "use fee" in the form of our ORV permits. Other users traditionally have not had to pay anything to use state land and federal land depending on where you parked. I just felt that the Discover Pass required ORV users to pay twice and I also did not like how the Discover Pass is administered.
In regard to ORV Recreation, the Task Force did recommend some ideas that could be beneficial in the future: These include:
(Re)Registering Your ATV in Washington State
By Paul Yelk, WOHVA Land Action Committee Member
Earlier this year there was meeting held in the WA Department of Licensing (DOL) offices in Olympia in an attempt to clear up the confusion as to what you should expect when you (re)register your ATV (All-Terrain Vehicle) in WA State.
There is still confusion about what to expect when you go to a DOL office or sub-agent (re)register your ATV in the State of Washington. The DOL website contains the latest information about what you need in order to (re)register your ATV. However, what you receive from a DOL office or sub-agent may somewhat confuse you.
We have posted a document on our website that explains what to expect: http://tinyurl.com/ljbl6zq. Although the document is dated July 25, 2014, the information remains current.
Naneum Ridge to the Columbia River Recreation Plan
By Clay Graham, Eastern Washington Adventures
On September 25th the state of Washington DNR and DFW released a public notice asking for comments on their recently completed Naneum/Columbia Basin Recreation and Access Plan. According to that press release:
"The recreation planning area for this project encompasses 229,000 acres that extend from the eastern slopes of the Cascade Range to the Columbia River. This includes Naneum Ridge State Forest, managed by DNR, and the Colockum Wildlife Area and the Quilomene and Whiskey Dick wildlife units, which are managed by WDFW. The plan, which will guide the project over the next 10 to 15 years, lays out objectives and strategies to guide recreation and public access."
Thanks to Clay Graham and Dan Huff, WOHVA and motorized recreation has had a voice in this planning and a chance to influence their recommendations. WOHVA sincerely thanks these volunteers for it's through efforts like theirs that we accomplish our mission.
Clay summarized the recommendations saying that most of the Green Dot roads will stay the same and keep the seasonal closure. They will add a Green Dot road to connect the Whiskey Dick and Quilomene areas. And they'll add one motorized trail and one non-motorized around Dot Creek to FS road 3521. Finally, they plan two new trail systems, again one motorized and one not, near Naneum Creek and are creating some non-motorized trails to an area NW of the Naneum Ridge State Forest. The group heard many concerns about conflict between Elk and motorized recreation from the DFW in an apparent attempt to close roads to motorized use. This is contrary to the experience of motorized users in the area where whole herds have been nearby as motorized groups passed through without any reaction or conflict. This is a key topic users could emphasize in their comments regarding road closures planned to mitigate this reported "conflict".
The planning group recommendations are being presented in public meetings in Wenatchee and Ellensburg as this issue goes to press. The review process is dictated by the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) to assure due process . . . and that your voice is heard. The required comment period on this plan has been extended two weeks to Friday Oct. 31st. Please make your needs known and your voice heard supporting motorized recreation by submitting comments at http://tinyurl.com/nro5cm9.
When your club belongs to WOHVA . . . So Do YOU!
By Bryan Peterson, WOHVA Communications Chair
WOHVA's success depends on keeping users informed about OHV issues in Washington State. We typically accomplish this through electronic communications, sent directly to our members. Do you receive these emails from WOHVA? Does your club belong to WOHVA as a supporting member?
If you answered NO, you are missing out on important OHV news! Soon WOHVA will be contacting clubs and businesses to offer them the ability to sign up ALL THEIR MEMBERS as WOHVA Associate Members . . . FOR FREE! It’s only available to clubs and businesses who have become full WOHVA members. Then, when your club belongs to WOHVA…so do YOU! Why depend on someone else to forward you the info, when you can have it sent directly to your inbox. Ask your club to join WOHVA . . . Associate memberships are coming!
WOHVA Shorts – Other OHV Topics We Thought You Should Know About
By Byron Stuck, WOHVA President
Washington OHV Specialist Job Posting – (Yacolt/Jones Creek) We've heard about this but not seen the actual job posting. You can check ALL DNR job postings here: http://www.dnr.wa.gov/AboutDNR/Employment/Pages/Home.aspx
Oregon OHV Specialist Job Posting – (Tillamook) We've heard about this but not seen the actual job posting. You can check for ANY Oregon State job postings here: http://www.oregon.gov/jobs/Pages/index.aspx
Tread Lightly Education/Training Manager - http://tinyurl.com/po5eyot (PDF)
New Olympic Peninsula OHV Area Near Calawah - http://tinyurl.com/oge7ut2
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