Articles in Category: News Updates

USA Forest Service and State of Utah sign Shared Stewardship Agreement

"Agreements like this appear good on paper but must have action and consequences" comments UFWDA Director of Environmental Affairs, Jerry Smith.

"The USFS must make a complete reversal of its "Protect and Preserve" philosophy before anything of value will happen in our severely unhealthy forests."

By the numbers: These states are the biggest fans of four-wheel drive

Surprisingly, not a single southern state even makes it into the top 10.

What combination of driven wheels is most popular in my state?" is a question that nobody but a marketing professional has ever asked, but now that automotive market researcher iSeeCars has answered it, you can't help but be a little curious which locales like what.

UFWDA Annual Meeting 2019

Meeting will be November 6, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada

Held at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas The Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be on Wednesday Nov 6, 2019 at 4:00 pm in the ORBA Meeting Room on the Second Floor of the South Hall and on GotoMeeting. If you are a UFWDA member and you're at SEMA, please join us at the AGM.

Outdoor recreation helps drive the US economy

For the second consecutive year, federal government statistics demonstrated that outdoor recreation is a key driver of the national economy and communities around the country. The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) report found that outdoor recreation in 2017 supported 5.2 million jobs and accounted for $778 billion in annual economic impact. Some of the largest outdoor recreation activities include motorized recreation, boating and fishing, RV’ing, biking, hunting, camping and skiing.

Governor vetoes Carnegie bill in a win for OHV users

GOV. NEWSOM VETOES CARNEGIE BILL – Big victory last night for everyone associated with OHV recreation. Congrats to all of the activist men and women who attended hearings, sent letters, made phone calls, or provided insight while all the time remembering that we are stewards of this generation who protect responsible OHV recreation for future generations of California families.

Hurd attends Escondido Draw Recreational Area grand opening in Crockett County

Hurd attends Escondido Draw Recreational Area grand opening in Crockett County

I recently attended the grand opening of the Escondido Draw Recreational Area in Crockett County. This is the largest off-highway vehicle (OHV) project ever by the U.S. Federal Highways Administration and the State of Texas Parks and Wildlife, including over 3480 acres for riding trails and 76 acres for events and camping, and is the product of over 13 years in the making.

Outdoor Recreation Industry rallies to help Minnesota create Outdoor Recreation Task Force

Effort will Create a Multitude of Outdoor Recreation Related Economic Opportunities

Outdoor recreation industry leaders including Outdoor Recreation Roundtable, REI and Outdoor Industry Association applaud Minnesota’s announcement of an Outdoor Recreation Task Force (ORTF) to study and identify economic and participation opportunities around the state’s robust outdoor recreation resources. The effort to create the task force was jointly pursued by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and Explore Minnesota and was supported by many Minnesota outdoor recreation businesses- from boating and fishing to hunting and paddling. The Task Force will consist of 20 seats and be announced in January. Minnesota is well-positioned to take advantage of the opportunities the Outdoor Recreation Task Force will create because outdoor recreation already accounts for 2.7% of Minnesota’s economy, supports 101,000 jobs and contributes $9.6 billion to Minnesota’s economy.

Pismo State Beach and Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA) comments due

State Parks is preparing a Public Works Plan (PWP) for Pismo State Beach and Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA). A PWP is a long-range land use management plan for compliance with the California Coastal Act (Coastal Act) that is reviewed and certified by the California Coastal Commission. The PWP will document existing conditions, consider improvement projects and management programs to improve access for motorized and non-motorized recreation opportunities, and develop policies and programs.

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Designed to Shorten Environmental Reviews (NEPA) Issued

Earlier this month the Council on Environmental Quality issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking -Update to the Regulations Implementing the Procedural Provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). This proposed rulemaking is intended to “…revise and modernize… NEPA regulations to facilitate more efficient, effective, and timely NEPA reviews by Federal agencies.”

Coalition for Recreational Trails celebrates 2019 successes

Unveils new website/infographics

Washington, D.C. (January 26, 2020) –The Coalition for Recreational Trails (CRT) expressed appreciation for bipartisan Congressional efforts which moved the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) forward recently and offer real hope that additional federal non-highway recreational fuel taxes will soon provide better and safer trails. Led by U.S. Senators Shaheen, Risch, Klobuchar, Burr, Daines and Van Hollen, Hill champions of RTP succeeded in including preparation of an estimate of non-highway recreational fuel usage to facilitate Congressional determination of future RTP funding levels in the U.S. Department of Transportation’s FY2020 budget.

ACTION ALERT: Contact your rep to support Recreational Trails Program

The Coalition for Recreational Trails (CRT) calls on all trail organizations and trail enthusiasts to take action immediately to continue and to expand the Recreational Trails Program (RTP), the national trails assistance program that aids all trail activities nationwide through use of federal non-highway recreational fuel taxes. A huge step occurred late last year when the Congress instructed the U.S. Department of Transportation to develop a timely estimate of the fuel tax generated through non-highway recreational activities in its FY2020 budget and included RTP reauthorization in key Senate legislation creating the next-gen surface transportation program. Now, action in the House of Representatives is underway and underscores the bipartisan and coast-to-coast support RTP enjoys in the Congress.

Join United online

Join United online

We are happy to announce the launch of our new online member portal! The new system allows you to join and donate to United completely online.

By creating an account, you will be able to manage your contact information, see when your dues expire, set your dues to auto-renew and more! Eventually we will add features like members-only content.

Jeep pulls out of Easter Jeep Safari

Jeep pulls out of Easter Jeep Safari while Ford suspends Bronco reveals over coronavirus fears

Reprinted from, March 16, 2020

FCA announced Friday that its Jeep brand will not be attending the Easter Jeep Safari (EJS) this year due to coronavirus fears. However, as of Monday, the Red Rock 4-Wheelers who is the promoter of the event held on the red rock of Moab Utah, says EJS is still going ahead.

The EJS is an annual mass gathering of Jeep owners and fans in Moab, Utah that includes a week of trail drive, vendor displays and parties, and the reveal of Jeep’s EJS special builds.

BLM seeks comments on 2020 Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation proposals

Reprinted from

The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comments on the California State Parks, Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division, off-highway vehicle recreation proposals, which are available for review from March 3 to May 4 at


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