N4WDA MEMBER CLUBS HELP OUT ON PNMTA CLEANUPS

Events, Land Use
On Saturday, May 14 th and Sunday, May 15 th , the Sierra Stompers and the Komstock Krawlerz, member clubs of the Nevada Four Wheel Drive Association, were out in force at the annual Pine Nut Mountains Trails Association cleanup. The PNMTA is a group of off road bikers, atv enthusiasts and 4 wheelers that recreate in the Pine Nut Mountains Range and are also responsible stewards of these lands. N4WDA and PNMTA have a long-standing working relationship with such items as the Greater Sage-Grouse and the Nevada Commission on OHV. The Saturday cleanup was held in the Johnson Lane/Sunrise Pass Road area in Carson Valley and the Sunday cleanup was held in the Pine Nut Road area south of Gardnerville. Each day many truckloads of trash from dumpsites and shooting sites was gathered and disposed of.
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NCOHV Grants Awarded

Land Use
The Nevada Four Wheel Drive Association, for the past two years, has been actively involved in the “rebirth” of the Nevada Commission on Off-Highway Vehicles (NCOHV). We are pleased to present to you the following announcement from the NCOHV, which details the successful completion of the 1st grant cycle. There is enough money left undistributed in the grant fund to accommodate a 2nd grant cycle this year. There were, if I am correct, a total of fourteen grant applications submitted using the grant guidelines. Several grant applications were dismissed out of hand because they clearly did not enhance OHV recreation in Nevada. Other applications were incomplete and the authors were invited to resubmit their grant applications with all of the information required by the grant guideline handbook. Finally, some grants…
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Nevada Four Wheel Drive Association and Local 4×4 Clubs Clean Up El Dorado Canyon!

Events, Land Use
In this 25-minutes, see how much these volunteer four-wheelers value their trails and public lands. The clean-up began at 8 a.m. with a double-dumpster stop conclusion nearly twelve hours later! Two rusted motor vehicles and an abandoned projection screen television were among trash and human debris that filled a half-dozen trailers and pickup beds! El Dorado Canyon's pristine, spring-fed creek feeds cottonwoods and other habitat at this high desert destination. Join the call to action!
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Dog Valley Project – June 14th

Events, Land Use
Volunteers Needed – Saturday June 14th Time once again for the 4x4 community to do even more good. This time, it’s the Dog Valley Meadow Barricade Project. Humboldt Toiyabe National Forest, Hills Angels, Nevada 4 Wheel Drive Association, Reno4x4.com and many others are working together to install 1500 feet of barricade along the sensitive areas on the Dog Valley meadow forest service road. This is similar to the Dutch Louie Flat, Big Meadow, Dog Valley-Summit One barricades. NV Energy has donated the power poles needed as well as many of the special tools, the forest service has paid for delivery and all the other materials needed. N4WDA has chipped in for food (still seeking more donations) and Hills Angels will be doing the cooking and site coordination. PLEASE POST UP…
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Reopening of Comment Period on the Bi-State DPS of the Greater Sage-Grouse – Public Meetings

Land Use
On Tuesday, April 8th, the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced in the Federal Register, the reopening of the Public Comment period for the Bi-State Distinct Population Segment (Bi-State DPS) of the Greater Sage Grouse, both for comment on the Proposed Listing as "Threatened" under the Endangered Species Act, and on the Proposed Designation of Critical Habitat. The Bi-State DPS includes 1.8 million acres of sagebrush steppe reaching from just south of Gardnerville, NV to the White Mountains, south of Bishop, CA. The USFWS has listed recreation, especially OHV recreation, as an threat to this Critical Habitat. N4WDA and the Blue Ribbon Coalition have contested this threat as being an assumption since no comprehensive study of OHV vs. Sage-Grouse has ever been completed. Additionally, no thorough study of the…
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Greater Sage-Grouse Bi-State Distinctive Population Segment Forest Plan Revision Draft Environmental Impact Statement

Land Use
Attached is a copy of the Nevada Four Wheel Drive Association's comment letter submitted for the Greater Sage-Grouse Bi-State Distinctive Population Segment (Bi-State DPS) Forest Plan Revision Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) that was sent to the Humboldt-Toiyabe NF on January 7, 2014. This DEIS covered 8 counties in Nevada and California and totalled 1.8 million acres, stretching from Gardnerville, NV to south of Bishop, CA. The last day to send comments on this DEIS is January 17, 2014. Next up is the Nevada and Northeastern California Greater Sage-Grouse Draft Land Use Plan Amendment and Environmental Impact Statement. Comments are due to the Bureau of Land Management Nevada State Office by January 29th, 2014. Strangely, the comment period for the US Fish and Wildlife Service notice of intent to list…
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N4WDA submits comments on the Bi-State Distinct Population Segment (BSDPS) of the Greater Sage-Grouse

Land Use
As we have stated in our earlier articles, the listing by the US Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) of the Greater Sage-Grouse as a “Threatened” species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) represents an enormous threat to access to the Public Lands. The listing and subsequent designation as Critical Habitat affects public lands in ten western states totaling 47 million acres. In Nevada, approximately 17 million acres are to be designated. We expect, in the best case that this listing and designation will cause seasonal closures of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and US Forest Service (USFS) lands during the mating season, the worst case could result in permanent closures of this Critical Habitat. We expect that the Western Watershed Project (greens) will not be content with the listing as…
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MEMBER ALERT: ENDANGERED SPECIES: FWS proposes listing for 1 sage grouse subpopulation

Land Use
This is the biggest threat to our off road recreation that is looming. The Blue Ribbon Coalition (BRC) says that the mitigation efforts that will be proposed to save the sage grouse habitat will impact both casual and permitted use of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest and BLM Carson District Lands. N4WDA will attend the FWS, Forest Service and BLM meetings and be involved in the opposition to the listing of this subpopulation. The following is a well-written article from Greenwire.com that describes the threat. Larry Calkins ENDANGERED SPECIES: FWS proposes listing for 1 sage grouse subpopulation Scott Streater, E&E reporter Greenwire: Friday, October 25, 2013 The Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to list as threatened a subpopulation of greater sage grouse found only in central California and southwest Nevada…
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Eldorado NF 42 Trails SDEIS Appeal Decision

Land Use
On June 17th, 2013, then Eldorado National Forest Supervisor, Kathryn Hardy issued her Record of Decision (ROD) on the Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (SDEIS).  As posted on this website (June 17th), 42 trails in the Eldorado NF were closed due to a lawsuit by the Center for Biological Diversity and others in Federal Court found that the Eldorado NF was negligent in its travel planning in relation to where trails cross wet meadows. Subsequently, all but 18 meadows were found to not be in conflict with S&G 100 (the regulation/specification concerning these wet meadows). These trails include Deer Valley/Clover Valley, Barrett Lake, Strawberry Pass, Emigrant, and others that are used, because of their proximity to our present membership, very heavily.  This puts an awful burden on the Rubicon Trail…
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New Wilderness in Lyon County

Land Use
About a year ago, we attended a fund-raiser reception for Senator Dean Heller at the Peppermill Hotel Casino in Reno, NV. Among the attendees were representatives of the various OHV user groups such as Blue Ribbon Coalition, the Trail Pac, several land use advocates and motorcycle groups. Senator Heller spoke about his background, including the fact that his father owned a Jeep and that the family had many enjoyable outings in that vehicle.  He told of his absolute commitment to multiple use of public lands. However, further in his speech, he told us about the need to convey a parcel of BLM administered land to the City of Yerington so that it could be used for infrastructure to support the Pumpkin Hollow Copper Mine.  When this mine is in full…
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