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    May 25, 2004
    Contact: John Stewart
    Director of Environmental Affairs
    United Four Wheel Drive Associations
    619-390-8747 or E-mail:



    Representatives from regional and national recreation organizations
    met in Kansas City, MO. to discuss issues of common concern and
    develop a plan to achieve solutions to those issues.

    Kansas City, MO (May 23, 2004) - The spring 2004 North American
    Motorized Recreation Council (NAMRC) meeting was held over the May
    22-23 weekend in Kansas City, MO. Representatives from regional and
    national motorized recreation groups met to discuss common issues of
    concern and develop a plan to achieve solutions to those issues.

    The meeting identified a number of issues, including user conflict,
    Forest Service National OHV Policy, agency land management plans, and
    legal actions affecting recreation activities. Organizations
    represented included the American Motorcycle Association (AMA),
    Arizona State Association of Four Wheel Drive Clubs (ASAFWDC),
    BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC), CalROC, California Association of 4 Wheel
    Drive Clubs (CA4WDC), East Coast 4 Wheel Drive Association (EC4WDA),
    Off-Road Business Association (ORBA), and United Four Wheel Drive
    Associations (UFWDA).

    Citing the growing number of people participating in motorized
    recreation with different expectations of "recreation experience",
    meeting participants agreed to support establishing state-wide
    coalitions of recreation user groups and work towards resolving

    John Stewart, Director of Environmental Affairs for UFWDA expressed
    growing concerns with the National OHV Policy under development by
    the Forest Service. The new policy (due to be released for public
    comment during the summer months) will provide management guidelines
    for all Forest Service managed public lands. Key elements of the
    policy are expected to include an elimination of cross-country travel
    within the National Forest system and establishing a designated route
    system. Citing a recent study by the Southern California Land Rover
    Club that identified a greater than 50 percent error rate with agency
    route inventories, Stewart commented, "In recent years, thousands of
    miles of backcountry dirt roads in the deserts and forests across the
    western states have been closed to public access based on faulty
    route inventories."

    Agency land management plans continue to be an obstacle for motorized
    recreation. A study commissioned by ORBA on a land management plan
    for one Southern California Desert region noted the lack of a
    recreation component within the plan. Also, while that plan called
    for increased habitat for protected species, it contained no
    provisions to fund habitat protection and monitoring.

    Legal and political issues were recognized as key elements in the
    effort to retain recreation access to public lands. Roy Denner,
    President and CEO of ORBA commented, "We believe that the recreation
    community needs to visit our country's leaders in Washington
    regularly to make sure that they know what's happening on the ground
    with regard to OHV recreation. We expect lawmakers to be concerned
    about public access to public lands as well as environmental

    Participants have scheduled a fall meeting to continue working
    towards solutions to preserve recreation access to public lands and
    increase awareness of declining recreation opportunities.
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