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Received the following from TreadLightly soliciting funds to protect and improve trails outside Moab.

Latest News From Our Land use Chair / Trail Improvement Reimbursement Funds
« on: February 06, 2014, 11:43:52 PM »
Virginia 4-Wheel Drive Association uses a portion of your dues to keep a Trail Improvement Fund for the express purpose of paying costs associated with maintaining and improving your trails. 

Folks, through meeting with U.S. Forest Service Rangers and driving many trails, I have collected a few small projects suitable for Clubs to tackle with a day's work to make improvements.  Please contact me if you want to know if there is a project near you.  Some of the projects so far include repairing fences, placing signs and markers.

This fund is also authorized to reimburse YOUR CLUB for any expenses you incur for trail improvements.  Please ask me how to tap this money, but it basically means requesting reimbursement IN ADVANCE to the VA4WDA Board, and then documenting your work to unlock the reimbursement.


If anyone should be planning run up to Second Mountain Trail outside Harrisonburg anytime soon, I need an on-site eyeball report of a cleanup site the Ranger suggested we tackle next.


Land Use General Discussion Board / Keeping Public Access roads open
« on: October 28, 2013, 07:34:01 PM »
Please note the appearance of Youtube videos which *really* harm our cause. This is exactly what Ranger Anne Downey of the Glenwood-Pedlar Forest District was trying to explain to me.

Another interesting article, I am *really* beginning to admire this blog!

Land Use General Discussion Board / Interactive USFS Trail Map - USA
« on: October 28, 2013, 07:29:24 PM »
Interesting ... I have not checked this out yet but the concept is promising ...

Map link:

Another good blog post ... Gregg Mumm attended and spoke at our last (2012) Annual Trail Ride at Oak Ridge.

Land Use General Discussion Board / Tellico - one sad precautionary tale
« on: October 28, 2013, 07:22:50 PM »
I found this article of interest.  Please note that it is a blog post, and as such, it may be factual or it may just be opinion.  But it tells me I have to work harder with the USFS here in Virginia!


I had the great pleasure of speaking tonight to members of the HRJC at their monthly gathering at Uno Grill at the intersection of VA Beach Blvd and Military Highway.  HRJC is unique in my experience, in that they are organized under "Meetup" online gatherings and collect no dues. Only requirement for membership is owning a Jeep.

HRJC organizer Ron Flagg specifically asked me to speak about Shoe Creek and private/public property, as well as camping restrictions. They plan a Fall Wheeling Trip up there next week.

Please invite me to one of YOUR off-road club meetings!
I never fail to learn something worthwhile every time I visit a club.
Any questions you can post here, or email to:

Thanks, HRJC!

Here as promised are the electronic versions of the handouts I had with me:

MVUM of Shoe Creek. Note the "Louisiana-shaped" boot next to the Priest Wilderness Area.
Private lands are shaded grey and marked with "P"

Diagram of Shoe Creek

The Glenwood-Pedlar Ranger told me in no uncertain terms that the bottom entrance is a public right-of-way.
The troublesome part of Shoe Creek Trail is the half-mile in the center where it crosses public land. Also, trails leading off the main trail head into private property and are off-limits.  Please stick to the main trail and you should be fine.

Trip Reports / Second Mountain Trail cleanup
« on: September 27, 2013, 12:12:47 PM »
After the Virginia 4-Wheel Drive Assn. Annual Trailride myself and another retired member of Middle Penninsula Jeep Association, Inc. (MPJAI) continue for a few days from Oak Ridge since our rigs are already packed and we are up in the mountains.  This year, we took care of a little unfinished business from my Labor Day cleanup of Second Mountain.

MPJAI member doing what MPJAI members do:

Disgusting abuse of Public lands (before):

Some natural beauty restored to Public lands (after):

Thanks to MPJAI Immediate Past President Charles Sikes for offering the use of his trailer to haul dumped trash off the Second Mountain Trail!

I wanted to extend a HUGE "THANK YOU" to Bryan and all the OCC Gang!

I want to under-promise and over-deliver to the USFS to demonstrate we are committed to protecting our trails and keeping our access. This was a very productive afternoon and I am grateful that your members were willing to give up more trail riding in order to pick up other users careless trash.

Photos of this Labor Day cleanup are available on my Google album at the following link;

Thank you again, OCC!  You guys ROCK!
Phil Wolf MPJAI Trail Cmte. Chair
VA4WDA Land Use Coordinator

Land Use General Discussion Board / Land Use - Volunteering in the GWNF
« on: August 30, 2013, 10:45:41 PM »
Brochure with information on GWNF volunteers

The Ranger had some ideas including educational patrols on the trails.  I am trying to get hold of Shenandoah 4-Wheelers because I live about 250 miles away in Tidewater. The Flagpole trail is actually closed because of this kind of activity. I thought about placing environmentally degradable signs but the Ranger said they all just get torn down anyway.

Member Club Hot Spot / Re: Off-Camber Crawlers
« on: August 23, 2013, 12:21:43 AM »
You dudes flat ROCK!!!

I first wheeled the Cove last year at your OCC Offroad 101/102

I met some damn fine wheelers in your Club, and I am honored to be in Virginia with all y'all.


Member Club Hot Spot / Middle Penninsula Jeep Association, Inc.
« on: August 23, 2013, 12:20:09 AM »
We recently launched a huge initiative to mark the trails and create new, accurate maps of the Cove Campground in Gore, Virginia, the site of all Big Dogs Offroad Events.

Hopefully I can figure out how to attach some photos to this post ... we had one heck of a time doing this and there will be a long, long line of hardcore wheelers who will benefit from the heavy labors of my Club.

Yer Welcome  ;)

Member Club Hot Spot / Middle Penninsula Jeep Association, Inc.
« on: August 23, 2013, 12:14:31 AM »
Initially begun a dozen years ago in Gloucester, Virginia (the TRUE Middle Penninsula) this Club has since grown and expanded South a bit into the general Tidewater area of Virginia.  Most members today live in Hampton, Newport News, Yorktown, as well as Gloucester and parts North.

There are only three requirements to join MPJAI:
1) Own a Jeep
2) Complete the Tread Lightly Course
3) Pay yer dues

Most of us get a *lot* more than that out of our membership, though.
Just ask Starr Motors for my maintenance and upgrade records sometime.

-Phil Wolf
man out standing in his field

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