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COHVCO Schedules TIGeR Team Training

Attention Colorado Recreationists!

The Colorado Off-Highway Vehicle Coalition (COHVCO) has schedule several TIGeR Team training classes for the month of June (see schedule below).

Under the new Travel Management Rule, the USFS is required to create a designated system of roads and trails on all national forests and grasslands. The final outcome of the rule will be the production of a Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM). COHVCO has teamed up with the Forest Service to develop a process to help provide the missing data for those maps. They created the Trail Inventory Gap Resolution (TIGeR) Team concept, where ALL OHV (Dirt Bike, ATV, 4x4 and Snowmobile) road and trail users can assist by collecting GPS data to help fill in missing trail/road gaps. They do this by providing information on existing, well-documented, important, historical roads and trails that do not appear on the agencies baseline inventory of roads and trails. For more information on TIGeR Teams, visit http://tiger.cohvco.org/.

Meeting Schedule
Wednesday, June 18, 2008, at 7:00 pm
US Bank
4th and Grand
Grand Junction, CO

Thursday, June 19, 2008
Contact Gene Coppinger 970-565-7679 for time and location
Cortez, CO

Friday, June 20, 2008 at 6:00 pm
Laplata Electric Association, Board Room
Durango, CO

Sunday, June 22, 2008
Contact Gerre Guthals 719-658-0412 for time and location
Creed, CO

George Gangler, TIGeR Team GPS expert, will be instructing the classes for GPS users on how to use the Global Mapper program. Global Mapper is the program that displays the Forest Service roads and trails and the Forest Service ARC files. You can also put County maps, MVUM maps and others or your tracks on top. It's open to anyone who does some computer GPS work. Pass the word around and bring your laptop.

You should have some computer skills and some familiarity with GPS units so you know how to upload and download data. A laptop is a great tool to bring with you to the class. A real good computer GPS person can get by without one, but most people will need it for the hands on training. Please allow 3 hours with downloading software.

George will have copies of Global Mapper on DVD for $75.00 (regular price $299.00). Please let him know if you are interested in attending. His contact information is listed below.

George Gangler
Arvada Cycle
10940 W 44th Ave
Wheat Ridge Co. 80033
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Phone 303-422-3957
Cell 303-726-7686


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"No decisions have been made at this point and the proposed action is just a starting point for additional dialogue among all interested parties and a beginning of the formal environmental analysis process," stated Lohr.

For the next 30 days, the Forest Service will be inviting public comment on this proposal, which may be found at http://www.cs.unca.edu/nfsnc/nepa/tusquitee/tellico.htm. Comments may be sent to the Tusquitee District Ranger, 123 Woodland Drive, Murphy, NC 28906. Comments may also be sent via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Interested parties are also encouraged to attend a public open house with informational displays where participants will be able to ask questions, learn more about the proposal and submit written comments and suggestions.

The Upper Tellico Off-Highway Vehicle Trail System Open House on new Trail Management Proposal is scheduled for Saturday, June 28, 2008 1:00 PM until 4:00 PM. It will be held at the First Baptist Church, 517 Hiwassee Street, Murphy, NC. The church is located at the intersection of US 74-19 and Hiwassee Street in Murphy (across the street from McDonald's); entrance for the open house will be marked. Individuals may come anytime during the open house hours.

For additional information about the open house, contact Candace Wyman at 828-837-5152 extension 113, or go to http://www.cs.unca.edu/nfsnc/nepa/tusquitee/tellico.htm

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Prepare Your Car for a Safe Summer on the Road

Prepare Your Car for a Safe Summer on the Road
CHARLOTTE, NC – (June 9, 2008) – With summer just around the corner, Americans are planning their summer getaways.  And with rising fuel costs, more and more of them will forego air travel in favor of road trips.  Make no mistake, with the high price of gas, there are few travel bargains this year, but there are a number of ways consumers can prepare their vehicles – particularly their tires – for the coming travel season, to help improve fuel economy and keep them safe on the road.

“First and foremost, we can’t stress enough the importance of making sure your tires are properly inflated,” said Joerg Burfien, Director of R &D, Continental Tire North America, Inc.  “It’s one of the easiest ways to help improve fuel economy, while also prolonging the life of your tires, and keeping your family safe on the road.”

Properly inflated tires not only improve gas mileage, they last longer.  Proper inflation ensures safe handling, better ride quality, longer tread life and improved fuel economy.   Burfien recommends that consumers get into the habit of checking their tire pressure, including the spare, once a month.  

“It’s hard to believe, but each month, three out of four drivers wash their cars, but only one out of seven correctly checks their tire pressure,” he said.  
The correct tire pressure for your car is listed on the vehicle placard, which can be found in the following places:
-- in the car's owner manual
-- on the gas tank lid
-- on the driver's side door's edge
-- or on the door post

“When you check your tire’s inflation pressure, be sure the tires are cool - meaning they are not hot from driving even a mile,” he said. “Because air is a gas, it expands when heated and contracts when cooled – even when it’s the air in your tire. And most parts of North America experience a major climate change in the fall and early winter months when tire inflation pressure is likely to go down.”

Here’s a good rule of thumb:  For every 10° Fahrenheit change in air temperature, a tire's inflation pressure will change by about 1 pound per square inch (PSI) – increasing with higher temperatures and decreasing with lower temperatures.

Next, be sure to check the tread.  For safety purposes, tires must be replaced when the tread is worn down to 2/32 of an inch – Continental recommends 4/32 of an inch – in order to prevent skidding or hydroplaning. Before heading out on the road, visually check tires for signs of uneven wear -- high or low areas, or areas that are unusually smooth. Also check for signs of damage.  Here’s an easy test:  Place a penny into a tread groove. If part of Lincoln's head is covered by the tread, you're driving with the proper amount of tread. If you can see all of his head, it’s time to replace the tire.

Some other things to consider before you depart:  

Alignment: A bad jolt from hitting a curb or pothole can throw your front end out of alignment and damage your tires. Have a tire dealer check the alignment periodically to make sure your car is properly aligned.  Proper alignment helps increase the life and performance of the tires, and it also contributes to greater fuel economy.

Rotation:  Regular rotation helps extend the life and performance of tires. Regularly rotating your vehicle's tires will help you achieve more uniform wear. Unless your vehicle owner's manual has a specific recommendation, the guideline for tire rotation is approximately every 6,000-8,000 miles – or sooner if tires begin to show uneven wear. And if you have a full-size spare, this tire should be included in the rotation process, too. According to the Rubber Manufacturers Association, (RMA), 71 percent of drivers do not check the tire pressure in their spare tire.

Balancing: A wheel that is unbalanced will tramp up-and-down or shake. Unbalanced tires also put undue stress on the front-end parts, causing tires to wear out well before their tread life warranty.

If properly cared for, tires can last a long time — usually from 40,000 to 80,000 miles, depending on the application, according to the RMA.  Practice these good driving habits, which will help keep your tires in good condition:
-- Obey posted speed limits.
-- Avoid fast starts, stops and turns.
-- Avoid potholes and other objects on the road.
-- Do not run over curbs or hit your tires against the curb when parking.
-- Do not overload your vehicle. Check your vehicle’s tire information in the owner's manual for the maximum recommended load for your vehicle.

If you’ll be pulling a trailer, boat or RV, proper tire inflation is key, not only to prevent a blowout from too much weight, but also to keep the load steady and balanced.  A tow vehicle’s tires may require a higher tire pressure for towing, especially heavy loads, so be sure to abide by the manufacturer’s recommendations for fully-loaded tires, Burfien said.


According to the National Department of Transportation, the ability to handle and control a tow vehicle and trailer is greatly improved when the cargo is properly loaded and evenly distributed. Refer to your tow vehicle and trailer owner’s manual to find out how to: Balance weight from side to side; distribute cargo weight evenly along the length of the trailer; secure and brace all items to prevent them from moving during travel; adjust the height of the tow vehicle/trailer interface; and apply load leveling (weight distributing hitch bars).

Proper tire care also helps the environment, because underinflated tires waste fuel. Properly inflated tires help promote better fuel economy, and regular care helps tires get the most potential wear so they don't need to be replaced as often, Burfien said.  

Aside from checking tires, he also advised motorists to regularly check their belts, hoses and fluids before setting out so they don’t run into trouble on the road.

For media information, visit www.ctnamedia.com.

With targeted annual sales of more than $40 billion for 2008, the Continental Corporation is one of the top automotive suppliers worldwide. As a supplier of brake systems, systems and components for the powertrain and chassis, instrumentation, infotainment solutions, vehicle electronics, tires and technical elastomers, the corporation contributes towards enhanced driving safety and protection of the global climate. Continental is also a competent partner in networked automobile communication. Today, the corporation employs approximately 150,000 people at nearly 200 locations in 36 countries.

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Sierra Trek keeps getting better

Sierra Trek keeps getting better
Written by Jack Raudy

Just when you thought that Sierra Trek couldn’t get any better, starting this year, it will!

The 41st annual Sierra Trek, hosted by the California Association of Four Wheel Drive Clubs will be held Thursday, Aug. 7 through Saturday, Aug. 9, with a new base camp at Cisco Grove Campground.

Dave Douglas, this year’s Trek chairman, explained that in addition to the great wheeling on the Fordyce Creek Trail, the family-oriented historical SUV adventures, and the many camp activities for children and adults, this year’s Trek will feature a new base camp at Cisco Grove with easy access off Interstate 80.
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Save Tellico Now - Before There Is Nothing Left To Save

Caving under the pressure of SELC and TU, the Forest Service announced on December 18, 2007 there would be a seasonal closure of the entire trail system and Trails Lower 2, 7, and 9 would be closed for a year to assess the condition of the trails to see what needs to be done.

Closing trails does not address the issues and SFWDA feels that the Forest Service took steps that are not correct. This lawsuit is intended to reopen the trails that were improperly closed.

SFWDA has worked with the US Forest Service in the Tellico OHV area for over 20 years, providing free maintenance and restoration work to address the agency-wide maintenance backlog estimated nationwide at over $100 billion. The trail maintance, clean up, and volunteer work we have donated to the area is well over $100,000 just in the past few years. SFWDA values the relationship we have with the US Forest Service and plan to continue the work, volunteering and cleaning up as we've done in the past.

What are the effects of the closures?
The impact of closing the trails has greatly wounded the economy in the area. Not only are there fewer places to ride in the Upper Tellico area, but local businesses have felt the impact. Cabin Rentals, Campgrounds, parts stores have all seen a decrease in business. Outside of the impact to the economy, this act sets a precedent for large special interest groups to bully our government to preferentially close access to public land to one user group.

What you can do
Frankly, law suits are not cheap. We need your donations. You can donate online at www.SFWDA.org or Tax deductible at www.sharetrails.org/rescue-tellico or donate tax deductible through the United Land Action Fund at P.O. Box 15696, Chesapeake, VA 23328. You can purchase Rescue Tellico Items at www.cafepress.com/rescuetellico. All proceeds are donated to the Rescue Tellico Fund.

At the very least we need your membership. If you are not a member of any or all the below mentioned groups we need you. Please join us so that you can have your voice counted in unison with ours. If you have always wondered, what does my membership get me, here is your answer. SFWDA, UFWDA, and BRC are fighting to keep trails open so we have places to ride.

Please spread the word. This is not only a 4x4 problem but ATV, Motorcycle and UTV's are affected as well.

Who's Who

The Blue Ribbon Coalition is a national recreation group that champions responsible use of public and private lands, and encourages individual environmental stewardship. It represents over 10,000 individual members and 1,200 organization and business members, for a combined total of over 600,000 recreationists nationwide. 1-800-258-3742. www.sharetrails.org

United Four Wheel Drive Associations is an international organization comprised of four wheel drive enthusiasts, clubs, associations, and businesses dedicated to providing community services around the world, education in responsible land use and safe vehicle operation, and protection of our natural resources through conservation practices. 1-800-448-3932. www.ufwda.org

Southern Four Wheel Drive Association (SFWDA) was founded in 1987 to promote responsible land use and to keep public lands accessible for motorized recreation. Since the formation of Southern Four Wheel Drive Association, the focus and mission is to promote responsible land use and to help keep public lands open for motorized recreation. For more information on the activities and accomplishments of Southern Four Wheel Drive Association, please visit www.SFWDA.org or contact us at 1483 N. Mt. Juliet Road, PMB # 222, Mt. Juliet, TN 37122

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