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John Stewart

Volunteers Make a Difference

Since the Friends of the High Lakes inception in 2007, the group has moved over 100 tons of rock, completed trail maintenance, installed needed signing, and developed patrols to educate and inform users to stay on designated (posted) trails, and use light on the land camping techniques.  In addition, the group has eliminated many braided trails, developed brochures, signs, and maps all used to encourage proper use of the area.  

The group was recognized in an informal presentation by the Forest Service, District Ranger Al Vazquez, on September 26, 2009, National Public Lands Day at Spring Valley Lake prior to the group completing fall maintenance in the area.  The group will be recognized more formally in early November by Forest Supervisor Kathleen Morse, of the Lassen National Forest.

Friends of the High Lakes Chairman Knull said he is “extremely proud of the group to have been selected for this honor and 100 percent of the credit goes to each individual and each club that has done an awesome job in making it happen.”

For information about the Friends of the High Lakes Organization, contact Chairman Knull at (530) 873-2430 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For more information, contact District Resource Officer Jane Goodwin, Almanor Ranger District at (530) 258-2141.


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Volunteers Clean Up Desert

Volunteers from the Havasu 4 Wheelers picking up tons of trash on  public lands on the eastern edge of Lake Havasu City.

“We owe the Havasu 4 Wheelers, corporate sponsors, and all the participants a huge thank you,” said BLM Lake Havasu Field Manager Ramone McCoy. “The area cleaned up off of Paseo Del Oro Drive and Bison Road is one of the problem areas where underage drinking, target shooting, and illegal dumping occurred.”

The BLM manages more land - 253 million acres - than any other Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.

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Yamaha GRANTs More Than $80,000 in First Quarter 2010

“As our OHV Access Initiative continues to grow, we are finding new relevant areas that can benefit the overall OHV community,” said Mike Martinez, general manager of Yamaha’s ATV and Side-by-Side Operations.  “The FFA’s Wildlife Proficiency students are mentored into future employment with Federal, State and local public land management agencies; relationships that will be important to establishing and maintaining policies that preserve our land while providing OHV enthusiasts’ safe recreation opportunities for generations.”

Since the introduction of the Yamaha OHV Access Initiative in 2008, Yamaha has GRANTed (Guaranteeing Responsible Access to our Nation’s Trails) nearly $1.5 million to more than 123 organizations devoted to preserving and maintaining safe and responsible OHV access.

In the 2010 first quarter funding cycle, Yamaha GRANTs were awarded to eight applicants.  Awardees include:
• Future Farmers of America, National
• Friends of Oceano Dunes, California
• Great Falls Trail Bike Riders, Montana
• Indian Valley Creek ATV Club, Pennsylvania
• Oswego Valley ATV Club, New York
• Responsible Recreation Foundation, Colorado
• United Trails Association, Nevada
• Wisconsin ATV Association, Wisconsin

“Even as the Yamaha OHV Access Initiative has matured, we have maintained a steadfast focus on promoting safe, responsible riding and open, sustainable trails,” said Steve Nessl, Yamaha’s ATV/SxS marketing manager.  “The results of the efforts supported by our GRANTs continue to benefit the OHV community locally, regionally and nationally.  We are very proud of the many results we’ve seen across the country and we will continue to build this program and support its critical mission.”

About the Yamaha OHV Access Initiative
Each quarter, Yamaha accepts applications from non-profit or tax-exempt organizations including OHV riding clubs, national forests and associations, and national, state and local government agencies.  A committee then reviews each application and awards GRANTs to deserving projects.  Applications for the second quarter of 2010 should be postmarked by June 30, 2010.

Examples of appropriate projects for GRANTs include, but are not limited to:
• Trail development, restoration and maintenance
• Trail signage and map production
• Staging area construction, renovation and maintenance
• Land stewardship, trail safety and education


Updated guidelines, an application form and information on the OHV Access Initiative are available at: www.yamaha-motor.com/ohvaccess. For specific questions about the OHV Access Initiative, call Yamaha’s dedicated OHV Access Initiative Hotline at 1-877-OHV-TRAIL (877-648-8724), email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or write to: Yamaha OHV Access Initiative Review Committee, 6555 Katella Avenue, Cypress, CA 90630-5101.

About Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A.
Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., (YMUS), a leader in the motorsports market, makes the toughest, most capable and versatile ATV and Side-by-Side vehicles. The company’s ever-expanding product offerings also include motorcycles, outboard motors, personal watercraft, snowmobiles, boats, outdoor power equipment, race kart engines, accessories, apparel and much more. YMUS products are sold through a nationwide network of dealers in the United States.

Headquartered in Cypress, Calif., since its incorporation in 1976, Yamaha also has facilities in Wisconsin and Georgia, as well as factory operations in Tennessee and Georgia. For more information on Yamaha, visit www.yamaha-motor.com.

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The MFS 4405 Race-a-thon for Land Use

Much like a walk-a-thon, individuals can pledge any amount per mile made by Travis Carpenter in the grueling 135 mile off road race on February 12th. Furthermore, pledges can be made to any land use organization of the contributor’s choice. For example, a pledge of 25 cents a mile would amount to $33.75 if Travis completes the entire race.

While many individuals are donating smaller pledges, companies such as 4Wheel Parts Wholesalers and Motorsport Fabrication Services have pledged upwards of $8,200 each. The race-a-thon has also expanded to other drivers in the race, one example being the Tin Benders 4x4 club pledging on their own drivers for a possible $8,200.

Pledges are being tracked on www.Pirate4x4.com, the largest 4x4 website in the world, and pledges can be made by e-mailing the amount per mile, the driver, and the organization to be donated to at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Individuals are responsible for sending the amount donated after the race to whichever organization they have pledged to.

Billed as the “toughest one day off road race on the planet,” the Griffin King of the Hammers (www.kingofthehammers.com) has quickly become one of the biggest events in off-roading. With a mix of go-fast desert racing and hard-core rock crawling, the endurance race has attracted 100 of the most accomplished drivers in Rock-sports competitions.

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Friends of Oceano Dunes 2010 Crab Feed Fundraiser

As part of our fundraising, “FoOD” holds an annual Crab Feed in Hanford, CA each year. This year’s 8th annual event will be very exciting, with dinner, cocktails, music, dancing, auctions and raffle prizes. The 2010 Crab Feed will be held Saturday March 27, 2010 in the Grape Room at the Kings Fair Building and our hopes are for it to be bigger and better than last year!

“FoOD” is seeking donations (merchandise, gift certificates, etc.) to help make this event exciting. All donations are tax deductible (Tax ID#954867891) and every dollar earned goes into the “FoOD” legal fund. This fund supports our legal efforts and allows “FoOD” to continue our fight to keep the most popular State Park in California open. We greatly appreciate your support and we look forward to seeing your donations at this event.

About Friends of Oceano Dunes:

Friends of Oceano Dunes is a 501(c)(3) California Not-for-Profit Public Benefit Corporation. We represent businesses, environmentalists, equestrians, campers, fishermen, families and off-road enthusiasts who enjoy the benefits of Public Access through Responsible Recreation at the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area (ODSVRA). We want to maintain Access For All!

Friends of Oceano Dunes
P. O. Box 398
Oceano, CA 93445


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