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USDA Forest Service announces challenge to increase focus on problems facing nation’s largest public trail system

The US Forest Service recently issued the 10-Year Trail Shared Stewardship Challenge which is billed as “…a call to action to increase our collective capacity to care for trails and increase on-the-ground results.” To read a brochure about the Trail Challenge click here.

The Trail Challenge consists of three phases. The Forest Service describes phase one, “the Launch and Learn” phase:

During the Launch and Learn phase, we are focusing on adaptive “learning lab” approaches that invite and encourage innovation and sharing. Success is driven by Forest Service regions and units working in collaboration with trail community stakeholders at local and broader levels to implement Trail Challenge elements (or portions of elements) when and where it makes the most sense. Successes and lessons learned during the Launch and Learn phase will help in refining, standardizing, and setting requirements of the two remaining phases of the Trail Challenge.

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Throttle Out | October 2018 - Jeep Off-Roading Recovery Gear and Techniques You Need to Know

This month’s Throttle Out episode from ExtremeTerrain (XT) is for those who use their vehicles off-road or have thought about it. Whether it’s a fire trail, rock crawling or mudding chances are, regardless of your skill-level, you will eventually get stuck. Preparation is key when on the trail so having the right techniques, tools and, even, a buddy to assist you will make the trek safer and more fun.

If you spend enough time on the trails and push yourself and your Jeep, eventually you’ll end up stuck. Knowing a few simple recovery techniques will ensure that you’re quickly and safely back on the move -Ryan Huck

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