UFWDA eNews October 2016

UFWDA eNews October 2016 

UFWDA eNews October 2016 

  Some of the topics inside of this months Newsletter include; 

Tell Your Elected Officials to Protect Motorsports This Month

It’s election season and that means your Federal-level elected officials have left Washington, D.C., to campaign in communities and states across the country until November. This is an ideal time to reach out to lawmakers and urge them to support the RPM Act before the end of the year.

  The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service is proposing to amend regulations pertaining to the National Forest System Land Management Planning.

The proposed rule would amend the administrative procedures to amend land management plans developed or revised in conformance with the provisions under a prior planning rule. 

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act.

Managed by the National Park Service, over 90,000 buildings, sites, structures and objects are listed in the national register. These important resources are preserved to help tell the story of who we are as a nation and inspire us to learn from our past. Learn more here:



USFS Proposed Planning Rule Amendment - FAQ's and Updates


Good afternoon members of SFWDA,

 We thought a few of you may like to know that the Forest Service published a Federal Register Notice today (Oct. 12), requesting public comment on a minor but important proposed amendment to the 2012 Planning Rule.

 While the 2012 Planning Rule includes direction specific to national forest plan amendments, the 2012 Planning Rule did not explicitly direct how to apply substantive requirements set forth in the 2012 Planning Rule (requirements for sustainability, diversity, multiple use and timber) to those plans developed under the 1982 Planning Rule. 

 This proposed amendment to the 2012 Planning Rule would clarify the Department’s and Agency’s expectations for plan amendments, including expectations for amending 1982 Rule plans.

 The proposed amendment is recommended and supported by the National Advisory Committee for Implementation of the National Forest System Land Management Planning Rule ( and is based on experience gained by early adopter forests, public input garnered through plan amendment processes, and extensive dialogue with the National Advisory Committee.
 The 30 day public comment period begins on Oct. 12 and ends on Nov. 14 2016.

 Attached are some Frequently Asked Questions about the amendment. Additional information will be posted at: .

 We appreciate your on-going interest in the Forest Service and its 2012 Planning Rule. 
 With kind regards,

 Andrea Bedell Loucks
 Assistant Director
 Forest Service
Ecosystem Management Coordination
> p: 202-295-7968
> c: 202-295-7968
> 201 14th Street, SW
> Washington, DC 22046



Please join us for the 2016 SFWDA Annual Meeting and Leadership Council Meeting & Webinar

 Join us for our end of year meeting where we wrap up 2016 and discuss 2017.

Doubletree Hotel, Oak Ridge, TN

Doubletree Hotel, Oak Ridge, TN

 Everyone is invited. We want everyone who can't make it in person to join us on your phone, tablet, laptop, smartphone, PC, or Mac. You are all welcome to join in.

 We'll meet at the Doubletree Hotel, Oak Ridge, TN conference room for our 9am meeting to conduct our annual meeting to cover all current events, budget, plans for 2017, future planning, and 2017-2018 elections.

 There are several important positions open which we hope will be fulfilled by a qualified volunteer for a term of 2 years. If you or anyone you know of might be interested please contact us.

This will be an interactive event which all attendees can ask questions both in person and through the online chat box inside of the webinar.  We will also take votes online from attendees for our BOD elections who will be verified as active eligible members.


Blocked Rooms are available for a limited time only; 
Click here for your special group rate at the DoubleTree for the Southern 4 Wheel Drive Annual Conference Group Name: Southern 4 Wheel Drive Annual Meeting The above link is now ready from the DoubleTree for the Southern 4 Wheel Drive Annual Meeting. Guests can book this link directly or call the hotel at 865-481-2468 and refer to the group code: S4W

9:00      Welcome

9:05      SFWDA Financial Review(Doyle Punches)

            TrailFest, Dixie Run, Balance Sheet, Operating State

9:30       Communication Analytics (Walter Shafer)

            Web Analysis, Social Media

10:00     SFWDA 2016 Grant Overview

            Education Videos for 2017

            SFWDA 2017 Opportunities

10:30     Break

10:45     Guests Discussion....

11:15     Land Use (Flint Holbrook)

12:00     Break

12:15     2017 SFWDA Calendar  (BOD)

12:30     2017 SFWDA Commitments of Support  (BOD)

12:45     2017 Budget Recommendations

1:15       2017-2018 BOD Elections

1:30       Closing Comments and Adjourn

If you cannot make the meeting in person you can join us online. All are welcome. 

Please register now for our 2016 SFWDA Annual Meeting and Leadership Council Webinar on Dec 3, 2016 9:00 AM EST by clicking the following link:

Registration URL:

Webinar ID: 862-741-459

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.




BFGoodrich® Tires Releases New Sizes Of Its Toughest All-Terrain Tire Ever

GREENVILLE, S.C., August 22, 2016 – BFGoodrich® Tires has released two new tire sizes of its most advanced light truck tire ever — the new All-Terrain T/A® KO2 tire. The tire is now available in 64 total sizes to consumers at more than 20,000 BFGoodrich authorized dealers. Since being launched in late 2014, more than 5.3 million KO2 tires have been sold in North America.

   In market now are new sizes for the Jeep Wrangler (LT255/75R17) and a popular replacement tire for light trucks - the 35x12.50R20.

Engineered from BFGoodrich’s championship off-road motorsports racing technology, the KO2 delivers exceptional toughness, treadlife and traction for traversing harsh conditions, including gravel, dirt, rock, mud and snow. The new KO2 provides consumers the confidence to take on the toughest challenges for work or play.

Compared to the already formidable current KO tire, the new KO2 brings the toughness, traction and treadlife that demanding light truck owners require in a tire.

Key features of the KO2 include tougher sidewalls using race-proven and race-winning CoreGard™ technology bringing split and bruise-resistant sidewall rubber and a thicker, extended shoulder to prevent sidewall failures.

Compared to the already formidable current KO tire, the new KO2 is up to 20 percent stronger in this critical off-road performance area1.

The tire also boasts longer treadlife with a new design and rubber formulation that helps it last twice as long on gravel and 15 percent longer on asphalt than the previous tire2, allowing off-road enthusiasts to extend their adventures and working professionals to get more use out of the tire. The tread rubber has been optimally blended to reduce chips and tears on gravel.

The KO2 also has a range of tread features for better mud and snow traction. The improvements to the legendary all-terrain performance include 10 percent greater traction in the mud3 and 19 percent greater traction in the snow4 compared to the previous-generation KO tire.

The KO2 is an all-season tire that carries the 3 Peak Mountain Snowflake symbol, indicating that it exceeds the Rubber Manufacturer Association’s severe snow traction requirements.

Building on BFG’s long heritage as an innovative all-terrain tiremaker, the KO2 incorporates technology developed and tested through the brand’s legendary off-road motorsports teams that have earned 87 off-road wins at races in the Baja peninsula – by far the most by any tire brand.

The KO2 fits a range of vehicles, including Ford, Chevrolet, GMC, Dodge, Jeep, Toyota and Nissan pick-up trucks and SUV’s as well as Plus Fitments for a wide variety of vehicles.

About BFGoodrich®

Tires With more than 100 years of heritage, BFGoodrich® Tires is dedicated to providing high performance tires for those who have a passion for driving in virtually any environment. Combining technical expertise with 40 years of motorsports experience, BFGoodrich Tires delivers tires for a full range of driving experiences from ultra-high performance street to off-road terrain with one common theme – extreme performance. Come upgrade your performance with BFGoodrich and see where our tires can take you at, on Facebook at or on Twitter at @BFGoodrichTires.

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Media Contact:
Tom Sullivan
(office) – 864-458-4321 



UFWDA eNews September 2016

   From UFWDA Newsletter Editor;
 Welcome to this edition of eNews and to readers who've recently joined us. I've just recognized that this edition did not publish earlier this month as scheduled, so here's a belated September edition. As summer and holiday memories fade for those in the northern hemisphere, the pending elections may be diverting attention from opportunities to be a part of various 'advisory' groups, as several have needed to call more than once for candidates. Another reason may simply be a general reluctance to volunteer?

- Peter Vahry; editor

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