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Trailfest 2015 was a Huge Success, Thanks for Your Support!

Man what a great weekend. Great weather and great people came out to AOP by the hundreds to set a record breaking attendance for this
11th annual SFWDA Trailfest Event. 

Trailfest 2015 is a 3 day off road festival organized by the Southern Four Wheel Drive Association. Organized trail rides, a huge raffle, dirt track racing, camping, and much more! Trailfest 2015 was a great event and has been getting bigger every year. Thanks to Nick from www.toms4x4superstore.com for putting this video together for us all. 

 Proceeds from this weekends event go back to supporting our local community OHV parks, clubs, groups, and other OHV organizations on the national front.  We also use funds from our annual operating budget to facilitate our grant program. If you are not yet aware please look into how your local club or group may be able to organize a project together.  We will also be continuing our education video series with new topics in development now. Education for all OHV enthusiasts is our goal. The success of these events allow us to extend our reach further into the local Southern OHV communities and so we sincerely thank for all your support. Many good things are happening within SFWDA. For applications and to learn more about our Grant Program; check out our Grant Program Webpage

This new initiative by your association has been established for the benefit of its members and their OHV areas, both public and private.   The SFWDA Grant initiative is our largest annual project committing a significant portion of the association net income to this program.  The SFWDA Grant initiative supports the membership and regional projects focused on our core missions – Conservation, Education and Recreation. 


Upcoming Events

 Now if you enjoyed this weekend then be sure to check out the Events Calendar for upcoming SFWDA events; http://www.sfwda.org/event-calendar#cid=1044&wid=201

Up next is our Summer Meet & Ride at Beasley Knob OHV Park on Saturday, June 6th. The only fee for this event is the $5 land use that goes directly to the Forest Service when you arrive. Everyone is welcome to attend, members or not. Stay tuned in for more details to come.  

Mark on your calendars now Dixie Run 29. September 24-27th, 2015 at Golden Mountain Park in Sparta, TN. 


For more info and to learn how to join http://www.sfwda.org/join

 
TF'15-success
 

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TrailFest 2014 was a hit!

 This was a special event this year. A combination of many fresh and exciting things happening all together that made this 11th annual the biggest and best TrailFest events yet. The weather this past weekend was the best I can recall at this event. The rain held out, the temperature was great, and the trails were well primed for us all at Adventure Off Road Park.

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SFWDA GRANT Program Introduction

Your Association Introduces the - SFWDA GRANT Program

 The Southern Four Wheel Drive Association Board of Directors approved during the on-line meeting on April 21, 2014 the introduction of the SFWDA Grant Program.   This new initiative by your association has been established for the benefit of its members and their OHV areas, both public and private.   The SFWDA Grant initiative is our largest annual project committing a significant portion of the association net income to this program.  The SFWDA Grant initiative supports the membership and regional projects focused on our core missions – Conservation, Education and Recreation. 

The grant funding will be $5,000 maximum per grant project and requires a cost sharing portion from the requesting party in order to qualify.  SFWDA has committed $30,000 in 2014 to fund this first year of the Grant Program.  The decision process includes the application process; Grant scoring based on the goals and scope of the project; and a commitment to maintain best operating practices for a period of three years.  Additionally SFWDA will post signage designating the project as a SFWDA Grant project.  The application and decision framework for the program is posted on our association web page at www.sfwda.org.

 Additionally the SFWDA Grant can be used as part of the matching funding requirements of the state Recreational Trails Program in your home state.  As part of our development of the SFWDA Grant Program, your association has detailed the available RTP funding by state and the appropriate links to the RTP sites for additional information.  This information is included in the SFWDA Grant application document. 

SFWDA recently awarded our first Grant to the Friends of Uwharrie (www.friendsofuwharrie.org) and the Carolina Trail Blazers (www.carolina-trailblazers.org) for Gravel Access Road improvements within and to the Uwharrie National Forest.  The SFWDA Grant will purchase 125 tons of gravel to be applied by a U.S. Forest Service Contractor during the annual maintenance of these roads.  This grant addresses access issues of OHV, hikers, kayakers, fishermen, bird watchers, mountain bikers and equestrian users of this valuable national land asset.  Additionally, SFWDA has offered a challenge to the office of The Honorable Richard Hudson, Member of Congress, 8th District to match our grant award and address the needs of his constituents. 

Future projects will include Tread Lightly training and educational segments; trail development on OHV private lands; access and trail improvements within both public and private areas; trail maintenance; site improvements including restrooms, etc.; and other great ideas from you, the members of SFWDA. 

We are pleased to share this tool with you, the supporting members of SFWDA, and empower you with a funding mechanism to address critical projects in your home areas.  Please work with your public and private land partners to create a dynamic result and address critical conservation, education and/or recreation needs to continue growing our OHV sport.

 Please feel free to direct any questions to Ray Stanley, ray.stanley@sfwda.org; Brian Overly, brian.overly@sfwda.org; or Flint Holbrook, flint.holbrook@sfwda.org.

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