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Congratulations to all 3 of our newly elected Board of Directors joining the SFWDA Team!

 Welcome our three newly appointed Board of Directors. 

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 This past Saturday during our Annual Meeting we conducted elections for four BOD positions due for turnover under the SFWDA leadership bylaws.

  We were fortunate to have three well qualified candidates express interest.  After the formal voting process we have appointed each of these newly elected representatives to an Assistant Position for this first 2 year period,  at which time they will each assume the Directors role of each respective position.

 Those three positions were each filled with existing SFWDA members, while some are new and and some have been around for decades, they all have a deep passion and commitment to supporting the core mission of SFWDA; COnservation * Education * Recreation. 


Welcome our new Board of Directors

  • President -  open needs fulfilled before 2020 elections 

  • Treasurer -  newly appointed "Assistant Treasurer"
         - K
    im Spangler Mcgee

  • Director Conservation and Land Use - newly appointed
         "Assistant Director Conservation and Land Use" 
         - Robert Parmer

  • Director of Membership - newly appointed
          "Assistant Director of Membership" 
          - Bo Rosa


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 If you get a chance please take a moment to Thanks and Congratulate these folks. They have taken a leap forward and a rewarding commitment to support a regional non-profit off road stewardship organization. Their efforts and actions over the next 2-4 years will have a direct impact in our community.


From all of us here at SFWDA, and to all of our BOD, Leadership, and Volunteers.

Thanks gain for all your support! 

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Our new Facebook "Page" has just broke 1,000 Likes! Thank You SFWDA!

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WoHoooo....

We're off and running now for sure, 1,000 strong! THANK YOU SFWDA members and friends. We're delighted to have each and every one of you as part of our stewardship family.   #sfwda

 While you may already know about or are a member of our original Facebook Group, this is different. The idea is the we will use this new page for events and promotions while our Group stays more interactive among our fellow members. Think of our new page more like a website and our group page more like a forum from yesterday. You should find anything published from SFWDA direct on both pages but more in-depth conversations and discussions will remain on our group page. Thanks for keeping up and remember Facebook is just one way to follow us. We also publish all important content to our website's Message Board and our other Social Media channels ie; Twitter, and Instagram. And of course you'll find all our latest videos on our YouTube channel as well.  

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Annual Meeting LIVE Streaming on Facebook! This Saturday @ 8 AM

  If you can't join us in Oak Ridge for our Annual Meeting then you can watch online in your own home easier than ever before!

  Over the past few years, technology has evolved considerably and so has our outreach within the Association's membership. In the past, we managed a live audio and video feed available to anyone through a program by Citrix called GoToWebinar. While this still works and is widely used in business we wanted to provide more to our members.

  With Social Media options more diverse than ever we carefully considered which channel outlet to best connect with our members. According to all our reports, Facebook is one place where almost all of our audience frequents.  Now, for the first time, we have decided to go LIVE on Facebook to broadcast our meeting. We hope to make getting involved more accessible for everyone. 

  Please visit our Facebook Page or our website on Saturday morning. From 8AM - 12 PM EST Noon, you will be able to listen and watch our meeting LIVE from the conference room at the DoubleTree Hotel & Resort in Oak Ridge, TN.  https://www.facebook.com/SFWDA.org/

Live Stream begins at 8 AM Saturday Morning 

Live Stream begins at 8 AM Saturday Morning 

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SFWDA has Several Positions Open for 2018 -2019 BOD Elections - We need Your Help

Contact us to submit a nomination. We need your support! 

Contact us to submit a nomination. We need your support! 


Do you like to go off road in your 4x4, and enjoy trail riding?
Do you want to help ensure public access to our OHV trails?
Do you have some spare time to volunteer and support a not for profit? 
Do you believe Education and Conservation are the keys to sustainability in OHV recreation? 


We need your help!

 Become a vital part of the largest and most active full size OHV stewardship organization on the east coast? 

 Southern Four Wheel Drive Association (SFWDA) has the following positions coming up in December for Board of Directors Election of the 2018 -2019 term.  
 

BOD
  • President

  • Treasurer

  • Director Conservation and Land Use

  • Director Membership

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2018 SFWDA Board of Directors Annual Meeting

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Join us for our end of year meeting where we wrap up 2017 and discuss 2018.

Everyone is invited.This is an all access, no membership required meeting, and we want you all to join us either in person or LIVE online. That's right, anyone who can't make it in person can join us on your phone, tablet, laptop, smartphone, etc., right at home. You are all welcome to join in. We will be streaming our Meeting LIVE on Facebook this year from our SFWDA Page.

( https://www.facebook.com/SFWDA.org )

We'll meet at the Doubletree Hotel, Oak Ridge, TN conference room for our 8 AM meeting to begin. During which time we will cover a variety of land use topics and new areas of riding under development. We will also discuss and approve 2017 Grants, SFWDA Bylaws, upcoming events, our budget, plans for 2018, and 2018-2020 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 online live during the meeting while viewing the Facebook LIVE stream.

Lodging

Use our Group Code S4W when booking. Rooms are only $82 if reserved by Nov. 15th. 

 Lodging is Available at our discounted rate with our Group Code - (S4W) code if you book by Nov. 15th. A block of rooms has been reserved for December 1, 2017 - December 3, 2017. The special room rate will be available until November 15th or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first.
Guests can use this link to book their rooms directly or, call the hotel at 865-481-2468 and refer to the group code: S4W This link will take them directly to their special rate and when to make reservations.  
http://doubletree.hilton.com/en/dt/groups/personalized/O/ORKDTDT-S4W-20171201/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG

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California Residents declare a victory for the Off Road Community

California Legislators and Governor Make the Off Highway Vehicle Program (OHMVR) a Permanent Part of the State’s Recreation Plan

   After many months of concentrated effort the California State Assembly just recently passed amended legislation that provides permanent status for reauthorization of the highly successful Off Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation program. The State Senate concurred and the legislation was submitted to the Governor for signature. On October 3, 2017, the Governor signed legislation making the OHMVR program permanent.

BAKERSFIELD, CALIFORNIA - After nearly a year of work with the California Legislature, State parks, Governor Jerry Brown, and stakeholders from across the country, the California OHV program has been extended. In addition, there’s a partner bill that makes the program a permanent part of recreation in California.

S.B. 249 and S.B. 159 are the legislative bills that Governor Jerry Brown signed into law. The California OHV program was introduced in 1971 and is funded by self-imposed user fees and taxes.  The program does not utilize general tax funds to accomplish its goals. The program also has an extensive “Grant Program” that provides funding for education, law enforcement and restoration through state, federal and local communities across the state

Over 80% of OHV opportunities in California are on federal land and facing budget shortfalls at all levels. The OHV program is an integral part of making sure that responsible and meaningful motorized recreation continues in California and provides the necessary funding to help augment those short-falls.

While it may seem that a complicated state like California would never allow OHV use, this proves that a viable, responsible and important program can work its way through a super majority and become stronger. Our original goal was to keep the existing program intact while at the same time make it permanent. With strong collaboration and hard work, we have accomplished these goals and are now looking forward to the future of off road recreation.

For more information, please contact the Off-Road Business Association at www.orba.biz

Fred Wiley
President/CEO
Off Road Business Association
UFWDA Treasure

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SFWDA Presents - Fall Meet n Ride 2nd Annual at Daniel Boone

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Join SFWDA on November 4, 2017 for our
Fall Meet n' Ride, Slade, KY. 

OHIO RIVER FOUR WHEELERS and Kentucky Krawlers would like to invite our friends from SFWDA to head north for our second annual Meet & Ride day of wheeling in the Daniel Boone National Forest / Red River Gorge area. We would like to show our appreciation for all the support SFWDA has provided to help develop and promote the Daniel Boone Back Country Byway / DBBB.

There are NO registration or trail package fees for this event.

This may change due to Hollerwood Park opening later this year. We will notify through the Facebook event page. We are working on a free cost event even if Hollerwood Park is open.

We have enlisted volunteers from several local clubs to assist as Trail Boss,Mid-gunner, and Tail-gunners, for several trail combination packages, from Mild to Extreme. We will have something for everyone. Experience some of the trails you've heard about in this area: DBBB, Carburetor Hill, HairPin, WidowMaker,
and others. We have added extra trails this year, that were not open last year.

The Slade / Natural Bridge area is about 165 miles north of Knoxville, TN at Exit 33 off the Burt T. Combs Mountain Parkway.

We are eager to help you enjoy the trails we call HOME.
The following pages list registration instructions, hotel, camping & RV accommodations and local restaurants that will be open to make your weekend enjoyable.

Registration & Rules to Ride:

You MUST go through the SFWDA event site to register (RSVP) for this event.
Space will be limited this year to 150 vehicles. We had 138 last year.
Non-registered arrivals may be be added to groups if space allows.
Once you complete registration at SFWDA website, PRINT A HARD COPY OF YOUR REGISTRATION FORM AND BRING IT TO THE EVENT. YOU WILL NEED THIS FORM FOR THE INTAKE &TECHNICAL INSPECTION PROCESS.

We will offer 4 difficulty levels of trail riding this year:

  • EASY - Stock All Terrain Tires (31in.) - Green Sticker
  • MEDIUM - (33in. minimum tire) - Blue Sticker (Locker could be useful)
  • DIFFICULT - (35in. minimum tire)- Red Sticker (Minimum one locker)
  • EXTREME - (38in. minimum tire) - Orange Sticker (Front & Rear locker required)


You may go down in tires size if you like to join an easier group, however you may not go up in difficulty level with a smaller tire size.
This is to insure we keep rigs moving on the trails during the day, since other group will be using the same trails.

Due to the terrific turnout last year, we will begin the Intake / Tech Inspection Process at 7:30 a.m. Saturday morning. Get in line early to ensure your spot in the group you'd like to ride with. Groups will depart the campground beginning at 8:30 - 9:00.

EACH rig must carry a First Aid Kit. You will not be put into a group if you don't have these items onboard.

Your rig MUST have one recovery point on vehicle.

A CB radio and full size spare tire are strongly suggested.

Each vehicle will bring a lunch meal & drinks to enjoy during a break on the trail.

Regardless of what difficulty level of ride you choose, at times you will be traveling on Kentucky county roads. You may not carry or consume any illegal drugs or alcohol when trail riding. Adult beverages around the campfire in the evening are welcome.

Our goal is for everyone to have a safe & fantastic experience.

Hotel / Cabin / Lodge Rentals

Li'l Abner Motel & Cottages
1000 Natural Bridge Rd
(606) 663-5384
http://www.lilabnermotel.com/

Natural Bridge State Resort Park, Slade KY
2135 Natural Bridge Road, Slade, KY, 40376
(606) 663-2214
http://parks.ky.gov/parks/resortparks/natural-bridge/
Black Bear Lodge Motel & Cabin Rental
781 Natural Bridge Rd, Slade, KY, 40376
606-663-0000
http://www.sceniccabin.com/
 

Camping / camper / RV

Natural Bridge Campground
90 L & E Railroad Pl. Slade, KY 40376
606-663-9352
http://www.naturalbridgecampground.com/

This campground is the spot where all activities will start from and has sufficient space to accommodate all camping guests for this event.

Restaurants

At the Slade exit

Miguel's Pizza & Rock Climbing
1890 Natural Bridge Rd, Slade, KY 40376-9019 (606) 663-1975

Subway
Mountain Parkway Slade exit 33, Slade, KY

Red River Rockhouse Gastropub
4000 KY-11, Campton, KY 41301 (606) 668-6656

Sandstone Arches Restaurant
2135 Natural Bridge Rd, Slade, KY 40376-9026 (502) 564-2172

Hill Top Pizza
1341 Natural Bridge Rd, Slade, KY 40376-9014

FROGGY BOTTOM DINER
1341 Natural Bridge Rd, Slade, KY 40376 (606) 663-3710


Where & When

Natural Bridge Campground
90 L & E Railroad Pl
Slade, KY 40376

Start:
Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 8:00 AM

End:
Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 5:00 PM

Time Zone: Eastern Time

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Season 3 of our Education Video Series Continues...."Safe Vehicle Recovery After a Rollover"

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Season 3 of our Education Video Series Continues...."Safe Vehicle Recovery After a Rollover"

 We're very proud to release this all new video from our third season now of Educational Videos! We're hard at work on the additional 3 planned for this season. 

"Safe Vehicle Recovery After a Rollover" 

 Learn from the Pro's. In conjunction with Overland Experts, SFWDA is excited to present step by step suggestions on how to safely recover a vehicle after a simple rollover. There are a ton of tips throughout the video so sit back and enjoy......and hope you never need to use these valuable skills and knowledge. (All situations are different, so it is imperative that you evaluate your situation before taking any action.)

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