2018 has been a great year for Southern Four Wheel Drive! Our Associaions Membership continues to grow, now with more active individual Members, and supporting Business than we have ever before. Not to mention the Premium Members who all agree it’s great to give a little more to get a little more, and as a SFWDA Premium Membership you cant go wrong.
This past year we also witnessed changes to a few local OHV parks. While one private park may have closed, overall the future is very bright for OHV enthusiasts in the Southeast. For example there’s a public 1,300 plus acres OHV trail project known as Southern Gulf Off Road In Coalmont, TN already underway now with funds from the federal funded, state administered grant program know as RTP or the Recreational Trails Program.
We at SFWDA are also very excited to announce we have secured our Dixie Run and Trailfest venues and dates now for 2019, and they’re going to be AWESOME! Speaking of events, we have several amazing Meet & Rides planned again through the seasons as well as a return to Daniel Boone Back Country Byway in the fall for the fourth year in a row.
Mark your calendars now!
Dixie Run 33 Adventure ORP October 3-6, 2019
Through the success of our very own SFWDA Grants program we have already awarded over $76,634 in 2018 to a variety of very deserving recipients. This Grant program has been a huge success for us overall and has been instrumental in the funding of a variety of projects and free educational courses.
2018 SFWDA Grant Overview
Total grants for 2018 $ 76,634
2016-2018 SFWDA Grant Overview
Grand total $150,239 as an organization over the last three years.
To learn more please visit our Grants web page today.
As technology continues to advance we will continue to strive forward along with it by providing our members convenient access to whats most important like current events, education topics and best practices, educational videos, and even streaming web meetings so that everyone can stay involved no matter where you live.
After a productive Annual SFWDA Meeting on December 1st in Tennessee we have some proud new Board Members to acknowledge.
Our 2019 SFWDA BOD is as follows:
President - Ray Stanley
Vice President - Jay Bird and Aaron Roddy
Treasurers - Doyle Punches and Ted Macias
Secretary - Aimee Darnell
Director Membership - Lucas Weidner and Bo Rosa
Director Conservation - Kendall Flint Holbrook and Robert Parmer
Director Education - Alan D. Sweney
Director Recreation - Pete Mier, Amy Dyan Clayborne and assisted by Shawn Moose Halstead
Director Communications - Walter Shafer and assisted by Dallas Pass
Director Business Development - Cristina Campanella
We have a great team appointed for 2019-2020, but we can always use more help from volunteers like yourself.
Let’s rock forward through 2019!
We are honored and grateful to be a part of your holiday traditions. Southern Four Wheel Drive exists and thrives because of responsible and passionate off road enthusiasts like yourself. For over 30 years now our family has dedicated themselves towards a common goal and the core mission of our Association; Conservation, Education, and of course Recreation.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!
Happy Thanksgiving from your Southern Four Wheel Drive Association Board Of Directors and Leadership Volunteers. As fellow wheelers we are truly grateful for this beautiful land and it’s trails we’re able to explore. We’re even more grateful for the thousands of SFWDA Members who together progress our core mission for future generations - Conservation *Education * Recreation.#sfwda
The country’s most uncrowded state is making big investments in growing its recreation economy.
Wyoming wants more people to know that it is a place for outdoor lovers. Yet, while driving through America’s least-populated state, for long stretches of miles, the only sign of human existence is the occasional oil rig affixed to a rolling expanse of greenery and rocky hills. Extraction has historically fueled the Cowboy State’s economy and remains its No. 1 industry, but outdoor recreation—its No. 2 industry—is proving a viable and far-more sustainable source of income than the famously boom-and-bust-prone oil-and-gas enterprise. Thus, Wyoming has begun to invest in outdoor recreation more than ever before.
Read More from our source publisher;
“ Outdoor recreation already accounts for $5.6 billion in annual consumer spending in Wyoming, as well $1.6 billion in wages for 50,000 jobs—a considerable number when you consider that Wyoming’s entire population comes in at under 600,000 and that the extraction industries only account for about 27,000 jobs. Nearly 50 percent of Wyoming is comprised of public land. With iconic natural destinations such as Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Tetons, it’s not surprising that outdoor recreation is indeed one of the state’s key economic drivers.
But not everyone sees outdoor recreation as a silver bullet for diversifying Wyoming’s economy. Mead’s outdoor recreation taskforce has to contend with the fact that, interspersed among much of Wyoming’s public lands are swaths of private land. And private land owners are wary about the prospect of growth (read: development) and heavier traffic, especially as more and more events and headlines point to irresponsible and disrespectful visitors.“
It’s almost time for our 2018 SFWDA Annual Meeting
Join us for our end of year meeting where we wrap up 2018 and discuss 2019.
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 / YouTube this year from our SFWDA Page / Channel.
( www.facebook.com/SFWDA.org )
We will be holding our 2018 Annual Meeting on Saturday, December 1, 2018 at the Hilton Doubletree Hotel, Oak Ridge, TN. The agenda includes a review of 2018, presentation of 2019 budgets and elections of officers. By resolution, we will be proposing the creation of the following positions: Director Communications, Director Education, Director Conservation, Director Recreation and Director Business Development. Please contact any current officer with any questions.
This will be an interactive event in which all attendees can ask questions both in person and online live during the meeting while viewing the Facebook LIVE stream.
Guests can call the hotel directly at 865-481-2468 and refer to the group code or this private link:
Use code ( S4W ) to book a discounted room with our SFWDA event Code and enjoy some free Hot Cookies. See website for more details.
See you there..... #SFWDA
The Daniel Boone Backcountry Byway Receives ORBA Trail Award
The Daniel Boone Backcountry Byway has just been awarded by ORBA; the Off Road Business Association with its 2018 Trail Award! AFWDA is very proud of this award and For all the volunteers who have spent years of hard work and dedication to make this trail system come to life and we are extremely thankfull for being recognized.
The Daniel Boone Backcountry Byway (DBBB) is a high clearance four-wheel drive vehicle route comprised of highly scenic county and public roads. It is roughly one-third gravel, one-third asphalt, and one-third trail. It is around one hundred miles in length and traverses the Red River Gorge National Geologic Area and Daniel Boone National Forest in eastern Kentucky.The DBBB is moderate in difficulty. It is open to licensed and street legal vehicles. Historically, this area of Kentucky hosted Jeep Jamborees and other type events documented as early as 1969. In 2004, a travel management rule change by USFS closed many of the routes and ended the organized events and open access. Tourism dropped off for the local economies and we lost a world class-riding destination. Since the mid-2000's, a concerted effort from the Southern Four Wheel Drive Association (SFWDA, www.sfwda.org), five local counties, and the USFS resulted in the DBBB route being revitalized, publicized and supported. Generous grants from SFWDA, UFWDA, and maintenance support from the USFS sustains this important recreational resource for all people. SFWDA awarded the DBBB a grant to pay for a digital map to be built by the cartography business Cartotracks, www.cartotracks. Users download the PDF map of the DBBB onto their smartphones and the phone's GPS guides them accurately and safely along the route. This use of technology has helped revitalize the local economy. Providing a way for the public to navigate the route whether or not they are familiar with the area or had map-reading skills proved to be vital. It also condenses the recreational use of the forest, allowing for efficient use of maintenance resources. This initial DBBB route is the first phase and totals over 100 miles. There are many more miles of historic roads that can be added with further work. The DBBB is made possible by physical and financial support from all members of Southern Four Wheel Drive Association, Ohio River Four Wheelers, Kentucky Krawlers; and key contributors Jeffrey Dozier, Anthony Foster, Jeremy Robbins, Tyler Hensley, Aaron Roddy, Joe Kling, Luke Bogner of ECO-OHV, Jake and Jennifer White of Cartotracks, and Flint Holbrook, Director Land Use and Conservation SFWDA. SFWDA continues its work today supporting the DBBB through numerous conservation and access initiatives.
To Learn More and help support please visit our DBBB page here on the website.
The CTB raffle Jeep has new owner(s) the son and daughter of the original owner, thanks to James Belcher (CTB treasurer) who contacted the winner by phone. The winner wanted the Jeep to stay in the club. So did we. But James took it a step further, offered the winner his OWN money and then GAVE the jeep to Scott Fields kids. This is a shot of them taking what THEY believed, would be theirmlast ride ever in that jeep just 2 hours before the winner was announced
The Daniel Boone Backcountry Byway (DBBB) is a high clearance 4wd route comprised of improved and unimproved county and public roads over 100 miles long centered around the scenic Red River Gorge and Daniel Boone National Forest in eastern Kentucky.
Back in 2016 SFWDA started developing a strategy to allow public access to all of the DBBB trails. We have already made great strides on physical trail improvements, in addition to reclaiming trails that were illegally blocked and barricaded by residents. We also Digitally mapped this great trail, and placed maps on kiosks throughout the trail system.
The fact is we are very close to setting a new precedent on the matter with a Summary Judgment in the works now. This would be a HUGE victory for us and the OHV Community as a whole for future land access battles. It’s been a costly battle though. Our own SFWDA Grant Program has been vital to get us this far. Our current expenses on the DBBB alone in 2016 were $8,477 then in 2017 $26,006 and now in 2018 we’re already at $36,075. Our last legal bill alone was over $18,000. It’s all well worth it when we claim victory. This is why we are asking for your help. A small donation today will ensure we can finish the fight and preserve these amazing trails forever. Scroll to the bottom of this message of this link to learn more and donate now.
More about the DBBB.
* The DBBB is of moderate difficulty and open to licensed vehicles only. It is designed for entry level off-roading and providing a safe and rewarding driving experience.
* Historically, this area of Kentucky hosted the Jeep Jamboree for many years, as far back as 1969. In 2004, a travel management rule change by USFS closed off many of the routes and ended the organized events.
* Tourism was a huge part of the rural economy of the area and the loss of access equaled a drop in economic input both direct and indirect.
* Since the mid-2000's, a concerted effort between SFWDA members, five local counties, and USFS resulted in the DBBB. Some of the important routes previously utilized by the Jeep Jamboree are now open and drawing organized events and support.
* The DBBB was launched in 2016. SFWDA supported the development of a digital map of the DBBB which allows users to navigate these beautiful 4wd roads with smart phone technology. The DBBB Facebook page has over 3200 followers and some posts have reached 10k.
* The roads are part of the historical county transportation systems which make the right-of-ways county property and allows access to the public.
* A few recent challenges to the public access of these roads have arisen due to the increased traffic of the DBBB. None have resulted in a loss of access due to support from the counties and SFWDA's grant program, which has provided generous financial support in the form of legal fees and road maintaining resources.
* There are 50-100+ miles of expansion of the DBBB planned to meet the growing need of the OHV community for entry level experience.
* The DBBB is within 5 hours drive of the northeast megalopolis which represents 17% of the US population or roughly 50 million Americans. It is also convenient to southern states as well.
* Future financial support of the DBBB is critical to sustaining and growing these world class OHV opportunities. We have recently filed for a Summary Judgement which along with our ongoing efforts have become a considerable investment.
We are seeking additional financial resources to complete our battle for access via public roads to the DBBB. If you would please consider a donation today to help support and to preserve trail access for future generations.