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Our 16th Annual Trailfest 2019 is Coming Soon....

We’re getting close!

Register Now and reserve your guaranteed spot on a Guided Trail Ride. Driver Tickets start at just $50 and include Camping, Dinner, Educational Courses, and a ton of fun for the whole family!

Learn More..... www.sfwda.org/trailfest

#sfwda #trailfest2019

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“Let’s get Dirty” - Free OHV Spring Education Event - Cabela’s Greenville, SC - This Saturday

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 Reserve your seat now to "Let's Get Dirty" training this Saturday...

WHAT: 

1. "One in Two Out" - Tread Lightly! Awareness

2. "Breaker Breaker" - Trail Communications

2. "Trail Etiquette" - Tips for riding in a group


WHERE: 

Cabela’s in Greenville, SC on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 9:30am


There are a few seats left so to be guaranteed a seat please register on SFWDA.org.

 Register Now for Free

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A huge win for the OHV Community as Rep. Cook’s Public Land Legislation finally passed!

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   SFWDA, ORBA and OneVoice are excited to see this important OHV legislation finally signed into law.  This bill took nearly a decade of hard work and dedication that will congressionally protect motorized recreation in California.

  On March 12th, President Donald Trump signed into law S. 47, the Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act, which overwhelmingly passed in the Senate and House last month. Rep. Paul Cook (R- Apple Valley) attended the signing ceremony at the White House earlier this afternoon.

The Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act is a package of bipartisan public lands-related bills that passed the House or Senate in the previous Congress.

Learn More........

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https://cook.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/president-trump-signs-rep-cooks-public-lands-legistation

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2018 Year in Review

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  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!  

  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

                          2016-$ 33,411

                          2017- $40,194

                          2018- $76,632

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! 

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Happy Holidays from our SFWDA family to yours

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 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! 

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Happy Thanksgiving Y’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

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WYOMING DOUBLES DOWN ON ITS OUTDOOR RECREATION ECONOMY

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.

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Read More from our source publisher;

https://outdoorindustry.org/article/wyoming-doubles-outdoor-recreation-economy/

“ 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.“ 

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Annual SFWDA Meeting - Saturday, Dec. 1 - Join is LIVE or in Person in Oak Ridge, Tn

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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: 

 https://doubletree.hilton.com/en/dt/groups/personalized/O/ORKDTDT-S4W-20181130/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG

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

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