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SFWDA continues the fight for your trails on the DBBB! Learn more about this World Class OHV System

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.


www.sfwda.org/dbbb


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.

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An exclusive trail ride for SFWDA Members........

 Great Smoky Mountain Jeep Invasion

VENDOR’S APPRECIATION RIDE

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SFWDA will host an all day ride at the WindRock OHV Park on Monday August 27th starting at 8:00am.  It is absolutely free and lunch will be included.  This ride will be offered to the first 20 lucky SFWDA Premium Members that have an OHV with 35” or larger tires and front and rear lockers and a winch,  You must signs up on line at this link.

https://www.sfwda.org/event-calendar#id=149&cid=1044&wid=201

Sponsored by: WARN, BFG, Spider Web Shade, JP Magazin e and Chris Durham Motorsports.

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Senator Maynard visits with US Forest Service in support of West Virginia OHV Trails

Washington D.C.-Thursday, Senator Mark R. Maynard of the 6th district met with the US Forest Service. He had scheduled the meeting due to a past discovery that in Tucker county(which is almost entirely Mongahela forest) has virtually no OHV trails due to gated roads.
Senator Maynard is a proponent of OHV trails, so he set up a meeting with the US forest service to discuss. There are 921,000 acres of monongahela forest in WV, with zero designated ohv trails, 1,064,176 acres of the George Washington National Forest and with the Jefferson national forest making up 709,593 acres with neither having OHV trails.
Senator Maynard said “l wanted to let them know our economy and the nation’s economy can benefit. I told them l want public land to be used by nearly all forms of public interest. I want birdwatchers to have a place designated where there will be zero disturbances, but l also want a place for OHV users to enjoy their taxpayer property.” One member at the table Senator Maynard spoke with used to live in Moab, Utah, and this member of the US forest service understood the importance of embracing the off-road community. Maynard said “Hopefully they will consider. I told them we could start a pilot project in Tucker county with the Tucker county four wheelers adopting and being responsible for the trails there.” If you are a taxpayer and would like the right to access your property, Senator Maynard suggested visiting the link below, to voice the importance of OHV trails on National Forests.

www.fs.fed.us/about-agency/contact-us<http://www.fs.fed.us/about-agency/contact-us>


Senator Mark R. Maynard

CHAIR:  Rule-Making Review Committee

CHAIR:  Natural Resources

CHAIR:  Enrolled Bills

VICE CHAIR:  Economic Development

VICE CHAIR: Government Organization

304.357.7808<tel:304.357.7808> | Capitol Phone

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State Capitol Complex | Building 1, Room W-206 | Charleston, West Virginia  25305-0800

Web<http://www.legis.state.wv.us/> • Facebook<https://www.facebook.com/markrmaynardwvsenate/> • Twitter<https://twitter.com/markrmaynard>
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Welcome TRAIL LOGIC INDUSTRIES as our newest SFWDA Business Member!

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  Welcome TRAIL LOGIC INDUSTRIES to our family of supporting business members. They will be setup on Vendor Row at Dixie Run so stop on by and say Hi. 

  Trail Logic Indistries is also the sponsor CREEKBED CRAWL at DIXIE RUN 32. This is a fun and challenging event for everyone, and all types of rigs, an Everyman Challenge type of race.

   Look for more details from this team includn the amazing custom TROPHIES coming soon, hot off the cut table and a TON of raffle prizes for all Dixie Run participants.

Register here https://www.sfwda.org/event-calendar#id=148&wid=201&cid=1044

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Creekbed Crawl is back at Dixie Run 32!

 For our 32nd Annual SFWDA - Dixie Run event we’re headed back to Golden Mountain OHV Park one more time. This is your opportunity to explore the trails of this great park.

   We are also excited to announce the return of our Creekbed Crawl. Last year drivers in a wide variety of rigs and lots of daily driver rigs competed against the clock in a rock crawling race through the boulders over and over some ruts. It’s an every man challenge and all we require in the rig is basic safety equipment which includes a seatbelt and of course a roll cage.

  Welcome TRAIL LOGIC INDUSTRIES as our sponsor of this fun and challenging event. 

Register here -  https://www.sfwda.org/event-calendar#id=148&wid=201&cid=1044

 

 

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Want to win a set of BFGoodrich Tires - 5 Tires up to 37" - Scott Fields Benefit Raffle

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Scott Fields Benefit Raffle sponsored by BFGoodrich Tires

Want to win a set of BFGoodrich Tires
 5 Tires up to 37"!

$5 Raffle Tickets are being sold right now. Show your support for a good friend of the whole OHV Community especially here in the Southeast, and literally for decades now. Winner drawn live, June 23, 2018! 

Scott Fields

Scott Fields and family are in need of your support in this challenging moment. 100% of proceeds will go directly to the family.

Get your tickets at a local event near you. 


$5.00 Tickets - Must not be present to Win - Live Drawing June 23, 2018 

BF Goodrich has donated a set of five tires to be raffled off in support of the Scott Fields Benefit effort. Raffle tickets will be available for just $5.00 each at the Scott Fields Benefit Ride, Carolina Beach Jeep Go Topless Day and Clemson 4Wheel Center Poker Run this weekend and other events until June 23 when the winning ticket will be drawn at the SFWDA Uwharrie Meet and Ride. You do not need to be present to win so buy a handful of tickets...

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Scott Fields Benefit Ride - Saturday, May 19th @ Uwharrie - Camping - Raffle - Fund Raiser

Scott Fields Benefit Ride

Hosted by Carolina Trail Blazers & True Patriot

Saturday, May 19th

Trail Riding * Camping * Raffle * Fund Raiser 


Scott Fields has dedicated decades of service and support of OHV recreation in North Carolina. 


Event Hosts True Patriot Inc and Carolina Trail Blazers welcome all to the Scott Fields Benefit Ride May 19th.

 Camping is available for $10 per rig for Friday and Saturday for those wanting to ride in the forest, daily trail pass not included. Camping is included with a $50 donation for the private rides on Big Creek Rocks and Grand Overland District, Ledger Shoals. Rides will be organized by moderate and difficult to take driver experience and vehicle capability into consideration. All rides will leave the event center around 9:30 and return by 5. Lunch is not provided, however, Texalina BBQ will be on hand when the rides return to the events center. 

The raffle will start at 6. Many thanks to Piedmont Performance Diesel & Off-Road for reaching out to MetalCloak and providing the complete install of either a Game Changer or Rock Sport lift kit; as well as Hi-Lift Jacks and Accessories, Root One Six Off Road, and Apex Overland for all of the awesome raffle items.

...UPDATE: thank you Rugged Ridge, Southeast Overland, and ARB for adding to the raffle!...

This event is only possible because of the phenomenal community that Scott is a cornerstone of who have come together on short notice to make this happen. He has greatly impacted the wheeling and veteran communities for many decades and we are honored to be able to do this for him. Scott is in a battle for his life against a rare cancer. All monies will go directly to Scott to cover medical costs, bills, and support his family. Please come out and support this event so all can show their love and appreciation for this great man.

https://www.gofundme.com/scott-fields-mtn-of-medical-bills

Texalina BBQ on site Saturday!!

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SFWDA Contributes $2,500 Grant Award to 6th Annual "4Wheeling for a Cure" to benefit St. Jude

A $2,500 Grant was Awarded to "4 Wheeling for a Cure" to benefit St. Jude
on April 14, 2018 at
Windrock Park, Oliver Springs, TN

 SFWDA Public Relations Director Jon Plaza presents the SFWDA Grant check to Brian Overly host of the 6th Annual Event.&nbsp;

SFWDA Public Relations Director Jon Plaza presents the SFWDA Grant check to Brian Overly host of the 6th Annual Event. 

 This 6th Annual contributed another $36,435 directly to St. Jude Childrens Research&nbsp;

This 6th Annual contributed another $36,435 directly to St. Jude Childrens Research 

"Another great year for the books! We really appreciate all of the help for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital! $36,435!!!! Thank you to everyone who donated to, participated in, and attended our event. Your support means the world to us and the kids of St. Jude! "                       
                                                                                        - St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital

 Brian and Janet Overly of the Rattle Rock OHV Club

Brian and Janet Overly of the Rattle Rock OHV Club

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Win This Jeep - Help Support our dear friend Scott Field's fight with Cancer

Many of you do not know our good friend Scott Fields. Here is a little look into his OHV life. Scott is very sick and we are trying to support him, his family and the current issues. Please help us help Scott in this time of need. Support the Carolina Trail Blazers, Jason Watson and Team, as they support the Fields family.
— SFWDA President; Ray Stanley

A message from the Carolina Trail Blazers, James Belcher.

The Uwharries, prior to becoming a national forest in 1961 by decree of President John F. Kennedy, were used for hunting, gold mining, timber and farming. All of those activities left a system of roads and trails throughout the forest which continued to be used by recreationists after the Uwharries were name a National Forest. Motorcycles, trucks and early 4wd vehicles accessed the forest for many purposes. With the advent of the ATV in the early 70’s usage of the forest increased.

In the late 70s and early 80s, motorcycle clubs, notably NC Trailriders, under the leadership of John Worsley, were using the forest trail system and developing and maintaining new trails. At this time Scott Fields was living on Badin Lake and as an active outdoorsman, Scott was an active user of Uwharrie National Forest. Scott was an ATV owner who frequently rode the Forest Service roads and hunting trails in the Uwharries. As a “local” Scott became friends with John Worsley and NC Trailriders. Scott would use his Honda Foreman ATV to serve as a pack mule for the motorcycle club as they performed their trail work carrying chainsaws, axes, gas cans and other equipment the motorcycle riders couldn’t carry.

In 1982 Scott purchased a “79 Dodge Power Wagon. This vehicle was capable of carrying much more trail development equipment and Scott’s role in developing the Uwharrie trail system increased as well. At about this same time Forest Service personnel and motorcycle club leadership began to have issues over the trail system usage and maintenance. Legal motorcycle access was even suspended for a short period between 1982 and 1984. It was at this time that Scott began to have a vision to incorporate the off road trails into a Forest Service operation that would serve the full size OHV users in addition to the motorcycles and three wheeler ATVs that were using the trail system. In 1984 the trail system was reopened for all motor usage and was being used by motorcycles, ATVs and full size 4wd vehicles which were becoming very popular.

During this same period of time, 1982-1986, a 4wd event called the Smoky Mountain Trek was being held in the Nantahala National Forest area called Tellico. With the proliferation of full size 4wd usage, the event began to grow beyond its bounds, and the need developed for a recreationist advocacy group to work with the Forest Service in maintaining the trail system.

In the spring of 1987 a new organization was formed to be an advocate for the many individual and club 4wd enthusiasts in the southeast United States. This association was formed as the Southern Four Wheel Drive Association. The inaugural meeting took place in Gatlingburgh, TN. Among the attendees was Scott Fields, a member of the Carolina Trail Blazers 4wd Club, Inc. Scott is a charter member of SFWDA as is the CTB club.

Through his contacts with local enthusiasts, Forest Service personnel and SFWDA leadership, Scott brokered a deal whereby SFWDA would assist the Forest Service in developing an OHV system in the forest which would bring to fruition his vision of a multi-user trail system.

Several of SFWDA’s leaders at that time were experienced heavy machinery operators and Scott recruited their services in operating the machinery that modified the single track trails into something suitable for full size 4wd vehicles. Gunnar Byrd, 2011-2013 SFWDA president, and Griff Shirley were the men on the machines during this phase of the Uwharrie OHV trail system development.

As with many Forest Service programs, the participation of the general public, especially sport specific enthusiasts, was a key to maintaining the new OHV trails. As Scott’s vision began to take shape, the need for someone to coordinate volunteer efforts in this maintenance was self evident. As a resident of the area, an enthusiast and visionary of the project, Scott was the logical choice, and so began his 16 year run as OHV volunteer coordinator for the Uwharrie OHV trail system.

In the mid 2000s Scott suffered some business problems which forced him to curtail his OHV volunteer activities and move away from the Uwharie area. The OHV volunteer coordinator position passed through several people and as participation and communication between the coordinators and the Forest Service declined the Forest Service decided to began using an Adpot-A-Trail Partner program. Instead of having a volunteer coordinator that would work with the various clubs and individuals, clubs would adopt a specific trail to maintain in the Uwharrie OHV system and the Forest Service personnel would coordinate with club leadership.

Without Scott Fields and his vision it is very doubtful that there would even be an OHV trail system in Uwharrie National Forest. He is owed a debt of gratitude from every enthusiast who uses those trails!

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This years Trailfest Premium Members Experience will be a little different than at past events. Here's How.... 

Trailfest Premium Members Experience is back in 2018! Better than ever......

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Premium Members Experience is Back! 

You've been waiting for it and here it is! 

Join us at Trailfest on Friday morning at the main pavilion at 8:30 AM for coffee, donuts and a Premium Members EXCLUSIVE raffle. ALL Premium Members who come to Trailfest are welcome! There will be some great prizes and the only way to win them is to be an active Premium Member (with no outstanding dues!)

Afterwards, there will be a Premium Members ride. to sign up for that, go to the Trail Ride sign up page and register. We will pick names from those who show interest and be in touch with them on Monday of Trailfest week to confirm our Ride lineup.

Register for the ride here:
https://www.sfwda.org/event-calendar#id=146&wid=201&cid=1044

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