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the 2018 Annual Meeting Minutes in PDF format are now available online for your convenience

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 These 2018 Meeting Minutes have been added to our Google Drive directory for archive and are also available for a direct download right here on our website.

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We also have the complete Video "LIVE" stream view-able on any device through our Facebook Page - Videos.  https://www.facebook.com/SFWDA.org/videos/534150473610555/ 

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Welcome BMS Off Road to the Southern Business Member Family - We're proud you have you!

 We're proud to welcome BMS Off Road!

Out of Hendersonville, Tennessee it's our pleasure to have you onboard the SFWDA Business Family.

Shop them online today or in their shop.

“When it comes to customizing your 4-wheeled baby or beast, we don’t think you’ll find a better option around. Whether it’s wheels and tires, a lift, stereo system or custom exterior or interior, we’ve got you covered.”
— Maccie Stark 

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A look back at 2017 and wishing all a Happy New Year for 2018

Happy New Year

What's your Association been up to.......

Video from meeting archived on Facebook from our LIVE stream


SFWDA Membership Status

  • Membership overall is up over 10% on a year to year bases.
  • Active club members: 2018 / up 16%
  • Individual members 375 / Premium members 223
  • Clubs 36/ up 12.5%
  • Business members: 62 /up 19.2%

Social Media (Dec. 2017)

  • Facebook Group: 7,006 / up 13%
  • Facebook Page 1,000 Likes + since mid 2017 inception 
  • 500+ followers for Instagram
  • 300 followers on Twitter

Third party awards for BOD Members

  • UFWDA Four-Wheeler of the Year Award:  Flint Holbrook
  • ORBA/SEMA Recognition Award for Outstanding Commitment:  Walter Shafer and Pete Mier

Regional Land Use Updates

Brent Galloway: WindRock – state of park activities

  • Additional cabins to be built on WR land and within the next 2 months online reservation will be available.
  • Building new parking lot next to T2- will be open for special events.  
  • WRP be getting into the concert business.  Spring 2018 will be timeframe of first event.
  • Currently has a Shooting range- shoot your own or rent.
  • A new restaurant on site:  WR Grill   
  • WR Bike Park- leased area for a prof mountain cyclist.   WR is diversifying. 
  • WR ATV Club is involved with trail systems since inception.   Disbanding at end of year.

DBBB Mountain Springs Rd Update:

  • Another hearing schedule on December 6.  We are trying to show 15 years of public use of roads. 
  • Goal to move forward to receive from the court system a Summary Judgement by Feb 2018.

New dialogues about the Blackwater Watershed.

  • Aaron Roddy- Carburetor Hill update:  
  • Early this year Forrest Service has closed it to OHV traffic due to landslide. 
  • Next few years to start process to do a land swap with the Forest Service and County. 

Uwharrie National Forest update: updates by Flint Holbrook and Ray Stanley

  • New District Ranger Michael Spisak  
  • USFS approved Interpretive OHV Trail system developed by Tread Lightly, 4Wheel Parts and Path Less Traveled, Inc.
  • Construction of expansion of Baldwin Lake Trail starting mid-December and will be RTP funding.

Beasley Knob OHV

  • GBR GA RTP grant complete.  The ongoing maintenance continues.
  • Problem area at Nicholson Gap, the potential solution may be re-route.
  • GBR proposed adding camping to Satterfield Station area.
  • Jay Bird discussed new Rock Garden at Beasley Knob.

Tennessee Commissioner’s Council on Greenways and Trails

  • Update provided by Bob Yarbrough: 
  • Things are more positive than in years past.
  • Currently in the planning stage which includes the study and surveys of OHV usage

NFS Region 8 Southern Region Recreations Resource Advisory committee

  • Ray Stanley has seat on committee
  • First meeting was elections, setting up structure and by-laws.

South Carolina Recreation Trail Program

  • Updates provided by Flint Holbrook
  • Rebecca Smith is the point of contact.
  • Trick N Traction looking for RTP grant to provide help to land area.

GA Recreation Trail Program Ken Sutz GA RTP committee

  • Completed a 2year cycle for RTP grant funds.
  • Estimating roughly 2million dollars available for motorized RTP grant funds.
  • Pre-application phase in progress and Phase 2 scheduled to commence April 2018
  • GA NR Projects for 2017
  • Conassuga Ranger district OHV trail Maintenance $70K
  • Bush Head Shoals State ATV Park $1.1M ATV project
         Proposal had public resistance with NEPA issues; the project was not approved.
  • GA DNR Projects for 2018, preliminary $2M to develop OHV trails.

Overview on Land Use:

Adventure Off Road Park:

  • change of ownership in 2017  
  • Committed to hosting Trailfest May 3-6 2018
  • Troy discussed conversations with Shawn and his continued commitment to the AOP.

Big Creek Rocks LLC Uwharrie NC

  • Mapping by Cartotracks/ campsites built / entrance gate and fencing installed / road repaired and shelter pad rocked.

Busted Knuckle Off-Road Park, Stevenson AL

  • Monitor progress of BKOR / hosting SFWDA M&R March 3, 2018

Coalmount TN Southern Gulf Off Road Park:

  • Roger Theurer provided status of construction.
  • TN RTP grant – purchased 1340 acres with an additional RTP grant for Construction
  • Started the project in 2010; $528K construction grant coming in.
  • Will need volunteers to help complete this park.  
  • Will be requesting SFWDA grant to help maintain water issues and road access.
  • Target is to open in end of year 2018.

Golden Mountain Park – Sparta Tn

  • Property is for sale and was reclassified for tax purposes.
  • GMP loss significant monies in recent periods.
  • DR31 & DR32 on GMP calendar, but no firm commitment if property sells.
  • Review findings of Event Planning Committee in the 2018 SFWDA calendar building portion of meeting. SFWDA will continue to monitor progress of any potential investors.

Tread Lightly updates

Al Sweeney:  Master Trainer Regional training projected schedule

  • July in Troy NC
  • November in Greenville SC   
  • Support of UNF Interpretive trail and SFWDA Educational Initiatives
  • Membership discussion on cost, time and requirements for having a Master Training Class with individual clubs in the Southeastern area.

ORBA and UFWDA

  • ORBA association of motorized offroad related businesses formed to promote and preserve off road recreation.
  • One Voice: explanation of the purpose and what is stands for “one voice to our government leaders”

2018 Grant opportunities:

  • Regional Tread Lightly Training  
  • Educational Videos
  • Organizational Support
  • Charity Contributions
  • UNF Mapping Project

2018 Organization support

Charity Contributions

  • Grant request to continue annual commitment to $1K each to TreadLightly, UFWDA, ORBA, and BRC
  • Grant request to donate $2500 each charity Crawling for Reid and 4 wheeling for a Cure

UNF Interpretive Trail System Project

  • Scope: create printable map of 173 miles in UNFTS which includes OHV, hiking, mountain bike, horse back and Kayaking trails.  Key part of Treadlightly interpretive trail project.
  • Start Dec 2017 / projected complete date May 2018
  • Total cost $10,954 / Carolina Beach Jeep Go Topless contributing $5954/4 Wheels Parts $10,000
  • Approved $5K SFWDA grant to help support

We are optimistic for a very successful and prosperous year ahead in 2018.


Hope to see you on the trails soon. 

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ORCA Coolers joins SFWDA as new business partner in 2017. Join us at Trailfest for a chance to win one yourself!

Our co-branded ORCA products coming soon for SFWDA Members. 

Our co-branded ORCA products coming soon for SFWDA Members. 

It's Official, I'm proud to announce that ORCA and SFWDA have joined forces to help bring a great product to the OHV community and most importantly our valued members. ORCA is a quality local USA made (Tennessee) manufacturer of coolers and accessories. We fully believe in their products and are very proud of this new partnership. In the future we will be offering these custom branded coolers for sale online.

Be sure to check out the amazing collection of coolers on display and donated for our Trailfest raffle.

You just might get to take home one of these for yourself! #ORCA #SFWDA #Trailfest2017

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RCV have stepped up large and offered us an Ultimate Dana 44 CV Axle Set for Trailfest 2017!

Our friends at RCV have offered stepped up large and offered us an Ultimate Dana 44 CV Axle Set with a value of $1,249.

This will be raffled off to one lucky winner at Trailfest 2017!

Better buy your Raffle tickets......

 

 

Register Today, Sign Up for your rides, and we'll see you May 4-7 @ AOP!

https://www.sfwda.org/trailfest/

Ultimate Dana 44 CV Axle Set

  Dana 44 U-joint axle shafts with a high-strength constant velocity design. Tests prove Ultimate CV Axles to be twice as strong as OEM Jeep JK shafts, and they're just as tough at a straight angle as they are at extreme angles - where U-joints are weakest. Ultimate CV Axles also eliminate U-joint binding to allow smooth transfer power to the ground. Even if you have big tires and big power there are no worries. Ultimate CV Axles are low maintenance and operate with a smoothness you can feel - whether off road or on the street. And we back it all with a "No Questions Asked" limited lifetime warranty.

Axle set includes right and left CV axle shafts, SST seals and installation tool, installation instructions, synthetic moly grease, and installation hardware.

Learn More....

https://www.sfwda.org/rcv

http://www.rcvperformance.com/product-details-axles.aspx…

#Trailfest2017 #SFWDA #RCV

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From the BFG Press Room - 23 AUG 2016 BFGOODRICH® TIRES RELEASES NEW SIZES OF ITS TOUGHEST ALL-TERRAIN TIRE EVER

BFGoodrich® Tires Releases New Sizes Of Its Toughest All-Terrain Tire Ever

GREENVILLE, S.C., August 22, 2016 – BFGoodrich® Tires has released two new tire sizes of its most advanced light truck tire ever — the new All-Terrain T/A® KO2 tire. The tire is now available in 64 total sizes to consumers at more than 20,000 BFGoodrich authorized dealers. Since being launched in late 2014, more than 5.3 million KO2 tires have been sold in North America.
— http://www.bfgoodrichtires.com/bfg-nation/article-detail.page?DCRName=2016-08-22_BFG_Releases_New_Sizes_Allterrain_Tire
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   In market now are new sizes for the Jeep Wrangler (LT255/75R17) and a popular replacement tire for light trucks - the 35x12.50R20.

Engineered from BFGoodrich’s championship off-road motorsports racing technology, the KO2 delivers exceptional toughness, treadlife and traction for traversing harsh conditions, including gravel, dirt, rock, mud and snow. The new KO2 provides consumers the confidence to take on the toughest challenges for work or play.

Compared to the already formidable current KO tire, the new KO2 brings the toughness, traction and treadlife that demanding light truck owners require in a tire.

Key features of the KO2 include tougher sidewalls using race-proven and race-winning CoreGard™ technology bringing split and bruise-resistant sidewall rubber and a thicker, extended shoulder to prevent sidewall failures.

Compared to the already formidable current KO tire, the new KO2 is up to 20 percent stronger in this critical off-road performance area1.

The tire also boasts longer treadlife with a new design and rubber formulation that helps it last twice as long on gravel and 15 percent longer on asphalt than the previous tire2, allowing off-road enthusiasts to extend their adventures and working professionals to get more use out of the tire. The tread rubber has been optimally blended to reduce chips and tears on gravel.

The KO2 also has a range of tread features for better mud and snow traction. The improvements to the legendary all-terrain performance include 10 percent greater traction in the mud3 and 19 percent greater traction in the snow4 compared to the previous-generation KO tire.

The KO2 is an all-season tire that carries the 3 Peak Mountain Snowflake symbol, indicating that it exceeds the Rubber Manufacturer Association’s severe snow traction requirements.

Building on BFG’s long heritage as an innovative all-terrain tiremaker, the KO2 incorporates technology developed and tested through the brand’s legendary off-road motorsports teams that have earned 87 off-road wins at races in the Baja peninsula – by far the most by any tire brand.

The KO2 fits a range of vehicles, including Ford, Chevrolet, GMC, Dodge, Jeep, Toyota and Nissan pick-up trucks and SUV’s as well as Plus Fitments for a wide variety of vehicles.

About BFGoodrich®

Tires With more than 100 years of heritage, BFGoodrich® Tires is dedicated to providing high performance tires for those who have a passion for driving in virtually any environment. Combining technical expertise with 40 years of motorsports experience, BFGoodrich Tires delivers tires for a full range of driving experiences from ultra-high performance street to off-road terrain with one common theme – extreme performance. Come upgrade your performance with BFGoodrich and see where our tires can take you at www.BFGoodrichTires.com, on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/BFGoodrichTires or on Twitter at @BFGoodrichTires.

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http://www.bfgoodrichtires.com/bfg-nation/article-detail.page?DCRName=2016-08-22_BFG_Releases_New_Sizes_Allterrain_Tire 

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Welcome Brosaps.com to the family of supporting business's. Check out their cool doorless Jeep solutions online now...

  Welcome to the family...

  Let's formally introduce everyone to one of our very newest supporting business members and help them successfully launch their new business.

 If you missed them at their booth during Dixie Run then check out their website; www.Brosaps.com

These great folks make universal brackets for mounting side mirrors & accessories on doorless Jeeps with snorkels and without.

"Once you take off the Jeep doors, our brackets mount into any of the open door hinges. Our brackets are MADE IN AMERICA of SOLID STEEL (not tubular metal) and are durable and strong."

http://www.sfwda.org/brosaps

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SFWDA contributes $1,000 to the inaugural 2016 Share Trails Challenge.

   Each year we contribute a portion of our annual proceeds to other fellow nationwide stewardship organizations through. This we have a more direct mission to support our partners with the Blue Ribbon Coalition, now referred to as Share Trails.

  These folks work tirelessly to fight for our access across the entire nation and have been a great resource for us here locally in the South. We are currently working their representatives, lawyers, and consultants to ensure success on our Daniel Boone Backcountry Byway project.

Learn More on DBBB
http://www.sfwda.org/dbbb

SFWDA contributes $1,000 to the inaugural 2016 Share Trails Challenge....

SFWDA contributes $1,000 annually to BRC, and now to the Share Trails Challenge for 2016

SFWDA contributes $1,000 annually to BRC, and now to the Share Trails Challenge for 2016

  Sharetrails.org / BlueRibbon Coalition is nearly 30 years old and to celebrate we want to try something new, our first ever online Fundraiser Challenge. We really need your help to make it work!

 


  Here's what you can you do to help........

   Our goal is to promote Sharetrails.org and the preservation of access through social media like we've never done before. We want this to go viral! Please accept our challenge to participate and by all means share, share and share! Show the preservationists and extreme environmentalists that you care just as much as they do about public land and support your rights to access by joining, donate and sharing. 


JOIN

  We've grown at a rate of about 15% over the past 7 quarters but we are still at a relative disadvantage in numbers because our starting point is far behind groups who oppose access. Preservationists groups succeed largely because of their numbers, not because of the merits of their arguments. As the only multi modal 50-state organization that fights for your rights to access we need to grow. More members increase our ability to stand up for access and makes us harder to ignore. Accept our challenge and join us - and bring along your friends who care about access. DONATE:  We have received a generous match from Inland Empire Four Wheelers for the specific purpose of bringing onboard our first land use rep and ambassador for the Eastern United States, Randy Block. Please help us fund this position by donating to this fundraiser. 


DONATE 

CHALLENGE YOUR FRIENDS:  Here's how it works. Go HERE to download and print a copy of our Sharetrails Challenge sign (or make your own). Then take a photograph or video holding the sign (interesting backgrounds are a bonus!) and share it on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with the #sharetrailschallenge hashtag. Tell everyone how you are answering the challenge!  Post your photo and comments to social media, send to your friends, tag them and challenge them to join and match your support for Sharetrails/BRC’s vision (to ensure that your posts show up in the feeds above, be sure to make your post public and also post it on the Sharetrails/BRC Facebook page). 

POST ON

SHARETRAILS/BRC
FACEBOOK PAGE

 

Learn More....

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LIVE - Jeep JK build at Dixie Run 30 sponsored by Tennessee Off Road !

 Earlier this year when I spoke to John "Poky" Mcgee from Tennessee Off Road about helping out with our Trailfest raffle he informed me that he was planning a HUGE project and stepping up the bar to contribute towards our raffle. This is super important raffle because between our two annual events they are a huge contributor to the financial health of our Association. Well, anyhow after we talked through the details I realized he was absolutely right, and this would be a real challenge but an even more remarkable Prize for one lucky winner! 

 So, a lot has transpired since early May and the folks at Tennessee Off Road ( TOR ) are still absolutely committed the pulling off a first time ever Live Jeep - JK build to the owners; Ron and Rhonda Brewer of the Stones River Jeep Club. They are new to the sport and did not make it to Trailfest themselves last year, but while they didn't win the actual prize drawing they did manage to acquire it from the original winning ticket holder and so it all worked out. 

 The ultimate prize will be to have a slew of NEW parts installed on location LIVE under a pavilion by the team from Tennessee Off Road right there inside of Golden Mountain OHV Park through the weekend of Dixie Run 30. Come on by and see the progress first hand yourself. They will be turning wrenches and working through their riding time so when you do stop by be sure to say Thank You for such a killer contribution to our Association. From raising funding in our raffle, to bringing awareness and education of a Jeep build, to helping out a new wheeler and spouse get better acclimated to tackle the trails. This is a WIN WIN for everyone. 

Thanks again Tennessee Off Road. 
For more info one this great shop check out their webpage or follow them on Facebook.  http://www.sfwda.org/tor

  " We, Ron and Rhonda Brewer, bought our jeep ,“The Silver Bullet” 2/20/2016. I, Rhonda personally have never owned a Jeep until now. I have fallen in love with the “Jeep Life”. My Husband, Ron, has owned a few jeeps in his lifetime. Our Jeep is a 2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sport (JKU); upon purchasing our jeep we were trying to decide what type of lift and tires to upgrade it with. We visited a longtime friend, John McGee of “Tennessee Off Roads”, to discuss what Modifications would be best for our JKU. At that time John was telling us about a raffle that was won at Trail Fest and the unforeseen circumstances that happened to the lucky winner of the raffle and that they wanted to sell the winning ticket. We happened to visit the “TOR” shop on the right day at the right time. We purchased the winnings from the Raffle winner and are excited to see “The Silver Bullet” transform into the best it can be.
We look forward to being able to do more moderate and up trail rides after all modifications have been complete. I currently use my jeep as my daily driver and I already see heads turn and I’m excited to see even more heads turn once all the modifications are completed at Dixie Run. I want to thank everyone in advance that has allowed/made this happen and that will be working on my Jeep come September."  
- Rhonda Brewer (2013 Jeep JKU Owner) 

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