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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

National Public Lands Day – Eldorado National Forest


Contact: Kurt Schneider

Tel. 925-596-0432


Eldorado National Forest, CA: Monday, September 29, 2008

The Friends of Eldorado National Forest Public Lands Day Work Party

Coalition of Organizations, OHV Users and Companies hold massive clean-up

The Friends of Eldorado (FOE) National Forest and the Rubicon Trail Foundation (RTF) combined forces for a massive volunteer effort in Eldorado National Forest for the 15th annual National Public Lands Day on September 27, 2008.

The Saturday work party consisted of two separate volunteer crews. The garbage cleanup crew managed to remove over 30 cubic yards of illegally dumped trash near Grizzly Flat, which included household garbage, appliances, and scrap. Filling up a 20 yard dumpster generously donated by Amador Disposal/Waste Connections fairly quickly, workers also and even removed 2 abandoned vehicles from the forest using winches and trailers.

Read more and download press release here.

CA Tahoe National Forest Plan (Comments Due)

Tahoe National Forest Plan Released (Sep. 2008)

Public Comment Period Runs Until Nov. 26, 2008

Seven (7) Alternatives are offered. OHV recreationists need to carefully exam this plan and the alternatives for issues like winter closures, road and route closures, and change in land designations. Be sure to comment as these early Forest plans are setting the trend for motorized recreation and route designation – where we can ride/travel, and where we cannot. If your trail is not on the map (Travel Map), you no longer have that trail.

Read/download the BlueRibbon Coalition alert with links to copies of the plan right here:


Monday, September 29, 2008

Tahoe National Forest Plan Released (CA)

For CA folks (and anyone who enjoys the Tahoe National Forest). Here's an update from Cal4wheel (CA4WDC) about the new PLAN just released. Get connected on this one so you can get your comments, or get to one of the public meetings. Several boards and forums will have updates and helpful tips. Check out and for help.



Long-awaited Tahoe National Forest draft is released

By Don Klusman
CA4WDC Natural Resources Consultant

Tahoe National Forest has released the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) today (Sept 26, 2008) on the Motorized Travel Management Plan for the Tahoe National Forest. The public will have until November 26, 2008 to send comments on the DEIS. It is best to take time to review this document and attend one or more of the public meetings that are coming up.

Read more

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Hawaii: off-roaders need our help

ALERT: Hawaii Off-roaders needs us to sign petition

Hawaii just got a new state association of off-roaders up and running; non-profit, c.3, the whole bit. I've been helping them a bit, but these boys are trying to save their trails. (I'd like to wheel these someday for sure).

They have a petition to get the state bureaucracy to give them some attention. I'd like to see us support them with a bunch of signatures to their petition.

Let's HELP Hawaii.
right here:

Hawaii Petition Signature #183

Friday, September 26, 2008

Presidential Candidate Debate (tonight)

Personally, I'm very proud of John McCain and how he won in tonight's Presidential Debate. He really showed his personal experience and in-depth knowledge of our role in foreign affairs. Hi military experience and POW time makes him a man different than others. He truly was meant to lead our country as the next President. To me, as a veteran and old soldier, I am convinced that he would take care of veterans and the common citizen. Again, on a personal note, I know in my heart that he's a man for all seasons; a man to lead the USA; a man for us now.

Read more and help out on right here:


Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Photo Essay of the Mokelumne River by Del

Check out my photography shoot of the mighty Mokelumne River (near my house). You can see great shots of rapids, fishing, kayaks, and river scenery.

I shoot with Nikon digital equipment, D200 and D70's, with a variety of lenses. Lately I've been playing with a couple Vibration Reduction (VR) lens, and my goodness, what a difference.

Go here to see the entire collection:



National Public Lands Day Photo Contest (Sep. 27th)

Here is a note about Public Lands Day this weekend. Be sure to get out there and do something for our OHV recreation on public land if you can.

National Public Lands Day photo contest from the NPLD website:
The "Eighth Annual National Public Lands Day Photo Contest" is open to all National Public Lands Day volunteers. The contest will allow you to celebrate the natural beauty of our country's public lands and show us why you have lent a hand for our public lands! Photographs must be taken at a work site on National Public Lands Day 2008.

For more info, visit this website:

Thanks, Del

Monday, September 22, 2008

More on Off-Road Expo in Pomona

Amy Kocot

Spin Communications

Office (415) 380-8390

Mobile (650) 245-7464

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: DeeDee Taft/Amy Kocot
Spin Communications
World Debut of UTV Drifting, Freestyle Motocross, Toyota Off-Road Ride and Drive, Live Music and More

UPDATE NOTE: 9/23/08: I talked to the Off-Road Expo staff and got them to offer my readers $2.00 off adult tickets. Just go to and use code JEEPNDEL when you buy your tickets. That's all you have to do - see you there!

POMONA, CALIF. (September 16, 2008) – The 2008 Off-Road Expo presented by Toyota, the nation's larger than life off-road consumer products show series, will invade the Pomona Fairplex Friday, October 3 through Sunday, October 5, with everything off-road including new vehicles, thousands of parts and accessories, on-site show deals, freestyle motocross action and more. Exciting new activities including photo shoot opportunities with the Girls, live music and an enhanced Kids Zone will provide jam-packed entertainment for the whole family. New this year, the Expo will open one day early, on Friday, October 3, to allow more time for off-road fans to enjoy all the action in a fun, no-pressure environment!

"This year's Expo covers more than 20 acres with all the latest off-road vehicles, parts, accessories and more, making it the place to come talk to industry experts, check out new vehicles and demonstrations and take advantage of special on-site show discounts on thousands of parts and accessories," said Show Director Tom Gattuso. "The Expo is the best place for off-road lovers to share their passion with other enthusiasts, enjoy live entertainment and have fun."

This year's Off-Road Expo showcases all the latest off-road toys, technologies, parts, gear and accessories from more than 350 of the industry's leading manufacturers, dealers and distributors. In addition to the line-up of 4X4s, sand rails, ATVs, dirt bikes, rock crawlers, Side X Sides, Jeeps and accessories on display, the Expo will come to life with exciting entertainment features including:

  • World Debut of Side X Side Super Jam Drifting Exhibition The world premiere of this new competition from the founders of CalROCS and W.E.ROCK will feature thrilling Side X Side drifting demonstrations! Set in a figure-8 track, the competition mirrors what is done with full-sized vehicles but in Side X Sides. This heart-pumping, action-packed new series will showcase some of the best racers in the industry performing in multiple disciplines including rock crawling, rally-cross, drifting, sled pulls, boggs and more.
  • Dirt Alliance Dirt Lifestyle Showcase
    This exciting new outdoor zone is the perfect area for attendees to get together with friends, listen to live music, relax and socialize with other off-road fans. Electrifying live entertainment will rock the Expo with bands playing each day with names like The Pricks, Divide The Day, Inhale, Seenless and more. The area is jam-packed with entertainment including tunes from DJ Souless; tons of vehicles on display; a graffiti wall for attendees to snap photos; autograph signings from names like Kyle Leduc, Dan Vance and Austin Reed; and activities for the whole family to enjoy.
  • W.E.ROCK Rock Crawling Demonstrations
    Come out and watch an exhibition of professional crawlers, including world-renowned Tracy Jordan and Dean Bulloch, compete in head-to-head trials-type competition in four-wheel drive rock vehicles. W.E.ROCK demonstrations will allow attendees to get up-close and personal to this innovative sport.
  • Freestyle Motocross Action Freestyle motocross fans are sure to be thrilled and amazed by performances from the M.O.B.
    Freestyle Motocross Team. Professional riders Ben Venya, Hal Strauss and 21-year-old back flip sensation Thomas Alves will launch more than 70 feet through the air while performing an arsenal of jaw-dropping aerial tricks that can only be described as amazing! Riders will dazzle attendees with their one-of-a-kind tricks to a heart pounding soundtrack. After each performance there will be autograph and photo sessions so fans of all ages can get up-close and personal with their favorite riders.
  • Toyota Off-Road Ride and Drive Off-Road Expo is home to a free Toyota FJ Cruiser, Tacoma and Tundra Off-Road Ride and Drive all weekend long. This ride and drive allows attendees 18 and older to get behind the wheel of an FJ Cruiser, Tacoma or Tundra where it belongs – on the dirt! The experience lets drivers discover first-hand the quality and performance of these amazing off-road vehicles in a fun, no-pressure environment. Utilizing 5,000 yards of dirt and taking three days to build, this off-road course was designed to fully demonstrate the ruggedness of the models, as drivers maneuver over side berms, hills, rocks and more.
  • BF Goodrich $5,000 Shopping Spree – All attendees can enter to win a BF Goodrich $5,000 shopping spree. BF Goodrich is THE tire for off-roading, with more than 20 consecutive Baja 1000 wins – no other tire even comes close! The lucky winner will get to spend their "BFG Bucks" at 4 Wheel Parts – the nation's largest distributor of 4x4 parts and accessories for trucks, Jeeps and SUVs.
  • RC Racing Cen Racing showcases its dirt track with professional drivers taking their scale models of the vehicles they drive in real life through all the turns on a specially built RC course. Come check out the action and test your reflexes against pro drivers or just take one for a spin in between races to enjoy RC off-roading at its finest.
  • Girls – You've seen them online at -- now you can meet them in person at the Girls Photo Studio. The girls will be signing posters and posing for pictures in a complete photo studio set up on-site at the Expo. Attendees can get their photo taken with the girls and girls can even get photographed themselves! Photos taken during the show will be posted on, making them easy to share with friends.
  • Kids Zone – Back by popular demand is a special area just for kids filled with balloon artists, an inflatable obstacle course, prizes and more. This year's Kids Zone will also feature a coloring area where you can pick up a free copy of "The Coolest Off-Road Coloring Book Ever." Kids will be given all the tools they need to color a detailed outline of an ATV, monster truck, or dirt bike.
  • Special Appearance by Racer
    Ricky James – Nothing keeps paraplegic rider Ricky James from the track! Although he was injured in a race three and a half years ago, Ricky still performs everything from back flips on a specially adapted two-wheel dirt bike to racing a NASCAR style truck with hand controls! This 20-year-old NASCAR-style truck racer from Murietta, Calif. will be in the SoCal Super Trucks booth all weekend sharing his story, greeting fans and signing autographs. Fresh out of training for this year's Ironman Triathlon in Kona, HI, James represents the Life Rolls On Foundation, a non-profit organization comprised of inspirational individuals, coming together in the face of extreme adversity and changing the face of spinal cord injury.

With special expanded days, the Off-Road Expo presented by Toyota will take place Friday, October 3, from 2 p.m. – 8 p.m., Saturday, October 4, from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday, October 5, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Held at the Pomona Fairplex, located at 1101 W. McKinley Avenue in Pomona, Calif., admission to the event is $12 for adults, $5 for children 6-12 and children 5 and younger are free. Tickets are available online at; $2 off discount coupons are available at AAMCO Transmission Centers, Firestone stores and participating off-road retailers. For more information and to purchase advance tickets, please visit

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Pomona (CA) Off Road Expo

If you live in Southern CA, or will be there on the weekend of October 4-5, then you should swing through Pomona to see the Off-Road Expo. It's a huge event for off roaders and motor enthusiasts. We'll be there. Check out their web site at:


Thursday, September 18, 2008

Saving a Trail or Riding Area

You can be part of saving your favorite trail or riding area. Getting involved and caring are the first two steps. It's not as hard as you might think, and NOW is the time to do it.

1. Join: join everything you can afford to join that suits your form of recreation, and start with the national multiple use group, the BlueRibbon Coalition.
2. Advocate: become a voice for your outdoor recreation. Talk it up. Tell your neighbors. Let folks know why you love to do what you do.
3. Include Others: take your neighbors for a ride. Take a local politician for a ride. Get other folks to understand what you do by including them in some not-too-scary way; and lastly
4. Letters: write 'em. When asked by an organization or club to write a letter about something. Do it. Write a note to your congress-critter or local politician and tell them what YOU believe in.

For more, visit my website:



Blogging seems to be the way to go these days, over static websites. So here I am.
If you are an off road person, a gun owner, an outdoor recreationist, a camper, fisherman or RVer, you're in the right spot.

I also maintain a website if you need information about saving trails and riding areas, or the famous Rubicon Trail. Check it out at


Public Lands Day Sep. 27th

If you're on outdoor recreation enthusiast, Sep. 27th, Public Lands Day, is probably the BEST day to get out and help your favorite group/club/organization do someting cool for public lands.

If you're in Northern CA, here are three options for you:

Friends of the High Lakes: (several big cleanup teams:
Friends of Eldorado (large teams doing several jobs:
Friends of the Rubicon (small crew going into Rubicon Springs for construction work). Just email me if you're interested in this one:

National Public Lands Day is a big deal for recreation and we should be out there along with our associates in the anti-motorized crowd. Show the world that you care -- for the great outdoors and do something for Public Lands Day. You can also check out their national web site:

Thanks for being on the team,