WOHVA Monthly Updates
WOHVA Update September ‘12
Thursday, 06 September 2012 17:41 | Last Updated on Sunday, 09 September 2012 17:24 | Written by John Schnorr | | |
Every month WOHVA provides our members and other motorized trail recreation advocates with this short synopsis of WOHVA’s efforts to proactively assure that environmentally responsible OHV recreational opportunities are expanded here the Badger State.
The 3rd (and final) phase of WOHVA’s Business Plan regarding the creation and operation of the Wisconsin Off-Road Vehicle Park, Inc. is nearing completion. WOHVA met with the project staff drafting the plan last month. WOHVA members will recall reviewing the initial draft document at the WOHVA Workshops in spring. The document is being researched and drafted by the Creative Enterprise Center at Ripon College. WOHVA expects delivery of the finished plan in time to present it to at the September 19th Wisconsin Off-Road Vehicle Park, Inc. (WORVPI) Monthly Directors Meeting in Crandon, Wisconsin.
As was the case with the previous two documents (Phase I & Phase II), WOHVA looks forward to presenting this final installment to the Wisconsin Off-Road Vehicle Park, Inc. when completed.
WOHVA’s Fall Trails Information Meeting is scheduled for Saturday, October 6th in New London, Wisconsin. Our FREE Trails Information Meetings are held twice a year (Spring & Fall) in South Eastern Wisconsin. Attendance is a great way to become informed as to the state of motorized trails here in the Badger State and also an outstanding opportunity to view what WOHVA has planned for next year (and the future). In addition, WOHVA representatives will be available to answer any and all questions you may have or point you in the right direction to find the accurate and up-to-date information.
WOHVA would like to thank all those WOHVA members, other individuals and organizations that have had to foresight to support the Wisconsin Off-Road Vehicle Park, Inc. (WORVPI) via their recent memberships. We’d also like to encourage all motorized recreation enthusiasts to step forward in support of this venture by joining WORVPI. Your $10 will help display how eager and willing Badger State OHV enthusiasts are to support their sport!
Mid-Year Updates were mailed to all WOHVA Supporting Clubs. Included in the Update were copies of recent WOHVA Monthly Updates, a complete set of Motorized Vehicle Use Maps (MVUM’s) for the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest (CNNF), an instruction manual on how to submit accurate and influential requests for access or closure of CNNF roads, routes & trails, an update on the Motorized Recreation Area in Forest County (Wisconsin Off-Road Vehicle Park) and other information regarding WOHVA. Groups receiving the mailing included; Badgerland TNT 4X4 Club, Inc., Chicago Land Rover Club, Damage, Inc. 4X4 Club, Extreme Offroaders 4Wheel Drive Club, Ltd., Kettle Moraine Sport Riders, NAXJA – Midwest Chapter and Wisconsin Dual Sport Riders. If you haven’t seen this information please ask your club president to share the packet contents with you and all your fellow club members.
The WOHVA Board of Directors held their regular bi-monthly meeting in Oconto Falls, Wisconsin.
WOHVA participated in the regular monthly meeting for the Wisconsin Off-Road Vehicle Park, Inc. (WORVPI)
Pleased to join trail advocacy groups from across the Badger State (both motorized and non-motorized), WOHVA added our signature to a letter drafted on behalf of the Coalition for Recreational Trails (of which WOHVA is a member) in support of continued funding the Wisconsin Recreational Trails Grant Program. The letter is a key part of a grass-roots campaign to convince Wisconsin Governor Walker NOT to opt out of this vital federal program.
The American Motorcyclist Association (of which WOHVA is a member) reports that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will require all consumers to buy at least four gallons of gasoline from certain gas pumps after the new E15 ethanol-gasoline blend is introduced into the market. The vast majority of Off-Highway Vehicles (OHV’s) in use today are not designed to operate on E15 fuel. WOHVA contacted all of Wisconsin’s Senators and Members of the House of Representatives asking them to contact the EPA. We suggested urging the EPA to come up with a better solution and to back an independent study to determine whether E15 is safe for OHV engines.
In conjunction with the Wisconsin Off-Road Vehicle Park, Inc. (WORVPI), WOHVA is working with NCWRPC on an extensive Feasibility Study to direct establishing a 10,000 acre Badger State Motorized Recreation Area (MRA). Last month a special project team from WORVPI met twice with their consultants drafting the Forest County Motorized Recreation Area Feasibility Study. The focus of the meetings was to bring some much needed closure to this project. WOHVA has two members participating on this team. WOHVA is excited to be on the forefront, representing Badger State motorized trail riding enthusiasts, on this and other advocacy projects. Delivery of this finished study is expected soon.
WOHVA’s 5th Annual Great Northern Trail Ride was held on the Sokaogon-Chippewa properties in Mole Lake, Wisconsin. This was the fifth year that WOHVA Trail Guides led OHV enthusiasts through the maze of trails that WOHVA Volunteers have developed on the Tribal Holdings.
Greg Mumm, Executive Director of the BlueRibbon Coalition, attended a breakfast meeting hosted by WOHVA at the Café Manoomin in the Mole Lake Casino & Lodge. Greg exchanged thoughts and ideas pertaining to the future of motorized recreation.
“Remember, join and advocate (that’s) the two most important things that you can do!”
(April ’09, WOHVA’s 5th Annual Wisconsin OHV Enthusiast Workshops)
The Wisconsin Off-Highway Vehicle Association exists for the sole purpose of proactively assuring that public and private off-highway motorized vehicular recreational opportunities are expanded in Wisconsin for safe use by this and future generations