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SPECIAL REPORT All of us at ModernJeeper are worried that many of our OHV and Jeeping trails will be lost forever to the rage... Call to Action:  Help Us Save Wildfire-Destroyed Jeepin’ Trails

SPECIAL REPORT

All of us at ModernJeeper are worried that many of our OHV and Jeeping trails will be lost forever to the rage of wildfires affecting the West.

But we can fix it… Join us in helping to recover and repair our trails lost to the raging infernos that seem to be growing larger every year.

~ The Editors


WILDFIRE and OHV (Part 1) – Awareness and Action

Near total destruction from a wildfire in CA.

As dense wildfire smoke blankets much of the country, be assured that recreation focused post-wildfire planning by land agencies is already underway at the local, state, and federal levels. OHV organizations and trail professionals are also preparing to assist their agency partners in the recovery process. ModernJeeper is in the game to help; you can be too.

At the federal level, the Forest Service and BLM use the Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) program to analyze fire impacts and initiate post-fire mitigation actions such as soil stabilization, hazard tree removal, and repairing damaged water control structures or features on important roads and trails. BLM also uses Emergency Stabilization and Rehabilitation (ESR) to further manage post-fire destruction.  All volunteer recovery efforts will blend in with these federal guidelines.

Mendocino Complex Fire

In California, the Mendocino Complex Fire with the Ranch Fire and River Fire have been burning since July 27, 2018 with over 280,000 acres destroyed, including many famous OHV trails in the Cow Mountain and Stonyford OHV areas.

DESTROYED: Pre-Ranch Fire ride in the Mendocino National Forest’s Stonyford OHV Area

DESTROYED: The author in an earlier photo in the BLM’s Cow Mountain OHV Recreation Area

OHV organizations and trail professionals are doing their part by mobilizing their membership into non-governmental post-fire recovery teams that will fulfill their role as a critical force multiplier to their land agency partners. Existing OHV Industry and/or state grant programs will also be part of this effort.

The size and scope of our wildfire season to date dictates the need for a strong and effective post-wildfire rehabilitation strategy based on substantive collaboration between the private and public sectors.

The edge of destruction.

Take action by becoming informed and engaged. Consider joining and supporting those organizations and post-wildfire recovery efforts that are working on your behalf to help restore recreation opportunity in affected areas. On Facebook, consider joining the new group, Post Wildfire OHV Recovery.

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Don Amador Author

Don Amador has 28 years of experience in the field of OHV recreation management and federal/state land-use policy. Don is president of Quiet Warrior Racing/Consulting, an OHV recreation consulting company. Don also serves as Core-Team Lead for FireScape Mendocino, a forest-health collaborative that is part of the National Fire Learning Network. Don is a contributor to ModernJeeper.com.

  • Todd Ockert

    August 21, 2018 #1 Author

    Thanks for being at the forefront of this Don. Is it possible to form a 501.c.3 or use an existing non-profit to donate to for the work, materials and tools that will be needed for all this work? I know we have no idea of the full scope of this at the moment, but it will be a huge undertaking, and starting the awareness and fundraising now could be a huge help in the future. Thanks

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    • Don Amador

      August 21, 2018 #2 Author

      Todd, good question, but I think at this early stage… it would be best to work with existing organizations, etc.

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      • Todd Ockert

        August 22, 2018 #3 Author

        I agree that the use of an existing org is the best. We would want to ensure they setup a very distinct line item for these projects. Good work Don and good comments below.

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  • Clark Frentzen

    August 21, 2018 #4 Author

    Suggest posting wildfire/trail recovery events to the Oct 2018 + calendar.

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  • Art Crofts

    August 21, 2018 #6 Author

    Thanks for sharing

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  • DAVE PICKETT

    August 21, 2018 #7 Author

    District 36 LAO Program & D36 Clubs will be involved in this. We are already working with QW/Amador. This will take EVERY OHV organization working together for a solution oriented “WAR” on getting our trails and roads back up to speed, legal and working with USFS & BLM partners. We will try to work with the Ca OHV program for funding, and boots on the ground…………
    PS: Don’t forget your shovel & Rake! Dave Pickett District 36 LAO Program

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  • Don Amador

    August 21, 2018 #8 Author

    Dave, thanks for the District’s support of the post-wildfire recovery effort with fires hitting 4 federal OHV destination recreation areas in NW CA. Going to be a lot of work to get things back online.

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  • DAVE PICKETT

    August 21, 2018 #9 Author

    I hope that AMA President Dingman will come through on his promise to showcase this in American Motorcyclist Magazine, which is distributed Nationally. The exposure might get some out to help when we know some dates, times and locations…….. Some of our best clubs in District 36 have events in these areas, so I am sure they will want to be involved for sure…….. thanks for the leadership in this Mr. QW! Hmmm…. Smokey the Amador? Naw!

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