Modern Jeeper - Sharing Our Passion
Forward to the Future; or Back to the Past?
WHO WILL ANSWER FUTURE’S CALL? Activists and advocates in off-road/jeeping recreation seem to be an aging group – no offense intended. Many of us are “gray hairs” and many are working so hard that “burnout” may cause some premature aging. I worry that not enough young folks are taking... Read more
Discoverers, Developers and Merchants — Gold Mines and Land Use
HOW THE OLD WEST AND MODERN LANDUSE ARE SIMILAR The old prospector no longer gave a hoot about all the talk of getting rich during the 1849 gold rush. No matter how he looked at it, it was dang hot and ugly mean in the western desert, and he’d... Read more
Track-n-Tackle Stop ‘n Rob Land Use
WHO IS STOPPING THE ROBBING OF YOUR FREEDOMS AND TRAILS? This article is really about freedom. While the title may be a mouthful with lots of innuendos, it’s still about freedom – our freedom to recreate and enjoy our great outdoors. But there’s a twist here that I’d like... Read more
Warning!  Bureaucracy Requires Give and Take to Win with Jeeping Trails
KEEPING JEEPING TRAILS OPEN MEANS LEARNING TO GIVE AND TAKE WITH LAND USE BUREAUCRATS For the uninitiated, there can be little as frustrating as your first experience with a heated issue and bureaucracy. But it doesn’t have to be too bad and you just might get what you want... Read more
Proven 5-Step Formula to Gather Friends & Save Trails
HOW TO BUILD A COALITION AND SAVE A RECREATION AREA Let’s start with some assumptions: 1. Your recreation or riding area is under threat of restrictions or closures – if not now, then someday. Perhaps an “Endangered Species” is just waiting to be found. Perhaps your area is prime... Read more
22 Years of Nationally Saving Trails — NAMRC is on Today!
NATIONAL LAND USE ALLIANCE CELEBRATES 22 YEARS OF SUCCESS Today, Monday October 29, 2018  in Las Vegas, NV in conjunction with the SEMA Show, a historically significant organization meets for the 22nd year in a row.  In my 35 years of land use experience and 50 years of jeeping... Read more
Warning!  Don’t Let Jeeping Become Endangered
WHAT JEEPERS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT AND THE FISHERMAN Sixty feet under the warm Mexican waters off the coast of San Felipe, the giant creature swam effortlessly, constantly on the prowl for food. Weighing a hundred pounds, he could pretty much eat anything he wanted,... Read more
Secrets Revealed to Leading Volunteers
Leadership “Triangle” Reveals the Secrets of Becoming a Volunteer Leader Do you yearn to be a better leader of volunteers? Are you looking for that magical formula that will keep members from dropping out of your club or not showing up to your events? Do you want to do... Read more
Shakin’ Hands and Makin’ Plans Keeps Us Jeepin’
NETWORKING PARTNERSHIPS IN LAND USE ELIMINATES OBSTACLES TO SAVING TRAILS We all have partnerships, whether it is in our personal life, our business relationships, or our land use organizational management.  One definition of partnership says it’s a mutually beneficial relationship involving close cooperation and joint objectives. As the Past... Read more
Attention Jeepers – There’s a New Trail in California!
HISTORIC ADDITION OF A NEW TRAIL TO AN OLD FAVORITE Special to ModernJeeper from Jeff Blewett, Natural Resource Consultant to the California 4Wheel Drive Association. Re-Routing the Slick Rock Trail of California. Clubs ban together to save the famous Slick Rock Trail of Northern California.  Here’s the story. The Slick... Read more