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..I was fortunate enough to be asked into the closed door meeting of this fine group who are at the forefront of the fight to keep our Public Lands Public and who fight for the rights of the Off Road community..

..I got to see these fine Men and Women at work and was allowed to take the official pictures..

..These folks fight for our rights not only locally, regionally, but also in Washington D.C.

..Take a few minutes and read the whole story and please share this information with your friends too..

ORBA | ORBA Hosts Historic Land Use Summit in Nevada.


On July 14, 2014 The Off Road Business Association in partnership with Carrera Performance Group, LLC hosted an historic motorized recreation advocacy meeting in Sparks, Nevada at the Nugget Casino. Part of the week long Silver State Jamboree event the collaboration of thirty-five OHV leaders yield a conversation concerning developing a Washington DC presence that exclusively represents the needs of Off Highway Vehicles.

The participant’s storyboard spelled out the first details of what the needs of the community included, as well as how it would be funded, and how the effort will communicate with the existing associations that are currently serving the regional needs of off-roaders. The Off Road Business Association followed up the Land Use Summit with its quarterly Board Meeting and voted to fund development of a business plan that would outline how to accomplish the ideas agreed upon at the Summit.

Photos by Tbars4


The following attended the Land Use Summit.

Jerry Abboud - Colorado Off Highway Vehicle Coalition
Don Amador - BRC, Quiet Warrior Racing
Jeff Blewett - CA4WDC
Steve Egbert - CA4WDC
Russ Ehnes - NOHVCC
Julie Ellsworth - Facilatator
Brad Franklin - Yamaha
Scott Gerz - Nevada Trail Stewards
Stuart Gosswein - SEMA
Jerry Grabow - AMA D37
Nick Harris - AMA
David Hubbard - Ecologic Partners
Carol Jensen - Pacific Northwest 4-WDA
Don Jensen - Pacific Northwest 4-WDA
Scott Jones - Off Road Business Association
William Kaeppner - The Ohio Motorized Trails Association
Jeff Knoll - Carrera Performance Group, LLC
Janell Kukuk - Colorado Snowmobile Assoc
Gary Lambert - The Nevada Trail Stewards
Greg McKay - Nevada OHV Commission
Sandra Mitchell - Idaho Recreation Council
Donn Nay - AMA D37
Alexis Nelson - Off Road Business Association
Dave Pickett - AMA D36
Steve Salisbury - AMA (DC)
David Spuhler - CA4WDC
John Stewart - CA4WDC
Paul Turcke - Moore Smith Buxton & Turcke, Chtd.
Mark Turner - Daystar Products International
Fred Wiley - Off Road Business Association
Amy Seagraves - Cal 4 Wheel
Larry Caulkins - Nevada 4 WD Association
Del Albright - BRC
Tye Morgan - USDA
Todd Ockbert - Blue Ribbon Coalition
 

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So, what's the rest of the story?What has been decided ? Was any one from this area invited ? What does the locals say? Were any locals invited to these meetings? I think and hope the people listed above were only there to promote land use by us 4 wheelers.
 

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So, what's the rest of the story?What has been decided ? Was any one from this area invited ? What does the locals say? Were any locals invited to these meetings? I think and hope the people listed above were only there to promote land use by us 4 wheelers.
So do you think Land Use is something that's limited to the general Reno area:shaking:

edit: dwilly it seems you have some kind of personal beef with Jeff judging from your posts. Why don't you go ahead and air it instead of taking potshots. There are very few people out there that have done as much as Jeff when it comes to land use, what have you done? Have you testified in front of Congress for our plight and dedicated huge amounts of time that could have been used with you family? What's your deal guy, you're fairly new here but seem to have an ax to grind.
 

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So do you think Land Use is something that's limited to the general Reno area:shaking:

edit: dwilly it seems you have some kind of personal beef with Jeff judging from your posts. Why don't you go ahead and air it instead of taking potshots. There are very few people out there that have done as much as Jeff when it comes to land use, what have you done? Have you testified in front of Congress for our plight and dedicated huge amounts of time that could have been used with you family? What's your deal guy, you're fairly new here but seem to have an ax to grind.
Well if ORBA actually did something constructive just say so, much more respectable then trying to smear anymore that won't just bow down to them.
 

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Unifying a diverse group of OHV enthusiasts from across the state, CMRC delegates voted overwhelmingly to support a contract with the Livingston Group. The move supports a re-enforced position by off-roaders who are willing to go all the way to Washington, DC to maintain motorized recreation.

Recognized as one of the most respected bipartisan government relations firms in Washington, DC, The Livingston Group, L.L.C. (TLG), founded in March 1999, provides comprehensive government relations, public affairs, advocacy, and strategic communications services. TLG features six Democratic and Republican former members of Congress, congressional staff, executive branch officials, staff of governors, state representatives, and corporate executives. The firm has an extensive network of over 60 principals and consultants in the U.S., as well as 14 international affiliates.

Founding partner Bob Livingston, the only practicing former Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, created a unique model for government relations services by assembling a diverse and experienced talent pool. “We ensure through direct engagement by our partners that our nine practice areas provide integrated, multi-disciplined, global services to address all of our current and potential clients’ needs.”

The California Motorized Recreation Council (CMRC) is a non-profit association comprised of the leadership of the largest off-highway vehicle recreation organizations in California. CMRC membership includes, the Off-Road Business Association (ORBA), California Association of 4-Wheel Drive Clubs (Cal4Wheel), California Off-Highway Vehicle Association (CORVA), American Motorcyclists Association National (AMA), American Sand Association (ASA), California-Nevada Snow Mobile Association (CNSA), AMA District 36, and AMA District 37 Off-Road.



Here is a quick snap shot of some of the biggest items ORBA has been working on in 2013.


• We won the first OHV Trail Closure lawsuit in California, which reopened the Truckhaven hills with Ecologic partners. In addition Ecologic Partners is poised to intervene in the Ocotillo Wells Lawsuit if the State of California defends the suit. We may have an answer on the future of this lawsuit in mid January, 2014.Please see the website for details.

• ORBA continues to participate in the DRECP. The DRECP if nothing else has proven that you cannot streamline renewable energy in the state of California.

• ORBA worked in the Tahoe Basin Management Area on a collaborative effort to protect winter recreation from loss. ORBA worked with stakeholders on conflict usage in the area that resulted in no loss of winter based motorized recreation. Look for the full story on this item in coming weeks.

• ORBA worked with the California Motorized Recreation Council to emulate the success it had in unifying the California OHV access groups with the Johnson Valley effort to create an Ocotillo Group to prepare for the potential lawsuit.

• ORBA has been lending its experience with the Johnson Valley effort to the SEMA Save The Salt efforts. This collaboration is yielding new ideas for both groups to capitalize on.

• ORBA moved to a smaller office in the same building to lower its overhead when our lease was up for renewal.

• ORBA continues to attend meetings with key legislators in the western states as well as on the national level, utilizing our business network.

• ORBA continues its work with our Lobbyists in California and Washington DC.

• ORBA has worked with New Hampshire OHV enthusiasts regarding private land travel management.

• Worked with British Columbia Snowmobilers in an advisory capacity to help with OHV access.

• Begun engagement with the Nevada OHV Commission. Jeff Knoll is positioning himself to apply for appointment to this Governor appointed position following the completion of the JV fight.

• Regular visits and meetings with California OHMVR.

• ORBA will host a national OHV leadership meeting in July 2014 to focus on fostering new leadership and searching for the next generation of OHV access advocates in Reno Nevada.



Goals for 2014


• Increase communications with members and national OHV user groups.

• Save Johnson Valley OHV area.

• Strengthen our partnerships with Tread Lightly, the AMA, COHVCO, MIC, SEMA, Ecologic Partners, and California Motorized recreation Council.

• Build our reserves to allow ORBA to maintain the relationship with the Livingston Group (Washington Lobbyists) beyond the Johnson Valley fight.

• Defend the lawsuit in Ocotillo Wells SVRA.

• Build a communication umbrella that allows greater collaboration across the country.

• Complete a strategic plan template that can be utilized by grassroots effort to save OHV access.

• Build a stronger partnership with motorized recreation access groups nationally.

• Engage in the Sage Grouse engaged species listing issues facing the western states with the Blue Ribbon Coalition.
 

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..Do you have a link to go with that great information?

..I would like to share it elsewhere also..
 

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They were just questions, that's all. I have no beef with Jeff, as a matter of fact, I have met him and think he is a great guy and what we need for the industry as a whole. I don't know what your problem is with me asking questions. I am willing to bet I have done more then you as far as trying to promote good trail etiquette and trail maintenance and clean ups. Instead of being an ass, you could have simply said what Lyin, King said.
 

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They were just questions, that's all. I have no beef with Jeff, as a matter of fact, I have met him and think he is a great guy and what we need for the industry as a whole. I don't know what your problem is with me asking questions. I am willing to bet I have done more then you as far as trying to promote good trail etiquette and trail maintenance and clean ups. Instead of being an ass, you could have simply said what Lyin, King said.
You asked for a link and were given it! Do your own research, then get over it and move on!!

Wait a minute, you aren't even the person who asked for a link. Further, I never said a word about you, your questions or anyone else's. Sit the fawk down and STFU!!!
 
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