An Update on the Oregon Dunes Closures

One of the toughest things about covering the rezoning of the Oregon Dunes, also known as the FEIS, is the fact that information has not been readily available. Instead, it’s slowly leaked out, from different sources, at different times. I have been scrambling to try to piece things together to provide the most accurate information. On top of everything, the original article was spreading like wildfire, and actually received so much traffic Pit Traffic¬†actually went down for about a day. The ride has been crazier than a bad case of swap in the whoops, but things are under control. It’s time to get back at it, there’s a lot of catching up to do.

Since the previous article was posted, we’ve learned a bit more about the reasoning behind the rezoning. According to Save the Riders Dunes, an organization dedicated to keeping the dunes open, the proposed changes are intended to fix the issues created by the 1994 plan. Many are unaware that a rezoning took place in 1994, because it never actually went through. Due to several factors, such as funding, the 1994 plan went through, but was never enforced. This explains why Banshee Hill is considered opened in the new plan. It was never supposed to be open, but it was never closed either. This is the case for many of the areas that they are proposing to close. The new plan was made to try to keep people happy while closing land that they wanted closed 20 years ago. However, it does not change the fact that the land has been open to public use for more than two decades, and there are still concerns with closing the land.

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Austin Rohr is a twenty two year-old graduate from the University of Washington Tacoma with a bachelor’s degree in communications. He writes for Pit Traffic, and has raced on and off since 2015.

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Facts About the Oregon Dunes Closures

It’s hard to imagine the Oregon Dunes without ATV’s, Sand Rails, and other ORV’s playing in the sand. The rezoning of the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area certainly does not mean that we may see that happening in the near future, or anything to that extent, but it does still make for interesting and potentially harmful changes.

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CST Facebook Tire Giveaway Continues!

¬†¬† FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: ¬† From: ¬†CST Tires ¬† Dept.:SpecialtyDepartment ¬† Date: ¬†8.26.2013 ¬† Re:¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† CST¬†is Giving Away Ancla ATV UtilityTires! PressRelease ¬† CST¬†is¬†currently reaching¬†out¬†to our ATV fans by¬†giving away five sets¬†of¬†25‚ÄĚAncla ATV utility¬†tires¬†on¬†the¬†CST Facebook¬†page. …

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For Immediate Release: GPS Offroad Products Oregon Dunefest Report and Photos

2013_Oregon_Dunefest_MX_JumpingLas Vegas NV (8/12/2013) GPS Offroad Products recently made the long trip to Winchester Bay Oregon to participate in the 2013 Oregon Dunefest.  As the official tire sponsor of the Pacific Northwest’s largest ATV and Side by Side festival, the tire manufacturer made a big splash with sand enthusiasts from all over the country.

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Why YOUR support matters.

Take a quick 30 seconds and name the top 5 sponsors of the series you run. Actually, just name any 5. Could you do it without cheating? Ok. Now of all the series sponsors , from which have you purchased a product? Any? Here’s where there is a problem. Riders are not supporting the companies supporting their series. And yes, I’m looking at you ATV racers.

See all those sponsors supporting your racing? When was the last time you ordered from one of them or thanked them for keeping your series going?

“Well I pay gate and race fees,” is ringing out right now in some of your heads, justifying your position. “Racing is expensive enough already,” and of course it is. But, for example, when a goggle company sponsors your series and you aren’t under contract with another company, why wouldn’t you buy their goggles? “I don’t like the fit,” “they are too expensive,” “I don’t need new goggles right now.” Those are all legitimate reasons, but are you going to say that for EVERY SERIES SPONSOR? And the fact they are expensive is irrelevant. Save $5 on a competing company that isn’t supporting your chosen race series, and what incentive does any company have to support what you want to do?

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Vigilant Vet Racing

vvrRick Proctor is a man on a mission to help veterans get a quad. Why? Because with the increasing number of vets coming home with signs or symptoms of PTSD, it’s becoming more and more important to find resources to make sure these servicemen and servicewomen get help. What better therapy than a quad, the open trail, and little bit of adrenaline? The Department of Veteran Affairs website states that, among veterans, about 11-20% of veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars have PTSD. So for every 100 veterans returning home, somewhere between 11 and 20 of them are affected – and that’s only the number of diagnosed cases. It’s estimated the actual number is much higher. As resources are stretched tight for this kind of treatment, that’s where the non-profit comes in – Vigilant Vet Racing. Speaking from personal experience, Rick explains what Vigilant Vet racing is. Read our questions below to find out more about how you can help and what the program is and where to find it.

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SORRA rd 2 next weekend!

SORRA heads to the Chappie Shasta ORV park for round 2 of their off-road series. This is an XC ONLY round, and you must meet sound requirements of the park, and be a member of SORRA to race. Race passes are available for $10 to be a member for the day.

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Inside Team Pro-ATV with Matt Hancock

Matt Hancock has been around racing for a long time and this year has formed Team Pro-ATV with Josh Edwards and Britney Latimer to compete in all kinds of racing in the Southwest U.S.A. Matt gave us an inside look at what the team has planned for this year and you can follow the team on Facebook as well (check out the bottom of the post).

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Washington Residents: Support SB5391

Via the Washington Off-Highway Vehicle Association – This is geared more toward dualsporting, but it’s important to take action whenever off-road recreation is at stake because we all can enjoy the various recreation areas – until they are no longer open to us. Here is a summary:

As originally written, the Discover Pass legislation enacted in 2011 limited the requirement to motor vehicles required to be licensed for street use. The intent was to exempt offroad vehicle where offroad vehicle use is allowed because access to these areas is funded by the purchase of an offroad vehicle (ORV) use permit.

To require the purchase of a Discover Pass in addition to the ORV permit would be charging these vehicle owners twice for the exact same public land access.

This language seemed to be clear and understood by the applicable state agencies. Unfortunately there is confusion when it comes to vehicles that are dual registered as both street legal motor vehicles and offroad vehicles. Because these dual registered vehicle are not required to have street license plates while at ORV use areas, they are exempt from the Discover Pass requirements during that time.

Unfortunately the DNR is misapplying the requirement and claiming that any vehicle with a street license must have a Discover Pass regardless of whether or not the street license is required.

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BRC Alert: Public Meeting for Sierra NF

In February 2012, USDA Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell selected the Sierra National Forest (SNF) as one of the first national forests to revise its Forest Plan using the new Forest Service planning rule. Since that time SNF has started work on a Forest Assessment designed to gather existing relevant information on current forest conditions and trends, to evaluate their sustainability, and to identify the need to change the existing plan by the end of 2013. SNF has also developed a Collaboration and Communication Plan to provide clear, consistent, and easily implementable guidance for Forest staff to involve the interested public, California Native American Tribes, public agencies and elected officials in the Forest Plan revision process.

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CORVA Fund Raiser – Ocotillo Wells

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Are you ready for the best poker run in the desert? Only three weeks away on January 12th, 2013 for the 18th Annual CORVA Truckhaven Challenge. This will be located in the Ocotillo Wells SVRA off of S-22 and Holly Road.

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