- Jan 15, 2002
- Toquerville UT
FYI...UFWDA HOSTS LEADERSHIP SUMMIT
San Diego, CA (Nov 7, 2005): The United Four Wheel Drive
Associations (UFWDA) hosted the 2nd National Leadership Summit on
Recreational Access (NLSRA) on October 25-27, 2005 in Chicago, IL.
The summit focused on setting recreational land use and access
priorities for the next five years. Attendees included the United
Four Wheel Drive Associations, BlueRibbon Coalition, Motorcycle
Industry Council, Off Road Business Association, Specialty Vehicle
Institute of America, California Off Road Vehicle Association,
Wisconsin OHV Coalition, United Land Action Fund, American Motorcycle
Association, American Council of Snowmobile Associations, and the
Idaho State Snowmobile Association.
The meeting was a facilitated discussion to develop issues and
determine priorities. The issues include education, policy,
litigation, legislation, advocacy, public relations, and others that
require close coordination and sharing of information. The top three
issues included, developing systems to share information, developing
educational programs, and trails designation.
John Stewart, Director of Environmental Affairs for UFWDA stated, "As
national leaders, we often duplicate efforts which reduces our
effectiveness and efficiency. Communications and sharing of
information is critical to preserving our heritage."
The target audience for the leadership summit was national
organizations (including state and regional associations)
representing motorized recreation interests. Stewart noted that
summit attendees were expected to be leaders and decision makers
within their respective organizations. He stated, "It is time we
determine the strengths of each organization and use the strengths to
focus our energies on results."
Summit attendees recognize the importance of regular meetings to
facilitate problem solving through face-to-face contact that is
driven by continued networking to identify recreational land use and
A follow-up summit meeting will be hosted by SVIA in 2006 with BRC
hosting a meeting on 2007. Additional information about the summit
meeting can be viewed on the UFWDA web site at: www.ufwda.org/nlsra
United Four Wheel Drive Associations is an international organization
of four wheel drive enthusiasts dedicated to preserving public lands
heritage and enjoyment of the outdoors. For more information contact
UFWDA at www.ufwda.org , 1-800-44-UFWDA, 7135 S. PR Royal Springs
Dr., Shelbyville, IN 46176.