Recreation Advocate

The OutdoorWire family websites feature news and information affecting outdoor recreation opportunities and access to public lands. 

Advocating access to public lands carries a responsibility to be part of the solution for managing the public lands.  As a strong proponent for participation to make a difference, I am a full time advocate for recreation and the Managing Editor of the OutdoorWire family websites. 

4x4Wire.com is dedicated to four wheel drive recreation...

Advocating access to public lands carries a responsibility to be part of the solution for managing the public lands.  As a strong proponent for participation to make a difference, I am a full time advocate for recreation and the Managing Editor of the OutdoorWire family websites. 

4x4Wire.com is dedicated to four wheel drive recreation featuring technical articles and information to promote, protect, and provide outdoor recreation opportunities.  4x4Voice.com focuses on California issues. MUIRNet.net is focused on environmental, administrative and legislative news and information. OutdoorWire.com is Access and Landuse Central with an overall index to the contents of the family of websites. 

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Fastball Racing Throws Off-Road For A Curve

Fastball Racing to compete as the only American car entry in the 2020 Dakar Rally

Dodger’s owner Bobby Patton has been bitten by the off-road racing bug.  Bitten hard. In 2017 he raced the Baja 1000 for the first time, piloting a vintage Land Cruiser to victory for the 50th anniversary of the event.  In 2019 he finished every mile of every SCORE International desert race as driver of record in his No. 240 Jimco-built Fastball Racing Spec Trophy Truck to earn the coveted Rod Hall SCORE Milestone Award, a distinction bestowed upon only 46 other SCORE series racers competing in 18 different classes.  Covering 2,025 miles in a season is impressive and has helped prepare Patton for his biggest challenge yet: the Dakar Rally.

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WHAT IS A SPECIAL RECREATION PERMIT?

Special Recreation Permits are authorizations which allow specified recreational uses of the public lands and related waters. They are issued as a means to manage visitor use, protect natural and cultural resources, and provide a mechanism to accommodate commercial recreational uses. Authorized by the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act, there are five types of uses for which these permits are required: commercial, competitive, vending, individual or group use in special areas, and organized group activity and event use.  In short, if you are going to use public lands and revive a financial gain from that use, a special event permit is required.  The various land management agencies have specific permit requirements such as groups size and application time frames and deadlines.  However, all agencies subscribe to the same basic criteria for defining type of permit required.  The below is a general description for the Special Recreation Permit requirements employed by Bureau of Land Management.

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Three more elk poached in northern Michigan; DNR seeks information


Michigan Department of Natural Resources conservation officers in Gaylord are seeking tips from the public regarding three adult cow elk poached in Otsego County – the third elk poaching case in northern Michigan in roughly a month.

“This is the worst year we’ve had as far as elk poaching,” said Lt. Jim Gorno.

Area residents found the three elk about 50 yards north of Hardwood Lake Road near Bobcat Trail, in the Pigeon River State Forest, east of Vanderbilt. Officers believe that the three elk were shot either Saturday or Sunday while they were bedded down near each other.

"This is a loss for everyone who appreciates our state’s natural resources. It’s a true shame,” said Gorno. “If you or anyone you know has information that can help us solve this crime, we want to hear from you.”

Gorno said that the public tips received regarding a bull elk poached in November helped identify a suspect in that case. 

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Axial $5,000 Wrangler and Tacoma Parts Giveaway

Win a $5k Shopping Spree on ExtremeTerrain.com | Sponsored by Axial

PAOLI, Pa. (Oct 9, 2019) – Attention Wrangler and Tacoma owners: here is your chance to win a $5,000 parts spree on ExtremeTerrain.com (XT). Sponsored by Axial, manufacturer of off-road LED lighting, the Axial $5,000 giveaway will award one finalist with $5K to spend on XT’s site. Even though Axial is exclusive to XT and known for LED lighting, the winner can select products from any category on XT’s site including: Tacoma Grills, Jeep Wheels, and Jeep Seat Covers.

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Silverado Headlight and Upgrade Options Technical Guide

How to Improve 2nd Generation Silverado Illumination – AmericanTrucks’ Tech Guides

PAOLI, Pa. (October 8th, 2019) – When it comes to truck lighting, the 2nd generation (2007-2015) Chevrolet Silverado gets the short end of the stick in terms of truck headlights. Owners of 2007-2015 Silverados do not have to suffer from lackluster lighting output due to inferior halogen bulbs. Advancements in lighting technology continue to provide alternatives to remedy dim Silverado headlights, such as LED’s, HID’s, and improved headlight housings.

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