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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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TRANSFER FLOW INTRODUCES 50-GALLON REFUELING TANK

TRANSFER FLOW INTRODUCES 50-GALLON REFUELING TANK FOR DOMESTIC AND IMPORTED FULL-SIZE TRUCKS

Safely transport gasoline, diesel, ethanol, methanol or kerosene with Transfer Flow’s new 50-gallon Refueling Tank. Designed for both domestic and imported full-size pick-ups, this tank carries a Special Permit number from the Department of Transportation, allowing it to legally transport volatile fuels. The 50-gallon Refueling Tank is made from 12-gauge aluminized steel for superior strength and corrosion resistance, and is baffled on all four sides to reduce fuel “sloshing”. The notched design, meanwhile, allows the refueling pump to sit below tank height for a clean, compact appearance. The 50-gallon Refueling Tank includes mounting hardware, fuel cap and a rollover valve; an optional 12-volt refueling pump, meter, fuel filter and locking cap are also available. Transfer Flow also manufactures refueling tanks in 82, 100 and 109-gallon sizes, and Toolbox and Refueling Tank Combos in 30 and 50-gallon configurations. Transfer Flow, Inc. (800) 442 0056;
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Transfer Flow is a leading manufacturer of aftermarket and OEM fuel tank systems.  Transfer Flow products meet the rigid requirements of the California Air Resources Board and the Department of Transportation. Transfer Flow is a member of NTEA, RVIA, SEMA, and SAE.

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DNR Seeks Public Comment on Revised ORV Management Plan

Under state law, the DNR is required to complete a classification review for all 58 of Minnesota's state forests by December 2008. Planning for the east-central forests began in July 2007. Five public open houses were held in the fall. A team of DNR resource specialists conducted the review, working closely with Aitkin and Cass counties in developing recommendations. Preliminary planning is complete and ready for public comment.

ROAD AND TRAIL DESIGNATIONS
The draft plan makes recommendations for about 1,000 miles of roads, trails and other routes on roughly 363,000 acres of state forest lands in east-central Minnesota. The proposal, which includes some route closures, will ultimately determine where motorized vehicles, including cars, trucks and off-highway vehicles (OHVs), will be allowed to operate on state lands in the county. In addition, Aitkin and Cass counties are making county land route recommendations for motor vehicle use on about 220 miles in Aitkin County and 400 miles in Cass County.

FOREST CLASSIFICATION
The motor vehicle use classification provides the framework for managing motor vehicle use on Minnesota DNR lands, forest roads and trails. Minnesota's three classifications are managed, limited and closed. Right now, all state forest lands in the east-central forests are classified as managed, except for the Snake River State Forest, which is limited. Under state law, the managed classification is no longer available south of U.S. Highway 2. Thus, the proposal reclassifies all state and county forest lands as either limited or closed.

On limited forest lands, trails are closed to motor vehicle use unless posted as open, while forest roads are open to both highway-licensed vehicles and OHVs. On closed forest lands, trails are closed to motor vehicles and only highway-licensed vehicles may operate on forest roads.

RECOMMENDED CLASSIFICATIONS

State Forests Motor Vehicle Use Classification
DAR Limited
Hill River Limited
Land O' Lakes Limited
Savanna Limited & Closed
Snake River Limited & Closed
Waukenabo Limited

Scattered State Forest Lands Motor Vehicle Use Classification
Anoka County Limited
Aitkin County Limited
Chisago County Limited
Isanti County Limited
Kanabec County Limited & Closed
Pine County Limited & Closed
South Cass County Limited
Washington County Limited

AREAS OF LIMITATIONS
The draft plan recommends that several sites (approximately 58,127 acres) receive special protections from vehicular use. There are two sites in Aitkin County (10,603 acres), 12 sites in Cass County (44,995 acres), and two sites in Kanabec County (2,529 acres).

These "areas with limitations" sites have unique or sensitive resources or have existing nonmotorized uses. The proposal would prohibit OHV use on DNR or county forest lands within these areas year-round, including by hunters and trappers. The use of nondesignated routes by highway licensed vehicles and OHVs for hunting and trapping purposes would still be permitted on the balance of forest lands within the planning unit, except on lands classified as closed.

PUBLIC REVIEW MEETINGS
The DNR will hold three public meetings on this proposal:

Sept. 23, Aitkin High School, 306 Second St. N.W., Aitkin
Sept. 24, Mora High School, 400 E. Maple Ave., Mora
Sept. 25, Pine River/Backus High School, 801 First St. N., Pine River.
Meetings will run from 6 - 8:30 pm. The first hour will allow people to informally review the plan, maps and other materials. The DNR and county officials will be on hand to answer questions. During the remainder of the meeting, DNR will present its proposal, respond to questions, and accept oral and written comments. The DNR east-central state forest classification and route designation proposals are available online at www.mndnr.gov or at www.findthetrails.com.

Written comments, questions or requests for copies of the planning documents should be directed to Brian McCann, DNR Trails & Waterways, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN 55155-4052; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; or by calling (651) 259-5627 or toll free at 1-888-MINNDNR (646-6367). Written comments on this proposal will be accepted until 4:30 pm on Friday, Oct. 3.

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DNR Seeks Input into Planning Process for State Forests

Before each meeting, there will be an open house from 4 to 7 p.m., where citizens can examine management area maps and discuss preliminary management concepts with DNR resource managers.

"Comments from stakeholder organizations and the public are an important part of this planning process," said Lynne Boyd, chief of the DNR's Forest, Minerals and Fire Management Division. "We welcome and need public engagement on how the state forest should be managed over the next 10-year period and beyond."

Management areas are groupings of existing state forest land compartments that have similar attributes, such as vegetation types, landforms or ownership patterns. Specific management direction for each management area will be incorporated into the Northern Lower Peninsula Regional State Forest Management Plan. This will help the DNR to provide landscape level analyses and direction that will guide operational decisions made at each forest management unit, through the existing compartment review process.

Additional information is available via the internet at www.michigan.gov/dnr. Persons not able to attend the meetings or wishing to respond in writing, may send an e-mail by Sept. 15, 2008, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or by postal mail to NLP Eco-team, DNR Gaylord OSC, 1732 West M-32, Gaylord, MI 49735.

In addition to these meetings to solicit input as the plan is being drafted, future public meetings will be scheduled when draft and final versions of the Regional State Forest Management plans are completed.

Individuals attending the meeting are requested to refrain from using heavily-scented personal care products, in order to enhance accessibility for everyone. Persons with disabilities needing accommodations for the meeting should contact John Pilon at 989-732-3541, ext. 5042, a minimum of five business days before these meetings. Requests made less than five business days may not be accommodated.

The DNR is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state's natural resources for current and future generations.

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TEAM RACING ENGINES INTRODUCES 408 CID SMALL BLOCK MOPAR CRATE ENGINE

TEAM RACING ENGINES INTRODUCES 408 CID SMALL BLOCK MOPAR CRATE ENGINE

Team Racing Engines and Dyno Services is offering the best small block Mopar crate engine value on the market with its 408 cid Magnum crate engine package. This engine produces a dyno-proven 480 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm and 520 lb.-ft. of torque at 5,500 rpm on pump gas, and ships completely assembled, from pan to intake manifold, with a dyno sheet, engine cradle and carburetor lift plate. Just add a carburetor, ignition and water pump, and you’re ready to race! Each engine features a seasoned OEM block, ARP fasteners, forged steel crank and rods, forged 10.5:1 pistons, Edelbrock heads/intake and a custom ground hydraulic roller camshaft—all for just $7,995! Team Racing Engines and Dyno Services, (888) 990 TEAM; www.team-redsi.com

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Based in Carson City, Nevada, Team Racing Engines and Dyno Services is part of the Team Performance Group of companies, which includes Team Performance Products and Team Racing Enterprises and Restoration. Team Racing Engines and Dyno Services specializes in high performance street and race small and big block Mopar engines as well as and both engine and chassis dyno services.

 


 

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Custom Jeep Sweepstakes to Benefit Injured Service Personnel

Custom Jeep Sweepstakes to Benefit Injured Service Personnel

West Monroe, LA: To raise public awareness about our injured service men and women, the Arkansas Crawlers 4x4 Club enlisted assistance from several automotive aftermarket parts specialists. The result is the Warrior Jeep, a custom 2007 JK Wrangler that will be given away in a random drawing on December 1, 2008 (ticket sold through November 16). Sweepstakes tickets are tax-deductible and cost $25 each. All proceeds go to the Wounded Warrior Project.
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