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 the 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 the 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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John Stewart

REVTEK SUSPENSION INTRODUCES 2-INCH LIFT SYSTEM FOR ’05-’08 NISSAN XTERRA

REVTEK SUSPENSION INTRODUCES 2-INCH LIFT SYSTEM FOR ’05-’08 NISSAN XTERRA

Revtek’s 2-inch lift system for the ’05-’08 Nissan Xterra 4x4 is the perfect solution for outdoorsmen on a budget. Designed for easy bolt-in installation, this kit employs 2-inch spacers front and add-a-leafs rear to provide a level ride height and enough room for larger 285/75 tires with a positive offset wheel. This system retains the stock shocks and struts and does not alter suspension geometry. Revtek Suspension, 877 LIFT TOY; www.revtek.com

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Based in Portland Oregon, Revtek Suspension prides itself in producing “real world” engineered suspension systems and components for Dodge, Ford, GM Jeep, Nissan and Toyota trucks/SUV’s. Revtek systems are designed and tested in-house, resulting in the most installer-friendly, best-riding kits on the market.
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Campfire Safety

Campfire Safety

by: John Stewart
Natural Resource Consultant
California Association of 4 Wheel Drive Clubs

It is coming down to the Dog Days of Summer and it has been a long dry summer with many outdoor opportunities restricted due to sever fire danger.

Even though many public lands are under fire restrictions, campfire safety is still of concern all year. Everyone should follow fire safety precautions when visiting public lands to help to keep our public lands free from fires.

If you have a campfire, please abide by the following rules:

* Build campfires away from overhanging branches, steep slopes, rotten stumps, logs, dry grass, pine needles and leaves.
* Build your fire in an approved ring or build a ring of stones around your fire site.
* Pile extra wood away from the fire.
* Clear the area down to bare soil.
* Keep your campfire safe and small, especially in windy conditions.
* Never leave your campfire unattended.
* Drown the fire with water and dirt, stir remains, add more water and dirt, and stir again.
* Do not bury your coals as they can smolder and re-ignite later.
* Make sure your fire is dead out before leaving.

If you must have a fire, consider a metal container such as an old washing machine tub that is at least six inches above the ground. A metal fire container helps confine the hot coals to reduce the risk of the fire spreading.

Now, sit back, relax and enjoy the fire. Just remember to keep it contained and make sure it is out when you leave.
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4th Annual Southern Monster Truck Showdown

The 4th Annual Southern Monster Truck Showdown, July 11-13 at the Florida Parishes Arena in Amite, Louisiana.

This year's show includes, among a ton of other things, a Tuff Truck contest on Sunday that is open to anyone to enter. The entry fee is $30 at the gate (or $20 in advance) and it's a "winner-take-all" event. First place receives 100% payback of the entry fees, plus $500 added from the show management. The course will consist of dirt bumps and mounds, cross ties in the dirt and other smaller obstacles, nothing too severe. It's more for show than anything, and is timed.

There is a mandatory driver's meeting at 1 pm (between 1 and 1:30 pm).  All drivers must be checked in before the meeting.

The rules and registration information is available at http://www.southernmonstertruckshowdown.com/. If you have any questions, contact event organizers at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact the arena office (phone number listed on website).

See ya there!!
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TREAD LIGHTLY! AND HUMMER HELP OPEN TRAIL SYSTEM IN OCALA NATIONAL FOREST

TREAD LIGHTLY! AND HUMMER HELP OPEN TRAIL SYSTEM IN OCALA NATIONAL FORESTDespite high temperatures, thunderstorms, and hoards of bugs, nearly 70 volunteers helped sign a new designated route in Florida last weekend as part of a new initiative from the nonprofit Tread Lightly! called HUMMER’s Recreation Rescue.

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HUMMER’s Recreation Rescue - Bald Mountain Project

HUMMER’s Recreation Rescue

HUMMER and Tread Lightly! have announced the launch of a new partnership called HUMMER’s Recreation Rescue, which will provide grants to outdoor recreation sites. The grants will be dedicated towards land use education, management and trail maintenance. At least $25,000 in grants will be given away in 2008.

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