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Senator Bingaman Announces Congressional Hearings on Off-road Vehicle Management on Public Lands

Senator Bingaman Announces Congressional Hearings on Off-road Vehicle Management on Public Lands

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, chaired by Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.), has announced that an oversight hearing on “Off-highway Vehicle Management on Public Lands” will be held June 5, 2008.

What: Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Oversight Hearing Regarding Off-Highway Vehicle Management on Public Lands.

When: Thursday, June 5, 2008, at 9:30am, Eastern Time, 7:30 am Mountain Time, 6:30 am Pacific Time

Where: Washington, D.C.

Who: Full Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources; witnesses will be announced.

For more information, visit the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources website.
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KOWA MAKES BINOCULARS EVEN SMALLER AND LIGHTER

KOWA MAKES BINOCULARS EVEN SMALLER AND LIGHTER
The BD25-GR series from Kowa will make debut at SHOT in Las Vegas

Los Angeles, Ca – Kowa Optimed, the innovators in high performance sporting optics is pleased to announce the newest series to their popular BD binocular series. The new BD25-GR series are designed to be compact so users can carry them virtually anywhere. The BD25 binoculars, with 25mm objective lenses, are small in size yet have serious optical performance. The advanced optical design provides crystal clear viewing in various lighting conditions.

“We have designed our new BD25-GR series to fit the demanding needs of the outdoor enthusiast,” said Josh Lazenby, Channel Manager of Kowa’s Sporting Optics Division. “We have combined our high performance optics in a compact ergonomic body design.”

Kowa’s compact sporting optics has always been the choice for the outdoor enthusiast who seeks bright range with a smaller more durable casing. The lenses of Kowa’s BD binocular series are fully multi-coated, ensuring a clear visual range and high image resolution and the prisms are phase-coated with Kowa’s proprietary C3 prism coating for maximum light transmission. The lightweight yet rugged aluminum alloy body with a comfortable rubber coating makes it fit comfortably into the hand.

The much anticipated BD25-GR models will make their debut appearance at the 2008 SHOT Show in Las Vegas. “We foresee a positive response,” said Mr. Lazenby.

About Kowa Optimed: Kowa Optimed was founded in 1980 to provide direct presence to the North and South American markets for Kowa’s Electronics and Optics products. Kowa Optimed is a part of Kowa Ltd., which was founded in 1894. Kowa is one of the largest privately owned companies in Japan and is ranked as one of the largest trading companies. For more information contact KOWA Optimed, 20001 S. Vermont Avenue, Torrance, CA 90502, Phone: (800) 966-5692 or visit www.kowa-usa.com

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LIFT YOUR SUPER DUTY THE EASY WAY WITH REVTEK LEVELING SYSTEMS

LIFT YOUR SUPER DUTY THE EASY WAY WITH REVTEK LEVELING SYSTEMS

Revtek leveling systems offer the most effective and affordable way to get the lifted look on ’05-’08 Ford Super Duty 4WD trucks. The F350 leveling system lifts the front only, and includes 2.5-inch spring perch spacers, eccentric cam bushings for correct alignment, performance shock absorbers and all necessary mounting hardware. The F250 system is identically equipped front, but also incorporates rear lift blocks and U-bolts to produce an F350’s rear ride height. Both systems maintain the stock springs, work within the OEM suspension geometry, and allow clearance for up to 35 x 12.5-inch tires. An optional front track bar bracket is also available to maintain correct axle centering. 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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CA - Public Workshops for Travel Management Route Designation Process

Public Workshops for Travel Management Route Designation Process
Eureka, CA May 22, 2008

The Six Rivers National Forest is hosting the continuation of a series of workshops on the progress of its Travel Management Route Designation Process, a national effort that all 156 national forests must complete as required by the 2005 Travel Management Rule.

The purpose of the workshops is to share information, review and determine if traveled routes have been identified, and gather additional information to help in developing site- specific proposals for changes to the Lower Trinity and Mad River Ranger Districts' motorized transportation system. According to Forest Supervisor Tyrone Kelley, "We want to identify any additional opportunities and benefits as well as hear concerns with individual routes being considered." This input will ultimately serve as the basis for development of a proposed action to be analyzed under the National Environmental Policy Act.

For people who are already involved in the motor vehicle route designation process, this continues their important role in making this process a success. For newcomers, the workshops provide an opportunity to better understand the process and how they can provide valuable input.

Two public workshops are scheduled for 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Six Rivers National Forest Headquarters, 1330 Bayshore Way, Eureka, CA on the following dates:

* May 31, 2008
* June 28, 2008

These workshops will be open house style and informal. No formal presentations are scheduled. People are invited to come in any time during these 10:00 am to 4:00 pm workshops to help finalize the initial steps of the process. Six Rivers National Forest employees will be present to meet with members of the public one-on-one to collect additional information and answer questions.

As part of this planning process, the public is encouraged to determine if traveled routes have been identified, and provide additional information identifying opportunities and benefits as well as concerns with individual routes being considered. Public comments need to be received by June 30, 2008 in order to be considered in these initial phases of the planning process.

Comments should be addressed to: Six Rivers National Forest, Attn: Ray McCray, 1330 Bayshore Way, Eureka, CA 95501 Additional information, including maps and route inventory evaluation forms will be available at www.fs.fed.us/r5/sixrivers/projects/ohv/ or by contacting Ray McCray at 707-441-3629.
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Trail Sustainability: Moving Forward with Travel Management

For Immediate Release                                          CONTACT: Ann Vance
May 19, 2008                                                          PHONE: 888-458-0131
                                                                             EMAIL: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Trail Sustainability: Moving Forward with Travel Management - A Continuation of the NOHVCC Route Designation Workshop Series

For Land Managers, OHV Enthusiasts and Other Stakeholders

June 13 - June 14, 2008

Rich Mountain Community College
Abernathy Building
1100 College Drive
Mena, AR 71953
479-394-7622

www.rmcc.edu

Classroom Sessions: Friday, June 13, 8AM - 5PM
Field Sessions: Saturday, June 14, 8AM - 4PM


The National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC) is conducting a workshop aimed at helping to ensure successful implementation of the US Forest Service Travel Management Rule after the initial motorized route designation process has been completed including the development of partnerships, resources, and techniques to achieve trail sustainability.  This workshop will be conducted on June 13-14, 2008 in Mena, Arkansas and is for US Forest Service personnel, OHV enthusiasts, and other stakeholders interested in travel management on National Forests in Arkansas and Oklahoma.

The purpose of this workshop is to assist the US Forest Service and other stakeholders in gaining knowledge and developing skills and partnerships that will result in long-term sustainability and improvement of trail systems. The workshop is open to all who want to attend and there is no charge. Other state and federal agency personnel are welcome and encouraged to attend both days. Continental breakfast will be served at 7:30 AM on Friday.  Lunch and refreshment breaks will be provided on both days.

Please note this is not a US Forest Service meeting to gather comments on any particular travel plan.  Rather, this workshop will help you understand the implementation of the US Forest Service Travel Management Rule after the initial Route Designation has been completed and will assist you in developing the skills and tools required to sustain a viable trail system on public lands.

A workshop registration form is included with this release. Registration deadline is June 9, 2008.  After that date, registration may be possible if space is available. For questions or availability contact Ann Vance at 888-458-0131 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Lodging is available in Mena, AR. The Sun Country Inn (479-394-7477) the Lime Tree Inn (479-394-6350) currently have space available, or see http://hotel-guides.us/arkansas/mena-ar-hotels.html for other lodging options.

This national workshop series is sponsored by Americans for Responsible Recreational Access (ARRA), the Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC), and the Specialty Vehicle Institute of America (SVIA). Coordination of the workshops is provided by the NOHVCC. Design of the workshop sessions was a collaborative effort by professional trail consultants, ARRA, MIC, SVIA, American Motorcyclist Association (AMA), Blue Ribbon Coalition (BRC), United Four Wheel Drive Associations (UFWDA), and NOHVCC; with input from USFS trail managers.

The Workshop objectives are:



To develop the strategies and skills necessary to implement decisions made under the US Forest Service Travel Management Rule;

To develop the partnerships and resources to maintain and improve the designated route system on Forest Service lands;

To facilitate efforts to improve volunteer effectiveness, organization, and management;

To develop a common understanding of trail maintenance techniques;

To examine a range of OHV trail signing protocols and principles;

To explore a variety of techniques to achieve required trail monitoring; and

To improve working relationships and increase partnerships between the USFS, state and local agencies, the OHV industry, OHV enthusiasts, and other stakeholders.

The National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council is a non-profit educational foundation.  For information regarding the NOHVCC and its workshop programs, visit its website at www.nohvcc.org.

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Trail Sustainability:
       Moving Forward with Travel Management
      A Continuation of the NOHVCC Route Designation Workshop Series


      Rich Mountain Community College
      Abernathy Building
      1100 College Drive
      Mena, AR 71953
      June 13 - 14, 2008

       

Workshop Registration Form


Name___________________________________________     

Agency___________________________  or  Club/Association _________________________

Address______________________________________________________________________

City_______________________________  State____________   Zip Code ________________

Phone_____________________________  E-mail* _____________________________

Type of OHV you ride ____________________

Dates attending: Friday _________ Saturday _________ Both Days _________

*E-Mail address necessary for Registration confirmation.

In Case of Emergency, Contact:                      Name: ____________________
                                                                Phone: ____________________

Special Physical Requirements: ______________________________________
 

    
Return this form by  June 6 to:
Ann Vance *  NOHVCC
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or fax: 208-458-0136
P.O. Box 402, Teton, ID 83451

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