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John Stewart

Team General Tire to Take on Baja 1000

Trophy Truck: Rick D. Johnson #71, Bobby Baldwin #96, Scott Steinberger #7, BJ Baldwin # 1, Ed "Clyde" Stout # 13, Jason Voss # 35, Jerry Zaiden/Jason Campbell
Class 8: Ted Hunnicutt, Jason McNeil
Class 6: Marc Burnett # 602, Mickey Childress/ Robert Pickering
Class 7SX: Brandt Anderson #742
Stock Full: Kent Kroeker

"Team GT has really proven itself during a very a successful 2009 season, and we are confident that our drivers will be up to the challenge of this important race," said Travis Roffler, director of marketing, General Tire. "The Baja 1000 is the event that all desert racers strive to conquer, and we're confident that the combination of their outstanding driving skills and our Grabber competition tires will take them straight to the top."

In its second season of desert racing since General Tire's return to competition, Team General Tire members are well-acquainted with the winner's podium.   BJ Baldwin won the SCORE Trophy Truck Championship in both 2006 and 2008; this year, Rick Johnson won the Baja 500, the Terrible 250 and took third place in the General Tire Mint 400; Ted Hunnicutt took first place in Class 8 at the 2009 Mint 400; Mike Horner is a five-time Baja 500 champion; and Marc Burnett won class 6 "Ironman-style" at the 2008 Baja 1000, and he also took class 6 in the 2009 San Felipe 250.

Real-time team progress reports will be available during the race at www.twitter.com/teamgt.  Also, go to generaltire.com and link to live tracking report provided by IRC www.racetheworld.net.

General Tire is again 'unleashing the fury' in off-road performance for 2009, in the second year campaigning its Grabber competition tire.  Designed with a tough, three-ply Duragen™-reinforced body construction to stand up to the rigors of off-road conditions, the Grabber also features a newly-developed competition-specific tread compound. In addition, the Grabber name and General Tire logo are prominently featured on the sidewall in red and white letters.  The Grabber competition tires are designed in size 37x12.50R17 for class 8 and trophy truck/trick truck and 35x12.50R17 for class 1, 6, 7, 7 S, stock mini and Protruck.

General Tire also has a complete line of Grabber tires for the passenger and light truck market, including the new Grabber DOT-approved off-road tire (to be released in 2010); the Grabber HTS, which delivers the perfect synergy of comfort, durability and performance; the Grabber UHP, which sets a whole new standard in performance and ride quality for SUVs, light trucks and crossover vehicles; and Grabber AT2, designed for aggressive all-terrain traction in all weather conditions.

General Tire is part of Continental Tire North America, Inc. (www.generaltire.com).  As a supplier of brake systems, systems and components for the powertrain and chassis, instrumentation, infotainment solutions, vehicle electronics, tires and technical elastomers, the corporation contributes towards enhanced driving safety and protection of the global climate.
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John Stewart

Forest Service releases decision for Hoonah motorized vehicle access

Hoonah, AK (July 31, 2009) – Users of motorized vehicles on Forest Service roads on the Hoonah Ranger District, Tongass National Forest, will want to pick up a new Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) for the district when it becomes available in January 2010.

The map will identify which roads and trails are open to motorized use, based on the just-released Decision Notice and Finding of No Significant Impact (DN/FONSI) for the Hoonah Ranger District Access and Travel Management (ATM) project. Hoonah District Ranger Rich Jennings selected the Proposed Action with minor modifications, based on public comments and the analysis in the Environmental Assessment.

The original Proposed Action included 11 miles of trails that could be opened to future OHV use if funding were made available to make them accessible and/or to address resource concerns. The modification changes that to 5 miles for possible future OHV use, because analysis showed that 6 of the 11 miles of those additional trails were in Old Growth Habitat and designation as OHV trail would not meet Forest Plan Old Growth Habitat prescriptions.

Provisions in the Selected Alternative also includes the following:
* 141 miles of National Forest System (NFS) roads will remain open to highway vehicles; all or parts of these open roads may be open to both highway and off-highway vehicles (OHV)
* 22 miles of existing NFS road will be designated exclusively for OHV use as OHV trails
* 25 miles of open NFS road will be closed to highway vehicles, for a total of 122 miles closed to highway vehicles on the district
* 95 miles of road on the Hoonah Ranger District will be closed to all motorized vehicle traffic

Upon publication of the MVUM, all district areas not displayed as open roads or OHV trails on the map will be closed to all forms of motorized surface access including motorized subsistence access under ANILCA Section 811(b). Snow mobiles are not part of this decision and will be permitted off designated roads and trails when used over snow and in accordance with ANILCA section 1110 (a) and 811 (b).

The map, which is expected to be available in January 2010, will be reviewed annually.

Copies of the EA and Decision Notice are available on-line at http://www.fs.fed.us/r10/tongass/projects/projects.shtml under Hoonah Ranger District Access and Travel Management project.

 

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John Stewart

Flash Floods washout access to BLM's Texas Creek OHV recreation area

Cañon City, CO (Jul 27, 2009) – The BLM is advising off-highway vehicle (OHV) and other recreation users to avoid the Texas Creek recreation area due to washout conditions.   Flash floods from this past weekend’s storm activity washed out County Road 27 just north of the Texas Creek Bridge.  County Road 27 is the only access into the recreation area.  The parking area for the Texas Creek OHV recreation area was also damaged by the flooding but the boat ramp is still accessible.

The Fremont County road department will start work on the road tomorrow.  BLM anticipates flash floods may have caused major damage to trails in the recreation area and will go in as soon as the road is accessible to do an assessment of the area.

BLM is asking the public to completely avoid this area at this time.  The public can contact the BLM at 719-269-8500 for the latest update on the Texas Creek recreation area trails during and after normal business hours.

The BLM manages more land - 256 million acres - than any other Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.

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John Stewart

California Desert Receives $8.3 Million in OHV Grants

The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) California Desert District will receive about $8.3 million in grants from California’s Off-Highway Motor Vehicle (OHV) Recreation Program, BLM’s California Desert District manager, Steve Borchard, announced today.  

“We’re grateful for the award of the OHV grants,” said Borchard.  “With these funds we can improve the recreational experience for off-highway enthusiasts, while ensuring we protect the diversity of species that inhabit the California Desert.  As managers of our public lands, we at BLM also have a special responsibility to preserve these areas for multiple uses, including such non-motorized activities as hiking, backpacking, hang gliding, hunting, rock hounding, horseback riding, wildlife viewing, photography, rock climbing, and mountain biking.  OHV grants will enhance access for these activities.”

About $3.2 million in OHV grants will go toward the operation and maintenance of designated routes that reduce impacts upon wildlife and their habitats.  In addition, the grants will provide support services for high-quality OHV programs in recreation areas such as Dumont Dunes, El Mirage, and Imperial Sand Dunes.  California’s OHV Recreation Program, a division of California State Parks, awarded BLM about $1.3 million to ensure protection of visitors at OHV recreation areas and to protect the natural resources of public lands through law enforcement.

Another $3.8 million was awarded BLM for restoration, education, and safety projects.  The California Desert District comprises 67 wilderness areas, all of which were closed to OHV use upon designation in 1994. However, 1,400 trails and ways crossed the 4,000 miles of wilderness boundary, encouraging illegal egress by desert OHV users. The BLM will employ boundary signing, preparation and distribution of current maps, education and outreach, ‘hard barrier’ [e.g., fences, barricades], a law enforcement presence, and ‘soft barrier’ [vertical mulch] construction as part of its restoration efforts.

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John Stewart

Grand Canyon Parashant National Monument

The Parashant trip was, by all accounts, spectacular.  The trip was organized well in advance and we were able to see and do everything that we had planned. The Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument covers a vast area by itself but it is seamlessly connected to both the Lake Mead National Recreation Area and the Grand Canyon National Park. Combined, there are thousands of miles of off pavement roads to explore.

Our travels allowed us to visit, Gold Butte, the Tassi Ranch, the Grand Wash Cliffs, the Pakoon Basin, Hidden Canyon, , the Townsite of Trumbull, Twin Point, Kelly Point, Mt Logan, Mt Logan Wilderness, the Colorado River, Nampaweep Rock Art Site, the Witches Water Pocket and Toroweep. We exited through Colorado City and stopped at the "Merry Wives Cafe" for some snacks and drinks.

Elevations ranged from 1500 feet to over 7500 feet. Temperatures ranged from over 100 degrees in some areas to as low as the teens (19 degrees at 6:30AM) in other areas. Patches of snow still covered some areas in the higher elevations and it seemed like the middle of summer in the lower elevations.

One of the greatest thrills was being able to find a road that went to within one tenth of a mile of the Colorado River. Reaching the water did require a bit of a hike, dropping over 800 feet to the bottom of the Canyon. Three of us made it to the bottom and were rewarded with the cold refreshing water of the Colorado.

Click here to read more about the Grand Canyon Parashant National Monument April 2009 from Outdoor Adventure USA

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