• Win this Jeep! Get your tickets
    Drawing is February 20
  • Convention February 19-21, 2016
    Rancho Cordova
  • Molina Ghost Run May 13-15, 2016
    Hollister SVRA
  • Hi Desert Round-Up May 27-30, 2016
    Near Barstow
  • Sierra Trek August 11-14, 2016
    Meadow Lake near Truckee
  • High Sierra Poker Run September 2-5, 2016
    Near Shaver Lake
  • Operation Desert Fun October 14-16, 2016
    Superstition Mountain OHV Area
  • Panamint Valley Days November 11-13, 2016
    Near Trona
  • Winter Fun Festival January 2017
    Grass Valley

2016 fee-free days on federal public lands announced

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), the Forest Service (USFS) and the National Park Service (NPS) have announced Fee-Free days for 2016. The fee-free program is in cooperation with federal land management agencies under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act.

Fees are an important part of managing public lands, as many recreation opportunities, including OHV recreation opportunities, may be lost absent an opportunity to pay for them outside of the federal budget’s appropriations process. However, the Fee-Free program is a way to thank the millions of public lands visitors and to encourage more people to experience the great outdoors.

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Eldorado National Forest seasonal closures go into effect December 8

Based on recent precipitation, the annual seasonal closure of native surface roads, also known as dirt roads, will go into effect on Tuesday, December 18, 2015.  Rainfall, soil moisture, road and trail conditions, and weather forecasts are factors that trigger a seasonal closure earlier than January 1. The roads will remain closed until at least April 1.

"My goal is to keep these roads open to the public as long as possible as winter approaches," said Forest Supervisor Laurence Crabtree. "However, based on the recent storms and a weather forecast predicting additional rain and snow events this month, the soils will be getting saturated to the point where they can't hold any more water. Under these conditions, these roads could be badly damaged."

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Friends of Jawbone app updated

Friends of Jawbone is pleased to announce that an update is now available for the FOJ OHV Map App on iTunes! This update includes bug-fixes and compatibility with iOS 9 and newer iPhones. Based on user feedback, FOJ improved the clarity of the map, with lines rendering crisp on every zoom level. 

Our mobile app takes the place of our popular paper trail map, now in its 10th edition. Enjoy the convenience of consulting your Friends of Jawbone OHV Trail Map anywhere, anytime, without adding any extra clutter to your glove compartment! When used on a GPS-enabled iOS device, the FOJ OHV Map app can display and update your position on the map in real-time as you travel – even where there is no data service available.

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Hi-Landers 4WD Club recognized for exemplary public service

Approximately, 50 people gathered last Saturday at the entrance to the Barrett Lake 4-wheel Drive Trail in the Eldorado National forest to celebrate the re-opening of the trail and to recognize exceptional public service by the Hi-Landers 4WD Club, a Sacramento-based organization. "It's hard to imagine how we would have completed all the work needed to re-open the route as soon as we did without the hard work and dedication of the Hi-Landers," noted Richard Thornburgh, Pacific District Ranger. "The partnership between the Forest Service and the Hi-Landers is a model for responsible stewardship of our public lands."

Project Manager Diana Erickson added, "I have records of over 1,700 volunteer hours by the Hi-Landers in the last two years on the Barrett Trail. The group has also contributed countless hours of work on other trails and the South Fork Campground as well."

Speaking on behalf of the Hi-Landers, Mike Gephart said, "We love this trail, and will keep taking care of it. We even got to use our jeeps to help with this project. Most of all, we want to keep public lands open to the public." 

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Winners of the CalStar Winter Fun giveaway announced

Ron and Ethel Tuttle, from the Grass Valley 4 Wheelers, won the flight on CalStar during this year's Winter Fun Festival. This special raffle was for all how turned in their Winter Fun registrations early.

Special thanks to CalStar for making this generous donation.

Santa Cruz club raises $2K at Last One Standing event

santa cruz last one standing logoOn a slightly cloudy and almost rain-free Saturday in December of 2014, a group of 21 contestants, a dozen club members and approximately 70 additional spectators gathered together at Hollister Hills SVRA (State Vehicle Recreation Area) for the 6th annual "Last One Standing" event hosted by Santa Cruz 4 Wheel Drive Club. The "LOS" is a competition-style event that pits drivers of modified and stock 4x4 vehicles against each other and the clock to achieve the lowest time in several challenging off-road courses. The event is open to club members and guests and has been one of the favored "runs" of the club's monthly activities for the past five years. The club charges an entry fee to all participants and also sells tickets for a raffle which is held at the end of the day.

Last year the LOS resulted in a generous $1,700 donation to the Cal4Wheel Legal Fund, a national recreation advocacy group. This year we raised $2,000 in raffle ticket and t-shirt sales. This exceeded our goal of raising $1,500 and was a fantastic result!! This money was donated during the Cal4Wheel Convention to the Legal Fund for keeping our public lands open!!

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  • Public invited to Eldorado grants meeting on February 10 +

    Public invited to Eldorado National Forest Open House to discuss Off-Highway Vehicle grant applications The Eldorado National Forest will be Read More
  • Comments submitted on behalf of members +

    Cal4Wheel has recently submitted comments on some administrative actions that will affect OHV recreation opportunity. The comments are directed to Read More
  • Sierra National Forest to hold OHV grant review meeting February 17 +

    The Sierra National Forest will host an open house on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at the Sierra National Forest Headquarters Read More
  • Inyo NF and Bishop BLM hosting OHV grant open house February 11 +

    The Inyo National Forest and the Bishop Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will hold an open Read More
  • Trying to understand HR 3668 +

    As some of you may have heard, Representative Paul Cook, a republican from the 8th district, has introduced H.R. 3668; Read More
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