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ET4WD Trail Rides

May 2nd - 4th 



SFWDA Events  

May 2-4


Adventure Off Road Park 

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Monthly Meeting

Our next meeting is:

Monday, May 5th, 2014 -  7:00 p.m.

at Dockside Grill
Louisville, Tn

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Welcome to East Tennessee Four Wheel Drive!


A Message From Southern's New President

We are pleased to introduce your “New” Southern Four Wheel Drive Association logo.  A tremendous amount of work, angst and effort has been demonstrated by the members of this association.  The new logo reflects the change in our focus as we re-purpose SFWDA to reflect the community we serve.  Our primary strategy is to reach all 4x4 enthusiasts and support both public and private lands.  Additionally, we will focus new energies on educating all our members in the principles of “Tread Lightly” and responsible land usage.  We will stay true to our core values of “Conservation, Education and Recreation.”

A special word of thanks to Walter Shafer, our SFWDA webmaster, for exhaustive efforts to make this a reality.  He will share with you an overall perspective of this process as we roll this out to you, the members of SFWDA.  We sincerely thank all of you for your constructive comments, inputs and feedback throughout this process.

Finally please join me in this journey as we change attitudes and the reality of our role in the four wheeling community.  We can stay true to our core values as we embrace change and create a forward path with open communications and re-purposing of your association.  Let’s embrace our “New” SFWDA logo during its official introduction at SFWDA TrailFest, May 2-4, 2014 at Adventure Offroad Park and Nature Park.

Thank you,

Ray Stanley


Southern Four Wheel Drive Association


March Meeting Notes

Our monthly trail ride is on the 29th, we will be guiding a group of XJ's from across the country around Windrock!

There will also be a trail clean-up at Windrock on the 29th if you would rather help out the park, along with K.O.R.



The 2014 Alabama Trails Conference

The 2014 Alabama Trails Conference, “Celebrating 75 Years of Service of Alabama State Parks” will be held April 10 – 11, 2014 at the beautiful Lake Guntersville State Park Lodge located in Guntersville, Alabama.  The conference is the third trails conference highlighting Alabama’s top trails from the initial development through the entire growth process.  
You will learn how trails have become successful all the way from the Red Mountain Park in Birmingham, AL to the nationally known Hatfield-McCoy Trails in West Virginia. Learn more and register online by visiting



A message from the Director of the BRC

Dear Friends:

February is the "love month" and I'd like to share a few things you're really going to "love"'s about your BRC and the future of backcountry recreation.

And we need your help on a few things that will impact us heavily as we start this New Year. Here is my thinking on "It Takes a Team."

First off, BRC has taken the lead nationwide on the possible Endangered Species Listing of a dog-gone bird that is affecting recreational access on 47 million acres in 10 western states - the Sage Grouse. We've got our feathers ruffled over this one (bad pun, huh?), because without common sense built into the equation, the potential for closures and restrictions rivals the Spotted Owl days of a decade ago. Your BRC, with your help and involvement is focusing the nationwide collaborative process to show we can coexist with the Sage Grouse, and still have recreational access. But it takes a team to do it. Start here for an entire library of Sage Grouse data and updates:

Second, BRC's website has taken our internet presence to new levels and is engaging members from all over in the many fronts of our conservation battles. I ask that you bookmark your BRC website and visit often, and if you have room in your email inbox, sign up for our alerts because we are leaders in information technology flow.

Click on your state or choose National Issues on our blue map here where you can help us implement "it takes a team" here: http://www.BlueRibbonCoalition.Org.

Third, BRC is committed to helping bring all national/regional and backcountry groups together more often in collaborative efforts where cooperation and coordination prevail. I know it; you know it; sometimes groups don't always play nice in the same sand box. But our sports and our trails rely on all of us in organized recreation working cooperatively. BRC is focused on finding more opportunities together and having fewer obstacles in the way. BRC maintains its role in facilitating the nationwide gathering of off-road motorized groups in the North American Motorized Recreation Council (NAMRC) where it really does take a team:

Fourth, our First of the Year Fund-Raiser should be in your hands shortly. Please send in a donation and help us keep the fun alive. As your new Director of Operations, I can assure you that it is your support and donations that give us the strength to carry our message from coast to coast and everywhere in between.

No donation is too all helps and for sure, It Takes a Team.

Del Albright
Director of Operations


Call to Action - A Day to represent in front of legislators

 The very active Iva Michelle Russell  has shared this update and so I am passing it along.

On Tuesday, April 1, 2014, NOHVCC - Tennessee will host its first annual OHV Day on the Hill during the 108th Tennessee General Assembly, now in session. State legislators will have the opportunity to view table displays from industry leaders and meet OHV enthusiasts from across the state, as they gather at the state capitol to experience the state legislative process at work.

OHV, which stands for Off-Highway Vehicle, is a recreational group that is comprised of more than909,000 users in the state of Tennessee with anestimated $3.4 billion economic impact to state and local economies. OHV encompasses several offroad vehicle types including: All Terrain Vehicles (ATV), Offroad Motorcycles (OHM), 4x4's, hybrid buggies and Side by Sides (ROV), with more variations being developed each year.

During the OHV Day on the Hill, organizers plan on highlighting the many positive aspects of responsible OHV recreation, with a special emphasis on child safety.

If you are an OHV club, organizations, business or riding area and want to reserve a table space,