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  • Tree Removal in Campgrounds Around Sugar Pine Reservoir
    on June 18, 2022 at 5:00 am

    Starting June 21st, removal of dead trees will be taking palce in Sugar Pine Reservoir campgrounds to enhance forest health and public safety. Due to the extended drought, trees have had a reduced ability fend off bark beetle attacks. Work will take place in only one campground at a time so that visitors will still have access to camping sites at the reservoir. Giant Gap campground will be first, closing portions of the campground temporarily to visitors. Work will take place during the week, leaving weekends free of noise exposure. “The safety of visitors is our top priority,” said Mary Grim, District Ranger of the American River Ranger District. “We appreciate the public’s patience during this temporary disruption so we can make these improvements to these popular sites.” The dates for the tree removal in Shirttail Creek and Forbes Creek campgrounds will be shared in the coming days.

  • Sunrise Road (860-2 route) Reroute
    on June 16, 2022 at 5:00 am

    From June 20%3Asup%3Ath%3A/sup%3A to ~July 4%3Asup%3Ath%3A/sup%3A, Sunrise Road %3A860-2 route, ~4 miles NE of Stampede Reservoir, circled on the map%3A, will be re-routed and the old road will be decommissioned to support meadow restoration. This segment has been diverting water from a meadow system. During this period, the road will remain open as much as possible, but please avoid dispersed camping in the area as there will be heavy equipment nearby. For more information the East Zone Connectivity and Restoration Project’s trail and watershed improvement actions, visit:

  • Area and Road Closures on Yuba River RD
    on May 27, 2022 at 5:00 am

    To provide for public safety due to hazardous trees that pose a significant risk, this Forest Order prohibits being on or within several developed recreation sites, dispersed recreation sites, and Forest roads. For the full Forest Order & map of the area under closure CLICK HERE

  • Dispersed Camping Restrictions along HWY 20 on Tahoe National Forest lands
    on April 29, 2022 at 5:00 am

    To protect natural and cultural resources, and to provide for public safety, dispersed camping will be restricted on Tahoe National Forests lands along Highway 20 from May 2nd, 2022 – May 2nd, 2025. The restrictions are for dispersed camping only and do not apply to developed campgrounds.Read more here:

  • National Forest visitors reminded to recreate with caution during winter weather
    on February 7, 2022 at 6:00 am

    Recreation enthusiasts looking to travel to both the Tahoe National Forest and the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit %3ALTBMU%3A are being asked to keep safety practices in mind over the coming weeks while winter weather conditions remain. Motorists are reminded to abide by all Forest Road and motorized trail closures. Many roads contain variable conditions of ice, snow, frozen ground, or mud, and may be hazardous to drivers. Additionally, roads may be blocked and impassable due to downed trees and forest litter. Forest litter may also block culverts. Drivers should never drive through running or standing water without investigating it first. Culverts may be washed out and roadbeds may be compromised. [read more]

  • Seasonal Prescribed Burning Begins on the Tahoe National Forest
    on October 22, 2021 at 5:00 am

    With the turn of the season comes the change in focus from wildfires to prescribed fires on the Tahoe National Forest. In the coming weeks, the Forest’s fire managers plan to implement prescribed fire operations as conditions and resources permit. The goals of these prescribed fire projects are to reduce the severity of future wildfires, restore forest health and diversity, and provide added protection for communities in the wildland urban interface. Prescribed fire will help to promote a more fire and pest resilient forest, and improve habitat for wildlife. [read more]

  • Sugar Pine Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Wet Weather Management Plan
    on November 6, 2020 at 6:00 am

    Beginning fall of 2020, the Sugar Pine Off-Highway Vehicle %3AOHV%3A Wet Weather Management Plan will be implemented for OHV Roads and Trails on American River Ranger District. This will increase OHV riding opportunities by adopting a more flexible open/close strategy for riding in Foresthill CA. This soil-moisture condition-based approach will help Trail Managers determine when existing OHV roads and trails should be opened or closed in the Sugar Pine Motorized Trail System area. The associated operating plan will minimize resource damage caused by travel during wet weather periods. The removal of the fixed wet weather seasonal closure dates are expected to reduce future sediment delivery and improve water quality. Up to date closure status can be found at the voicemail %3A530%3A-478-6254 x228. During fall and winter months, please check this number frequently to get up to date OHV riding opportunities and closure status

  • Changes to fuelwood program
    on September 4, 2020 at 5:00 am

    The Tahoe National Forest is changing the personal firewood permits process. Please see the permits page and contact your local ranger district for more information. All calls to the Supervisor's Office regarding fuelwood will be referred to District offices.


  • Update from the president - June 20, 2022
    by [email protected] (Josh Epstein, Cal4Wheel President) on June 20, 2022 at 9:34 pm

    Well, by now you have all received the email about the In Gear and the potential of moving towards a digital format. This was one of many subjects discussed at the Board of Directors June meeting a week ago and it was not easy to discuss. I’m like most of you, I prefer a hard copy but after looking how much money the magazine is hemorrhaging, it’s hard to keep doing what we’re doing when that money we’re essentially throwing away could go to so much more, than nothing.  There is no solid decision made yet but before the board does anything, we wanted to reach out to everyone and get a solid opinion from the membership. The reason the In Gear is losing money is the fact that the sponsors and advertisers that used to line the pages have decided not to anymore. This is nothing new. I can remember once upon a time reading 4WD, Car Craft and Hotrod magazine – all of which have suffered the same fate – lack of sponsor/advertisements.  Sad to say, there may be a time where magazines are a memory of the past. It’s not that we are trying to upset everyone or just give up on the printed In Gear, we ARE looking for ways to keep it, but those potentially may come up empty and we are faced then what we are faced with now, throwing money away that could be used for something useful. If you have any ideas, thoughts, input, please, feel free to email me: [email protected] Speaking of decisions, a slew of them were made this past board meeting up at the office in Sacramento and I feel that the weekend was very efficient and everyone worked tirelessly before hand to make sure we were all prepared walking into the meeting. The board has finalized and approved the year contract for our NRC Rose Winn! The June board meeting is the hardest because of all the contract stuff and your board went above and beyond this time around and I am very proud the entire board and of the work we accomplished and can’t wait for what the rest of the year brings. Be on the lookout for new apparel items and new ideas from our State Merchandise Chair Shawn Bell coming soon! I am excited to see what we all can do this year and equally excited to come see you at your club meetings and at our upcoming Sierra Trek, which is right around the corner. I’ll be bringing more information and plans moving forward in upcoming updates and when I come visit your club. Stay safe and keep all your fingers this 4th of July. ‘Til the next update…

  • Update from the president - June 4, 2022
    by [email protected] (Josh Epstein, Cal4Wheel President) on June 4, 2022 at 7:22 pm

    I think I have removed all the sand and dirt from this past weekend fabulous Hi Desert Round-Up, enough to see the screen to write this week’s update. Other than the less than spectacular wind that made its presence known Friday through Sunday, gusting upwards of what felt like 70mph, the overall event was awesome, and we had a great turnout!

  • Trekking in the Sierras
    by [email protected] (Chris Collard) on May 26, 2022 at 9:19 pm

    SIERRA TREK CELEBRATES ITS 55TH ANNIVERSARY The morning sun streamed through tall stands of fir and pine, taking the edge off the alpine chill and illuminating a dusty two-track that disappeared into the forest. Ed Dunkley poured a cuppa joe and glanced down the row of flat fenders, CJs, and Scouts before him. They were lined up for a new trail ride event, a 13-mile traverse of an old mining road to the Gold Rush boomtown of Summit City. After a short driver’s meeting he loaded up, turned the key, and led his small posse into the next chapter of the region’s storied chronical.

  • Donations needed for Sierra Trek raffle
    by [email protected] (Terry Huebner, Sierra Trek 2022 Raffle Chair) on May 11, 2022 at 3:39 am

    The California Four Wheel Drive Association, Inc. (Cal4Wheel) will be sponsoring the 55th Annual Sierra Trek on the Fordyce Creek Trail and at Meadow Lake on August 11-14, 2022. Sierra Trek is an off-road event with multiple trail runs ranging from stock 4x4 vehicles, ATV’s, UTV’s to fully built off-road rigs. These runs include local scenic and historical sites in the Meadow Lake area. We would sincerely appreciate you joining us in supporting Cal4Wheel at the 55th Annual Sierra Trek by donating either merchandise and/ or gift certificates to be given away as prizes during our raffle. Your club or company will be given a great deal of recognition for your generous donation prior to, during and after this event. Donations must be received by August 4, 2022. For more information, please download the donation letter here

  • Update from the president - April 25, 2022
    by [email protected] (Josh Epstein, Cal4Wheel President) on April 25, 2022 at 7:22 pm

    I hope this update finds you all in great health and are planning your trips to Molina Ghost Run and Hi Desert Round-Up! Coming up soon! Molina Ghost Run Our annual Molina Ghost Run, hosted by the Central District, has been traditionally held at the Clear Creek Management Area near Coalinga. The area is currently under a closure order by the Bureau of Land Management, so the event is being held at the Hollister Hills SVRA instead. It is six miles west of Hollister in San Benito County. We have the entire SVRA Off Road Park to ourselves, so don't miss out on this fun place to wheel! After learning there wasn't going to be a kids' raffle this year at the Molina Ghost Run, the West Coast Crawlers (a new Central District club voted in this past weekend), stepped up to help. They are collecting donations so they can make it happen for the kids. Please consider donating. The raffle is May 14. Hi Desert Round-Up Hi Desert Round-Up is at the end of the month and will be the 50th year running! HDR is hosted by the South District and will be held at the Slash X Café off Hwy 247 in Barstow California. Keith Graham (the Chairman) and I (co-chair) are looking for clubs to host some games (great fun!) and raffle donations. Hi Desert Round-Up is traditionally held on Memorial Day Weekend and we look forward to all the veterans and current serving armed forces personnel to attend as we have some special things planned for you all! HDR is a huge event for families and look forward to seeing all the kids tackle the kids games on Sunday and smiling faces for the kids raffle Sunday evening! District meetings In other great news, I had the opportunity to attend the South District meeting in person at Bass Pro Shops in Rancho Cucamonga this past weekend and the South District voted in a new Vice President, Don Rybarczyk and a new membership chair, Danette Starksen! Congratulations to you both! I look forward to seeing what you both bring to the board of directors! We tried to host a integrated Zoom/in person meeting and had some technical issues that I think have since been resolved (hopefully with some fancy camera/microphones) and will hopefully have a better experience for those at home who were unable to meet up in person. The Central District also had their district meeting the same day Giottos Alarm Tech in Tulare. I attended virtually and will be up there in person for their next District meeting. They voted in a brand new club, West Coast Crawlers – congratulations and welcome to the association! I heard the Central District also had some technical issues and are also working on fixing those too. Be patient with everyone as we find what works best for our different scenarios and delve into more technology than we have had to in the past. I would love to see more involvement from the clubs/individual members at the district meetings. I would love to know why you didn’t attend in the past meetings this month for your district, can I do something to get you to attend? The more participation we have, the better work we can all do. I’m putting a challenge out to all of you to attend the next round of district meetings in July. With the Zoom and in person options out there, it should be fairly easy to attend and let your voice be heard. Club meetings I have been attending as many club meetings as possible with my current workload and have recently attended the San Diego 4WD, Capo Valley 4WD club, Waywegos and Point Mugu meetings this past couple of weeks and have plans to start meeting up at some Central District and North District clubs soon! I have been very excited to get out there and see the clubs in person and hope to see each and everyone of you here in the next two years. Well, time to get to work. 'Til the next update…

  • Raffle donations needed for Molina kids' raffle
    by [email protected] (Cher Howard, West Coast Crawlers) on April 25, 2022 at 2:31 am

    Hi everyone, My name is Cher Howard with West Coast Crawlers. We are a new club in the Central District. I would like to challenge all Cal4Wheel members to donate to the raffle for the upcoming Molina Ghost Run event. At the recent Central District meeting I found out we weren’t going to have a kids raffle at Molina. I have decided to try to pull one together very last minute! Challenge accepted! As you know that’s just a few weeks away. I REALLY need your help making sure we have some good raffle prizes for these kids. If anyone would be willing to send a few items, I would appreciate it. I created a list for easy shopping via Amazon so it will direct ship to me to make things easier on everyone. I have a Venmo as well if you rather send a cash donation for me to purchase items directly. Links Amazon Wish List: Venmo: Thank you for your consideration. We hope to make the raffle fun for the adults and kids! Cher can be reached at 831-869-0426.

  • South District has new VP and membership chair
    by [email protected] (Suzy Johnson) on April 23, 2022 at 9:11 pm

    The results are in for today's South District election! Congratulations to Don Rybarczyk and Danette Starksen, the newly elected VP and membership chair. Don will serve the remainder of Josh Epstein's VP term; while Danette will serve the remainder of Don's membership chair position. Thank you both for serving on the board, and to Josh Epstein for his service as South District VP. 

  • Johnson Valley closure date changes
    by [email protected] (US Marines Corp Resource Management Group) on March 23, 2022 at 2:10 am

    The Johnson Valley Shared Use Area will be temporarily closed to the public beginning Friday April 29, 2022 through Monday May 9, 2021 while the Marine Corps conducts critical military training in the area. Please note this is a change from previous announcements. These dates reflect a shortened window from the originally scheduled dates of April 26, 2022 through May 9, 2022. When possible, the Marine Corps elects to shorten closure periods to allow for maximum public use and recreation in the Johnson Valley Shared Use Area. Upcoming closures of the Johnson Valley Shared Use Area: April 29 - May 9, 2022 February 17 - 27, 2023 August 25 - September 4, 2023 Closure periods include the time required to ensure the Johnson Valley Shared Use Area is clear of recreation activity prior to military training and to confirm the land is safe for public access before reopening. The adjacent Johnson Valley OHV Recreation Area is unaffected by closures to the Johnson Valley Shared Use Area and remains open to the public for recreation and off-roading. Training is conducted within Combat Center boundaries year-round, including ranges acquired through the land expansion bordering the Shared Use Area. The Marine Corps reminds the public to be safe and respect base boundaries when recreating near the installation. Individuals have a personal and legal responsibility to avoid trespassing. For additional information, including a map of the Johnson Valley Shared Use Area and adjacent Combat Center boundaries, please visit: or email the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center at [email protected]

  • Josh Epstein elected as Cal4Wheel president
    by [email protected] (Suzy Johnson) on February 26, 2022 at 10:43 pm

    Congratulations to Josh Epstein on his election as president of the association. Josh has been on the Cal4Wheel board of directors as both the South District membership chair and vice president. For more about Josh, visit this article We would like to thank Jack Chapman for his service for the past two years as our president, along with Steve Egbert who was our past president. 

  • South District meeting date changed
    by [email protected] (Suzy Johnson) on February 22, 2022 at 7:36 pm

    We are proud to announce the next South District meeting will be held in person (and on Zoom) at Bass Pro Shops, 7777 Victoria Gardens Lane, Rancho Cucamonga on April 23 from 9AM-12PM instead of April 22. The meeting will be in the large room upstairs. For Zoom meeting information, please contact a South District board member.