News

El Dorado National Forest

  • Emergency Forest Closure
    on September 9, 2020 at 5:00 am

    NOTICE to ALL Forest Visitors - The Eldorado National Forest is Closed. As of 5PM on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, until further notice: %3Aul%3A %3Ali%3AAll National Forest System lands throughout California are temporarily CLOSED. %3A/li%3A %3A/ul%3A Due to unprecedented and historic fire conditions throughout the state, the USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region is announcing a temporary closure of an additional ten National Forests, meaning all eighteen National Forests in California are now closed. The closure of the additional ten forests will be effective at 5:00 pm today. This decision will be re-evaluated daily as conditions change. %3Aul%3A %3Ali%3ARegional News Release: 09/09/2020%3A/li%3A %3A/ul%3A

  • Fire Danger: Private SPI Forestlands Closed
    on September 4, 2020 at 5:00 am

    Due to extreme wildfire conditions and risk to lives and property, Sierra Pacific Industries %3ASPI%3A has closed its California forestlands to public access, effective 5 p.m., Fri. Sept. 4. This closure will remain in effect until further notice. Public roads that are on SPI forestlands will remain open, but no walk-in access will be allowed. For those looking for maps of SPI property lines, there are several third-party applications available for purchase. Motor Vehicle Use Maps are available on the forest website and indicate national forest system boundaries. Most other lands are privately owned by SPI and other landowners, and visitors should be careful not to trespass on private property.

  • Brush Creek Boat Ramp Open
    on September 3, 2020 at 5:00 am

    The Brush Creek Reservoir Boat Ramp reopened for public use on September 3, 2020. Sacramento Municipal Utility District %3ASMUD%3A has completed improvements for the Brush Creek Reservoir Boat Ramp located on the Georgetown Ranger District.These improvements were completed as part of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission %3AFERC%3A license to operate and maintain the hydroelectric facilities for the Upper American River Project. The improvements include a vault toilet building, two bear resistant trash receptacles, an entrance sign, an information board, road improvements to the boat ramp, a curb on the boat ramp, an accessible parking space, improved parking spaces along the road and improved signage.

  • Wrights Lake road delays
    on August 10, 2020 at 5:00 am

    Expect delays Monday through Friday during the road improvement project. No work on weekends or federal holidays. See also %3Au%3Anews release%3A/u%3A.

  • Blacksmith Flat road Closed due to a landslide.
    on January 29, 2019 at 6:00 am

    %3Ab%3ACLOSED due to LANDSLIDE in same location as the 2017 slide on January 27, 2019. %3A/b%3AThe earliest opening would be Fall 2019 if everything goes smoothly. The area is unstable.

Tahoe National Forest

  • TNF Emergency Closure Order
    on September 7, 2020 at 5:00 am

    VALLEJO, Calif., September 9, 2020—Due to unprecedented and historic fire conditions throughout the state, the USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region is announcing a temporary closure of an additional ten National Forests, meaning all eighteen National Forests in California are now closed. The closure of the additional ten forests will be effective at 5:00 pm today. These additional forests include the Eldorado National Forest, Klamath National Forest, Lassen National Forest, Mendocino National Forest, Modoc National Forest, Six Rivers National Forest, Plumas National Forest, Shasta-Trinity National Forest, Tahoe National Forest, and Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. This decision will be re-evaluated daily as conditions change. More information

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

    As of 9/4/2020 the Units that will be issuing fuelwood permits are the Supervisor's Office, American River RD and Sierraville RD. Permits are valid Forest Wide. Please see the permits page for more information.

  • Jones Fire
    on August 17, 2020 at 5:00 am

    This is a CalFire incident. For information on the Jones Bar Incident adjacent to Highway 49 and Jones Bar Road, call 530-906-1563 https://www.fire.ca.gov/incidents/2020/8/17/jones-fire/

  • Loyalton Fire
    on August 15, 2020 at 5:00 am

    100% Containment. https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6975

  • Timber Harvesting in the 09 Road/Gold Lake Hwy area
    on July 14, 2020 at 5:00 am

    Tahoe National Forest visitors, please be aware of heavy timber operations occurring in Yuba Deuce and Yuba Meadows, hazard tree removal along forest service system roads, and Chapman timber sale that will start harvesting the week of 7/13/2020. We expect to see between 60-80 loads per day shipping out on the FS 09 Road and highway 49. MAP

  • ARRD Limits First Come First Served Campsites
    on June 9, 2020 at 5:00 am

    %3Aem%3ADue to increased demand as well as safety and health concerns, campsites at all reservable campgrounds on the American River Ranger District are available by reservation %3Au%3Aonly%3A/u%3A for the 2020 camping season. This includes Giant Gap and Shirttail Creek campgrounds at Sugar Pine Reservoir and French Meadows and Lewis campgrounds at French Meadows Reservoir. Walk up sites are not available on weekends, all campsites must be reserved and paid for on www.recreation.gov. Very limited first come, first serve sites may be available on weekdays for a day to day basis only.%3A/em%3A

  • Fire Restriction Order for Tahoe National Forest
    on May 29, 2020 at 5:00 am

    Forest Order, effective immediately

  • A Notice to the Public About Prescribed Burning
    on May 7, 2020 at 5:00 am

    Nevada City, Calif. – The Pacific Southwest Region of the U.S. Forest Service, which includes the Tahoe National Forest, is moving forward with prescribed fire operations as conditions and resources permit. Previously, the region had postponed prescribed fires to reduce potential smoke impacts to communities while public health officials considered the interactions of smoke with COVID-19 effects; and to ensure our emergency response resources were putting into place proper procedures to mitigate COVID-19 risks. [read more]

  • Outdoor Recreation and COVID-19
    on April 2, 2020 at 5:00 am

    Outdoor recreation can be beneficial for your health but must be practiced safely. We recommend exercising close to your home and complying with local and state guidance for not traveling for your recreation needs. If an area is crowded, please search for a less occupied location. Stay safe. For more on avoiding COVID-19, visit www.coronavirus.gov

CAL4WHEEL

  • Steve Gardiner passes away suddenly
    by [email protected] (Suzy Johnson) on August 18, 2020 at 11:20 pm

    We are sad to announce that Steve Gardiner, our merchandise chair and foundation vice president, has passed away. Steve traveled all over the western United States promoting Cal4Wheel, selling merchandise and Jeep tickets, chairing the Win-A-Jeep program, printing endless event programs and taking care of many other responsibilities. He was also the Cal4Wheel Foundation vice president. We are very grateful for his decades of service to the association and would like to offer our deepest condolences to Steve's family and friends.

  • Proposals requested for natural resource consultant
    by [email protected] (Suzy Johnson) on July 12, 2020 at 6:58 pm

    OBJECTIVE: To find an NRC (Natural Resource Consultant) who will provide consulting services for Cal4Wheel regarding current issues involving California lands available for OHV through research and analysis of pending city, county, state, and government agency action, including but not limited to National Forests and BLM properties. The prospective NRC shall advise the Association of OHV/land use issues and provide recommendations regarding where resources should be expended. The successful contractor must be able to effectively communicate with government agencies and other OHV organizations to promote the Association’s land use positions.

  • United 4WD Associations would like to hear from you
    by [email protected] (Peter Vahry, United Four Wheel Drive Associations International VP) on May 8, 2020 at 4:20 pm

    You may not be aware, but Cal4Wheel is a member of the United 4WD Associations, which is an international organization that represents four-wheelers. To help with their mission, United has launched a survey that gathers information from our fellow four-wheelers and they would like your participation. Please take a few moments to compete the survey. And while you're there, take a look around their new website. Go to this link to take the survey and find out more

  • North District VP report for April 2020
    by [email protected] (Glenn Reynolds, North District VP) on April 6, 2020 at 5:52 pm

    It is April and with a continuation of the shelter in place order in effect through the end of April, and may be extended further, our April 18 scheduled North District meeting in Lower Lake has been canceled. The meeting will not be rescheduled. It is my feeling that the quarantine may extend beyond any date we may pick. The Cal4Wheel board meeting is scheduled for June 6 at the Cal4Wheel office. I hope many of you will attend that meeting. The new year started out with a bang. Winter fun Festival was very successful, topping all expectations for fund raising, participants and raffle. Thank you to everyone who volunteered. Great job! ISE (International Sportsman Exposition) was another very successful event. It also was very successful, topping the Win-A-Jeep ticket sales from the previous year and bringing in new memberships. Thank you to a great group of hard-working volunteers.

  • Three bylaw changes passed at Convention 2020
    by [email protected] (Don Spuhler, Bylaws Chair) on February 28, 2020 at 8:06 pm

    Three of the six bylaw change proposals for 2020 were approved by the delegates at the 2020 Convention. Here is a summary: Will grant Life Membership to Cal4Wheel members who maintain consecutive active membership for a period of 25 years. FAILED Life Member delegates. FAILED Revise procedure for contacting clubs who fall below four currently paid members by July 1 of each year. PASSED Add to methods for notifying voting delegates of meetings. PASSED Remove Competition as a standing committee. PASSED Close the Life Membership program. FAILED Download 2020 Bylaws Log in is required

  • Remembering Dana Holland
    by [email protected] (Super User) on February 4, 2020 at 6:45 pm

    Friends, coworkers and family came out to celebrate Dana Holland's life on February 2, 2020 in Sacramento. The celebration included a vehicle procession, which caught the attention of a local news channel. View the video here

  • High Desert Four Wheelers clean up Rowher OHV Trail
    by [email protected] (Kelly Indihar) on December 22, 2019 at 4:12 am

    As the majority of the Antelope Valley battled traffic and crowds while shopping for last minute Christmas gifts on Chaos Saturday, members and guests of the High Desert Four Wheelers were serving their community by cleaning the beloved Rowher OHV Trail near Bouquet Reservoir. Hundreds of discarded bottles, cans, trash, and broken vehicle parts were collected on the club’s Adopt-a-Trail, potentially revealing that the trail makes its users thirsty, and a bit forgetful to pack out what they packed in. An estimated 250 pounds of trash was collected by 16 volunteers over a 4-hour period.

  • Long-time member Denny Londo passes away
    by [email protected] (Super User) on October 13, 2019 at 5:04 am

    We have recently learned from the family that long-time Cal4Wheel and Tierra Del Sol member Denny Londo has passed away. He requested no services. Denny was heavily involved in Cal4Wheel and his club, volunteering his time and proudly presenting his club's annual donation to the association at our annual conventions. He will be missed. We offer our condolences to the family.

  • Donations sought for members affected by wildfires
    by [email protected] (Suzy Johnson) on January 13, 2019 at 9:30 pm

    We have learned that several of our fellow association members and their families have been deeply affected by California’s recent wildfires, including some who escaped with nothing other than the clothes they were wearing.

  • Central District clubs work together to open Dusy-Ershim
    by [email protected] (Mike McGarity, Central District Vice President) on October 11, 2017 at 7:49 pm

    Good to see that OPEN sign and the Forest Order pulled!! Good job Sierra National Forest (SNF) and all Volunteers who made this happen!!