BFGoodrich Tires Outstanding Trails Program -Mud MoneyPosted in Events on January 1, 2009 0) (
When you think of all the things going wrong with our public lands and off-roading destinations, it's easy to react like Chicken Little, crying that the sky is falling. Or you can buckle up your big-boy pants and go do something about it. BFGoodrich Tires decided that action speaks louder than words.
Since 2006 the folks at BFGoodrich Tires have worked with Tread Lightly! and the United Four Wheel Drive Association to pick five or six trails around North America each year that they recognize as part of their Outstanding Trails Program. The trails range from entry level to extremely difficult, and in addition to recognizing the dirt and rocks, they also award a local club a big check to help with the conservation and upkeep of the trail. These big checks (and by "big," we mean literally-check out the photo) have been used for signs, shovels, fund-raising events, anything the local club considers will help them keep their trail open. In addition to the money, BFG also awards a set of tires to one lucky club member in a raffle during a weekend wheeling work party to show off these trails to local and international media.
As this program gains recognition, it can only help us all in the long run. For example, there was a major OEM 4x4 manufacturer at the most recent event and its representative told us they were considering joining forces with BFGood-rich Tires to help raise more funds and do more for the sport of off-roading.
This year the five trails picked were BlackCat Trail on Superstition Mountain near San Diego, California; Iron Range OHV Recreational Area in Gilbert, Minnesota; Quinn Trail that leads to Quinn Lake in Ottawa, Canada; Pritchett Canyon, one of the toughest trails in Moab; and Beasley Knob OHV Trail located near Blairsville, Georgia. Recently we attended the Quinn Trail event in Canada and rode the trails with members of the Ottawa Valley Offroaders. This trail has a variety of terrain including rocks, mud, and loose hillclimbs. In fact the trail can be run from either direction with one entrance requiring lockers and the other offering beginning wheelers a fun day in the dirt. For more information about how your company can help out with the Outstanding Trails events or to have your club and trails considered, contact Todd Ockert of UFWDA (firstname.lastname@example.org).