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Off Road Industry News - 4x4 News

Posted in News on August 1, 2007
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'08 Jeep Liberty: All-New From The Ground Up

The Jeep Liberty has remained a leader in the midsize sport-utility vehicle market since its introduction in 2002. All-new from the ground up for 2008, the Jeep Liberty remains true to its legendary 4x4 heritage by offering two Jeep Trail Rated four-wheel-drive systems: Command-Trac and the all-new Selec-Trac II. On-road ride and handling have been improved and refined with the new independent front suspension, new five-link rear suspension, and rack-and-pinion steering. The Liberty's exterior has been redesigned and takes on a more rugged, classic Jeep look that is sure to captivate current Jeep Liberty owners and broaden its consumer appeal. Inside, cargo and storage space increases and seat comfort improves.

Making its world debut is the new Sky Slider full-open canvas roof, an industry-exclusive that gives the Liberty that "only-in-a-Jeep" open-air experience. Remote start, rain-sensing wipers, memory seats and mirrors, and express up/down windows have also been added to the vehicle's ever-growing list of available features and options.

The all-new Jeep Liberty is designed to appeal to customers looking for Jeep 4x4 capability as well as comfort and convenience. The '08 Jeep Liberty will be available at Jeep dealerships starting in the third quarter of 2007.

For more information, log on to Jeep's website at

BLM Initiates Travel Management Plan For Colorado Field Office

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Uncompahgre Field Office (UFO) in Colorado has kicked off a travel-planning effort to amend the Uncompahgre Basin and the BLM's portion of the San Juan/San Miguel Resource Management Plans. A 45-day public scoping comment period is intended to provide information about the project and to gather input from the public in identifying issues and concerns to be considered during the environmental review process, which is anticipated to take about 18 months. Travel management is becoming an important tool for public land managers as more people make public lands their destination of choice.

"The BLM will be working closely with interested publics throughout this planning process, with ample opportunities for everyone's involvement," Field Manager Barb Sharrow says. "It's important that we get the word out now that changes are necessary to protect resources that are seeing increased use."

The UFO proposes to change the existing "Open" designation to "Limited to Existing" for motorized and mechanized use within the entire jurisdiction of the field office, excluding the North Delta OHV Open Area as well as designated open areas within the planning boundary of the Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area. Additionally, a transportation system of designated roads and trails is being proposed within the Dry Creek area, which is defined by the USDA Forest Service boundary on the west, private land on the east, 25 Mesa Road on the north, and Dave Wood Road on the south. Travel planning in this area addresses all modes of travel including motorized, mechanized, equestrian and hiking routes. The entire planning area encompasses approximately 578,000 acres of BLM-administered public lands located in Delta, Montrose, Ouray, San Miguel, Mesa, and Gunnison counties.

If you would like to submit your opinion, write to BLM Uncompahgre Field Office, Attn: Travel Management, 2465 S. Townsend Ave., Montrose, CO 81401. Send faxes to (970) 240-5368; e-mails to

BFG Outstanding Trails Locations Named

BFGoodrich, in collaboration with Tread Lightly! and United Four Wheel Drive Associations (UFWDA), announced the expansion of its Outstanding Trails program for 2007. This year, the program recognizes five trails in the United States and adds Whipsaw Trail in British Columbia, Canada, as its sixth trail. Each trail is awarded the honor based on its uniqueness, terrain type, and enthusiast following. Launched in 2006, the BFGoodrich Outstanding Trails program is dedicated to the responsible use and preservation of off-road trails while aiding in trail conservation efforts.

The five United States trails include:*Redbird State Riding Area, Indiana*The Rubicon Trail, California*Tillamook, Oregon*Poughkeepsie Gulch, Colorado*All-day Sucker at Flat Nasty, Missouri

"The success of last year's BFGoodrich Outstanding Trails program prompted us to explore areas outside the United States," says Joe Mazur, light-truck brand category manager, BFGoodrich Tires. "Canada is home to some of the most fantastic backcountry in the world. It's beautiful, exquisite, and meets all the requirements for the BFGoodrich Outstanding Trails program."

For more information on the Outstanding Trails program, check out BFGoodrich's website at

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