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B.F. Goodrich Tires Presents the '2012 Outstanding Trails
At the 2012
Moab Jeep Safari,4WD Mechanix Magazineand numerous other media members supported this presentation. Richard
Winchester of BFG introduced staff and delivered the awards. Representatives from Tread Lightly, Inc., and
United Four-Wheel Drive Associations were in attendance.
MOAB, Utah (April 4, 2012) – BFGoodrich® Tires, in collaboration with Tread
Lightly! and United Four Wheel Drive Associations (UFWDA), today announced the trails selected for its 2012
Outstanding Trails program.Nominated for uniqueness, terrain type
and enthusiast following, the trails selected for this year’s program are Blanca Peak Trail in Blanca, Colo.;
Mirror Lake Trail in Sierra National Forest, Calif.; and Bents and Dents Trail in Mount Olive,
Launched in 2006, the Outstanding Trails
Programisdedicated to the responsible use and
preservation of off-road trails whilepromoting the trails’ conservation efforts. To help with
costs associated with the trail’s conservation efforts, BFGoodrich Tires will also present a grant to the
associated off-road clubs at events throughout the year.
“We’re proud to see the amount of support and attention that the
Outstanding Trails program has received over the last seven years,” said Renato Silva, light-truck brand
category manager for BFGoodrich Tires.“We’ve met 29 tremendous clubs
and their volunteers along the way, and all of them are equally passionate about spreading the message of
responsible four-wheeling.It’s been great to work side by side with
them to help maintain some of North America’s most beautiful trails.”
BFGoodrich® Tires 2012 Outstanding Trails
During the course of the year, BFGoodrich Tires will be at club events
associated with these trails to highlight the uniqueness of each location and educate off-road enthusiasts on
the responsible use of the trails.The clubs will also receive a
$4,000 grant for preserving the scenic off-highway trail system and continue conservation efforts for three of
America’s most beautiful areas for off-roading.
·Blanca Peak Trail, nominated in 2011, is a rocky six-mile trail with many
granite outcroppings. It offers many challenging obstacles, including Jaws 1–4, as well as views of the valley,
Como Lake and spectacular mountain scenery. The trail is maintained by Creeper Jeepers Gang, a family oriented
4-Wheel Drive club, which promotes safe and environmentally sensitive off-road recreation and
·Mirror Lake Trail, also nominated in 2011, is located in the Sierra National
Forest about 13 miles east of Shaver Lake on Highway 168. The trail features beautiful lake scenery with steep
boulders and large hills for the more experienced off-roader. The trail is maintained by Lock and Low 4-Wheel
Drive Club, which promotes family four-wheeling and fosters safety and education of responsible four-wheeling.
Lock and Low is an active member of the California Association of Four Wheel Drive Clubs
·Bents and Dents
Trailis one of the premier
trails in a vast trail system of extreme obstacles at Gray Rock ORV Park in Mount Olive, Ala. The trail is one
of the most extreme and versatile trails at the park, with lines to accommodate vehicles with a variety of
modifications. The Bents and Dents trail starts in a valley and winds its way uphill to a large rock garden area
with various ledges and rock sizes. For the most extreme drivers and rigs there is an alternate line at the top
end of the trail on the right side called the lunch line it is ridiculously steep and off camber. This trail, as
well as many others in the area, is maintained by Central Alabama Offroad Society (C.A.O.S.), which promotes
safe family oriented four-wheeling from mild to wild.
“For the past seven years, UFWDA has been honored to be a partner in
this program alongside BFGoodrich Tires and Tread Lightly!,” said Todd Ockert, former UFWDA Director of
Environmental Affairs.“The three trails and clubs nominated in 2012
are top notch, and it was personally a pleasure to nominate Mirror Lake Trail and the Visalia Lock and Low Club
for this award. They are dedicated to maintaining Mirror Lake Trail and working well with the Forest Service to
enable public access to Mirror Lake.”
About the Outstanding Trails Program
The BFGoodrich® Tires Outstanding Trails program was
established in 2006 to raise awareness for responsible use and preservation of off-road trails while providing
support in the trails’ conservation efforts.Through 2011, the
Outstanding Trails program has recognized 27 off-road trails and 27 clubs across 16 states and two trails in
Canada.The program has provided more than $100,000 in grants in
support of the various trails conservation efforts.
Both Tread Lightly!® and UFWDA are non-profit organizations
dedicated to responsible and ethical outdoor recreation.BFGoodrich
Tires collaborated with these two groups to select the finest off-road trails and continues to work with these
organizations on restoration and education initiatives.
United Four Wheel Drive
Associations is the world’s leading representative of all-brand, four wheel-drive
enthusiasts.UFWDA benefits, developed and tested over the past 30
years, include four-wheel-drive safety and awareness education; such user ethics programs as adopt-a-road,
conservation volunteer and volunteer trail patrol; assistance with new club formation; education seminars to aid
four wheelers through complex state and federal programs affecting trail access;internet forums designed to instantly connect members globally; and unlimited member access to
its full-time legislative advocate and nationally recognized attorney who works exclusively for four-wheel-drive
enthusiasts to protect access and prevent road and trail closures.For
more information on the UFWDA log on towww.ufwda.org or call 1-800-44-UFWDA (800-448-3932).
Lightly!is a national
nonprofit organization with a mission to promote responsible recreation through ethics education and
stewardship. Tread Lightly!'s strategic educational message, along with its training and restoration
initiatives, are designed to instill an ethic of responsibility in outdoor enthusiasts and the industries that
serve them. The program is long-term in scope with a goal to balance the needs of those who enjoy outdoor
recreation with the needs of the environment. The federal government recognizes this by acknowledging Tread
Lightly!®as a sole-source
service provider of education and training on how to be environmentally and socially responsible while using
motorized and mechanized vehicles in off-highway settings.
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BFGoodrich® Tires is
involved in every type of racing, including oval, sports car, drag, desert, dirt, rally and extreme rock crawling.
BFGoodrich Tires combines technological expertise with vast motorsports experience, delivering a high-performance
tire for every type of vehicle. Visit BFGoodrich Tiresatwww.BFGoodrichTires.com
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Message from Pat Brower at United Four-Wheel Drive
Moab, April 4th, Pat Brower—"The United Four Wheel
Drive Associations is extremely pleased to partner with BF Goodrich and Tread Lightly! for the Outstanding
Trails Award Program. The Outstanding Trails Program not only highlights some of the best trails in America,
it rewards those clubs that are largely responsible for keeping these trails open for public use. These
clubs' selfless donation of time and labor, their working relationships with decision makers, and their
dedication to local trail systems serve as an example to us all...Winning organizations represent the highest
echelon of organized four wheel drive clubs. It is hoped that all clubs will emulate the methods these
winning organizations have utilized to improve trails for everyone's benefit."—Pat Brower,