Located outside of Salem, MO in the beautiful Ozarks at Flat Nasty Off-road Park, Trail 10 - White Knuckle, was honored today by BFGoodrich® Tires as part of its 2007 Outstanding Trails program. Close to 100 off-road enthusiasts from the Capital City Crawlers 4x4 club were in attendance as BFGoodrich presented the club's president with a grant to continue conservation efforts and preserve scenic trails. The White Knuckle trail is one of six trail locations that were recognized by BFGoodrich Tires this year.
BFGoodrich Tires, in conjunction with Tread Lightly!® and United Four Wheel Drive Associations (UFWDA), chose to honor the White Knuckle trail at Flat Nasty as one of the 2007 Outstanding Trails because of its extreme terrain and beautiful scenic grounds within the Ozark mountains. The trail offers some difficult hill climbs as well as cut-backs that will challenge nearly any vehicle.
"Off-roading is the heart and soul of BFGoodrich Tires, and we are delighted to team up with groups like the Capital City Crawlers and Flat Nasty Off-road Park to ensure that these lands will continue to stay beautiful and safe for future visitors," said Joe Mazur, light-truck brand category manager for BFGoodrich Tires. "We're honored provide them with this grant to help in the conservation efforts for this amazing off-road trail."
The Capital City Crawlers is an off-road club based out of Central Missouri with approximately 40 members with vehicles of varying makes and models. The club holds monthly club meetings and typically hosts two to three events per year.
"The Capital City Crawlers are extremely excited to be a part of the 2007 BFGoodrich Tires Outstanding Trails Program," said Bob Adamik, president of Capital City Crawlers. "In partnering with Flat Nasty Off-road Park, we plan to help maintain some of the best trails in the Midwest. White Knuckle is sure to be enjoyed by many, and we are glad to be a part of it."
After a careful selection process, the BFGoodrich Tires Outstanding Trails program recognizes the following six trails for 2007:
Whipsaw Trail in British Columbia, Canada
The Rubicon Trail, one of America's wildest off-road trails
Crushers at Tillamook, located in the Coast Range Mountains of northwest Oregon
Poughkeepsie Gulch, located in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado
Redbird State Riding Area, Indiana's first state owned Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) facility
In its first season, the 2006 Outstanding Trails program honored five off-road trails. Black Bear Pass, near Ouray, Colorado, is a picturesque trail nestled in the San Juan Mountains. Pyeatt Draw, a scenic and exciting trail situated in Payson, Arizona. Hell's Revenge, with its slick sandstone slopes brings adventure to thrill seekers in Moab, Utah. Historic Naches Pass, also known as the Longmire Wagon Train, takes off road drivers over the Cascade Mountains in Naches, Washington. Last, but not least, Upper Tellico OHV Area, Trail #4, located in the Natahala National Forest, is located in North Carolina where Tennessee, South Carolina and Georgia meet.
To learn more about these trails, visit the Outstanding Trails Web site at www.bfgoodrichtires.com/outstandingtrails.
Both Tread Lightly! And UFWDA are non-profit organization dedicated to responsible and ethical outdoor recreation. BFGoodrich Tires collaborated with these two groups to select the finest off-road trails, and will continue to work with these organizations on restoration and education initiatives.
Tread Lightly! is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to proactively protect recreation access and opportunities. 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 the people who enjoy outdoor recreation with the needs of the environment and it's leading the way to help remedy current and future recreation issues. Tread Lightly! is proud to be recognized by the USDA Forest Service and its partner actively engaged in collaborating to implement solutions to the problem associated with outdoor recreation.
United Four Wheel Drive Associations (UFWDA)
United Four Wheel Drive Associations is the world's leading representative of all-brand four wheel-drive enthusiasts. UFWDA benefits, developed and tested true over the past 30 years, include four wheel drive safety and awareness education; user ethics programs such 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 connect members globally and instantaneously; and unrestrained member access to its full-time legislative advocate and nationally-recognized attorney working exclusively for four wheel drive enthusiasts to protect access and prevent road and trail closures. For more information on the UFWDA log on to www.ufwda.org or call toll free 1-800-44-UFWDA (800-448-3932).
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