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Wisconsin RL4WD Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) Draft Review

A few of us met in Green Bay and Horicon Marsh DNR meetings.

First I'd like to thank those of you who came to our multiple meetings for the SCORP surveys. Your participation was key to getting 4WDs / RL4WDs into the plan in the first place. Now for the bad news, the draft paints a very dismal picture for Wisconsin RL4WD owners in terms of recreational opportunities. The good news, we're on the board/plan as a user group, this gives us the chance to rebuttal the findings in the SCORP based on the surveys alone. Here's the link https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/Lands/scorp/

Keep in mind, we didn't even have 200 members yet at that point in 2017 and we didn't have as strong as a Social Media network like we do now. If we would have packed these meeting, especially in the north, we would have been able to show the DNR what we need. At this point in 2017, the Slow Speed Trail concept wasn't even around nor was the Universal Trail Rating System

Simply put, we've organized a TON since these first surveys came out. As the leading RL4WD group in Wisconsin, we've been very active in working with the DNR and soon, legislators to try and create more trail riding (specifically Slow Speed Trails) across the state. At the same time, we're trying to map out what opportunities we already have. I know a lot of you wonder why we mapped out the gravel roads in SEWI. Most maps wouldn't show this kinda thing but it's an important step in showing land managers what little opportunities we currently have. We have to know where we are before we can make requests for more. Through 2019, we plan to map out much of Wisconsin to give a better idea of where to go and what we need. At the same time, we're increasing our event listings, increasing our educational offerings and strengthing ties within our own user group to get more chapters and clubs going. We want a ton of Trail Guide Ambassadors and members being able to meet up and go explore the trails they want to visit 24/7 via our website. We're building the maps, training, tour books and are working hard to build it all in a very short period of time. Many of these things take 5-10 years, and we're doing it in months or weeks because of all the help and members we have. 

There's still a lot of work to be done. I'll be attending as many state meetings as I can with zero budget and taking off of work (as many of these meetings are during the workday) the cost of this is astronomical to my family, but I'm very passionate to make this move forward. 

I'll be posting more about this in the upcoming Trail Rider magazine, but just wanted to give a heads up. Was going to shoot a VLOG but customers came in so didn't have time. 

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