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BFGoodrich® Tires Recognizes Black Cat Trail at Superstition Mountain as Part of the 2008 Outstanding Trails
El Centro, Calif. – May 10, 2008 – Located on the northern side of the sandy hills of Superstition Mountain near San Diego, Calif., the Black Cat trail was honored today by BFGoodrich® Tires as one of the 2008 Outstanding Trails. More than 150 off-road enthusiasts, members of El Centro Chamber of Commerce, (insert other participants here) and the San Diego 4 Wheelers off-road club were in attendance as BFGoodrich Tires presented a grant to the club’s president. The grant will be used to preserve the scenic trails and continue conservation efforts for one of America’s picture-perfect areas for off-roading.
BFGoodrich Tires, working in conjunction with Tread Lightly!® and United Four Wheel Drive Associations (UFWDA), chose the Black Cat as one of the 2008 Outstanding Trails because of its challenging rock climbs, sandy hills and wild drop-offs. Though it may be quite challenging to the novice off-roader, its steep, rocky hill climb overlooking the Sand Dam does not disappoint and provides a challenge for all who choose to take it on.
“With it’s rocky obstacles and scenic sandy hills, the Black Cat trail at Superstition Mountain has the perfect combination of leveled obstacles for the skilled off-roader, making it a special choice for the 2008 Outstanding Trails program,” said Gary Enterline, light truck product manager for BFGoodrich Tires. “As a key stakeholder in the world of off-roading, BFGoodrich Tires is delighted to team up with groups like the San Diego 4 Wheelers to ensure that off-road trails will continue to stay beautiful and safe for future visitors.”
The San Diego 4 Wheelers is one of the largest and oldest 4WD vehicle clubs in southern California. They are a non-profit, family oriented organization and support Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) recreation within the spirit of Tread Lightly. The club helps in the maintenance and preservation of existing 4WD OHV opportunities and the creation of new opportunities where possible. The principal function of the club is to promote and participate in safe and responsible off-highway four wheel drive activities and to educate the public on how to properly use and conserve the land.
“We are so honored to have Black Cat named as one of the 2008 Outstanding Trails,” said Richard Jackson, president of San Diego 4 Wheelers. With its combination of rock, sand, and steep canyons, Black Cat is just one of many trails that Superstition has to offer. We are so pleased that this grant money can be used for the future of preserving Superstition Mountain and its many off-road trails.”
Launched in 2006, the BFGoodrich Tires Outstanding Trails program is dedicated to the responsible use, and preservation of, off-road trails while providing aid in the trails’ conservation efforts. Over the past two years, the Outstanding Trails program has recognized 11 off-road trails in nine states and one in Canada. The program has also given $42,000 in grants to clubs and seen more than 1,700 participants in trail events.
The following additional five trails have also been selected as part of the 2008 BFGoodrich Tires Outstanding Trails program:
· Blacktail/Wild Bill OHV Trail located in the Flathead National Forest of Montana
· 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, Utah
· Beasley Knob OHV trail located near Blairsville, Georgia
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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