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Old 10-16-2015, 05:59 PM
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A MUST read and great news for all off-road enthusiast

Hey all, Bestop here. We wanted to bring some attention to this great collaboration between ORBA and UFWDA. Let us know your thoughts! This information (below) has been pulled directly from an email sent by ORBA. -CassieAtBestop
United Four Wheel Drive Associations & Off-Road Business Association to Collaborate as Land-Use Advocates

The United Four Wheel Drive Associations (UFWDA) and the Off-Road Business Association (ORBA) have agreed to a formal arrangement that will allow the groups to coordinate policy as they strive to work together to protect access to lands, roads and trails for off-road enthusiasts. The groups have often collaborated in the past at the national level on projects of common interest. The new arrangement will enable the two national organizations to cooperate more closely to create a stronger approach to advocating for increased access to motorized recreation on public and private land.

"Combining energy, experience and talent with the grassroots and business is the key for leading and protecting motorized recreation," said Fred Wiley, ORBA's President and CEO. "Without a place to recreate, there wouldn't be a large market for accessories. Both groups gain ground when we can bring our combined resources to bear."

These organizations have international connections to grassroots groups and businesses, bringing decades of advocacy experience to the table. Working together, while focusing on the individual missions of each organization, insures that communication and connectivity will create a stronger message and voice.

Tom Mandera, President of UFWDA commented, "Together, we will apply our individual strengths towards our common purpose - advocating for recreational opportunities. Joining forces to maximize our collective expertise, finding a common goal and organizing around that goal, is the only way to have success."

About ORBA and UFWDA
ORBA is a national non-profit trade association of motorized off-road related businesses formed to promote and preserve off-road recreation.

UFWDA is the only international organization that exclusively represents the 4x4 enthusiast. Comprised entirely of fellow enthusiasts, UFWDA seeks to counter anti-access groups that seek to close recreation areas to off-road motorized sport. Additional details are available at UFWDA | United Four Wheel Drive Associations and ORBA | The Voice of the Off-Road Business Community

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Old 10-19-2015, 10:48 PM   #2
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This is really cool and exciting. Personally I live in north west Florida and there is hardly any where at all to go wheeling (legally) around here. It would be a huge attraction and money maker for all these Beach jeeps to actually have a place to get their tires dirty.

But I'm stoked to hear there are people making a stand for us enthusiasts

The optimist says the glass is half full, the pessimist says the glass is half empty. While they argue about that, I drink the glass. -The Opportunist
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Old 10-20-2015, 12:57 PM
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We here at Bestop agree! Check out the UFWDA website, you may want to look at becoming a member and advocating for land in your area. Unfortunately, it’s the misuse of land and trails that gives us all a bad rep and adds fuel to the fire for groups who are opposed to what we do. Feel free to spread the word on this collaboration as well, the more enthusiast that are aware of these groups and their efforts the better!
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Its looking good and exciting.
I like this post and a great news for all users.
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