Wednesday, September 7, 2022

NEWS RELEASE - POST WILDFIRE OHV RECOVERY ALLIANCE (PWORA) IS SEEKING APPLICATIONS FOR POSITION OF PRESIDENT


 

NEWS RELEASE


Contact:  Don Amador, PWORA President

Cell:  925-783-1834

Email: damador@pwora.org

Date: September 7, 2022

 

POST WILDFIRE OHV RECOVERY ALLIANCE (PWORA) IS SEEKING APPLICATIONS

FOR POSITION OF PRESIDENT

  

The Post Wildfire OHV Recovery Alliance (PWORA) is formally launching its search this week for the position of President.

 Don Amador, appointed in 2018 as the organization’s first president, informed board members earlier this year that he will be stepping down from his current position on the board but will, however, remain on the board.

 PWORA is a national non-profit organization founded to protect and restore sustainable OHV recreation from the devastating effects of intense wildfires and other natural disasters.  Over the last four years, PWORA has collaborated with a diverse array of multi-interest strategic partners to mobilize volunteers and deploy resources on projects to mitigate post-disaster impacts to recreation areas on public lands managed by the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management in California.

 The ideal candidate will have experience in trail recreation-related stewardship projects and possess an enthusiastic approach to collaboration and working with government agencies.

 Significant achievements since the organization’s founding include signing a Master Participating Agreement (MPA) with the USDA, Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Region (R5) located in Vallejo, California, completion of numerous volunteer and contract post fire recovery projects, and successful fundraising efforts.

 

The position description is listed below and also posted on social networks and the PWORA website at: http://pwora.org.


PWORA seeks an energetic & purpose-driven multiple-use outdoor recreational enthusiast to lead the Post Wildfire OHV Recovery Alliance and a team of like-minded volunteers into the future.
Duties will include, but are not limited to:
Preside over the Board of Directors to achieve PWORA goals, objectives, and mission.
• Lead PWORA to capitalize on current agency directives and opportunities with cooperators and non-profit partners.
• Oversee corporate finances and tax filings, working directly with PWORA Treasurer.
• Orchestrate agency communications to develop relationships.
• Collaborate with local, state, and federal partners and stakeholders
• Lead traditional and social media campaigns garnering exposure for the organization
• Coordinate with state and federal partners to develop, execute and complete projects.
• Coordinate with PWORA Grants administrator on new project development
The ideal candidate will:
• Have trail work/project experience
• Broad knowledge of OHV stewardship projects on Public Lands
• Experience with motorized and non-motorized public land use
• Good communication skills
• Fluent in social media
• Good project management skills
• Ability to travel and work remotely
Compensation :
This is currently a volunteer position. However, the Board intends for the right candidate to grow this position into a full-time paid career. Currently, remuneration is limited to travel and related expenses.
About PWORA:
PWORA was founded following the devastating California wildfires to restore the trail systems destroyed by the fires. Since then, PWORA has secured a Master Agreement with the US Forest Service (USFS) Region 5, Pacific Northwest, to carry out projects and maintenance activities on USFS lands. Additionally, PWORA is registered as a Federal Contractor and is eligible to contract directly with the USFS and BLM for projects on Federal lands.

Learn more about the PWORA Mission, Goals, and Board Members here: https://www.pwora.org/
How to Apply:
The PWORA Board is considering all applications as they come in. The submission deadline is November 15, 2022; however, the Board has the right to choose a candidate at any time in the process.

Please send a resume with a cover letter with your background, qualifications, and why you are the ideal candidate for PWORA to:
Don Amador, President, PWORA
3306 West Ho Trail
Cottonwood, CA 96022
Email: damador@pwora.org


 


Thursday, December 2, 2021

FOX FACTORY TRAIL TRUST PROGRAM GRANT TO SUPPORT POST WILDFIRE RECOVERY

 



   

PWORA is very proud to be the recipient of a significant grant from the FOX Factory Trail Trust Program that is helping recover and reopen critical multi-use recreation facilities after they have been devastated by intense wildfires.

FOX’s Trail Trust aims to deliver sustainable adventure to everyone with nonprofit partners worldwide. This means promoting the conscientious use of land amongst outdoor enthusiasts and protecting our shared playgrounds. It also requires expanding opportunities within the outdoor sporting industry, diversifying the populations that participate in power sports — because everyone deserves the thrill of adventure.

PWORA worked on two post-Ranch Fire projects on the Mendocino National Forest of northern California during 2021.  PWORA completed the Mason Trail Connector Project.  And now with funds from both the California Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Grant Program and the FOX Trail Trust, the St. John’s Mountain Restoration Project is geared up for completion in 2022.  Both of these projects are vital to sustainable recreation opportunities in the area.

While government grants are critically important to help pay for post-fire recovery efforts, often, a nonprofit has to cover significant upfront costs since some grants take time to travel through the bureaucracy.  The generous grant from the FOX Trail Trust will ensure that projects get off the ground and are completed on time.

LINK TO FOX FACTORY NEWS RELEASE BELOW

https://stories.ridefox.com/2021/11/fox-factory-launches-multimodal-off-road-community-investment-program/

 

 

Monday, June 28, 2021

PWORA WELCOMES NEW CHIEF OF THE FOREST SERVICE


PWORA WELCOMES NEW CHIEF OF THE FOREST SERVICE


The Post Wildfire OHV Recovery Alliance (PWORA) wants to send our most sincere congratulations to Randy Moore on his appointment by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to serve as the 20th Chief of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Forest Service.

 

LINK TO FULL AGENCY NEWS RELEASE

https://www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2021/06/28/agriculture-secretary-tom-vilsack-announces-randy-moore-new-forest

 

 

According to a statement from Secretary Vilsack, “Randy Moore has been a catalyst for change and creativity in carrying out the Forest Service’s mission to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of the nation's forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations,” said Secretary Vilsack. “In his role as Regional Forester, Randy has been a conservation leader on the forefront of climate change, most notably leading the Region’s response to the dramatic increase in catastrophic wildfires in California over the last decade. His proven track record of supporting and developing employees and putting communities at the center of the Forest Service’s work positions him well to lead the agency into the future at this critical time in our country.”

 

Upon swearing in, Moore will serve as the first African American to hold the role of Chief of the Forest Service.

 

Don Amador, PWORA President/CEO, states, “It has been a privilege to work in a collaborative manner with Randy and his staff  over the last three years as PWORA continues to build capacity to help  the agency with post wildfire recovery efforts of both motorized and non-motorized recreation facilities and areas damaged by wildfires.”

“That partnership has resulted in PWORA collaborating with the agency on numerous post wildfire recovery efforts on federal lands damaged by the Mendocino Complex Fire.  PWORA also signed a Master Agreement with Region 5 and successfully obtained grant awards from the CA State Parks OHV Grant Program to work on two post wildfire recovery projects on the Mendocino National Forest, “Amador continues.

 

“After seeing Randy successfully guide the agency through a number of severe and precedent setting wildfire seasons,   I believe he is the right person at the right time to fill this critically important position,” Amador concludes.

 

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Post Wildfire OHV Recovery Alliance (PWORA) is a national non-profit organization founded to protect and restore sustainable OHV recreation from the devastating effects of intense wildfires and other natural disasters.

Thursday, February 18, 2021

NEWS RELEASE - WILDFIRE RECOVERY ORGANIZATION SIGNS MASTER AGREEMENT WITH FOREST SERVICE


 

NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Contact: Don Amador, President

Phone: 925.783.1834

Email: damador@cwo.com

Date: 2/18/21

 

WILDFIRE RECOVERY ORGANIZATION SIGNS MASTER AGREEMENT WITH FOREST SERVICE

 

     OAKLEY, CA (Feb. 18) – The Post Wildfire OHV Recovery Alliance (PWORA) is proud to announce that it was successful in completing its Master Participating Agreement (MPA) with the USDA, Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Region (R5) located in Vallejo, California.

 

The purpose of this agreement is to document the cooperation between the parties to recruit, train, mobilize and manage a volunteer workforce of specialists, consultants, subcontractors, individual and/or group volunteers, and youth conservation groups/corps and deploy those resources to mitigate post-wildfire disaster impacts effecting recreation areas and opportunities, particularly Off-Highway Vehicle and trail related recreation.

 

LINK TO MASTER AGREEMENT

https://pwora.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/pwora-master-agreement-Fully-Signed.pdf

 

The MA serves as a guidance document between the parties to outline general requirements and Supplemental Project Agreements (SPA's) will be the instrument used to outline specific project requirements, field location requirements, and to obligate funds if needed.

 

Post Ranch Fire Meadow Restoration Project

Work that would be accomplished under this agreement as outlined in future SPA's includes, but is not limited to: Trail maintenance and repair, conservation education, youth engagement, training, OHV trail/facility planning, watershed protection, reforestation activities, maintenance of developed recreation facilities, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) compliance for trail related activities, heritage and cultural site protection, sign replacement and installation, and acquiring/managing grant funds.

 

Don Amador, PWORA President, states, “Getting the Master Agreement finalized was our top priority in 2020 so that PWORA can assist the Forest Service on important post-wildfire recovery projects and to authorize us to provide critically important training opportunities for our contract trail crews, volunteers, and agency staff.”

 

“PWORA looks forward to working with our civilian, agency, and industry partners as we grow both our professional and volunteer workforce to assist in post-wildfire recovery efforts,” Amador concludes.

 

    Current members of the PWORA board are Del Albright, Don Amador, Matson Breakey, Art Crofts, Cam Lockwood, and Eric Lueder.

 

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Monday, September 7, 2020

USFS REGION 5 ISSUES EMERGENCY CLOSURE ORDER DUE TO EXTREME WILDFIRE CONDITIONS


PWORA PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

Sept. 7, 2020

REGION 5 ISSUES EMERGENCY FOREST CLOSURE ORDER FOR CALIFORNIA

As wildfires continue to blow-up in California and threaten the lives of visitors, including those rescued by the California National Guard on the Sierra National Forest, PWORA would like to share this news release today from the Regional Forester, Randy Moore,  at the Region 5 headquarters in Vallejo, CA.

PWORA urges the recreation community to review the news release to see what National Forests and recreation facilities have been closed during these extreme CODE RED wildfire conditions.   

Also, authorities fighting the August Complex Fires on the Mendocino National Forest issued a Red Flag Warning on Sunday afternoon that is in effect from 10 pm Monday to 8 am Wednesday. There is potential for increased fire activity and spread with heavy smoke production.

LINK TO REGION 5 NEWS RELEASE


VALLEJO, Calif., September 7, 2020 – Most of California remains under the threat of unprecedented and dangerous fire conditions with a combination of extreme heat, significant wind events, dry conditions, and firefighting resources that are stretched to the limit. Due to these conditions, the USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region is announcing the following temporary closures and fire restrictions to provide for public safety and reduce the potential for human caused fire starts. They will go into effect at 5:00 pm Pacific Standard Time on Monday, September 7, 2020, and will be re-evaluated daily as conditions change.

1.            Closure of the following National Forests: Stanislaus National Forest, Sierra National Forest, Sequoia National Forest, Inyo National Forest, Los Padres National Forest, Angeles National Forest, San Bernardino National Forest, and Cleveland National Forest.
2.            Prohibition of the use of any ignition source on all National Forest System lands (campfires, gas stoves, etc.) throughout California.
3.            Closure of all developed campgrounds and day-use sites on National Forests in California.

“The wildfire situation throughout California is dangerous and must be taken seriously. Existing fires are displaying extreme fire behavior, new fire starts are likely, weather conditions are worsening, and we simply do not have enough resources to fully fight and contain every fire,” said Randy Moore, Regional Forester for the USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region. “We are bringing every resource to bear nationally and internationally to fight these fires, but until conditions improve, and we are confident that National Forest visitors can recreate safely, the priority is always to protect the public and our firefighters. With these extreme conditions, these temporary actions will help us do both.”

An example of extreme fire behavior is the Creek Fire on the Sierra National Forest which began on Friday Sep. 4th and grew rapidly on Saturday, Sep. 5th. The fire made a 15-mile run in a single day and burned 36,000 acres, prompting evacuations and life saving measures. The California National Guard evacuated at least 200 people from Wagner Mammoth Pool Campground and assessed them for medical needs.

The Forest Service thanks our partners and the public for their cooperation and understanding of this monumental fire threat. It is critical that all Californians and national forest visitors follow these important closures and restrictions for their own safety and the safety of our firefighters.

PWORA thanks you for your prompt attention to this public service announcement and urges you to support our firefighters and those who have been impacted by the 2020 wildfire season.  Remember we still have about 3 or more months left of our dry season before the winter rains come.

Sunday, August 30, 2020

AUGUST COMPLEX FIRE TORCHES MENDOCINO NF BACKCOUNTRY

Plaskett Meadows Recreation Area - Circa 2017
Mendocino National Forest

*All Pictures are in the August Complex Fire Burn Footprint


AUGUST COMPLEX FIRE TORCHES MENDOCINO NF BACKCOUNTRY

The 2020 wildfire season continues to devastate families, private homes, and public lands in the Golden State.  One wildfire of keen interest to many backcountry trail enthusiasts is the August Complex Fire that is advancing across the northern part of the Mendocino National Forest.

Historically, this region of the Forest provides access to a lot of mid to high-elevation “deep woods” type dispersed/remote backcountry recreation for both motorized and non-motorized outdoor enthusiasts vs. the southern end of the Forest that is home to more developed OHV use, boating, camping, and fishing. 

Historic Log Springs Station - Circa 2017
Mendocino National Forest


The August Complex’s destructive path continues north from where the 2018 Ranch Fire was stopped near SheetIron Mountain.   Much of this area is a heavily wooded conifer forest that has not seen a significant fire event in some time.  This area is (or was) also prime habitat for the Northern Spotted Owl.

Most of the OHV recreation on this part of the Forest occurs on designated roads with some trail networks in the Doe Peak area that are enjoyed by dirt-bikes, ATVs, SxSs, and 4WDs.  However, the vast majority of motorized recreation opportunity is for street legal dual-sport/ADV motorcycles and 4WDs.  

Looking South from FH7 - Circa 2017
Mendocino NF


According to a Forest Service update today on the August Complex – comprised of the Hull, Doe, Tatham, and Glade fires- it sits at 221,284 acres and has 18 percent containment.

LINK TO AUGUST 30 AUGUST FIRE UPDATE

Based on what I know of the fire and the area, the fire appears to have impacted a lot of the heavily wooded areas north of SheetIron Mountain along the M3 corridor, the Doe Peak trail system on the north side of FH7, and many dispersed camping and backcountry touring opportunities along the M2/M4/M9 route network.

Sugar Springs Campground - Circa 2017
Mendocino National Forest


PWORA’s professional staff and volunteers look forward to helping recover, restore, and reopen important public land recreation facilities damaged by 2020 wildfires.   



Thursday, August 13, 2020

RECREATION ROADMAP HIGHLIGHTS IMPORT OF POST DISASTER RECOVERY EFFORTS


RECREATION ROADMAP HIGHLIGHTS IMPORT OF 
POST DISASTER RECOVERY EFFORTS


PWORA commends the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR) for its outstanding work on behalf of recreation businesses, users, and other stakeholders.   ORR is comprised of 32 national trade associations that represent non-motorized/motorized recreation and natural resource management interests.  The motorized ORR members include representatives from OHV, OSV, and 4WD. 

In the recent ORR publication entitled: A ROADMAP FOR A 21ST CENTURY OUTDOOR RECREATION ECONOMY, they highlight a number of their key strategies and success stories as they work to build support for sustainable recreation with decision-makers in Washington D.C and in state capitols throughout the country.

LINK TO ORR RECREATION ROADMAP

PWORA appreciates that ORR has included post natural disaster recovery of recreation facilities as an important part of recreation management efforts as cited below in the ROADMAP.

SOUND CONSERVATION POLICIES SUSTAIN RESILIENT RECREATION LANDSCAPES

Recreation access to our lands and waters must be balanced by ensuring resource protection and sustainable outdoor experiences for generations to come.

OUR PRIORITIES:

1. Creating a plan to mitigate climate change impacts on recreation assets and gateway
communities that rely on robust outdoor recreation, and supporting quick recovery
and restoration of these assets after a natural disaster.

2. Investing in natural solutions that allow for recreation while providing buffers during
severe storms.

PWORA encourages recreation groups and land managers to review the ORR ROADMAP as it contains a number of their significant accomplishments on behalf of recreation interests and the economy.

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