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John Stewart

Things to Know About Your Vehicle

Low points - solid axle
Bend down and identify the 3 lowest points in the front.

Four wheeling naturally involves an orderly process. Driving through difficult terrain far from home is demanding on drivers and their vehicles. Just like driving on roads, you need a lot of hours behind the wheel to become adept off road. Many of my articles are dedicated to reviewing various aspects of four wheeling. This column reviews several more important fundamentals that can be helpful if you are just starting four wheeling.

John Stewart

Winches and Shackles

A winch is a popular and very useful accessory for the equipped 4x4.  But, does your accessory bag contain the proper items to use a winch to its full effectiveness — in a safe manner?  Or, maybe you have that other necessary accessory — a tow strap.  But, does your accessory bag contain the proper items to use a tow strap to its full effectiveness — in a safe manner?

Shackles (or D-Rings) are used to connect winch line or tow strap to another vehicle.  Shackles are metal and do have inconvenience built in.  They are heavy and should a winch line or tow strap break, the weight of the shackle can be disastrous.  And, made of metal, they do rust.

John Stewart

2015 – Top Off Road Trails & Parks in America

PartCatalog surveyed over 3,800 off road clubs and off road enthusiasts across the country (tripled last year’s responses!).  GOAL:  Create a resource for weekend off-roaders showcasing the very best off roading destinations within and near their home state.  In our July survey, we asked three simple questions…

John Stewart

Enough is Enough

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Enough is Enough - Open Letter to Senator Dianne Feinstein

I am writing on behalf of the public.  We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the opportunity to be part of the coalition to formulate legislation for your proposal to create two monuments in the southern California desert region.  We have provided support for your efforts to work through the legislative process and enact legislation through Congress for your proposal.

During the discussions to develop the legislation language, we believed your assurances that you did not want the desert protection proposals to move forward by Executive Proclamation by way of the Antiquities Act presidential proclamation.

John Stewart

17 Candidate Species Found to No Longer Warrant Listing Due to Conservation Successes

ESA-driven collaborations among states, landowners and federal agencies are protecting once-imperiled species across U.S.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) completed status reviews for 17 species that were candidates for listing under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and found that all are now doing well and no longer warrant listing. These species will be removed from the ESA Candidate List. These findings represent years of collaborative efforts across the United States to conserve and restore once-imperiled species and their habitats and eliminate the need for ESA protection.

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