A positive step forward has been achieved in on-going efforts to build relationships with public land managers by United Four Wheel Drive Associations (UFWDA) and was negotiated by Carla Boucher, the UFWDA legal advocate, who stated:
The recently signed Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) between the US Forest Service (USFS) and UFWDA indicates strongly the desire of both the Forest Service and UFWDA to express our common support for four wheel drive motor vehicle use recreationally on lands managed by the US Forest Service.
The intention between UFWDA and USFS is to foster and maintain the best cooperative partnership we can. It is important to the progress that UFWDA clubs and associations make on the care and use of roads and trails managed by the USFS, as it outlines both the commitment of four wheel drive motor vehicle enthusiasts to care for the land and a commitment on the part of the agency to continue to view 4x4 recreational use as a legitimate form of recreation.
The MOU is an outward sign of the relationship both parties currently enjoy at both a national level and a local level and signals the strength of the relationship between UFWDA and the USFS for 4x4 motor vehicle access.”
The US Department of Agriculture, Forest Service provides multiple opportunities for visitors to enjoy outdoor recreation on National Forest Service lands.
UFWDA is a USA based, international 4x4 organization established in 1978 and working to maintain motorized access to public and private lands, while advocating sustainability.