1st Annual D36 LAO-Club Officer Retreat – April 27/28, 2019

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Attention District 36 Clubs and Promoters LAO officers………

Our 1st annual D36 LAO camp out and trail ride will be held at the Ohl Olson Reserved Campground at the BLM’s Chappie Shasta OHV Area near Redding, CA on the weekend of April 27/28, 2019. 

The event’s team building/educational objective is to enhance communications and relationships between the District 36 LAO and club LAO officers (or club members who want to learn about the LAO position) and share our collective experiences in working with land agency leadership/staff on issues related to casual OHV use, event permitting, collaboration, OHV grants, post wildfire recovery, partnerships, and post subpart B project level travel planning.

Chris Real, President of DPS Technical, will be offering the SAE J1287 96dBA “20-inch” Sound Test Certification Class to D36 club LAO officers and/or club members who perform sound/spark arrester technical inspection at events.   This class will be taught on April 27.  Contact Chris Real directly to register for the class.  Email Chris at – Chris.Real@dpstechnical.com

AGENDA – *watch for updates

April 26 (Fri.) – Travel Day – Arrive at Camp – Noon to 9:30pm

April 27 (Sat.) – Workshop Modules/ Dirt Bike Trail Rides (Programs/Presentations start at 9am) 

                             Event BBQ at night?

April 28 (Sun.) – Workshop Modules/Dirt Bike Trail Rides (Leave for home or stay overnight if needed)


The Ohl Olson Reserved Campground is located about 200 yards north and above the main Chappie Shasta OHV Staging Area.  It has a hardened gravel camping area, vault toilets, and picnic tables.  There is limited room for RVs and tents so RSVP early.  You must cross the Shasta Dam which is open from 6am to 10pm.  There are guards at the dam that will inspect your vehicles for current registration.

Meals will be on your own, but we are working on an event BBQ for Saturday night.  Stay tuned.

For those of you who are not camping, there are many hotels close by in the Greater Redding Area.



D36 LAO is partnering with the Redding Dirt Riders who are providing event support.



RSVP to attend the event: Don Amador, D36 LAO – Damador@cwo.com

Thanks for your review and participation!

Don Amador, LAO
AMA District 36
555 Honey Lane
Oakley, CA 94561
Office: 925.783.1834
Email: damador@cwo.com
Web: http://ama-d36.org/


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Past OHV Public meeting in Yolo County

ACTION REQUESTED – Attend Meeting on Feb. 21 in Woodland


Over the last 5-6 years, D36 members and other OHVers have been attending public meetings and providing input on the concept of establishing a new OHV park in Yolo County.  Because of your engagement, the county is continuing its efforts to site a new OHV facility that could provide motorized recreation for both casual riding and permitted events.

According to Yolo County, they seek grant funding to prepare a market analysis to ascertain if there is enough community and stakeholder support for OHV opportunities in Yolo County. Second, assuming there is demand and support for OHV opportunities, we will prepare a feasibility study to examine two different scenarios: (1) improving access to existing OHV trail riding opportunities within the unincorporated County; and (2) creating a small-medium sized OHV park in the unincorporated County.

In 2018, the County had OHVers participate in an online survey and the results are linked below:



At the February 21 meeting, county staff will provide an overview of our proposed OHV planning grant application and let the public know how they can stay involved in the process moving forward.

Public Meeting- OHV Planning Grant Information Session

Date & Time:  Thursday, February 21, 2019 @ 6:00pm

County Administration Building
Atrium Training Room (Basement)
625 Court Street
Woodland, CA 95695

Map To Meeting

If you have questions about this effort or would like more information, please contact the Yolo County Parks Division at (530) 406-5038 or email yoloOHV@yolocounty.org

Thanks for your participation in the planning process!

Don Amador
Government Affairs


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Update 1-22-2019

Although the temporary closure of the SRI creek crossing has impacted use of the 4×4 Play Area, MX Track, and gravel parking lot, OHVers can still access the Kiln Canyon and SRI Loop trail network south of the closure site via the Los Osos Trail.

As you know, the OHMVR Division was given a court order (due to ongoing litigation) to close off public access across the SRI creek crossing at Carnegie SVRA. Closure became effective on Monday 1-21-2019.

Again, the SVRA is working through the permitting process to restore public access to the affected areas. It is expected the OHVMR Division will provide an official update on this issue at the March 1, 2019 OHMVR Commission meeting.

The closure is not expected to impact the Old Crow HS.

AMA District 36 encourages our members to enjoy the epic trail conditions on routes and areas not affected by the temporary closure.  Also, please respect the temporary closure.  Be assured the District 36 LAO will work with our access partners and OHV Division to resolve this all too important issue.  Stay tuned for future updates.

Don Amador
AMA District 36, LAO, Government Affairs


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AMA District 36 members can be rightfully proud of the 10-year long fight to reopen Clear Creek to both casual dirt-bike trail use and historic off-road motorcycle competition events such as the Quicksilver Enduro and Wild Boar/Wild Piglet Enduros.

On January 10, 2019, Congressman Panetta introduced H.R. 403 that highlights the decade long battle to create a bipartisan legislative solution to the closure.

This continues to be a Herculean task that is the result of a dedicated team of OHV advocates and supporters at the local, state, and national level.  A special note of thanks goes out to the CA OHV Commission that commissioned an independent risk assessment study which concluded that management and operational strategies could be effectively employed in the area to allow OHV use without exposing the public to unacceptable risks.

Thanks also to our national partners at ARRA, MIC, and AMA that continue to champion the reopening of Clear Creek before Congress and the Administration.

Link to Panetta’s Clear Creed News Release:


— Don Amador, AMA District 36 LAO – Government Affairs

 Clear Creek’s 3 Amigos
Ron Deshazer (L) – Ed Tobin (C) – Don Amador (R





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Breaking News!


Congressional Member Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) introduced the Clear Creek National Recreation Area and Conservation Act H.R. 403. At the same time, this would open up 21,000 acres for promote recreations and tourism in our district, Panetta stated.

More on this later………..  D. Amador – D36 Gov’t Affairs Officer (By D. Pickett)

Racers Register Your Sponsors

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New to District 36 – Cross County Racers Can Register Their Sponsors

Racers, you can now register your sponsor so they will display on the Cross Country results pages next to your name.  Give the credit deserved to those sponsors that support you!  Use the “sign up” button and get registered!

 Please Support Your Sponsors That Support You 

Dirt Track and Enduro riders list your sponsors on your meet entry form.

Prairie City Gran Prix Jan 19th & 20th

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 The 2019 Prairie City Grand Prix 
Coming January 19th & 20th.
A Mojo Motosport Championship Cross Country Series.
A Western Hare Scrambles Championship Series

This is Round 1 of the District 36 – SRT Adult Championship Cross Country Series presented by SpecBolt , and Round 1 of the District 36 – Motion Pro Youth Cross Country Championship Series presented by Honda, Kawasaki, KTM of Modesto

Beat the Rush at the race
to get entered

Enter now online

Stuff To Know……….

You MUST have:

  • Current AMA Membership Card**
  • Current District 36 Membership Card** (only if you’re racing for District 36 points)
  • Scoring transponder compatible with D36 scoring equipment (available at signups)
  • USFS approved spark arrestor
  • Correct number plate and number-letter colors for your class on front and side plates
  • Correct numbers and letter sizes required (see D36 Operations Manual Section 3.2.2 for youth and section 6.14 thru 6.17.2 for adults)
  • Riding numbers on both sides of Helmet below the helmet strap.

AMA and District 36 Rules apply

**If you need to Join or renew give yourself extra time at sign-ups.

Date:    January 19 & 20 2019
Place:  Prairie City OHV,  13300 White Rock Rd, Rancho Cordova, CA 95742

Racing starts at:  8 am on Saturday and 8 am on Sunday

See flyer for more details

Pre-Enter Online

PCGP Flyer

Map to the PCGP


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 Please support our sponsors that support you 

Recreationists File Suit to Challenge Grouse Restrictions on Permitted Events

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D36 can be proud of its ongoing partnership with other OHV organizations in defense of OHV permitted events.

“A nice Christmas present for D36 members.

— Don Amador, Govt. Affairs, AMA D36


  Contact: Paul Turcke
Phone: (208) 331-1800
Date: December 20, 2018

RENO, NV (December 20, 2018) — Recreational organizations today filed a lawsuit challenging restrictions on permits for motorcycle and other vehicle events within the range of the Bi State sage grouse. The grouse is a “distinct population segment” within the larger range of the Greater sage grouse, an iconic bird of the high desert lately distinguished by high controversy over its status and continuing management.  

The lawsuit focuses on changes made by the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest as part of a settlement with special interest led by the Center for Biological Diversity. Under the settlement, the Forest Service agreed that motorcycle or other off-road vehicle events would not be authorized on routes passing within 4 miles of grouse breeding sites at any time of day between March 1 and June 30. The lands affected by the event stipulations are in extreme northeastern California and northwestern Nevada. The Plaintiffs in the lawsuit are the Sierra Trail Dogs Motorcycle and Recreation Club, the Pine Nut Mountains Trails Association, the American Motorcyclist Association District 36, California Four Wheel Drive Association and the BlueRibbon Coalition.

“Riding on existing dirt roads and single-track trails was acknowledged to be no more than a tertiary threat to grouse, even during the height of Obama ‘Grouseketeer’ planning,” observed Jim Fulling, planner for the Trail Dog’s annual Mystery 250 motorcycle event. “The Forest’s initial plan would have imposed 3 mile buffers around grouse breeding grounds between March 1 and May 15 prior to 10 a.m., when there was at least a rational possibility that birds were on the leks. We would have lived with those requirements, but the Forest sadly caved to the arbitrary restrictions demanded by deep-pocketed preservationists with a proclivity toward litigation. We may be a peashooter to their bazooka, but we see little option but to enter this fray,” Fulling concluded.

The case was filed in the U.S. District of Nevada, Reno Division. The recreational plaintiffs are represented by Paul Turcke of Boise, Idaho, and John Boyden of Reno, Nevada. A copy of the complaint can be viewed here.


The Pine Nut Mountains Trails Association – PNMTA – is a non-profit organization that formed in 1998 in response to
threat of losing access to our public lands in the Carson Valley. The PNMTA is represents all types of recreational users.  Our members include bicyclists, OHV users, Equestrians, Hunters, and any person that is interested in preserving public lands. http://pnmta.org/

District 36   Motorcycle Sports Committee, Inc. An American Motorcyclist Association Recognized and Chartered District Organization
Founded in 1955 District 36 is a volunteer-based non-profit organization of motorcyclists and like-minded enthusiasts who organize and enhance responsible family recreation and exercise environmental conservation for the purpose of promoting today’s activities
and protecting our sport for the future. http://ama-d36.org/

California Four Wheel Drive Association, Inc. Since 1959, our non-profit organization has actively promoted the advancement of vehicle
oriented outdoor recreation. Today, the association represents over 8,000 members and 160 member clubs. We are the largest organization of this type in California and represent owners of all makes and models of 4WD vehicles, as well as non-owners who support responsible
vehicle-oriented recreation. https://cal4wheel.com/

Sharetrails/BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC) is a national non-profit organization that champions responsible recreation and encourages a strong conservation ethic and individual stewardship, while providing leadership in efforts to keep outdoor recreation alive and well — all sports; all trails. With members in all 50 states, Sharetrails/BRC is focused on building enthusiast involvement with organizational efforts through membership, outreach, education and collaboration among recreationists. – http://sharetrails.org.


2018 Awards Banquet Gearing Up.

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The 2018 Awards Banquet is coming January 5, 2019.  A Gala Presentation of Awards earned by our District 36 Champions in all classes will be accompanied by a Bar-B-Q Dinner, Prizes, Sponsor Displays and getting together with Racing Friends off the track!

Plus a District 36 Sponsored Fundraiser for the Camp Fire Victims.  Support this worthy cause and get a chance (or more) to Win a 2018 KTM 250 XC-W.  Tickets for this drawing are $50 each with only 500 being sold!  For more information see our
KTM Fundraiser Raffle Bike page

Meanwhile Get Your Banquet Tickets Now While Your Here!

Get your Banquet tickets here online at a discounted price:


Reserved Prices Online:

Adults            $40
Kids (5-12)    $25

Table for 8 (includes 8 adult tickets)   $300   

At the door:

Adults            $50 
Kids (5-12)    $30

NO Tables reservations available at the door

Lodi Grape Festival
413 E. Lockeford St. Lodi, CA 95240

January 5, 2019

5:00 pm to 11:00 pm (doors open 4:00 pm)

Don’t want to get your discounted tickets online?
Then get the flyer and mail in your reservations–you’ll still get the discount!
must be postmarked by December 29, 2018
Banquet Flyer


Get your Banquet tickets here online at a discounted price:

Your District 36 LAO At Work!

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Below is a letter to the California Air Resources Board Sent by Don Amador, District 36 Government Affairs Representative and President of Quiet Warrior Racing/Consulting.  If you like to ride, this is a must read to see what the Air Resources Board’s proposed regulations can do to thwart OHV’s.


Scott Monday
Staff Air Pollution Specialist
California Air Resources Board

RE: Red Sticker Proposal Workshop

Dear Mr. Monday:

Please accept my comments on behalf of AMA District 36 (D36) in regards to proposals from the California Air Resources Board (ARB) Red Sticker Program that were presented on October 23, 2018 in El Monte, California. This document shall not supplant the rights of other D36 agents and organizational or individual members from submitting their own comments and the agency should consider and appropriately respond to all comments received.

I have over 28 years of experience in recreation management which includes serving on the California Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Commission, CA OHV Stakeholders group, CA OHV Sound Working group, AMA National Sound Working Group, and Senior Policy Advisor for the BlueRibbon Coalition.

I currently serve as President of Quiet Warrior Racing/Consulting, Government Affairs Representative for AMA District 36, Core-Team Lead for FireScape Mendocino, and President of the Post Wildfire OHV Recovery Alliance.

I appreciate ARB’s collaborative efforts over the last 5 years to engage the OHV community, OHMVR Division, Industry, OHV Dealers, and other related stakeholders in this rulemaking process.


The presentation and subsequent comments made by attendees at the meeting on October 23 reminded me of an earlier and well intentioned (late 2000s-era) health-related regulatory effort by the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) that resulted in a functional ban of youth off-road motorcycles and ATVs.

The CPSC based their “ead ban” initiative on what finally was acknowledged by the agency as poor or inaccurate data and assumptions. The fiscal impacts and resultant functional ban of youth OHVs kicked- off a national firestorm of opposition from parents, OHV dealers, and recreation organizations.

In fact, Malcolm Smith, an internationally recognized off-road racer and member of the Motorcycle Hall of Fame, hosted a media event at Malcolm Smith Motorsports to highlight the unjust nature of the CPSC regulation.

Finally, it took a bipartisan legislative effort in Congress to correct that ill-advised and unwarranted regulation. That legislation was signed into law by President Obama in 2011.

Unfortunately, the youth OHV marketplace never fully recovered from that debacle and its affects are still being felt today.

Further, the perception of well intentioned but ill-informed governmental actions can have long standing negative effect upon the acceptance of cooperation between users , manufacturers, and public agencies.


I strongly believe ARB continues to rely on inaccurate assumptions upon which it proposes a regulatory structure to “solve” the Red Sticker issue. Here are a few of my remaining post-meeting concerns if the current proposals are enacted.

* Unrealistic timeline for model certification and related implementation

* Riding a 2021 or later model year Red Sticker (vehicle) on public lands in CA on public lands will be prohibited

* Race bikes will not be able to practice on public lands

* Racers will have to sell their race bike to out-of-state buyers. If race bikes do not have a VIN number they may not be sellable, insurable, financeable, or trackable, and NOT legal for competition as sporting regulations often require VINs, proof of ownership and registration

* Dealers will have to divine selling red sticker bikes to customers who think they can ride them anyplace

* High performance Youth models would most likely disappear with NO suitable replacement currently available, NO youth or adult sporting regulations that currently allow e-vehicles in non- professional race series, and NO youth Trailbike classes exist for closed course Motocross style events

* End of off-road/trail oriented 2-Strokes

* Prolonged regulatory application processes will make it impossible for companies to certify compliant replacement products. Often these products are minimal CA volume, specific application products.

* Every replacement part application needs cost prohibitive testing, not just the design and it must have a long warranty and then the record keeping of failures and individual component registration become a paperwork nightmare if a manufacturer does go thru the certification process

* Prolonged regulatory process for motorcycle aftermarket components to be approved

* Unwarranted and unenforceable regulatory burden for state and federal law enforcement officers. Often FS/BLM law enforcement officials have up to a million acres – PER FIELD OFFICER – to patrol by themselves

* E-Vehicles cannot be effectively recharged in ANY State or Federal OHV area


“Lessons learned” from the ill-fated CPSC regulatory process strongly suggests that ARB should consider empowering a substantive collaborative process that includes representatives from the OEMs, aftermarket, dealers, state/federal land managers, law enforcement, and OHV organizations.

A similar collaborative process (CA OHV Sound Stakeholder Group) resulted in passage of the CA 96dBA Sound Law in 2003.

Results from a collaborative ARB/OHV stakeholder process could result in an amended proposal or alternative that is realistic, enforceable, and does not place an undue burden on riders, dealers, land agencies, and the industry.

I urge ARB to continue on its path of inclusion so that a final rule will reflect real “on-the-ground” usage patterns, related data, and factual emission impacts to the environment.

D36 looks forward to its continued involvement in this planning process.

Respectfully submitted,

Don Amador
Government Affairs
AMA District 36

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