2018 Annual NOHVCC and INOHVAA Joint Conference, 
August 14-18, 2018 
Grand Rapids, Michigan

 

This year NOHVCC and INOHVAA will visit Grand Rapids, Michigan on August 14-18.  The conferences will follow the typical schedule that will be familiar to many of you. After preliminary activities on the 14th, the INOHVAA conference will begin sessions on the 15th, a mobile field workshop for attendees of both conferences on Thursday, August 16, joint INOHVAA/NOHVCC sessions on Friday, August 17 and, finally, the NOHVCC conference will conclude with sessions on Saturday and a banquet on Saturday evening.

Conference activities and lodging will be hosted by:

 

DoubleTree by Hilton
Grand Rapids Airport
4747 28th Street SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49512
616-957-0100

 

Theme:

 

The Theme of the 2018 NOHVCC Annual Conference is Building on Success! Everyone in the OHV community has faced adversity - restrictions, closures, lost opportunities, etc. But, it is important to remember that progress has been and is being made towards NOHVCC's goal of “Creating a Positive Future for Responsible OHV Recreation.” Michigan is the perfect state to showcase our theme of Building on Success. Michigan features nearly 4,000 miles of trails and routes for OHV use plus many other opportunities - some of which you can sample during the Mobile Workshop. The Cycle Conservation Club of Michigan is celebrating its 50th Anniversary. Much progress has already been made, so now it is time to Build on Success. With NOHVCC, it is also time to Build on Success. There have been big changes in the last year, but NOHVCC must keep moving forward without letting momentum slip. Please join us in Grand Rapids August 14-18 and be a part of OHV recreation's positive future - all while recognizing those who got us to where we are today!

What to Expect:

As usual, you can expect great presentations, networking time and a lot of fun.  These joint conferences bring together the best and brightest in the OHV community – including enthusiasts and land managers - and provide the perfect opportunity to gain and share insights on issues, hurdles and successes that have occurred since we last met in New Hampshire.  For any who may attend for the first time, expect to learn a lot, meet a ton of great people, and to share your insights as well.

Click here for a draft preliminary schedule.  As you might imagine we are still in the process of selecting talented and knowledgeable presenters, but we do have some information.  Anyone who has a long approval process can use the draft to secure approval for travel.  Of course, the draft will receive updates as we move forward, but this version should give you a good idea of what we have planned.

NOHVCC’s annual Mobile Workshop will be held on August 16 this year at the XXXXX.   Participants will take part in a management tour of the area including moderated discussion on successful management practices and sustainable trail development.  ATVs, ROVs and dirt bikes will be on hand for participants to operate.  ATV Safety Institute (ASI) ATV RiderCourse®, Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) Dirtbike School®, and Recreational OHV Association (ROHVA) DriverCourse® will be made available, provided there is demand.

The NOHVCC Board of Directors and staff is excited about putting together a great conference that will seem familiar and new at the same time.  We have already been working with local partners and are seeking presenters for both conferences.  We will use this page, the NOHVCC newsletter and other communications tools to keep the conferences on your mind – but please put the dates on your calendar now.  You will not want to miss this opportunity.

 

Registration:

Before clicking on the link below to register for the INOHVAA and NOHVCC Conferences, please read the following information:

For those who are NOT travelling on a NOHVCC Travel Grant or Scholarship:

Click here to register for the events you would like to attend. To arrange accommodations – please contact the DoubleTree by Hilton, Grand Rapids Airport at 616-957-0100, or use this link to make reservations online.  The conference hotel is just two miles from the Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GRR).

For those who are travelling on a NOHVCC Travel Grant or Scholarship:

Before completing registration, please send an email to trailhead@nohvcc.org requesting a discount code which will allow you to participate in all NOHVCC activities on August 17 and 18 at no cost to you.

Please note that the travel grant includes lodging on August 16, 17 and 18.  If you choose to participate in the Mobile Workshop on August 15 and wish to stay overnight on August 14 you will need to make your own arrangements.  In addition, the provided lodging assumes that Partners will stay two to a room.  If you choose to reserve a room for just yourself, or for yourself and a guest (who is not attending on a NOHVCC Travel Grant), you will be responsible for half of the cost of the room.

If you require air travel – please do NOT reserve your flight until you have received your discount code for registration.  Those who book flights prior to receiving the code may not be reimbursed.
 

Once you have your code please book your flight to Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GRR) in Grand Rapids, MI.  After booking, please send a copy of your receipt to trailhead@nohvcc.org for reimbursement. 

If you drive to the Conference, you can be reimbursed for fuel.  Please keep your gas receipts and submit them to trailhead@nohvcc.org after returning home from the Conference for reimbursement.

If you have any questions, or if you need NOHVCC to cover the cost of travel without going through the reimbursement process, please contact us at trailhead@nohvcc.org.

Please be mindful that NOHVCC is a not-for-profit organization and make travel arrangements accordingly.  Please book cheapest airfare practicable, and check prices of as many airlines as possible before booking.  NOHVCC will not provide reimbursement for flights booked after July 31.




See you in Grand Rapids!



Thank you to this year's Sponsors! To become a sponsor please contact trailhead@nohvcc.org for more information.