NOHVCC and INOHVAA Conference Agendas Now Available!

The agendas for the NOHVCC and INOHVAA Conferences in Reno, Nevada next week are now available. For those attending this year – take a look to get a sense of the unique opportunities and presentations in which you will be able to participate. NOHVCC staff has worked hard to put together an exciting mobile workshop (more information here and here ) and to bring in a carefully selected group of presenters – some of whom many of us know well, and some of whom will be new to even those who have attended many previous Conferences.

Click here to view NOHVCC’s Agenda.

Click here to view INOHVAA’s Agenda.


Important Information For Mobile Workshop Participants!

The NOHVCC Mobile Workshop is Thursday, October 17. You must register in advance to participate.

The Workshop will be held at Prison Hill Recreation area just outside of Carson City, NV. NOHVCC is currently in phase two of a three-phase project at the area and participants in will have an opportunity to gain a unique insight into the on-the-ground work (such as trail layout) that NOHVCC espouses.

The Workshop will be broken into three sessions. Each attendee will have an opportunity to participate in each session. Transportation to and from the Conference hotel (Whitney Peake) and lunch will be provided to registered participants.

If you are taking the bus from the Conference hotel – please be in the lobby/registration area no later than 7:45 am, the bus will depart at 8:00 am.

It is important that you comply with the safety requirements for all participants. Anyone who operates a dirt bike, ATV or ROV, or who rides as a passenger in an ROV, MUST wear all appropriate safety gear. For all vehicles this includes a DOT-compliant helmet, eye protection, long sleeve shirt or jersey, long pants, over-the-ankle boots, and gloves. All gear must be worn at all times while operating any of these vehicles – including while loading and unloading.

Anyone not wearing all appropriate safety gear will be prohibited from participating in the ride. NOHVCC will have a few loaner helmets, goggles and gloves; however, everyone is encouraged to bring their own gear. Loaner gear will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. There will NOT be enough for everyone.

Take a look at some footage of 4WD recreation at Prison Hill Recreation Area here. The video, shot in 2018, is shared via courtesy of All-Terrain Family.

For more information about what to expect at the Mobile Workshop and the Prison Hill Recreation Area click here.


NOHVCC Board Elections To Be Held At Annual Conference In Reno – Check Below To See If You Are Eligible To Serve

Each year NOHVCC State Partners elect NOHVCC’s Board of Directors at the Annual Conference (register here). As a result, all interested NOHVCC State Partners are eligible to run for open positions on the Board. Again, ONLY NOHVCC State Partners in good standing are eligible to run.

If you are a NOHVCC State Partner and are interested in serving on NOHVCC’s Board of Directors, you can nominate yourself at the Annual Conference in Reno during the time set aside for elections. If you do not plan to attend the Conference, but would like to be nominated for a position, please email us at and let us know, and someone will nominate you in absentia in Reno.

There are three ways to serve on the Board:


There are three officers who serve staggered two-year terms on NOHVCC’s Board – Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary. This year the Treasurer position is up for election. NOTE: To run for the Treasurer position you must have at least six months of prior service on the NOHVCC Board of Directors.

Issue Area Representative (IAR)

Issue Area Representatives (IAR) serve staggered two-year terms and are expected to maintain knowledge and expertise on relevant issue area. The issue areas are Public Lands, Private Lands, Youth and Education, Clubs and Associations, as well as the IAR representative to the Network Development Team which is responsible for recruiting NOHVCC Partners and other volunteer efforts. Any Partner can request the formation of an ad hoc Committee to be approved by the Board of Directors. Ad hoc Committees will be Chaired by the appropriate IAR and can be formed for a variety of reasons. The Network Development Team will be a Standing Committee comprised of Partners who volunteer to serve on the Committee.

At Large

There are three members of the Board who are elected by NOHVCC Partners to serve staggered two-year terms as At-Large members, which essentially means they are not an Officer or an Issue Area Representative.

Current Board of Directors – Those up for election this year in bold


Chairman – Dan Kleen (IA) (current term expires in 2020)

Treasurer – Tom Umphress (MN) (current term expires this year)

Secretary – Lew Shuler (MI) (current term expires in 2020)

Issue Area Representatives:

Private Lands – Danny Hale (VT) (current term expires in 2020)

Public Lands – Barrett Brown (OR) (current term expires this year)

Youth and Education – Carol Smith (TX) (current term expires this year)

Clubs and Associations – Harry Brown (NH) (current term expires in 2020)

Network Development Team – Jim Barrett (LA) (current term expires this year)

At Large Members:

Scott Jones (CO) (current term expires this year)

Tom Cowher (OH) (current term expires this year)

Clif Koontz (UT) (current term expires in 2020)

Voting Procedure

Each STATE will be allowed to cast one vote in NOHVCC elections. In the event there are multiple

Partners attending the annual conference from the same State, the Partners from the State in question

shall decide amongst themselves by straw vote for whom their State’s sole vote (for each vacancy) shall

be cast. In the unlikely event that a State’s Partners cannot decide amongst themselves, a Network

Development Team representative will oversee a coin toss to break a tie.


Raffle at NOHVCC Annual Conference – Bring Items if you Can!

Once again, NOHVCC will host a speed raffle at our Saturday night Banquet and Awards Ceremony at our Annual Conference. Last year’s raffle was a huge success and your generosity helped to offset the costs of the Conference. If you have items that you can donate – club hats, jerseys, mugs, t-shirts, gear or other new, or race-worn items by recognized racers, please bring them along and any proceeds raised by the raffle will be used to support NOHVCC. NOHVCC will be bringing along a few items as well.

If you do not have items to bring – don’t worry. You can support NOHVCC by purchasing raffle tickets. It’s a classic win-win!


Welcome Back Penny And Rascal! Interactive Adventure Trail Website To Debut At NOHVCC Annual Conference

Penny and Rascal are names that will be familiar to long-time members of the NOHVCC family – and soon they will be back! They are, of course, the stars of NOHVCC’s Adventure Trail. They have been featured on the NOHVCC website, in coloring and activity books, and on full-size posters. Soon they will appear in an interactive Adventure Trail website. Those who attend the NOHVCC Conference in Reno are in for a treat. Robert Van Nood, the artist behind Penny, Rascal and Adventure Trail, will formally debut the new site and will walk Conference participants through all the new and expanded features.

Adventure Trail was created to communicate NOHVCC’s safe and responsible ethic to young kids – including the need to wear appropriate safety gear, stay on designated trails, be considerate of the environment and other messages. Some of the artwork on the posters and in the activity books is designed to portray responsible OHV recreation in a way that kids and adults will find humorous. The remainder of the artwork takes a light-hearted look at the very serious consequences of inappropriate OHV use at a level relatable to kids.

The new site will expand on the messages found on the posters and will have a few surprises for young and not-so-young visitors to the website. If you can’t make it to Reno, keep an eye on this space as the Adventure Trail Interactive Website will go live soon!

In the meantime, you can check out the existing activity books and posters here.


Learn More Prison Hill Recreation Area Near Carson City, NV – Site of 2019 NOHVCC Mobile Workshop

Registration is open for NOHVCC’s 2019 Annual Conference in Reno, Nevada. If you haven’t already signed up, click here.

Those who elect to participate in the Mobile Workshop on October 17, 2019 are in for a treat. The Workshop will be held at Prison Hill Recreation area just outside of Carson City, NV. NOHVCC is currently in phase two of a three-phase project at the area and participants in will have an opportunity to gain a unique insight into the on-the-ground work (such as trail layout) that NOHVCC espouses.

The Workshop will be broken into three sessions. Each attendee will have an opportunity to participate in each session. Transportation to and from the Conference hotel (Whitney Peake) and lunch will be provided to registered participants.

Session Descriptions:

Guided tour of Prison Hill Recreation Area: ROV tour of the Southern End of the Prison Hill Recreation Area. Tour guides will discuss unique features, history of the area, special management considerations, and management issues encountered during the project. (All participants in this session will be required to wear a helmet, eye protection, long sleeves, long pants, over-the-ankle boots and gloves)

Trail Layout and Design: A walking tour of the OHV trail and facility designs and concepts at the Prison Hill Recreation Area. Participants will have a chance to critique, ask questions, and interact with a trail design team member.

Moto-Trials and Rock Crawl Demonstration: Moto-trials and OHV Rock Crawlers are two types of OHV recreation that are often misunderstood by OHV managers. Participants will be able to observe recreationalists doing what they love. Demonstrations will be followed by a Q&A period where you can find out more about these sports and what the riders/drivers are looking for.

More about Prison Hill Recreation Area:

The Prison Hill OHV Recreation Area is located on the southeast edge of Carson City, Nevada. The highly desirable and unique landscape is scattered with large colorful rock formations and a variety of topography, ranging from steep and challenging terrain to meandering sand washes and open sandy desert soils. The elevation change is substantial, increasing from 5000’ above sea level at the lowest point to 5724’ at the highest point. The sweeping views of the snow- capped Sierra Nevada, Carson Valley, and Carson City provide an incredible vista for anyone wanting to gain altitude by climbing the challenging summit. Most of the OHV recreation area is located on the south facing slope where enthusiasts can access trails and riding opportunities throughout the year; especially during the winter months where snow can become a limiting factor for some forms of recreation.

Located approximately seven miles from downtown Carson City, Prison Hill is an easy destination for residents to access with limited travel time and distance. The Prison Hill Area is adjacent to four subdivisions and a prison located on Snyder Avenue and Golden Eagle Lane. The Carson River borders a small section on the Southeast portion of the area where there is no motorized use. The natural inhabitants of the area include rabbits, coyotes, deer, songbirds, a variety of raptors, and rattlesnakes. The vegetation is primarily sagebrush steppe with sagebrush, bitterbrush and a small scattering of Pinyon Pine, juniper, and pockets of old-growth bitterbrush.

The phenomenal views and awestriking rocky landscape provide an experience like no other within a few miles of a major population center. Proximity allows enthusiasts to visit Prison Hill during weekends and in some cases, daily. Others are drawn to the area for the variety of terrain, technical challenges, interesting routes, and scenery. Enthusiasts also often visit Prison Hill because of its family-friendly nature3, and for the open riding areas.

For more information about NOHVCC’s involvement at Prison Hill click here to view NOHVCC’s OHV Management Plan for the area submitted in October 2018.


Destry Abbott Documentary to Premiere in Reno!

Though not officially affiliated with NOHVCC’s Annual Conference, a documentary about famed motorcycle racer Destry Abbot will premiere on Wednesday, October 16 at the Whitney Peak Hotel (NOHVCC Annual Conference site).   Click here for more information.

The documentary, “Strong,” is described as “decorated motorcycle racer Destry Abbott battles leukemia and finds life fulfillment on and off the track.”

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