I have not had any contact with GLFWDA to speak of; yet I have run into the national 'environmental' leader of the UFWDA recently and it is no surprise whatsoever to me that you indeed feel the way that you do.Why is it when people pose any question of GLFWDA accomplishing anything, they are immediately blasted back "if you know such and such, why not get off your duff and help?". Quite frankly this has been the attitude I have seen for 5 years and from what I have been told has been the attitude for even longer. This isn't the way to grow or accomplish anything in my book. I don't see it changing quickly anytime soon either. It is a sad state we find ourselves in. Quite frankly I think UFWDA needs to be hammered into helping out more than just the west coast high profile trails and the few east coast ones they mention when the occasion calls for it. I am more pissed at their lack of effort anywhere outside of California than anything else.
I took up this sport (first atvs; then side-by-sides; now full-size also) about 8years ago and it is frankly amazing to me how many good people the leaders in all these sports must've scared away over the years.
As you mentioned...if you even so much as question public informational matters like the cancelling of an orv advisory board meeting for a 6 month period (with the minutes not published for 8 weeks after these arrogant arses finally make an appearance)....by gosh you are Satan himself and physically THREATENED to boot!
The incalcuable number of good people who have been chased away by these arrogant jerks in this so-called 'community' will quite frankly never be replaced and unfortunately not a one of them are ever coming back to give (us) a second chance.
If this doesn't ring true to you.....look around at every one of these guys and tell me who's "new" to that "by gosh we make the decisions around here!" group and ask yourself how many of those 'decision makers' are say under the age of 35?
This thread started out with the assertion that I really shouldn't be 'allowed' to question those around us for the sake of unity that we have never achieved.
Sorry, but I just did and it's high time; with these millions on the line; that more people did the same (which is exactly why nobody will stand up here like a man and relate what they've experienced in order to protect their own selfish interests just before the cash is about to be doled out).
Thanks, Lothos for simply telling it like it is.