Legislation

Hot Shot’s Secret Introduces Two-Step Fuel Additive Treatment Plan

4x4 Wire - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 11:07

Developed to Improve Fuel Mileage and Engine Performance for All Diesel Vehicles

Mt. Gilead, OH, (August 9, 2017)…Lubrication Specialties Inc., manufacturer of  Hot Shot’s Secret fuel and oil additives, announces a new two-step fuel additive treatment plan developed to work with all diesel engines, light, medium and heavy-duty, for both import and domestic vehicles.

Hot Shot’s Secret Diesel Extreme, is formulated as a top-tier lubricity additive, moisture dispersant and fuel stabilizer that restores power and performance to all diesel engines; especially engines with long-term or extreme use. Diesel Extreme is used first in the two-step treatment plan as prescribed with a treatment ratio of four ounces to every 10 gallons every six months, or 6,000 miles. Diesel Extreme cleans the fuel tank, fuel lines and injectors.

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MYCHANIC LED Blade MultiLight

4x4 Wire - Wed, 08/02/2017 - 11:30

Have you ever grabbed your trusty flashlight needing just a little more light in the dark shadows of the engine bay?  And, then realized the dim glow from the build means the batteries are failing.  There you stand, needing more light and no fresh batteries.

Well, for that reason, I am always on the lookout for lights; especially lights that are LED and rechargeable. 

The folks at MYCHANIC are offering an intriguing LED light, the Blade MultiLight.  At 250 Lumens, this compact rechargeable LED light does provide plenty of light to brighten the dark recesses of the engine bay.

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Lesser Prairie-Chicken Range-wide Plan is working on the Landscape

MuirNet - Mon, 07/31/2017 - 09:10

The Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) has released a new video demonstrating how the mitigation program in the Lesser Prairie-Chicken Range-wide Conservation Plan is successfully conserving habitat for this iconic grassland bird. The video documents work being done on a West Texas ranch that is being funded by industry participation in the plan. The video was produced through a partnership between WAFWA, the Natural Resources Conservation Service and Pheasants Forever.

The range-wide plan allows industry to continue operations while reducing and mitigating impacts to the bird and its grassland habitat. Industry contributions support conservation actions implemented by participating private landowners. Pioneer Natural Resources is one of more than 160 companies that are enrolled in the plan.

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Officials Remind Public of Flash Flood Hazards, Information Resources

4x4 Wire - Wed, 07/26/2017 - 10:43

Payson, Ariz., July 21, 2017 — The recent tragic flash flood event north of Payson serves as a reminder that flash floods can occur in any drainage, creek and river throughout the state during heavy rains and monsoon storms.

Floods are among nature’s most common and destructive natural hazards. The public should be aware that even when storms do not appear to be in the immediate area, rain from a storm miles upstream can drain quickly and create flash floods miles downstream.

According to the National Weather Service’s U.S. Natural Hazard Statistics, flash floods are the number one cause of weather-related deaths in the U.S. These flash floods are extremely dangerous and swift, carrying debris, trees, rocks, large boulders, and mud that can sweep away anything or anyone in its path along stream, creek and river channels.

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Charities Earn Money By Using Trucks To Make a Difference

4x4 Wire - Wed, 07/12/2017 - 09:38
AmericanTrucks “Positive Payload” Program Supports Charities Who Rely on Volunteer’s Trucks

MALVERN, Pa. (July 11, 2017) – AmericanTrucks is excited to officially announce the launch of the Positive Payload program. Reinvesting in the community through supporting non-profit charities, the Positive Payload program assists charities that rely on pickup trucks to get the job done, with a $2,000 donation. AmericanTrucks is looking to help any non-profit charity organization that uses F-150s, Silverados, Sierras, or Rams in any capacity to better their community.

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Western Governors’ Forest and Rangeland Management Initiative

MuirNet - Fri, 07/07/2017 - 09:20

Western Governors' on June 27, 2017 released the National Forest and Rangeland Management Initiative Special Report, highlighting mechanisms to bring states, federal land managers, private landowners and other stakeholders together to discuss issues and opportunities in forest and rangeland management.

In the report, experts and stakeholders from throughout the West share insights on land management practices and identify improvements that will enable western states to develop healthy, resilient landscapes and communities.

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Aerial Surveys Confirm Lesser Prairie-Chicken Population is Holding Steady

MuirNet - Sat, 07/01/2017 - 13:50

The latest lesser prairie-chicken survey shows bird population trends remain stable after six years of aerial survey data collection. The survey indicates an estimated breeding population of 33,269 birds this year, up from 24,648 birds counted last year. Though scientists are encouraged by the numbers, they know that year-to-year fluctuations are the norm with upland birds like the lesser prairie-chicken.

“The survey results indicate a 34% increase in the number of birds, but we don’t read too much into short-term population fluctuations,” explained Roger Wolfe, WAFWA’s Lesser Prairie-chicken Program Manager. “The monitoring technique used for this survey is designed to track trends which more accurately reflect the amount of available habitat and population stability. The bottom line is that the population trend over the last five years indicates a stable population, which is good news for all involved in lesser prairie-chicken conservation efforts.”

Lesser-prairie chickens can be found in four ecoregions in five states: Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.  Wildlife biologists note prairie chicken numbers regularly fluctuate up and down from year to year due to changes in habitat conditions mainly influenced by weather patterns. The surveys this year indicated apparent population increases in three of the four ecoregions and range-wide, with an apparent decrease estimated in the fourth ecoregion.

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Plague Confirmed at Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge

MuirNet - Sat, 07/01/2017 - 13:35

June 30, 2017 - Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge) near Muleshoe, Texas is informing the public that plague has been confirmed on the Refuge and is currently confined to two populations of prairie dogs.  For public safety, Paul’s Lake and the access road to the lake are temporarily closed to all public access.

Plague is widespread across the western United States and outbreaks are fairly common.  Caused by a bacterium called Yersinia pestis, plague can be transmitted from animal to animal and from animal to human by the bites of infective fleas.

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What They're Saying: Wildfire Crisis Edition

MuirNet - Fri, 06/30/2017 - 10:35

June 30, 2017 | House Committee on Natural Resources  

Thanks to years of neglect, the nation’s once flourishing federal forests have morphed into dense, dead and burned out wastelands. These overgrown, fire-prone thickets are increasingly susceptible to catastrophic wildfire, threatening the lives and livelihoods of countless communities. What’s even more disturbing than the escalating toll placed upon private property, human safety and the environment: it’s all preventable.

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Mexican Wolf Draft Revised Recovery Plan Released for Public Comment

MuirNet - Fri, 06/30/2017 - 10:25

ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has released a draft revision to the Mexican Wolf Recovery Plan. The plan guides Mexican wolf recovery efforts by the bureau and its partners, with the ultimate goal of removing this wolf subspecies from Endangered Species Act (ESA) protections and returning management to the appropriate states and tribes. The Service is now seeking public input and peer review on the draft revised plan through a public comment period and series of public meetings. The comment period will remain open through August 29, 2017.

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Conaway Praises EPA Repeal of WOTUS

MuirNet - Wed, 06/28/2017 - 14:29
Conaway Praises EPA Repeal of WOTUS, Calls for Continued Work to Protect Farmers and Ranchers “WOTUS has never been about clean water, it was about feeding the Obama EPA’s insatiable appetite for power. Well that ends now.”

Washington, D.C. – House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (TX-11) praised the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) announcement today it is repealing the Obama administration’s waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule and called on other agencies to revise and re-evaluate their enforcement of this onerous provision. Following the EPA’s announcement, Chairman Conawaymade the below remarks: 

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Outdoor recreation on Public lands

4x4 Wire - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 13:44

The Bureau of Land Management has launched a web-based tool to improve the public's access to thousands of recreation sites across BLM-managed public lands.  These sites offer visitors unique opportunities and memorable experiences as vast as the land itself.

BLM provides a basic summary of the recreation site, contact information for the agency field office, fee information where applicable, necessary permits and passes, and maps.

Users can search by location, keyword or activity — everything from auto touring to winter sports.

Check out the new web-based tool at:  https://www.blm.gov/visit

The BLM manages 3,735 sites through its outdoor recreation program, has added about 1,400 new webpages describing many popular recreation areas, including information on trails, campgrounds and national monuments.

For more information about the BLM outdoor recreation program, see: https://www.blm.gov/programs/recreation

Additional outdoor recreation opportunities are available through recreation.gov.

Recreation.gov is your one-stop shop for trip planning, information sharing and reservations brought to you by 12 federal Participating Partners. Seven of these partner agencies including the Army Corps of Engineers, Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, Fish and Wildlife Service, and the National Archives, offer advance reservations at 2,500 federal areas for over 60,000 facilities and activities.

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Committee Passes Bill to Improve the Health and Resiliency of Federal Forests

MuirNet - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 13:22

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources passed H.R. 2936, the “Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017.” Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-AR) introduced the bipartisan bill to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire and dramatically improve the health of federal forests and rangelands. 

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Committee Advances Bill to Ease Impediments to Recreation on Public Lands

MuirNet - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 13:17

Today (Jun 27, 2017), the House Committee on Natural Resources passed H.R. 289, the “Guides and Outfitters Act” or “Go Act.” Introduced by Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA), the bill aims to increase public access to recreation activities on federal lands by streamlining the federal permitting process.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to Delist Yellowstone Grizzly Bear

MuirNet - Sun, 06/25/2017 - 12:40

On June 22, 2017, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) will delist the Yellowstone population of the grizzly bear (Ursus arctos horribilis).  According to the Service, the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem Distinct Population Segment (Yellowstone DPS) of the grizzly bear has recovered to the point that federal protections are no longer necessary and overall management of the species can be returned to the states and tribes.

The Yellowstone DPS consists of grizzlies in portions of northwestern Wyoming, southwestern Montana and eastern Idaho.  The Service estimates that the population has rebounded from as few as 136 bears in 1975 to approximately 700 today. The Yellowstone DPS now occupies more than 22,500 square miles, more than double its range from the mid-1970s. 

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Top 5 Items for a Successful Camping Trip

4x4 Wire - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 13:36

It seems like just about every activity requires some sort of essentials list – hiking, running, mountain biking. Camping is no different. While you might not use every single item on this list, you’ll appreciate their value when you really need them. The following are the top five items that need to be on your camping packing list:

1.  Navigation – The top item on any camping essentials list is the proper navigation, and your best bet is to bring a variety. First and foremost, a topographic map will be helpful for those campsites that are off the beaten path, such as that one waterfall next to that fallen tree by the weirdly shaped rock.

While high-tech GPS receivers are a popular choice, a simple compass is a good tool should you become lost or disoriented. In addition, a compass is lightweight, doesn’t require batteries, and has a sighting mirror to reflect sunlight and attract the attention of a passing helicopter or plane in the event of an emergency.

2.  Skin Protection – An often forgotten form of protection is skin protection. The sun feels nice on your skin after a dip in the icy cold lake, but too much sun exposure could result in a painful sunburn, quickly ruining the fun. Anytime you are outdoors, even on a cloudy day, it is recommended that you cover all areas of exposed skin with SPF 30 or higher. Reapply within the listed time frame, and sooner should you participate in activities in which you are sweating a lot or getting wet.

The sun isn’t the only potential skin culprit. Bug bites from mosquitoes, gnats, ticks, and chiggers can result in an itchy retreat to the tent. Put on insect repellant after your sunscreen, and bring itch relief for those bites that always inevitably appear. Repellent should be just one of the many items in your first-aid kit.

3.  Extra Clothes – The weatherman called for clear, sunny skies but suddenly you find yourself in the middle of a bone-chilling rainstorm. Pack extra clothes including a rain jacket, quick-drying pants, hiking socks, and warm layers for those cool nights spent by the fire with s’mores.

Make it a fun and memorable experience by designing a custom camping t-shirt that everyone can wear for years to come. Make it a yearly tradition, and assign a different member of the camping group to come up with a design and slogan each year. The shirts will also come in handy should you decide to go on a nature hike, as bright shirts make everyone easy to spot.

4.  Water – While the water flowing in the stream or creek looks safe to drink, it can be contaminated with bacteria, viruses, and other pollutants. Other than bringing along bottled water, nature’s water can be purified via boiling or filtering. Boiling water is the surest way to effectively treat water. Run the water through a coffee filter to remove large particles before boiling it for three minutes. Water filters are also available for purchase, and a common item used by both campers and hikers.

5.  Fire – A survival mechanism dating back thousands of years ago, a fire is used for warmth, cooking, and exchanging laughs and a ghost story or two. In order to start a fire you’ll need tinder, kindling, firewood, and a lighter or waterproof matches.

Putting out the fire takes as much effort as starting it, but taking the time to adequately extinguish your campfire will help in the prevention of wildfires. Pour water on the fire until all hissing stops. If water isn’t readily available, bury the fire with dirt or sand. Check for remaining embers and continue adding water or dirt until all material is cool. A good rule of thumb is if it’s too hot to touch, it’s too hot to leave.

Camping is fun, but without the right tools and supplies you’ll find yourself unprepared for a night in the wilderness. Create a checklist of everything you could possibly need – you’ll thank yourself later.

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Firefighters contain wildfire in Williams despite drone incursion

4x4 Wire - Sun, 06/18/2017 - 11:49
Unauthorized drone flights could cause serious injury or death to firefighters in the air or firefighters and members of the public on the ground. 

Williams, Ariz., June 18, 2017— Firefighters contained a small wildfire Thursday in Williams near Oak and 11th streets despite a drone flying over the area that temporarily delayed the arrival of a helicopter attempting to drop water on the blaze.

The Williams Fire, which was reported to the Williams Dispatch Center at about 12:45 p.m. Thursday and said to be located on the southwest side of Cemetery Hill, was less than a quarter mile away from residences in the area. Kaibab National Forest fire officials arrived on scene and immediately requested that a helicopter that was prepositioned at the Williams Airport be dispatched to drop water on the fire.

As the helicopter was preparing to launch, incident commander Mike Uebel reported that an unmanned aerial vehicle, also known as a drone, was flying over the fire. The helicopter was advised to stand down until representatives from the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office could find the operator and get the drone cleared from the area.

The drone eventually departed the fire area, and Uebel was able to guide the helicopter into the location to make water drops. Other firefighting resources working to suppress the Williams Fire included four engines and a dozer. While the Williams Fire was contained at less than an acre in size, the situation could have ended very differently, according to fire officials.

“People may be flying a drone thinking it’s cool to get video footage of a wildfire, but they don’t realize the impacts they have on our ability to do our jobs,” Uebel said. “Sometimes your actions that seem harmless can have major impacts to the safety of firefighters and to the safety of our community. If we can’t respond, we can’t put out the fire.”

Members of the public should never fly an unmanned aerial vehicle over or near a wildfire. Unauthorized drone flights could cause serious injury or death to firefighters in the air or firefighters and members of the public on the ground. Firefighting aircraft, such as air attack, lead planes, airtankers and helicopters, typically fly in smoky, windy and turbulent conditions. Safety depends on knowing what other aircraft are operating in the airspace and where they are at all times. This is compromised by the presence of unauthorized drones.

“We don’t want recreational drone use to impede the response of aerial resources. On another day when conditions weren’t as favorable for us, we could have had a different outcome,” said Jeremy Human, fire management officer for the Williams and Tusayan ranger districts.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. The drone never reappeared and the operator was not found.

Representatives from Coconino County Sheriff’s Office, Williams Police Department and Williams Fire Department all assisted Kaibab National Forest fire officials in the fire suppression effort.

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Win $7,000 In Parts For Your F-150 Build

4x4 Wire - Fri, 06/16/2017 - 13:16
Pick The Parts You Want & AmericanMuscle Will Cover The Install

MALVERN, Pa. (June 14, 2017) – Take your F-150 build to the next level by upgrading it with all of the parts you have been longing for. AmericanMuscle is giving away $7,000 in F-150 parts for your summertime build; you pick out the parts you want and AmericanMuscle will cover the install. 

You can go all out with a lift kit, set of wheels and tires, and a full exhaust system, or focus on protection and armor up your truck from bumper to bumper. The choice is yours for how you want to mod your Ford truck. AmericanMuscle, for its part, is  providing the means to make your dream build become a reality by covering the installation costs at your local shop. 

From now until August 31st, 2017, you can enter to win $7,000 in parts from AmericanMuscle for your F-150. While you only need one entry to win, you can enter up to once a week from now through the end of the contest. To enter, all you have to do is fill out the form on AmericanMuscle for your chance to get the ultimate truck overhaul. 

About AmericanMuscle

Starting out in 2003, AmericanMuscle quickly rose to be one of the leading aftermarket Mustang parts providers in the business. Catering to the needs of late-model Mustang owners and enthusiasts, AmericanMuscle provides the most desirable parts at the best prices. Located just outside of Philadelphia, AmericanMuscle is dedicated to offering the Mustang and F-150 community with the highest quality of parts and service.

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Distribution of $1.1 Billion to State Wildlife Agencies Announced

MuirNet - Wed, 06/14/2017 - 13:15

WASHINGTON, June 13, 2017 – U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke today announced $1.1 billion in annual funding for state wildlife agencies from revenues generated by the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration and Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration acts. State-by-state listings of the final Fiscal year 2017 apportionments of Wildlife Restoration Program fund can be found here and the Sport Fish Restoration Program fund here.

The announcement was made during day one of a four-day trip across the Northeast where Secretary Zinke met with New Hampshire Fish and Game Executive Director Glenn Normandeau, whose state will receive $8,146,960 through the acts. The meeting was part of a Pittman-Robertson Dingell-Johnson Grants Roundtable that focused on recreation and partnerships between New Hampshire and the Department.

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Interim Report on Bears Ears Released and Comment Period Extended

MuirNet - Tue, 06/13/2017 - 08:24
Secretary Zinke Submits 45-Day Interim Report on Bears Ears National Monument and Extends Public Comment Period

WASHINGTON June 12, 2017 - U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke submitted a 45-day interim report on Bears Ears National Monument to President Donald J. Trump on Saturday, June 10, 2017, in accordance with the April 26, 2017, Executive Order (EO). The order directs the Secretary to review monuments designated under the Antiquities Act between January 1, 1996, and the present date that are 100,000 acres or more in size, or any monument the Secretary deems to have been created without appropriate public input. The EO also directs the Secretary to submit an interim report regarding Bears Ears specifically to the President no more than 45 days from the date of the EO.

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