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  1. August 26, 2019 Share this email: Congressman Griffith's Weekly E-Newsletter 8.26.19 Monday, August 26, 2019 – Caring for the National Forests National forests protect some of our great natural treasures, across the United States and locally in Virginia’s Ninth Congressional District. The George Washington and Jefferson National Forests, which cover 1,664,110 acres in Virginia and span much of the Ninth District, provide outlets for recreation, camping, and enjoyment of plant and animal life. Both locals and tourists partake of their splendor. Unfortunately, I have heard consistent complaints over the years that some of the rules governing the national forests interfere with the enjoyment of them. The recreational sites, roads, and trails in the forests all need upkeep, which falls under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Forest Service. They have trouble maintaining some of the locations in our District, citing resource constraints. I understand these constraints, yet there is a tremendous resource at hand that has not been drawn upon as much as it could be: the time and effort of very skilled Southwest Virginians. For example, the Fenwick Mines Day Use Area in Craig County has been threatened with closure due in part to maintenance problems, even though the Craig County Administrator has offered to find people with the skills to fix rooves and take care of other maintenance items. Federal rules about volunteers hold back the people who want to help. Volunteers are most often prohibited from working on Forest Service facilities unless an employee directly supervises them. Further, the Forest Service would have to pay those volunteers worker’s compensation insurance. It is disheartening to think that bureaucratic inflexibility coming from Washington prevents us from enjoying and caring for the lands in our backyards. I am committed to fix the problem. In Washington, I testified before the House Natural Resources Committee in June at a Member Day hearing, bringing the issue to the attention of the committee with jurisdiction over the Forest Service. During the current district work period, I met with Forest Service officials from the George Washington and Jefferson forests. It was a productive discussion focused on figuring out how to make sure the people who want to volunteer in our national forests can do so. One outcome may be legislation. I am studying the possibility of introducing a bill to clarify rules for different types of volunteers. It may be appropriate to require a full-time volunteer to clear multiple bureaucratic hurdles, but someone intending to volunteer only occasionally shouldn’t be subject to the same extensive process. I am confident we can find a way for Southwest Virginians to take a more active part in caring for the national forests. In some parts of the district, the Forest Service has already cooperated with local governments and other partners. The City of Norton has worked with the Forest Service on memoranda of understanding and agreement, formal documents recognizing the relationship between them, so the city can handle maintenance and upkeep on the trails that intersect and loop around the city. As one example, a park area was having issues with its water system, so the Forest Service contacted Norton and one of the city’s work crews addressed the problem. Municipalities are not the only possible partners. In Lee County, the Spearhead Trails organization went to work so that the Cave Springs Recreational Area could reopen. A group in Grayson County works to keep horse trails under Forest Service jurisdiction clear. The Friends of Mount Rogers help to maintain Mount Rogers’ trails and support interpretative sites for visitors. In Southwest Virginia, we all have a stake in the national forests. The beautiful scenery is an economic draw as well as an asset for ecology. Maintaining recreational areas in the forests will keep them available for people from our region and others to use and in the process patronize local businesses. When talking about how Southwest Virginians are ready to do our part, I often retell a story about the Volvo truck plant in Dublin. The facility wanted a test road for customers, but the corporate office in Sweden ruled that it would be cost-prohibitive. The employees at the plant, some of whom had engineering and farming backgrounds, then stepped up. Building upon an idea from the plant’s suggestion box and with approval from management, they organized the construction of the road, bringing in the heavy equipment and laying the surface, all for under $100,000. We have the skills, the knowledge, and the will to keep our national forests great. All we need are rules that let us do so. If you have questions, concerns, or comments, feel free to contact my office. You can call my Abingdon office at 276-525-1405 or my Christiansburg office at 540-381-5671. To reach my office via email, please visit my website at www.morgangriffith.house.gov. ### Washington, DC Office 2202 Rayburn HOB Washington, D.C. 20515 T (202) 225-3861 F (202) 225-0076 Abingdon Office 323 West Main St. Abingdon, VA 24210 T (276) 525-1405 F (276) 525-1444 Christiansburg Office 17 West Main St. Christiansburg, VA 24073 T (540) 381-5671 F (540) 381-5675 UPDATE SUBSCRIPTION OPTIONS | PRIVACY POLICY | CONTACT US Click Here to view this email in your browser Click Here to be removed from this list Sent from a van down by river
  2. Anybody looking to put disc brakes on their XJ or possibly TJ?? let me know. I have the backing plates , parking brake assemblies, and lines that go on rear end. The parking brakes are new. All that would be needed would be pads rotors and calipers. Sent from a van down by river
  3. Bring what you have Sent from my moto e5 play using Tapatalk
  4. drakan1908

    98 zj

    What a week! Sick on Monday, went to go to Lowe's on Tuesday 5yr battery decided 5 1/2 yrs was enough, okay no problem, knew this was coming. What I didn't see coming was this. Had to work Wednesday, went to go and had trouble getting transmission to go into gear, finally got going, seems everything is ok , as I'm going through Salem it doesn't seem to shift right ,got to work and wouldn't go into reverse without some work. Got parked and checked fluid in trans , was a little over full. Left work seemed okay went into drive, shifted okay but that all was about to change as I went through Salem. Made it to the Cheesesteak factory and that was it , would not move. Pulled the dipstick to find a nice strawberry milkshake. Radiator decided the trans needed water. So I'm going to put a radiator in and take to Salem Automatic Transmission and get Robert to rebuild it. Sent from a van down by the river
  5. I need a hand full of the fliers so I can get them posted and handed out at some the places I deliver parts to. Plus I can start getting donations for the raffle. Sent from a van down by the river
  6. drakan1908

    95 ZJ

    Both Jeeps sold Sent from a van down by the river
  7. drakan1908

    95 ZJ

    This is the parts Jeep. He says he will take $100 for the parts Jeep, he wants it gone. Sent from a van down by the river
  8. Welcome to Va Off-road Sports! Sent from a van down by the river
  9. Welcome to Va Off-road Sports! Sent from a van down by the river
  10. drakan1908

    95 ZJ

    A few pics Sent from a van down by the river
  11. drakan1908

    95 ZJ

    95 Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.0 150,000 miles. Body and paint in good shape. Tinted windows CD/DVD USB aux Bluetooth. 2 inch coil spacers brand new 31x10.50x15 AT tires on black steel wheels. Have parts Jeep to go with it. NEEDS TRANSMISSION asking $1200 obo Sent from a van down by the river
  12. Welcome to VA Off-road Sports! Sent from a van down by the river
  13. Welcome to Va Off-road Sports! Sent from a van down by the river
  14. Sad day for the Off-road community http://www.fourwheeler.com/news/1901-off-road-racer-pistol-pete-sohren-killed-in-baja-accident/ Sent from a van down by the river
  15. drakan1908

    VAOS 93 ZJ

    I am old...lol cheaper to carb it. As far as internals ... don't care, the first motor will be expendable. Second motor will be a 408 stroker normally aspirated no nitrious. I think I have a connection for the 408. This will just be a toy to mess around with Sent from a van down by the river
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