According to our ADVOCACY+ columnist Don Amador, the Post Wildfire OHV Recovery Alliance (PWORA) is now exempt from federal income tax under the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 501 (c) (3). “The IRS confirmation letter now allows us to obtain corporate insurance, receive grants/donations, and complete agreements with land agencies. It is a significant accomplishment that will enhance our capacity building efforts as we address the ongoing impacts of the 2018 wildfires and head into the 2019 wildfire season.”
Formed in response to California’s 2018 devastating wildfire season, PWORA serves as a central clearing house and oversight organization for post wildfire/natural disaster recovery of trails and related recreation facilities. “PWORA has a professional Board of Directors that is augmented by business supporters, volunteers and professional advisers helping to restore OHV trail opportunities that were destroyed by wildfires and other natural disasters,” adds Amador. “Recovery work can also include routes that provide motorized access to non-motorized recreation.”
“PWORA looks forward to working with our civilian, agency, and industry partners as we grow both our professional and volunteer workforce to assist in recreation recovery efforts both during and after the wildfire or other natural disaster,” Amador concludes. Current members of the PWORA board are Del Albright, Don Amador, Jeff Blewett, Matson Breakey, Art Crofts, Cam Lockwood, and Eric Lueder.