GREENVILLE, S.C. — Michelin North America Inc.'s BFGoodrich Tires brand is inviting off-roading enthusiasts clubs in the U.S. and Canada to nominate off-road trails for the 2018 Outstanding Trails program.
BFGoodrich and Jeep Jamboree USA will donate $5,000 each to the four trails deemed most deserving by a panel of off-road journalists, enthusiasts and technical experts. Grant money can be used for trail signage, repairs, maintenance or education.
The nomination period runs March 30 to Aug. 1. BFG covers $4,000 of the donation, Michelin said.
Since introducing the Outstanding Trails program in 2006, BFGoodrich Tires has awarded $180,000 to 48 trails in 19 states and two Canadian provinces.
Winning proposals will be selected on the merits of trail uniqueness, terrain
Off-road clubs can submit grant applications online at bfgoodri.ch/trails.
The four winning trails will be announced at the 2018 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas in early October.
Following the announcement, BFGoodrich will participate in club events associated with some of the winning trails to highlight responsible use and bring attention to the technical challenges and unforgettable scenery the trails provide.
Last year's winners, and nominating clubs, were: Chinaman Gulch, Colo., Ute Pass Iron Goats; Elephant Hill, Utah, Red Rock Four Wheelers; Grizzly Lake, Colo., Colorado Off Road Enterprise; and Purinton Creek Trail, Alaska, Alaska Extreme Four Wheelers.
Partners of the program include the Off-Road Business Association, Sharetrails.org Blue Ribbon Coalition, United Four Wheel Drive Associations, Jeep Jamboree USA and 4 Wheel Parts.