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Karen Umphress joins NOHVCC as as Project Coordinator

The Minnesota-based OHV advocate brings a wealth of experience to her new position with the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council.

From the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Coalition

"We knew filling the void left by Dana Bell would be a big challenge and we think Karen is the right person for the job."

The National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council is pleased to welcome Karen Umphress of Jordon, Minnesota to the staff as Project Coordinator. She joins Senior Project Coordinator Jack Terrell who stepped up to his new position following the April 1 retirement of Dana Bell.

Umphress' primary duties will be to assist the Senior Project Coordinator and other staff with coordination, planning, and implementation of OHV Recreation Management and OHV Association Development Workshops. In addition she will be providing advice, assistance, materials, and other information to NOHVCC partners, associates, recreationists, land management agencies, as well as managing and assisting in the development of projects such as educational programs, management documents, manuals, and other tools to promote responsible OHV recreation.

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Karen Umphress

"We're very excited to have Karen join the NOHVCC team," said NOHVCC Executive Director Russ Ehnes. "She brings many years of experience as an OHV advocate and also has a fantastic skill set that will really compliment our other dedicated staff members. She's an OHV rider, a nice person, and will no doubt put her heart into every project she works on."

NOHVCC President Dan Kleen adds,"Karen brings with her many years of grassroots experience and has successfully represented the OHV community in Minnesota in many ways. Her first hand experience working with riders, clubs, associations, and state and federal agencies will be put to good use at the NOHVCC. We knew filling the void left by Dana Bell would be a big challenge and we think Karen is the right person for the job. We have certainly enjoyed working with her as our NOHVCC Minnesota Associate Partner in the past. On behalf of the NOHVCC Board of Directors and our NOHVCC Team, we would like to congratulate and welcome Karen as our new NOHVCC Project Coordinator."

"I am very excited with this new opportunity to work with the NOHVCC," said Karen soon after accepting the position. "Over the past few years, I have had the privilege of meeting many of the State Partners and Associates at the Conferences and various events. I am now looking forward to being able to work professionally with a group of people who are so dedicated to making the Off-Highway Vehicle community stronger by educating other recreationists and by helping to provide quality OHV riding opportunities in their states."

Karen can be reached at 612-965-8619 and her e-mail will be

The National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council, as a national body of OHV recreation enthusiasts, develops and provides a wide spectrum of programs, materials and information, or "tools", to individuals, clubs, associations and agencies in order to further a positive future for responsible OHV recreation.

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