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A key component of the NOHVCC for over eight years, Bell was
instrumental in forming many new state OHV associations

Dana Bell, Senior Project Coordinator for the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC) recently announced her retirement beginning April 1, soon after the 2008 NOHVCC Annual Conference in Albuquerque. Bell, who resides in Long Beach, CA, joined the organization in October 1999 and specialized in the facilitation of the OHV State Association Development and OHV Recreation Management Managers workshop series. She was also instrumental in the development of many of the NOHVCC educational projects such as the Adventure Trail program.

"I have always considered my position with NOHVCC the perfect job, and a job that I had expected to continue with for at least a couple of more years," says Bell. "Unfortunately, my elderly father is requiring more assistance and I am chiefly responsible for overseeing a family business that financially provides for much of his care. Over the past two years I have found it increasingly difficult to juggle my family responsibilities with my NOHVCC work.

"My decision to retire at this time was very difficult, not only because of how much I enjoy my position, but also because of how much I will miss working with all of the incredible OHV folks around the county that I have been so privileged to meet."

Prior to her position at the NOHVCC, Bell was the Western States Representative for the AMA beginning in 1992 where she was involved in both on-road and off-highway motorcycling work, with a large percentage of her time spent on political issues.

"While I am retiring from my staff position with NOHVCC I am not riding into the sunset," she adds. "I hope to be able to do more volunteer work, act in an advisory capacity if ever needed and spend some time again actually getting to ride my little Honda XR250L!"

Executive Director of the NOHVCC Russ Ehnes commended Bell for a job well done. "Working with Dana was fantastic," he said. "Her command of current OHV recreation and land-use issues, and her ability to relay that information to other OHV advocates through the workshop series was incredible. She took our Mission Statement to heart every day she went to work, and the OHV community is stronger now because of that. There will certainly be some big shoes to fill in the NOHVCC on the day she leaves."

President of the Board of Directors Dan Kleen made this statement upon hearing the news. "On behalf of the NOHVCC Board of Directors I would like to thank Dana for her outstanding work as NOHVCC's Senior Project Coordinator for the past 8 years. We appreciate all she has done for the OHV community as well as for NOHVCC. Dana's great passion for promoting responsible family recreation will be felt for many years to come.

"On a more personal note, it has been an honor to have the great opportunity to get to know and work with Dana. She has a very special gift of not only seeing the "Big Picture", but the ability to facilitate bringing people together like no one else I have ever known. I have never thought of Dana as an employee, but always as a friend. Due to her work, she has also been a great friend to the hundreds of thousands of recreational OHVers around the country, even those who have never met her. Thank you and good luck, Dana!"

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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