OAKLEY, CA (May 29) – The Post Wildfire OHV Recovery Alliance (PWORA) received notification late last week from the IRS that it is a public charity and is therefore exempt from federal income tax under the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 501 (c) (3).  That classification allows donors to deduct contributions by make under IRC Section 170.  It also qualifies PWORA to receive tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers or gifts under Sections 2055, 2106, or 2522.

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.  Recovery work can also include routes that provide motorized access to non-motorized recreation.

Don Amador, PWORA President, states, “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.”

“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.

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