Conservation & Environment

Responsible use of 4×4 vehicles forms the basis of all Club activities. From around the late 80’s the Club has assisted the Department of Environmental Affairs and Cape Nature Conservation with coastal access and management planning. Numerous projects have been supported over the years, where 4×4 vehicles were needed to access difficult terrain for the gathering of vital statistical information.

The Club have been involved in land rehabilitation, the rescue of seabirds as a result of oil pollution, fauna and flora projects, beach cleanups, etc . Other branches of the Club are active in assisting the National Game Parks conduct fence patrols around the borders of our National Parks.

Conservation is a term that means different things to different people. Whether it be saving an obscure frog from extinction or saving mankind from the effects of global warming, the term Conservation applies.

To the Four Wheel Drive Club, conservation means preserving the beauty of nature, in all it’s forms, for the enjoyment of generations to come. Our vehicles provide us with a unique to opportunity to visit unspoiled destinations and experience this beauty first hand, but they also provide us with the means to destroy the very things we are there to enjoy.

The first step in conservation therefore, is to educate members regarding the rules to be followed when driving in sensitive areas. These are covered in our Code of Conduct.

The second step in conservation is to get involved and to this end, the Club has appointed an active and dedicated Conservation Committee to explore the various ways in which we can contribute towards this worthy cause. As with most ventures, co-operation is the key and the Club has volunteered it’s services to existing environmental organisations such as the Endangered Wildlife Trust, Cape Nature Conservation, the Department of Sea Fisheries, the National Parks Board and Sancob. From tentative beginnings, the Club has proved that it’s members are willing and able to tackle the various tasks and projects assigned to the extent that there is more and more demand for our services and a need to encourage more members to get involved.

The third step, is to tell people what you have done in the hope that they will be inspired to join in. Search the articles page on the conservation keyword.