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Important Info.
We feel that some articles and information are so important that they should always be accessible. We've listed them below and hope that everyone will read them.

Tellico ORV Area Under Attack

MOAB Under Attack!

US Forest Service Abusing programs and we're losing land use!

Editorial Article about the misuse of Recreation Site Facility Master Planning (RSFMP) program

National Forests Could See Large Closures - enough said!

California OHV Funding At Risk!

Informative Article About The US Government and the Recreation Site Facility Master Plan (RSFMP) program. - a must read!

Those That Make Us Look Bad!

I'm not your total hard-core offroad enthusiast, though I've been wheeling since I was eight when my dad would take us out in his 1960 Willys Wagon on our farm. I am an experienced offroader that just happens to enjoy the occasional wild and crazy trip out on the obstacles. I own a Rock Buggy and a Polaris 4x4 that I do not get to enjoy as often as I should. I also enjoy hunting, fishing, and hiking (also not getting to do it enough)). I'm also a landowner. Basically, I'm an outdoorsman. I wish I could simply come out and say that the people trying to rid our national land have absolutely no merit to their position, but I cannot.

Unfortunately, I have had my solitude and pursuit of a nature experience shattered and ruined by the noise and disregard of those to ignorant to know better or care about their actions on my property as well as on public land. So, I understand when others talk about OHV users ruining their experience out in the wild. No one goes to the great lengths of hiking a mile or more into the forest on foot for peace and solitude only to have their afternoon ruined by the loud noise and smell that can accompany an OHV. I've had this happen to me on my own private property, and then found myself in an argument with the individuals over whose land we were on (it was mine by the way)! The confrontation helped to answer the question about where all the discarded beer cans came from.

After I told those folks to stay and wait for the Sheriff to clear up whose property they were trespassing on, they decided that they would leave quietly and quickly. I had another group of trespassing riders, while we were standing on my neighbor's property, tell me they carried wire cutters so they could cut fences to ride wherever they wanted to and how great it was! It seems I forgot to tell them at the moment that I was one of the landowners (I cleared this up a little later). They even went so far as to show me their wire cutters with great pride. Needless to say I had an interesting conversation with them. Out in Colorado elk hunting, a friend and I had just ridden horses back into the mountains and set up on a stand overlooking a partial clear-cut only to have two idiots on quads come riding up like gangbusters to ask if we had seen anything because they were scouting out a new place to hunt!?! Like we would have told them anything even if we had after they ruined our setup. Did they stop to wonder why we had tied our horses a few hundred yards behind us? Did they ask themselves if we could have been putting on a stalk? Or did it ever occur to them that we were riding horses to keep the noise down and not spook every living thing out of the county? Apparently that is a no, no, and no!!!

Is it any wonder with idiots like this out in the woods riding around and creating havoc that us OHV enthusiasts have gotten a bum rap? I never thought that these dolts represented all OHV users because I know better. I am one and I would never do any of those things. Outsiders, however, are not so generous and they are usually much quicker to color the group as one, especially when they have an ax to grind. In spite of what everyone wants to think, there is always a percentage of a specific segment of the population that are basically butt-heads I came up with the 20% rule back in school and nothing that I have experienced since has caused me to feel that it is wrong. Basically stated, it says that 20% of any group are a--holes. For instance 20% of OHV owners are a--holes; 20% of environmentalists are a--holes; 20% of any group you can define for any purpose are a--holes. For lack of a better terminology, I call them "20 Percenters". Looking at this in realistic terms we come to realize that we can never judge any group by their "20 Percenters" because they are not a fair or reliable representation of the group. We also understand that the "20 Percenters" are always going to be there. Apparently they are a part of nature instilling some type of twisted balance. Why else would they be here? Unfortunately for us, our opponents know this as well and will repeatedly attempt to use the actions of our "20 Percenters" against us!

So, what do we do? First, when you see a "20 Percenter" out there do something about it. Call them on their stupidity and help monitor them. Better we should do it than let the opposition use it against us. When it comes to debate, should we argue with the opposition over whose behavior is representative? Should we ignore it? Or, should we bring up the actions of their "20 Percenters" and say, "We can both play that game and you know it!" I choose the latter. Call it what it is. Admit that there are wads out there on OHVs, but also insist that there are wads in their group as well. Then move onto the behavior of the majority in each group that carry themselves in a reasonable manner.

As far as the peace and the solitude thing, and having a place for a little excitement out on the rocks, I believe that the two don't mix well and that there should be set aside areas for both pursuits so that everyone can enjoy that which they are seeking. I'll go into this more in another article. Remember, don't let them judge us by the "20 Percenters". Most of us act reasonably and courteously and that's how we should be thought of.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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