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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!

Articles of Interest To The Off Road Community

Headlines Dated February 2007
Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area (CA) Meeting Draws A Crowd!
Off-road enthusiasts and concerned citizens came forth Monday evening, telling 4th District Supervisor Katcho Achadjian exactly where they stood on a proposed sale of 600 +/- acres in the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area to the state. Opinions differed drastically amongst the crowd. The California Department of Parks and Recreation currently holds a twenty-five year lease with the county that expires in June 2008 for the maintenance and control of lands that make up about 44 percent of the off-road park. If the county doesn’t renew the lease, the property couldn’t be used by the State Parks Department for OHV use. Oceano Dunes is the only place in California today where vehicles can be driven on the beach.

Paragon Adventure Park Loses Latest Appeal
Lycoming County Senior Judge Clinton Smith dismissed Kyle Knosp’s (owner of Paragon) appeal of a judgment and eviction issued by District Judge Thomas Sharkey at an 11 a.m. hearing yesterday. Knosp denies breaching the lease and said he will appeal in State Superior Court. James Scallion, Knosp's attorney, said that an injunction issued by Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas Judge Ann Lokuta will allow Knosp access to the approximately 4,300-acre park throughout the appeals process. State Superior Court is Knosp's last chance and it looks to us that Paragon Adventure Park in its present state and location is gone. The actual last day is all that is in question.

US Forest Service Eases Review Rules On Management Plans
New U.S. Forest Service rules doing away with formal environmental impact statements for long-range forest management plans will enable the forest service to focus on specific projects instead of getting bogged down by detail, according to a Deputy Forest Supervisor. The Deputy also indicated that instead of having employees spend five or six years on a plan with too much detail, they can spend a couple of years on a more general, less detailed plan and that way they can spend their energy analyzing each project. The Forest Service's Washington, D.C., headquarters announced the new rules late last year, saying management plans have no environmental effects and that environmental reviews can be done when individual projects envisioned in the plan are considered.

I'm not sure how this change will affect us, the OHV community, but the greenies are certainly against it! A spokesman for the Central Sierra Environmental Resource Center said the new rules will make it easier for the Forest Service to push forward controversial policies, such as increased logging or expanded livestock grazing areas. Is it also controversial to let Americans use the forests on their OHVs sir?

Cape Hatteras National Seashore (NC) Scoping Meetings To Discuss/Review Management Plan
The National Park Service has made Notice of Intent to develop an ORV Management Plan for the seashore. The plan will guide the management of this national seashore for the next 15 to 20 years. The meetings will consist of a one-hour open-house session followed by a short presentation and an opportunity for the public to comment for the record. The schedule is

  • 2-6 p.m. Feb. 26, Fessenden Center, Route 12, Buxton
  • 6-9 p.m. Feb. 27, Wright Brothers National Memorial First Flight Centennial Pavilion, US 158, Kill Devil Hills
  • 6-9 p.m. Feb. 28, McKimmon Center, 1101 Gorman St., N.C. State campus, Raleigh
  • 6-9 p.m. March 1, American Geophysical Union Building, 2000 Florida Ave. NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC

Those who cannot attend a meeting in person can participate by sending comments electronically at http://parkplan ning.nps.gov/caha

Klamath National Forest (CA) OHV Routes To Be Reviewed In Public Workshops
The Klamath National Forest invites all citizens who have an interest in Off-Highway Vehicle routes within the forest to attend one of the upcoming public workshops:

The Klamath National Forest has invited all who have an interest in OHV routes to attend one of the upcoming public workshops. Schedule is:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 13 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Grange Hall in Happy Camp
  • Thursday, Feb. 15 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Grange Hall in Greenview
  • Tuesday, Feb. 20 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Yreka Community Center in Yreka
  • Thursday, Feb. 22 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Goosenest Ranger District office in Macdoel

The workshops are being held to review

  • 1) the OHV inventory route information received from the public during 2005
  • 2) the route designation process and timeline being used by the forest
  • 3) the implications of the new National Travel Management Rule on the forest process (read proposed route closures!)

This is a reported (we say reported because do they really care what we think?) chance for the public to assist in evaluating the recreational value of the inventoried travel routes, trails, or areas. This process only deals with motorized vehicle use, and does not include snowmobiles.

California OHV Enthusiasts Get Favorable Court Ruling
On February 2, 2007, the OHV community won a victory over an underhanded plan to reduce off-road recreation in California. The judge stated the California Off-Highway Motorized Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) Commission could not implement its "Desert Riparian Policy" unless and until it develops a formal set of rules defining the policy's terms and scope. The Policy would, as it is currently drafted, would prohibit use of OHMVR grant funds for projects that allow OHV use in desert riparian areas. The policy currently states that desert riparian areas are any bed, bank or channel. If allowed to proceed as written it could be strictly interpreted to cripple funding to many areas where Californians ride OHVs. How did we let greenies get on the Californai OHMVR commission?

West Virginia House of Delegates Appears Set To Pass New ATV Safety Legislation
After a year where the state saw 54 ATV related deaths, three bills have been introduced in the House of Delegates to place safety restrictions on ATV riders and require owners to register the vehicles with the state. Half of the 54 deaths occurred on paved roads according to the state Division of Motor Vehicles. One delegate stated that the death rate has just gotten way out of hand. Two of the bills introduced would ban ATVs from paved roads, following a recommendation from manufacturers and the West Virginia State Police. The bills also require riders of any age to wear helmets and bans any additional passengers unless permitted by the ATV manufacturer's guidelines. One of the proposed bills exempts the provisions of the law from riders legally operating ATVs on areas managed by the Hatfield McCoy Regional Recreation Authority. Riders going from trail to trail would only be allowed to ride on the berm of a main road for one mile instead of the currently allowed 10 miles.

ABC Show "Wife Swap" Is Looking For You!
We recently received an interesting email from a producer of the T.V. show "Wife Swap", which appears on ABC. It seems they are looking for families that participate in extreme sports (read 4x4 and off-roading), and they've asked us to let our readers know about their search. Click on the link above to read their email and learn how you can put your name in to appear on the show. Participating families receive a $20,000.00 thank you for being on the show! We checked it out and it appears to be legit. Don't miss an opportunity for some cash and to demonstrate our sport in a positive light! Learn How To Enter Now and tell 'em www.kyorvpark.com sent you!

One Last Run At Paragon - It Appears That Paragon Park Will Close
A major ride was put on as a fundraiser for Paragon Park owners, Kyle and Stephanie Knosp, to raise money to support their efforts at keeping the park. They have one final appeal, due to be heard on Wednesday. If they lose that appeal, Paragon Adventure Park will cease to exist in it's present location. I say present location because it appears that Paragon Adventure Park is gaining some political support for finding a new location for the park to operate from. We only hope that the local politicians will realize what a benefit the park was to the local tourist economy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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