Interest To The Off Road Community
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
Adventure Park Loses Latest Appeal
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.
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.
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
Hatteras National Seashore (NC) Scoping Meetings To Discuss/Review Management
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,
who cannot attend a meeting in person can participate by sending comments electronically
at http://parkplan ning.nps.gov/caha
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:
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
are being held to review
the OHV inventory route information received from the public during 2005
the route designation process and timeline being used by the forest
the implications of the new National Travel Management Rule on the forest process
(read proposed route closures!)
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.
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?
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.
Show "Wife Swap" Is Looking For You!
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!
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!