Interest To The Off Road Community
on US Forest Service OHV Designation Meetings Around the USA
Click on the above link to go to the US Forest Service's OHV Route Designation
Page where you will find listings of upcoming meetings where they will discuss
this plan for various National Forests and Grasslands around the country. Stay
posted and get involved when a forest or grassland in your area is holding meetings.
It's the only way to insure that our voices will be heard and that we'll hopefully
continue to utilize areas as in the past.
OHV Program Set To Expire January 1, 2008
And the greenies
are already starting their panic attacks. This links to one such article, which
basically leads everyone to believe that we'll lay waste to all California lands
if this program is not renewed and increased. Nothing like good ole panic to start
the discussions off!
and Pike San Isabel National Forests Motorized Route Designation Workshop
Here's more meetings that all area OHV enthusiasts need to attend. The National
Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC), in cooperation with the Gunnison
and Pike San Isabel National Forests, is conducting a Motorized Route Designation
Workshop in April, 2007, for agency personnel and others. The purpose of the workshop
is to assist the US Forest Service (USFS) in effectively implementing their god-awful
USFS Travel Management Rule. We encourage everyone who can to attend and make
sure their voices are heard.
Senator Barbara Boxer Goes After Several OHV Crown Jewel Areas
Senator Barbara Boxer of California has introduced bill S.493 The California Wild
Heritage Act of 2007. This act proposes to create approximately 2 million acres
of additional wilderness lands in California, which already has 14.3 million of
wilderness designated lands. Areas included in this bill are several locations
which are known as the "Crown Jewels" of California OHV areas. Once an area is
designated as wilderness most uses are prohibited including but not limited to
commercial activities, mechanized uses and roads. In other words, no more OHV
opportunities. Studies have shown that less than 3% of people who visit and recreate
on public lands ever visit a Wilderness area. California OHV enthusiasts, you'd
better start contacting Senator Boxer to stop this bill. Senator Boxer's contact
information and web page are at http://boxer.senate.gov/ . Let's rev it up to her folks and make sure she hears us!
Carolina National Forests Looking To Increase Fees
are proposed for OHV areas in the Nantahala National Forest and at the Tellico
Acre Rock Crawl Area To Be Built At Genesee County's (MI) Mounds ORV Park
A $65,000 grant from the state Department of Natural Resources this year will
pay for engineering for the project. They will seek a second grant in 2008 to
cover additional construction costs next year. The 10-acre rock crawl facility
will be built on the east side of the park.
County (CA) May Get An Off-Road Park
State, local and federal government agencies and developers of the Honolulu Hills
Raceway appear to be in agreement that the area surrounding the raceway may be
the best place in Kern County for an OHV park. This would come into replace the
proposed Bakersfield site. There's land and funding available to develop a recreational
area covering several square miles of land to the north and west of Honolulu Hills
Raceway. It is reported that the area is a perfect location for a riding park.
It produces very little oil and most of the land has already been disturbed, thus
easing a lot of environmental concerns. Best of all County officials seem in favor
of the park.
Lawmakers Take Aim At Limiting Child Use of ATVs
A new proposed
bill in the Senate would ban children under the age of 12 from riding ATVs and
would restrict 12 to 15-year olds to riding ATVs with smaller engines. ATV enthusiasts
say Oregon already has the necessary safety regulations and the new proposed laws
would hurt an expanding industry. Supporters of the new legislation say ATVs are
dangerous and that young children need to be better protected due to their vulnerability.
Redneck Muddy Gras This Weekend (Athens, TX)
The third annual
Texas Redneck Muddy Gras, presented by Wulf Outdoor Sports, is set for Thursday
through Sunday at Pool Ranch ATV Park in Athens. The event will include a Muddy
Gras parade, costume contest, Mr. and Ms. Sexy Redneck contest and Mud Chicks
Gone Wild contest (that's what we're talking about!) Registration for the events
begins at 8 a.m. Saturday, and the events start at 1 p.m. There are no entry fees.
Friday entertainment includes Uncle Lucious, and Saturday afternoon Morrison-Williams
will be performing. Both bands will perform Saturday evening, along with the Seth
James Band. Tickets available at the gate. Admission for the full weekend is only
$20.00 per person and $15.00 per ATV. Attendees younger than 18 will not be allowed
to enter without a parent or guardian, or a signed consent form. The gates open
at noon Thursday and close at 6 p.m. Sunday. For information call 903- 984-8257.
Move In For The Kill Against Paragon Adventure Park
Partners filed a motion Tuesday, February 13th, to dissolve an injunction that
allows Paragon Adventure Park to continue to operate until the appeals process
is completed. The injunction allows Paragon Adventure Park to remain on the land
in question, which is the proposed location for a commercial airport, while Kyle
Knosp, the park’s owner, appeals the eviction ruling in state Superior Court.
If Gladstone wins this motion it will be one more nail in Paragon's coffin.
Owner Says Opponents Out To Make Him Look Bad
Kyle Knosp says
he has tried to cooperate with the people that wanted the commercial airport to
go through, but that all his efforts have met smear campaigns designed to make
him look bad. He doesn't understand why they have taken an either the airport
or Paragon Park approach instead of seeing how they can support both. Mr. Knosp
has answered the question of whether or not he was paying rent; he was. But, he
has failed to answer or provide proof that his park had insurance as was required
by the rental agreement. Since he has failed to make any announcements regarding
this issue, this is where we feel he must have been vulnerable in his fight against
the breaches and violation of his lease. If his lease required insurance to cover
the operation (and we're confident that it did), and the park lost or canceled
their insurance coverage, we feel that they will lose their final appeal in State
court. You can argue over who holds the lease rights, but the requirements of
fulfilling it would seem to be inarguable. You either meet the obligations or
you don't. Meeting five out of six stipulations will not cut it. We hope that
Paragon Adventure Park had/has insurance or there may be no hope! To make it worse,
Knosp would lose his credibility with the local politicians or are talking about
supporting him in efforts to find a new park location.