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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!

Articles of Interest To The Off Road Community

Headlines Dated February 2007
Keep Up-To-Date 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.

California's 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!

Gunnison 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.

California 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!

North Carolina National Forests Looking To Increase Fees
Fee increases are proposed for OHV areas in the Nantahala National Forest and at the Tellico OHV Area.

10 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.

Kern 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.

Oregon 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.

Texas 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.

Vultures Move In For The Kill Against Paragon Adventure Park
Gladstone 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.

Paragon 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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