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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

March 8, 2007
Is It Something In The Water? Washington Lawmakers Go Crazy
Currently a Senate Bill, SB 5544 - 2007-08, is being seriously considered by legislators. This bill would basically make it illegal in the state of Washington to operate pretty much any recreational machinery (ATVs, OHVs, cars, snowmobiles, motorcycles, etc.) on anything other than public roads. The present condition of the proposed legislation also includes making it illegal on private land! (The only exclusion appears to be if you own or lease the land) Hello, isn't this supposed to be a free country? Read more about this insane proposal seemingly written by the Sierra Club. Folks in the state of Washington had better take some serious action on this. Contact your WA State Representative and tell them how you feel about this bill.

Proposed Minnesota Law Will Make A Mess
One of the proponents of this mess, State Sen. Satveer Chaudhary, was quoted as saying that he felt they had a really good start. We agree with him. It is a great start to a huge debacle! One of the elements of the proposal is to raise the OHV fee by $15.00 for enforcement, trail grants, and other areas related to OHV use. While we're never crazy about taxes or fees being raised, we understand the rising costs of trail upkeep, maintenance, and enforcement. A portion of the proposal where the loonies have taken over is a push is to ban OHV use on state land and trails that are not mapped for that type of OHV use. The reasoning behind this is to reduce the making of and illegal use of trails. The problem is that every time you came to a trail intersection that you had not seen before, you would have to pull out a map and insure that the trail was designated for your use on the map. There is no call in the proposal for signs. As a matter of fact they want to move away from sign use and rely instead on maps. What an insane idea! Even with today's sophisticated technology for map making, maps of these types of trails are not necessarily easy to read or interpret, nor are they always accurate. Yet, you would be forced to stop, read your map (hopefully, you don't lose it) and then make a judgment decision at each trailhead. If you guess wrong and are caught on the trail, you would be fined. In essence they are punishing all OHV users for those few that illegally make new trails. There are two other areas of problems in this proposal as well. It is easy to see that Sen. Chaudhary is no friend of OHVs.

San Bernardino National Forest (CA) OHV Battle On-Going, No One Appears Happy
As the OHV trails comment period draws to an end, what does it all mean? The public comment period on OHV routes in the San Bernardino National Forest ends on Friday, and neither environmentalists nor off-road enthusiasts are happy with the Forest Service proposals. Changes to the forest's existing system of OHV, trails are minor, according to the forest service. There are a reported 198 miles of roads and trails designated for OHV use in the San Bernardino Forest, according to a Forest Service spokesperson. According to another spokesperson, the Forest Service is proposing to make only some minor changes such as to add eight more miles to the already existing system. Some offroaders contend that the proposal would in fact take some trails away that have been used for years. While environmental groups say that making unauthorized trails official is rewarding bad behavior, and should not be done. The true position of the environmental groups can be seen from a comment of a Sierra Club spokesperson who said that as much as the majority of OHV users try to be responsible, the unintended impacts of the sport, when combined with the small percent of the constituency that just don't seem to care, can result in significant problems. Translated: It's all bad.

Will Amherst, Nova Scotia Get A New OHV Park
A proposed park is in the works. The deal is not finalized, but the final details are expected to be worked out later this month.

West Virginia Legislature Does Not Pass Tougher ATV Restrictions
The proposed ATV safety bill failed to make it out of the State Senate and appears dead. This was in spite of pressure being exerted by anti-ATV groups and the media, which has constantly reminded the West Virginia legislature that they set a record for ATV related deaths (53) in 2006. I wonder if anyone has conducted a study, which details deaths per hour of ATV use. I would be willing to bet that West Virginia leads the country with ATV use with the popularity of its Hatfield-McCoy trail system which sees hundreds of thousands of tourists. If this type of study were conducted, it might show that the the death numbers in West Virginia are proportionate to the use of ATVs. We are all for safety, and for folks keeping their lives, but we are not for laws for sake of public relations. How can you legislate common sense? No one has figured out how, but the press and legislative members seem insistent on continuing to try. Its up to all of us in the sport to remind our fellow riders to practice safety and follow smart guidelines.

Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation Developing New Policy For OHV use On State Park Property
The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation has announced that they have developed a new policy for OHV use on state park property it manages, including Foxboro State Forest. OHVs, which include all-terrain vehicles and off-road motorcycles, are now permitted to some extent on more than 200 miles of trails at the Foxboro forest and six other state parks. The new policy reportedly consists of new criteria that will be used to more consistently evaluate the appropriateness of a property for motorized recreation. The criteria will supposedly ensure the protection of natural resources such as wetlands, water supply areas, wildlife habitats, and forests; proper coordination with communities; and public safety, according to public officials. Policy/rules can be found at http://www.mass.gov/dcr/recreate/orv.htm. The Department of Conservation and Recreation has indicated that they will post updates of the policy on their web site at http://www.mass.gov/dcr/.

Off-Road Vehicle Trail System Coming To Sand Mountain Recreational Area (NV)?
Churchill County commissioners are supporting a $1 million project in conjunction with state and federal agencies to develop an OHV trail system at the Sand Mountain Recreational Area. The 600-foot tall, two-mile long sand dune sits on federal land and is reportedly home to a rare butterfly that conservationists say is threatened by increasing off- road traffic (of course it is! What else is new?) They do not want the trail system put in even though a main element of it is a conservation plan and agreement aimed at allowing off-road travel to continue while still protecting the Sand Mountain Blue Butterfly. The OHV trails plan was drafted last fall OHV groups, the city of Fallon, Churchill County, the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe, U.S. Bureau of Land Management and the US Fish and Wildlife Service. The commission recently approved the funding agreement, which will make the state responsible for 75 percent of the project, which has been estimated to cost $992,000.

Cibola National Forest and Santa Fe National Forest (AZ) Hold Meetings This Weekend To Help Determine OHV Routes
In cooperation with the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council, Cibola National Forest and Santa Fe National Forest are meeting this week in Albuquerque as part of a nationwide effort to work on designating areas for OHV use. By the end of the year, the forest managers and the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council hope to complete the designation of roads, trails and areas for motorized use and publish the map for the Sandia Ranger District. Of course the greenies are up in arms about this issue. A program director at the Santa Fe environmental group Forest Guardians, said roads and trails for OHVs are problematic and that he recommends decreasing the area they're allowed on. Get ready for a battle.

The San Bernardino National Forest Association Has Funding Problem
San Bernardino National Forest Association is a nonprofit organization that works in conjunction with the US Forest Service in patrolling and maintaining the San Bernardino National Forest. Reported funding cuts now have the association’s Off-Highway Vehicle Volunteer Patrol program in jeopardy of being closed. According to an organization spokesman, without the assistance of the OHV patrol, the San Bernardino National Forest may have to close some off-road trail. According to the spokesman, the San Bernardino National Forest is the most heavily used forest for recreation in the lower 48 state. The association's OHV Volunteer Patrol helps supplement the Forest Service by doing patrols. According to s Forest Service rep, the OHV program volunteers are helpful on busy weekends. To keep the program going, $50,000 needs to be raised by April 15. Those interested in helping the San Bernardino National Forest Association should call 909-382-2872 for more information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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