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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

March 27, 2007
Nasty ORV Trap in New Hampshire
It would seem that someone set a trap for ORVs where they spiked a railroad bridge that is commonly used by ATVs and snowmobiles. A hiker spotted the railroad spikes that were apparently hammered through a metal plate with the pointed ends facing up. They would have speared an ATV's tires or the blades on a snow mobile. A brilliant police sergeant was reported saying, "We're still trying to determine if this was deliberate or not. We believe it is, but we want to make sure." No doubt this crime will be solved with brilliant intellect like that at work! How could spikes be accidentally driven through metal and facing upward sir? Divine intervention?

2 More ORV Related Deaths In the State of Washington
Come on people pull it together and start acting like you have some self control and common sense. People are dying and you are making all of us look bad. The state legislators are looking for reasons to make ORV activities illegal and you're giving them the ammunition.

Conservationist's Point of View - We Need To Be Aware
For better or worse we oftentimes find ourselves pitted against the conservationists in our battles for holding onto our right to pursue our sport/hobby on public lands. This article, while not directly about the OHV issue, will give you some insight into the mindset of our opponents and their positions. This is an important read. The old saying goes, "Keep Your Friends Close and Your Enemies Closer". What it means is to know your enemy well! The article ends with a reported quote from a famous "Conservationist". The article goes:

...Jack Humphrey, the webmaster for The Rewilding Institute and former executive director of the Sky Island Alliance, writes in an email: “These days I am more of an outsider than the insider I used to be in the conservation community and I can tell you with 100 percent confidence, the conservation movement has NOTHING to lose by being bold, outspoken, and unmovable on our issues.”

Read that everyone- unmovable on our issues. If we are to have any chance at winning, we too must be unmovable in our positions!

We're Under Attack Once Again! This Time Over ATV Jamboree In New Mexico
The US Forest Service basically okayed the event in a management decision but this wasn't good enough for the Green Radicals. This article is their position and complaint about the event. The article rants on with -

Impacts to nearby homeowners within the Oak Grove subdivision are also inevitable. (Of course the entire area will be decimated. The end result of anything the wackos are against is always cataclysmic!) "Although I don't align myself with any particular group (yeah right!), I've lived here for ten years and the increase in ORV traffic that we've seen in the Burros is incredible," said Oak Grove resident Don Wooton. "The fact that the Forest Service would give their blessing to the ATV Jamboree without fully considering the impacts to the Burros and our homes is a slap in the face to us. Our property rights are threatened by the Forest Service's failure to protect our backyards from unregulated off-road vehicle use like the Jamboree." "Ensuring that the Forest Service minimizes the Jamboree's impact to forest resources and minimizes conflicts with other forest users is a critical test for the Forest Service in light of their current travel planning process," said Donna Stevens of the Upper Gila Watershed Alliance.

My response to the homeowner is the following: "Sir this was public land before your house was ever built, and the public has the right to use it as is deemed proper by the authorities. If you do not like this, you have the right to sell your property and relocate. Your position is no less ridiculous than a person that buys a house right next to an existing airport and then complains and whines about the noise! The airport was already there, and by buying the house you through your actions accepted the conditions. When you build this close to public lands you do the same thing. As far as your backyard goes, if people are actually driving on your land you have a legitimate grief, but as long as they are on public property you have no right to complain! Its not our fault you failed to consider all of the possible activities that could be taking place on the public land before buying your house."

The US Forest Service is in charge of making decisions regarding the use of this area and yet this isn't good enough for these people. You built or bought your house near public land (this means land that the public has the right to use by the way) and ATV enthusiasts are a part of the public! Why do you get to pick and choose what is a rightful use of the public land? What right do you have to force your views on us?

Pueblo City, CO Loses Large Off-Road Area
City owned public land, known as Pueblo Honor Farm, that was once open to off-roading will now be closed. Its approximately 2,300 acres in size. The only remaining available riding place in the area will be a 250 acre area that lies inside the Pueblo Motorsport Park. City Bureaucrats apparently decided to close the area without any public meetings or a vote by the residents of Pueblo City. A city spokesperson said that a planning group for the land now has to figure out if there will be an economic cost to cutting off the land from off-road use. To which we reply, "Duh, do you think maybe it will?, Duhhhh!!"

The spokesperson tossed out some claptrap reasons for the land closure, which were illegally made trails, damage to a barb wire fence, and potential liability issues if there was an accident. We would like to address these purported issues specifically. In regards to the illegally made trails and damage to the fence, I will not even dispute that this has happened! Unfortunately, in all walks of life there are those that will break the law and they deserve to be punished! When a city official breaks the law do we jail all of them? (I would really like to as a I find pretty much all politicians to be vile vermin.) Fine all of them? No!! We punish the violator! Why are you punishing all off-road enthusiasts for the damage done by a few?!? Set up a patrol and catch and fine the violators! It is as simple as that. But you offroad opponents want to use a broad brush to hit all of us and justify it with this type of B.S! I say the next time a Pueblo City employee breaks the law, we punish all of you!

Regarding the potential liability issues, I answer "Hogwash"! In just about every state there is a law which protects the landowner from this type of liability if they allow persons to use their property free of charge. I would be willing to bet that such a law exists in Colorado, and if it doesn't, then push one through because it makes sense. Also, has there ever been such an incident in the past 20 years that riding has taken place on the property? I say to the city officials, take your sorry BS somewhere else to peddle it because we ain't buying it! It's time to boycott Pueblo City, CO offroaders!

A Great Response From An OHV Enthusiast!
This letter to the Editor appeared in the Hi-Desert Star and we say to the author, Steve Raines, "Kudos"! We need more people out there defending our group like this. As Steve brilliantly points out in his letter:

The Community ORV Watch people want you to believe that we are all a bunch of thugs, thieves, bullies and deadbeats, basically nothing but Wild West outlaws. They tell you we are destroying our desert by dumping trash, vandalizing buildings, threatening landowners and killing our wildlife. Please do not be fooled by their accusations. When was the last time you saw a refrigerator strapped to the back of someone riding a dirt bike? Or maybe a bag of trash? How about the last time you saw a quad jump off a trail to run over a tortoise? What about a Rhino tearing down a Joshua tree? These things just don’t happen. There are more animals killed on paved roads than by off-roaders. The trash being thrown in the desert is being done by morons who don’t care about the beauty of our community...... Whether you are against off-roading or not, you have to agree that taking away our right to ride is just as illegal as the 1 percent of the idiots who do the things mentioned above.

Great job Steve! We couldn't have said it better ourselves.

Off-Road Park In Richland, WA - Will It Be Closed?
The Horn Rapids ORV Park is seeing a rash of injuries, which may ultimately spell its doom! This past weekend there were a reported 25 accidents, and this follows the death of a 12 year-old boy the weekend before. This is a City run park at the moment, but that is in the process of changing. City Council wants nothing to do with the park and its problems, and very recently voted unanimously to privatize the park and lease it to Ray Coffman and Steve Baze for the operation and maintenance of the park. This decision basically has happened in the past week or so. The users of this off-road facility need to get it together and start driving safer. If the problems continue, we can see it being shut down for good. As a Doctor at one of the medical center's emergency rooms reportedly put it, "If we had a boxing tournament with these kinds of injuries, it'd be shut down in a hurry."

New Land Use Plan For Arizona Strip Sees OHV Areas Knocked Down!
The Bureau of Land Management and National Park Service have developed a comprehensive land-use plan for the nearly 3 million acres of public lands on the Arizona Strip, including the Grand Canyon-Parashant and Vermilion Cliffs national monuments. Unfortunately for us, the two proposed OHV open areas near the Arizona town of Fredonia and St. George, Utah, were coincidentally significantly reduced in size. I mean hey why not? You only have 3 million acres to work with, why would we get a decent chunk set aside for our activities? Also, no new roads are proposed, and several hundred miles of existing roads will be closed. The closures will supposedly be based on public input. Yeah, right!

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.

New Land Use Plan For Arizona Strip Sees OHV Areas Knocked Down!
The Bureau of Land Management and National Park Service have developed a comprehensive land-use plan for the nearly 3 million acres of public lands on the Arizona Strip, including the Grand Canyon-Parashant and Vermilion Cliffs national monuments. Unfortunately for us, the two proposed OHV open areas near the Arizona town of Fredonia and St. George, Utah, were coincidentally significantly reduced in size. I mean hey why not? You only have 3 million acres to work with, why would we get a decent chunk set aside for our activities? Also, no new roads are proposed, and several hundred miles of existing roads will be closed. The closures will supposedly be based on public input. Yeah, right!

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.

Off-Road Park In Richland, WA - Will It Be Closed?
The Horn Rapids ORV Park is seeing a rash of injuries, which may ultimately spell its doom! This past weekend there were a reported 25 accidents, and this follows the death of a 12 year-old boy the weekend before. This is a City run park at the moment, but that is in the process of changing. City Council wants nothing to do with the park and its problems, and very recently voted unanimously to privatize the park and lease it to Ray Coffman and Steve Baze for the operation and maintenance of the park. This decision basically has happened in the past week or so. The users of this off-road facility need to get it together and start driving safer. If the problems continue, we can see it being shut down for good. As a Doctor at one of the medical center's emergency rooms reportedly put it, "If we had a boxing tournament with these kinds of injuries, it'd be shut down in a hurry."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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