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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

April 3, 2007
Sierra National Forest Redoing OHV Routes
We're Going To Lose A Lot of Trails Folks
Over the next couple of months the forest service officials will be studying the OHV trails thought the forest. This will be the first time since 1978 that the Sierra National Forest will undergo such a study. Officials have stated for the record that unmanaged OHV use has resulted in unplanned roads and trails, erosion, watershed and habitat degradation, and impacts on cultural resource sites. Starting out with such a strong statement against OHV use, it would seem their minds are made up.

According to these same officials there are approximately 70 miles of designated and approved OHV trails throughout the Sierra National Forest, including routes like Dusy-Ershim, Coyote Lake and Bald Mountain. The Sierra National Forest Road Engineer, Tom Lowe, has gone on to estimate that there are another 350 miles of trails that have been created over the years by OHV users. A Sierra National Forest spokesperson was quoted saying, "What we've done is begin to inventory all those user-created roads to see if there's a need to bring them into the existing trail system." Look for a ton of trails to be shut down in the very near future. The spokesperson went onto say that "If a user-created trail goes out for a mile and dead ends into a boulder field or a meadow, does that really enhance our trail system?" Supposedly Forest Service officials are seeking input from local OHV clubs to help determine which user-created trails should be added to the network. Seems to us they only have these forums to give the allusion that we're getting a voice and being heard. From all of their statements it seems they've already made their decisions and are putting on a show! Environmental impact studies on such routes are scheduled to begin in May. The new designated trail system will be finalized and mapped out by December 2008.

Once the new trail network is designated, all motorized travel in non-designated areas will be prohibited. As one Forest Service spokesperson put it, "Right now, legally, the forest is pretty much open to cross-country routes. That is going to change. Forest Officials held public meetings Saturday in Clovis and Monday in Oakhurst to discuss their OHV route designation plan. Another meeting is scheduled Thursday in Mariposa.

Proposed Lost OX OHV Trail System in Nevada Comes Under Attack
Opponents of this 186 mile trail system on the Egan Range in Nevada are putting on a strong push for the planned trail system to be discarded. They have trotted out all of the usual "concerns" and have thrown in a couple of new ones. The latest is that the OHV trail system would effect a lot of pregnant cows that use that area! Give me a break! Where do they dream up this B.S?!
Another of the doomsayers trotted out the usual claim, “I think that from an environmental point of view, it would be an unmitigated disaster.” These people are never short on disaster and cataclysmic results. I'm surprised the world hasn't ended from all of the OHV use so far. Aren't you?

It's time for the OHV community to speak up. Contact the BLM for the ELY, Nevada area and voice your strong support for this OHV trail system.

Check Out the Sierra Club's "How To Shut Down an ORV Area" Guide Book
Know where the enemy is coming from. This is an important read for all OHV enthusiasts!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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