Interest To The Off Road Community
KY Off-Road Park Comes Under Fire!
N Hollarz has been forced to temporarily close pending a hearing before the Henry
County Zoning Board and the approval of an application for a conditional use permit.
Further, the County Zoning Administrator has contacted and involved the Army Corp.
of Engineers related to his "concerns" over water issues pertaining
to the park. Those of you that followed the trials and tribulations of the now-defunct
KY Outback Adventure Park will
notice some similarities at the outset of problems for these off road parks.
KY Outback was told that they needed an obscure "Entertainment License"
by the local politicians who were bowing down to pressure from a few well-connected
citizens that did not want the park. Then they involved a government agency concerning
"water" issues, never mind that the locals drove in the creeks and did
whatever they wanted. Hillz N Hollarz needs your help! Please go to their web
site, http://www.hillznhollarz.com and read about when the hearing is taking place and support them the best you
can by either attending the hearing or sending an email of your support for the
off-road park. Political pressure needs to be placed on these local County Politicians
before its to late and the park is closed for good.
Example of Forest Service Abuse in Colorado Springs
Forest Service closed a route of 1.75-miles extending beyond Forest Service Road
371, which extends west from the Emerald Valley Ranch off Old Stage Road, in mid-2004
without any public notice or input. As one off-road enthusiast put it, "They took
this beautiful valley away from the public... You can't get back there anymore."
Not by any type of motorized vehicle that is, which means most of us are cut off
from it . This road was used regularly by recreational four-wheel drivers, hikers
and cyclists. According to an off-road activist, the Forest Service officials
did not comply with its own road-closure rules. How nice!
road appeared on a 1984 Forest Service map but then disappeared from the 1992
map. Forest Service officials say they've followed the rules. They say the "authorized"
road officially ends three-quarters of a mile past Emerald Valley Ranch, that
they can close roads for safety reasons and resource damage at any time. Then
they say the road was closed at the request of Colorado Springs Utilities, whose
water pipeline borders the route and was reportedly being damaged. What not any
more excuses? I was waiting for my sister's boyfriend said it was a good idea!
When faced with the fact that hikers can damage the water pipeline just as well
as OHV riders, Forest Service officials had no response. Gosh what a surprise.
Folks you cannot punish everyone for the action of a few! That is not freedom
and it shouldn't be allowed. This is what we're up against. Seemingly an endless
supply of excuses to take our recreational areas away from us.
Lose More Trails- This Time in Tahoe National Forest
National Forest officials are now proposing to close 2,450 miles of "unauthorized"
OHV trails that have been used for years (and years) to halt what they term erosion
problems and wildlife impact. Has anyone ever seen any of these wildlife impact
studies? In their "kind" turn, they are offering to add 50 miles of
OHV trails that were not previously in the forest's inventory to a designated
route system they are developing. As in many of these forests these supposedly
unauthorized trails have been long existing trails that have been used for more
than 20 years. Just because someone from the forest service never went out and
designated that they are trails doesn't mean that they are unauthorized and "illegal"
like all these environmental weenies want to claim. Much of these lands were loosely
managed before and there weren't necessarily any designations about sticking to
designated routes. So these trails became a matter of fact trail system. Now that
it is convenient for these people taking our forests away from us, to call them
illegal that is what they are doing. It is hypocrisy and gamesmanship. Nothing
more, nothing less. Reported by news agents, seemingly siding with those that
want to severely restrict us, last fall groups participated in helping forest
officials locate and map 110 trails that are now up for review during a public-comment
period which will end May 15. These "generous" officials have offered
to set aside a 60-acre motorized off-road area to "compensate" for the
loss of hundreds of miles of trails! What a Joke! You literally have thousands
and thousands of acres, are taking away thousands of miles of trails that have
been used for years and years, and are offering 60 acres to help offset it! I
hate to write like this, but that sucks!
Write-Up About The Hatfield McCoy Trail System In WV
Senate Votes Down Proposed New Off-Road Tax
won't have to worry about new license and permit fees for off-road vehicles this
year after all as the proposed legislation was rejected by the Arizona Senate.
One legislator, Meg Burton-Cahill, argued that the money was needed to maintain
the trails used by the off-roaders. I'd remember that name the next time elections
came around. One legislator wanted to remind his constituents "I just want to
remind the members that signed the ‘No New Taxes' pledge from Americans for Tax
Reform, this is a tax increase." Thank god someone remembers a promise.
Enemy of The Off-Road Community Speaks Out
his article titled "Taking the high road vs. ATVs", Denver Post Staff
Writer, Scott Willoughby lashes out at the ATV. As he puts it in his article "At
the willingly assumed risk of upsetting, even alienating, a significant segment
of otherwise sedentary society and the industry it sustains, I'm handing out the
award for the worst invention of my lifetime to the all-terrain vehicle........Sure,
I understand there are thousands of courteous, respectful ATV riders out there
who will validate their use of the machines in any manner of ways (and I anticipate
an e-mail from each of them), but the fact remains that the U.S. national forests
already have more than 380,000 miles of mapped roads, 60,000 miles of unmapped
roads and an $84 billion road maintenance backlog." In other words, he's
pushing for having all of the remaining areas to be roadless, non-motorized areas.
County (ID) Passes Tougher Off-Road Violation Laws
ordinances passed in Owyhee County will make it harder for those off-road recreationists
violating the laws to get away with it. The ordinances passed by the Owyhee County
commissioners now give the Sheriff's office the rights to enforce regulations
on issues like parking and off-road, four-wheel-drive use. These county regulations
mirror the regulations on U.S. Bureau of Land Management lands, where previously
only BLM officials could issue citations. Now the sheriff’s department will be
able to issue the same citations as part of county law. Before these new laws,
the Sheriff and Sheriff’s deputies had to call BLM rangers when they caught people
violating federal guidelines because they could not issue citations. This is no
longer the case.
are intended to control the increased use of public land in Owyhee County for
motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles and four-wheel-drive vehicles. Fines are $100
with court fees of about $40. According to one county official, “We’re just getting
swamped with motorcycle riders and ATV riders.” Officials say the increase in
population in the area, the increased popularity of off-road recreation and improvements
at the popular Hemingway Butte Trailhead have led to more violations. One of the
biggest problems is four-wheel-drive vehicles using trails reserved for ATVs and
motorcycles. Other common violations are riding motorcycles without spark arresters
and using vehicles without a current off-road sticker.
Off-Roaders May Lose Access To 109,000 Acres Of Swamp In Broward County
A proposing is being considered that would designate 109,000 acres of the swamp,
wet prairie and cypress forest of the Big Cypress National Preserve on the western
borders of Broward County to be designated as a federal wilderness. This is the
highest level of protection and is an extremely controversial option that is now
being considered by the National Park Service. Under this proposal the land would
be closed to motorized vehicles such as swamp buggies and other off-road vehicles.
These lands are currently closed to these vehicles while the National Forest "reviews"
their options. This Wilderness Designation is an underhanded way for managers
and environmentalists to close this land off to those in the off-road community
by way of the new management plan. Of course the Sierra Club and other environmental
groups are hugely supporting this wilderness designation, saying it will protect
the preserve from noise, damage and other disruptions from off-road vehicles.
The Park Service has scheduled public meetings in Naples, Everglades City and
Off-Roaders Lose Jones Swamp (Pensacola, FL)
County Officials have blocked off the access roads and put up "No Trespassing"
signs. As one county resident put it "Monster trucks proved no match for
the carnivorous pitcher plant in Jones Swamp." Jones Swamp is now officially
off-limits to motorized vehicles. County officials have vowed to protect the wetlands,
and they have now shut down access to one of the area's most popular off-road
riding areas. This site has been a popular riding destination for 4x4 riders for
years. According to one official the spot became so popular that it was a targeted
destination for out-of-state offroaders. After years of use as an off-road spot,
County officials are now calling the off-road activity destructive.
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