Interest To The Off Road Community
May 29, 2007
SCORE Baja 500 Coming This Weekend
With over 525 official entries expected (a Score record), this 420.11-mile Desert
Race will be held Saturday and Sunday in Ensenada, Mexico. Motorcycle and ATV
classes at 6 a.m. Saturday, followed by the Cars and Trucks that will go off at
approximately 10 a.m. For the first-time in the history of the race, unofficial
checkpoint times will be posted on www.SCORE-international.com during the Baja 500.
Struggling Over OHV Use / Restrictions
Supporters of new restrictions on OHV use on state forests were disappointed from
a change put through in the ending days of the recent legislative session, as
a provision that would have limited ATVs and other OHVs to mapped trails in northern
Minnesota was weakened in a last minute political maneuver (thank God). The law
was altered to give OHV riders more latitude in northern Minnesota and was amended
to give OHV riders in state forests in northern Minnesota (defined as north of
US Hwy. 2) the right to use undesignated trails in addition to the mapped routes
being developed by the DNR. David Dill, DFL-Crane Lake, a proponent of this amendment
was reported say that the new bill simply put too many trails, especially old
logging roads, off limits to OHVs. The antis of course were not happy. This looks
like it will be a long-running struggle between the OHV enthusiasts and those
seeking restrictions in Minnesota.
Die In ATV Wrecks Over Memorial Day Weekend In Western KY
Want To Ban Hungarian Off Road Festival
They are everywhere folks and they won't be happy until there is no more offroading.
The green wackos want to ban the event as they say they are worried that it will
spoil Lake Balaton, Hungary's largest lake, and (gasp) harm the environment.
Some more photos from the Hungarian Off Road Festival
Forest Service To Make Changes In OHV Use in Ouachita National Forest (OK)
OHV use in Ouachita National Forest
in southeastern Oklahoma will be restricted to designated trails only, starting
in September 2008 under a new policy adopted by the US Forest Service. Reportedly,
open houses are scheduled next week in Broken Bow and Poteau by the Forest Service
to get public input on what routes should be established for ATVs, motorcycles,
and full size OHVs. Forest officials now admit that some visitors who have enjoyed
four-wheeling in the 352,000-acre forest will not be happy with the changes. Some?
How about most!? A spokesperson for the Forest Service was quoted as saying "We
are not going to have designated trails or access by four-wheelers to every place
someone wants to go.” The way this area has operated in the past all OHVs were
are allowed on open roads and through the general forest area, except for the
McCurtain County lands around Broken Bow Lake. The new policy will require that
OHVs stay on designated trails. These trails may include a mix of open forest
roads and trails off the road. Some trails may be open seasonally to accommodate
hunters. The US Forest Service is making the changes because of growing recreational
use by four-wheeling enthusiasts and the accompanying increase in off-road activity
is damaging the forests. According the the US Forest Service, man-made trails
created by four-wheelers through the forest have caused erosion, destroyed vegetation
and wildlife habitat, and now threaten to eliminate some botanical species. They
also report that there are safety issues. In the Ouachita National Forest, OHVs
share the roads with loggers, and other recreationists, and the Forest averages
one lifeflight per week. Each national forest will provide maps of where OHV enthusiasts
are able to ride. According to the Forest Spokesperson, these designated trails
are going to happen. Why bother having the open house? It sounds like they're
going to railroad through whatever they want to do anyway. This is a big hit
for OHV enthusiasts!
Restrictions Coming To Texas!
National Forests and Grasslands in Texas are proposing to restrict the use of
OHVs to designated roads, trails and areas on the Angelina, Davy Crockett, and
Sabine National Forests, and is now asking for public comments on the proposal.
The proposed change would also prohibit cross-country OHV e use from roads and
trails for big game retrieval.
ATV Park Opens in Western PA
Run Recreation Area opened two weeks ago and has already been visited
by a couple hundred riders from six different states. The new ATV park is built
on former strip mine land and includes 50 miles of trails and a welcome center.
They are planning on eventually having 150 miles of trails and a campground. Rock
Run is approximately 85 miles northeast of Pittsburgh and local officials are
hoping that the park will attract thousands of riders from outside the region
to help boost the local economy.
Maine Get a New Off Road Park?
Lewiston, ME, Don Arel and his wife are converting 328 acres into a campground
and an off-road park. It will be open for all forms of OHVs from all-wheel drives,
ATVs, mud trucks, dirt bikes and anything else with a motor. The official name
of the park will be All Wheels Off-Road Park and Camping. The plans are for the
park to contain 20 miles of rough trails, rock obstacles, and mud holes. Arel
was reported to say that he was starting the park because there are fewer and
fewer places to ride off road. Don says he's trying to gauge interest in the off-road
park while he's developing it and if there is enough he'll file for the necessary
permits and everything to open next year.
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