Interest To The Off Road Community
June 19, 2007
WA Has A Push On To Become An "ORV Destination"
plan, still in the early stages, would open former ranch roads – now horse and
hiking trails – and a power line right-of-way on 13,000 acres of Bureau of Land
Management property to ORVs. The City Council has already moved to permit ORVs
on two Odessa streets, with the goal of getting riders to rumble into town and
open their wallets at local businesses, such as Ed Hayden’s motel. Hayden is the
driving force behind an effort to expand the off-roading trails on federal land
northwest of the city of Odessa. Some residents see the ORV proposal as a way
to harness a growing recreational industry to reinvigorate the economy, but the
BLM land that proponents want to use is part of a shrub-steppe ecosystem that
hosts a variety of threatened species, such as sharp-tailed grouse.
potential impact of ORVs on the areas has environmental advocates concerned. Some
Odessa citizens are concerned that the town, which only has two police officers,
will be overrun. Hayden would like to see Odessa become a center of off-roading
activity in Eastern Washington. His proposal includes plans for a new trail that
would link existing BLM backroads directly to city streets. Hayden’s final goal
is a network of ORV trails stretching southeast to Ritzville, northwest to Coulee
City and northeast to Davenport and Lincoln. This possibility of an expanded ORV
network doesn’t sit well with environmental advocates. Gosh - what a surprise!
Stay tuned as we watch the developments of this hoped-for trail system.
T.R.A.I.L.S. Program - Giving Back To Their Customers
Industries has announced the third round of ‘T.R.A.I.L.S.’ grant recipients, with
grants totaling $105,320 for a grand total of $500,458 granted to national, state
and local ATV clubs since the program was launched in 2006. Polaris issued grants
to 12 organizations in 12 states. Polaris has assisted 59 ATV organizations in
35 states across the U.S. The grant program has two main objectives: promoting
safety and preserving trail access. Funds can be used by organizations for trail
development and maintenance projects, safety and education initiatives, lobbying
and other projects to increase and maintain land access. AS a Polaris spokes man
put it, “Trail access is undoubtedly our number one challenge in the industry.”
The grants range from $3,000 to a maximum $10,000 and can be applied toward: land
acquisition, trail mapping, marking and maintenance; trail development, stabilization
and reforestation; bridge building; Bureau of Land Management (BLM), National
Forest Service and State Forest ride area enhancements and trail mapping projects.
We laud Polaris for this program and want to thank them for the support! Great
If your ATV
club or group is interested in applying for a Polaris grant go to Polaris
Peak (WY) Travel Plan In - We Lose Miles and Miles of Trails
Misty Hays, deputy district ranger for the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest’s
Douglas Ranger District, issued her decision on the Laramie Peak travel management
plan last week. The decision affects 180,454 acres of Forest Service land in Converse,
Albany, Platte and Natrona counties. Folks will find major changes in the roads
they can and can’t use. The Forest Service staff won’t begin implementing the
changes in signs and barriers until after a 45-day appeal period expires, and
they say they will be fairly lenient on violators until a new map is published
in the spring of 2008. Hays presented her decisions at a public meeting and said
that they designate a new road system while better protecting resources and providing
safe areas for family ATV riding away from full-size vehicle traffic. Her decisions
one mile of new road to complete a planned loop trail for ATVs
- Converting about 35 miles of existing roads to motorized trails. Only vehicles
50 inches wide or smaller would be allowed.
more than 100 miles of unofficial roads illegally created by users (We are
sick and tired of this tired and worn out attempt by all of those on the greenies
side of this definition! When a park was left open to riding, it was fair game
to put in a trail! End of statement and discussion! Get over it wackos.)
nearly nine miles of motorized trails into non-motorized trails.
about five miles of roads to motorized traffic due to resource damage. These routes
would remain open for administrative uses and non-motorized public use.
around six miles of roads where traffic is damaging the land. Non-motorized use
would be allowed.
- In most cases, people will no longer be able to drive 300 feet off the road/trail
to camp or park. The 300-foot allowance will continue at Deer Creek, in the Esterbrook
area, and on Cow Creek Road, Arapaho Trail, Cow Camp Road and Lower Horseshoe
More bad news
on the OHV front: during the evaluation period of forest roads, the Forest Service
says that it discovered that it has no legal right of way on 376 miles of roads
currently in the system! These roads will be closed immediately while the Forest
Service district office attempts to negotiate legal access. If legal access is
obtained, the trails/roads will be added back into the official system. The roads
will be prioritized based on whether access already exists into an area, the landowner's
willingness to cooperate and opportunities for reciprocal easements. The Forest
Service indicated that they know some landowners will not cooperate and that they
will focus on working with the people where they feel they will be able to get
was a big hit as in this area we have calculated a loss of access to over 400
miles of roads/trails!
Anthony, ID Misses Out On ATV Parade Record
in this eastern Idaho town (St. Anthony) were hoping to set a new ATV parade record
by drawing over 2,000 participants to the St. Anthony ATV and Sand Rail Parade
(June 16th). Unfortunately, they were unable to obtain that number and failed
to achieve the record, which was set in Kentucky last year when 1,138 riders took
part in a similar event. We say to them "Good try and better luck next year!"
Positive exposure like this is always good for all of us OHVers.
10th Showdown in San Bernardino County
On July 10th the San
Bernardino County Board of Supervisor's will meet and the major topic of discussion
will be the revision of Ordinance 3973. This ordinance is a ridiculously written
and overstated law targeted at any and all OHVs! It is complaint based and can
be set off with one wacko's registered complaint even if you are on your own property.
San Bernardino holds many popular OHV areas like Johnson Valley, Sunfair Dry Lakebed,
Landers, Havasu Lake, Needles, and Wonder Valley. All OHV enthusiasts need to
get involved with this battle and have their voices heard. The Anti-Access / Anti-OHV
crowd has had their way for far to long and we need to make a large showing at
this Board meeting in opposition to the the anti-OHV people.
OHV Trails (CA) Face Budget Shortfall and Closure
OHV Trails recently reopened, but without more money they could close once again.
"The trails opened a couple of weeks ago after being closed due to a lack of funding,"
said Leif Lowery, of Friends of Foresthill OHV Trails. "The forest service had
their funding cut back to where they couldn't maintain the trails." Lowery said
to make up for the lack of forest funding the Friends of Foresthill OHV Trails
is holding a fundraiser June 16 in downtown Foresthill. "The trails are open,
but we are paying for the bathrooms to be cleaned and to have the trash picked
up," he said. "On the 100-miles of trail on that system there are about eight
creek crossing where the trails cross over creeks and (the Forest Service) want
bridges there, if not they could close the trails again."
ATV Deaths On The Increase
Last year Kentucky passed stricter
laws calling for safer riding, yet ATV related deaths are on the rise in Kentucky:
now labeled the nation's leader in fatal ATV collisions!. Through May of 2007,
Kentucky has had 17 fatal ATV collisions, which is nearly three times the number
recorded by the end of May in 2006. Kentucky had a total of 21 ATV-related deaths
in 2005 and 2006 according to Kentucky State Police. The federal Consumer Product
Safety Commission has been reported saying "... we are very concerned about
the recent upward trend in deaths...' The Consumer Product Safety Commission ranks
Kentucky No. 1 in fatal ATV accidents. Other Appalachian states West Virginia
and Pennsylvania round out the top three for the most ATV fatalities according
to the agency's 2002-2005 estimates. Kentucky's newest ATV safety laws call for
fines of $20-$50.00 when children are caught riding without helmets, but law enforcement
officers say the law is more about safety than punishment. State police have said
officers would only take action against violators on public roadways and trails,
while some local agencies said they would issue warnings if they observe kids
riding without helmets on private property. What will lawmakers attempt next if
the rise in deaths continue?
KS To Open New Sand Dune Park!
More great news on the off-road
park front: another new off road public riding area! This new park will be unveiled
at it's July 4th Grand Opening. The park is 1,300 acres containing some awesome
sand dunes and ATV trails. Many think that it will quickly become a favorite spot
for OHV enthusiasts throughout the Midwest. Syracuse, Kansas is located on the
western edge of Kansas and fortunately for us OHVers, it has some incredible sand
dunes created by the Arkansas River. There is also a sand lake that will eventually
be stocked with fish. The park slogan is "It may be dirty, but it sure is fun."
They have special events planned for September and October including ATV races,
ATV drags and a dune buggy show. After the July 4th Grand Opening, the park will
be open every day with special events held on weekends. There will be special
areas designated for beginner riders, young children and for experienced riders.
The park will have an entrance fee of $5.00 per vehicle, and season passes will
be available. To learn more go to www.syracusesandpark.com
At New ATV Safety Bill In Louisiana
A Rayne man was killed
recently in an ATV accident and his death came on the same day a 19-year-old Rapides
parish man died in another ATV incident. These deaths have prompted an Acadiana
lawmaker to reintroduce a bill "regulating" ORVs. The article states that enough
ATV riders are using helmets and other protective gear and that this results in
about 1500 children visiting emergency rooms every year. State Rep Clara Baudoin
feels that this calls for some regulation and safety requirements. The proposed
bill would not allow children under six to ride and if they are fourteen years
old or younger, they will have to wear helmets. As the State Rep puts it, "So
many kids are not being supervised properly they're not riding properly, they
have to have the proper training. They have to have the education to be able to
know how to handle this equipment." This is Clara Baudoin's second attempt to
push this bill through.
will be more and more safety laws and restrictions in every state if we don't
do something about all of the accidents and deaths. The following is one day's
headlines from around the country:
dies of injury suffered in ATV crash
Kentucky Man Dies After ATV Crash
mishap claims Twin Falls man
9, crashes ATV, is hurt
dies in ATV crash at Spring Hill golf course
politicians are not going to ignore these types of headlines. They will put more
and more restrictions on ATV use, and we will certainly lose some freedom in the
process. Let's clean this up before they start to get carried away!
County, Utah - Home To OHV Enthusiasts!
If you're looking for
a vacation destination might we suggest Garfield County Utah where, according
to at least one angry and biased reporter, they favor ATVs. We say "congratulations
Garfield County and Thank you!" There aren't many areas in the country that
are showing us some love and we need to reward those that are. Now let's show
our support by taking some visits there and rewarding them with our tourist dollars.
Awards Grant and Award To Redbird State Riding Area (IN)
very glad that BFGoodrich has this type of program and are looking for more companies
that make money off of the OHV sport to become involved in this manner. As part
of their 2007 Outstanding Trails program, Michelin North America Inc. and BFGoodrich
recently honored Redbird State Riding Area (SRA) with a grant to continue conservation
efforts and preserve scenic trails for Indiana's state-run OHV trail. The Redbird
State Riding Area, which is located between Greene and Sullivan counties in southern
Indiana, is the first of six trail systems that will be recognized by BFGoodrich
this year. According to a BFGoodrich spokesperson "... Redbird State Riding Area
is truly a fantastic place to ride if you're an off-roader at heart, and definitely
worthy of having the 2007 Outstanding Trails distinction..." We applaud BFGoodrich
for this program!
From An "Environmentalist" Wacko
Now ORV use on a
larger area of Big Cypress in Florida will lead to the extinction of the Florida
Panther! Will these frigging lunatics ever stop? Where are the studies and the
proof? No where, but that doesn't stop this wacko from making the claim to activate
the fringe greenie base. There weren't any ORVs around when the Panthers were
going on the major decline, but suddenly we will get t the blame if the Panther
becomes extinct?! Its always a good idea to see how the enemy thinks and acts.
Check it out.
Land Trail Battles In Utah's Garfield County
It's the horse
riders and hikers seemingly against the OHV crowd The horse folks, cyclists and
hikers feel that the OHV crowd has been favored and that is all seemingly about
to change. There will b e a new chairperson of the committee which oversees the
trails and she has a little different view on things than the previously one.
"We have an obligation to resolve some of the conflicts in an evenhanded and levelheaded
way that benefits all," says Melanie Boone-Reznick, an Escalante resident, back
country outfitter and trails committee vice-chair. It appears that she is no friend
to the OHV crowd and we should look for more battles over the trails with her
in charge. As a county engineer put it, "Right now we want to work on non-motorized
trails, hiking trails," he says, noting the trails committee leadership will shift
into Boone-Reznick's hands next year. It will be a good opportunity to accommodate
the wishes of communities like Boulder that want to focus on horse, bike and foot
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