of Interest To The Off Road Community (continued)
Hampshire, An ATV Friendly State, Release Plans For New ATV Park
Hampshire recently released a preliminary plan for its development of the new
state park, Jericho Lake. The plan calls for 136 miles of ATV trails with more
than 4 miles of trails for the four-wheel drive vehicles. Come on, we need more
than that for the big rigs fellas! New Hampshire has been very aggressive with
OHV riding areas with it's Bureau
of Trails. They now have more than 14 state sponsored riding areas. Kudos
to New Hampshire. Check out their site and see how a state manages this recreation
du Lac Wisconsin ATV'ers Get The Shaft
The Parks and Development
Committee voted 5-0 in opposition to the 500-signature petition requesting year-round
use of the Fond du Lac County trails by ATV riders. The committee did vote 5-0
to allow ATV riders ti use the Eisenbahn Trail during the winter months, which
will begin when the trial was accepted and end on March 15, 2007. ATV'ers will
only be allowed to use the trail when the temperature falls below 28 degrees!
Whoopee! While it is better than a total loss, it is a far cry from being fair.
One protester of ATV use, and apparently prone to exaggerating, went on to say
that it (ATV use) would be a disaster for landowners, for the environment, and
for bikers. An ATV spokesmen responded that ATV enthusiasts are not the "Hell's
Angels" many of the opponents were making them out to be. Why do bike riders get
trails and ATV riders do not? Is that group more important? Does that group contribute
more to the trail system? The ATV enthusiasts deserve a trail system just as much
as the bike riders! Where is the justice?
Backcountry Threatened By Elitists and Government Agency
is dated October of 2006 (a little out of date) but you need to read it! It will
scare you with how they are attempting this backdoor deal! Be sure to read all
three articles in this series about the Maine Department of Conservation and its
new backcountry land use designation proposal, which appears to be spearheaded
by extreme environmental groups such as the Sierra Club, Maine Audubon Society,
the Nature Conservancy, the Wilderness Society, and the Natural Resources Council
Great Press in Michigan
Article discusses damage to State
Forest Trails from illegal off road use.
There Ever Going To Be An ATV Park in the Pinelands, NJ?
plans for an ATV park has lagged being dragged down by the Department of Environmental
Protection and environmental groups (big surprise there). The Dept of Environmental
Protection insists that in order to control the park and keep the vehicles off
public property they need to require ATV riders to be licensed, registered and
insured. Huh? Sounds like a boondoggle.
Good For Us - An Editorial in The Hartford Courant (Conn.) Paper
Problems in Connecticut
with one man on an ATV leads an Editor to condemn all of us! Please send him an
email letting him know how you feel about being labeled and profiled based on
one individual's actions or the actions of a small minority of abusers. Ask him
if we should condemn him for the actions of an ethically challenged editor's actions
just because he's an editor too!
Another Surprise Canyon Article
is setting up to be a very important battle. It appears to be the first major
lawsuit on behalf of offroaders and landowners. For years the environmentalists
have used the courts to get what they wanted, now its the offroad enthusiasts.
Will it work in our favor this time?
Perspective on OHV Use, Do You Agree?
If you want to learn how some
people feel about "OHV" use on public land, this article will clue you
in. I think it gives it a bit of perspective looking at the other side of the
issue! Take a look and see what you think.
What About Those That Make Us Look Bad?
Canyon Story From An Environmentalists Point of View
Notice how the
article is slanted. The quote "Off-road enthusiasts seek to open protected
parkland" is very telling. The land in question wasn't protected until environmentalists
filed a suit to have it shut down. Before that it was recognized a as public right
of way. After the court hearing, The Bureau of Land Management promised keys to
a gate for access for landowners (they have basically been cut off form their
land), but it has been 5 years and it still hasn't happened. How do you trust
folks like this?
Battle Looms With Environmentalists - This One Is In Minn.
Department of Natural Resources (DNR), along with Beltrami, Hubbard and Clearwater
counties are in the process of developing an OHV Plan for the Mississippi
Headwaters State Forest. The environmentalists are already firing out about
it. This article is stating the case for why there shouldn't be any OHV plan or
use in the Mississippi Headwaters
Canyon : Battle Between Four Wheelers and Environmentalists
Canyon is the latest battleground between the environmental extremists and four-wheel
drive enthusiasts. This canyon on Death Valley National Park's western edge was
"temporarily" closed five years ago to off-road enthusiasts who used
to traverse up its limestone waterfalls. Over 100 four-wheel-drive hobbyists have
filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking that this trail be reopened under the
statute RS2477. The statute allowed counties and states to lay routes over federal
land. It was repealed three decades ago, but routes that were established prior
to the repeal date were allowed under a grandfather clause. A gravel toll road
in Surprise Canyon that fell into public hands before it was washed out by flooding
is such a route, the four-wheel drive enthusiasts contend. This is being watched
closely by both sides. Will Surprise Canyon remain off limits to offroad drivers?
Offroad Trails for Tahoe National Forest
meetings are being conducted in order to set aside more riding areas and trails
for motorized offroad vehicles in the Tahoe National Forest. We're making headway
folks but its a small step at a time. Get involved and stay involved to insure
that your voice is heard.
Offroad Riders Plan To Protest
frustrated over the state's failure to create an off-road park for all-terrain
vehicles are planning to protest on Wednesday (11-29-06) at an event marking a
milestone in the Everglades restoration project in eastern Collier County. They
are upset that officials of the South Florida Water Management District have failed
to meet an Oct. 1, 2005 deadline to find 640 acres suitable for an off-road park.
The officials have responded with the following weak-a-- reply, " The district
is doing everything possible to find a parcel of land that is acceptable. The
challenge for us is to find a suitable piece of property. Every parcel we've come
up with has come up with environmental issues." Do you really think they've been
trying very hard?
Off Road Park for Full Size Vehicles Coming To Maysville, KY
10, 2006) It's a great day for the offroad community as a new offroad park or
at least a new full size vehicle offroad park is opening in Maysville KY. Maysville
is a small town located on the Ohio River in Northern Kentucky. It is a little
over an hours drive from Cincinnati, OH and the drive is a straight shot down
the AA Highway. Big Rock Off Road Park has long been an ATV and Bike offroad park
and they have now decided to open up a 500 acre off road driving area for Jeeps,
trucks and SUVs. You can learn more about this new 4x4 wheeling opportunity at
Rock Off Road Park web site.
Off Road Park Comes To Ohio
18, 2006) You've heard the saying, "The Lord Giveth and the Lord taketh away",
well that's what is happening in the offroad world at this moment. Just as the
pressure is on at Wellsville, OH to shut down the riding, a new offroad park has
sprung into action. The park's name is Painted Rock OHV. According to those posting
on forums, the park is on 200 acres of an old strip mine and riding is currently
by reservations only. Check out their extremely basic (but we're told in development) Painted Rock web site
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