of Interest To The Off Road Community (continued)
will remain open to ATV riders
Article appearing in The Review (East
Liverpool, OH) concerning the riding still available at Wellsville, OH. They aren't
shutting it all down, but a lot of it is being closed down for riding. It was
private land where the landowners didn't want people riding all along, at least
according to some news sources.
with limits: OHV users should accept, respect new BLM rules
appearing in the Salt Lake Tribune concerning new rules for OHV use on the Bureau
of Land Management land of 148,000 acres around Factory Butte in Wayne County,
Utah. It is not what we would call a positive article on OHV use. They are restricting
and closing access to public lands all over the country. The offroad community
needs to keep involved and stay active to keep this from becoming a runaway situation.
Supporting Treadlightly and other offroad activist groups is a great way top have
your voice heard.
awards grants to develop, improve OHV parks
Article appearing in the Quad-City Times about the Governor of Illinois recently
awarding $416,000 in grant money to develop and improve OHV areas throughout the
state. A new offroad park is being opened in Henry County by Tom Enyeart, who
was awarded $111,240 to be used toward the purchase of 206 acres of an old Peabody
Coal Company site, “Gob Hill.” This is what we're talking about! Way to go Illinois
highway vehicle meetings set this month
is an article appearing in the Sierra Sun (CA) about three workshops that are
being held in October to discuss possible additions to the OHV designated route
system in the Tahoe National Forest. “The purpose of these workshops is to develop
a proposed OHV route system,” said forest supervisor, Steve Eubanks. Additions? That's hard for us to believe. It sounds
like political speech for, "We're going to try to take away some access but
we don't want you to get upset or learn about it until after its all over."
to play, space for refuge
This is an article appearing in the The
Santa Fe New Mexican regarding OHV use on public lands and National Forest lands
in New Mexico and the need to designate (read limit and restrict and minimize)
use areas. Don't get us wrong. We understand that OHV users shouldn't have total
run of public land, but we feel that a decent percentage of it should be designated
for OHV use. In most situations where use plans have been implemented the land
use areas have been dramatically cut. What percentage is a fair one? Who knows
for certain, but one thing is clear, if the offroad community does not fight for
its rights it will not receive a fair shake.
Hills National Forest OHV Route Designation Workshops Scheduled For Rapid City,
Sound familiar? This is an article appearing in the
Black Hills Today (South Dakota) concerning a meeting formed by The National Off-Highway
Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC) in cooperation with the Black Hills National
Forest to assist in conducting an OHV Route Designation Workshop in October 2006
for agency personnel and the public. The purpose of this workshop is to assist
the Forest Service and the public in effective implementation of the USFS Travel
Management Rule in their State. This is happening all over the country and they
are not holding these meeting to expand the areas you can use for OHV use. When
this comes to your state you need to attend these meetings and make sure your
voice is heard.
still working to compromise, despite no-show for Lost Ox Trail field trip
Here is an example of what we're talking about. This is an article appearing in
the ELY Times (NV) an extremely low turnout at a public participation for the
Lost Ox Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) trail system. According to the article the meeting
only had one participant show. We cannot allow this to happen if we care about
our OHV areas and use rules. This just gives those making the decisions a lot
more latitude, and we may not like what happens.
park officially opens
is an article appearing in The Messenger (IA) about the opening of the Gypsum City Off Highway Vehicle park
(a new OHV park), which features a beginners trail, a 1 1/4 mile motocross track,
and 15 miles of riding trails. They will be adding an additional 500 acres in
the future to expand the park. Dave Downing of the Iowa Department of Natural
Resource's ATV and Snowmobile Program Management Division was quoted as saying
that "OHV riding has only recently come into its own" and ‘‘If you’re
not going to outlaw selling ATVs in Iowa, you have to manage them as a recreational
resource....’’ Iowa is out ahead of most sates with this program and we applaud
them for it!
Opinion: Condemned forest trails were once legal
is an article appearing in the Billings Gazzette (MT) concerning the political
positioning going about describing trails as "unauthorized trails," "illegally
made trails" or "unmanaged trails" and what the case really is. It gives a little
insight into the environmentalists dirty tricks.
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