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Important Info.
We feel that some articles and information are so important that they should always be accessible. We've listed them below and hope that everyone will read them.

Tellico ORV Area Under Attack

MOAB Under Attack!

US Forest Service Abusing programs and we're losing land use!

Editorial Article about the misuse of Recreation Site Facility Master Planning (RSFMP) program

National Forests Could See Large Closures - enough said!

California OHV Funding At Risk!

Informative Article About The US Government and the Recreation Site Facility Master Plan (RSFMP) program. - a must read!

Articles of Interest To The Off Road Community

July 25, 2007
Utah OHV User Speaks Up and We Like What He Has To Say!
"...statistics in a recent Tribune article proved, the percentage of OHV users engaging in irresponsible behavior truly represents a few bad apples spoiling it for the rest of us. A small percentage of highway drivers drink and drive, so should we close every highway? A small percentage of hikers leave trash on trails and at backcountry campsites, so should we close every hiking trail? No..."

Anyone out there in wacko-greenie land listening? We didn't think so.

New Off-Road Park Opened in Texas!
Texas Hog Wallow is a newly opened off-road park located 1.5 miles north of the State Highway 87 and State Highway 12 intersection in Deweyville, Texas. Artie Longren, owner of Texas Hog Wallow, has indicated that the park is a work in progress, and a grand opening has been set for August 8, 2007. Artie is quoted as saying, “I decided to build Texas Hog Wallow because there is a need for a place like this in Southeast Texas.....Everyone can come here to ride four-wheelers or drive their trucks and go muddin’. It’s a way to get the kids off the streets too. There has been too much about ATV’s in the news lately.”

Plans for Texas Hog Wallow include trails for ATV’s and full-size 4x4s, obstacle courses, concession stands, bathrooms and showers, and 700 RV hook-ups. They also have plans for competition-sized paintball field and a small entertainment facility, a swimming hole, a remote-control vehicle area, and eventually a full scale “Western” town. Basically the park is going to eventually be a 4x4 theme park based on outdoor activities. Check them out at www.TexasHogWallow.com

New OHV Trail In Maine Goes To Quebec
The Jackman Moose River Region in Maine is fast becoming an ATVer's paradise with over 300 miles of designated ATV trails. Now ATV riders have the option to go further north into Quebec as well as ride south to the Forks, and east toward Rockwood. This is all thanks to efforts from the Jackman Border Riders Club, the Quebec ATV club and landowners of the area. ATV riders can actually cross the border into Canada and enjoy additional miles of trails to St. Come, Quebec. Ray Levesque, President of the Jackman Moose River Region Chamber of Commerce was quoted as saying "ATVer's account for a large percentage of visitors to the Jackman Maine Moose River Region every year and we expect connecting these two trail systems will attract even more visitors to the area." The inaugural ride of the new trail was on July 21st. The ATV trails in the region are at least 8 feet wide and can be accessed from most accommodations in the region as well as from stores, restaurants and gas stations. They are mostly made up of old winter or logging roads. Sounds like we need to make a trip up to Maine!

July 9, 2007
You Just Cannot Please the Enviro-Wackos! Look At What Is Going On In California
California has a state system of OHV recreation areas that is authorized by a 36 year-old law, which is set to expire on December 31, 2007. To keep the OHV program and riding areas going the law needs to continued, but that is where problems come in. No one wants to end the program as everyone sees it's end as a losing proposition but the enviro-wackos are asking for the world! Any of the talked-about agreements to preserve the OHV riding program are going to more than double entrance fees at the eight state parks, which right now normally charge $5.00 per vehicle and more than triple OHV vehicle permits. This would raise an additional $30 million dollars for operating the OHV parks, trail maintenance, and to ensure the environment is protected as much as possible. The funds would have designated funding for at least 45% of the money to be spent on OHV parks' maintenance and operation, 20% on law enforcement, 20% on restoration and 5% on education programs, with 10% being uncommitted and at the board's discretion.

But this additional increase in fees and efforts to minimize environmental damage is not enough for the enviro-wackos! While Brent Schoradt, of the California Wilderness Coalition, said eliminating the program would be a "loss for the environment and a loss for the public" he went onto say that the latest proposal, SB 742 does not go far enough to address environmental concerns or crack down on lawbreakers. He was quoted as saying "We feel the current version of the bill is extremely one-sided..." The enviro-wackos are pushing for the 8 OHV parks to better serve hikers, campers and fishermen, and are insisting that the state funds not be used to create new riding trails on federal lands. So, we only get 8 riding areas in California, but now we have to have this multi-use B.S. shoved down our throat! There are a ton of other parks and federal lands for hikers, campers and fishermen to use outside of these OHV parks! This is just pure enviro-wacko BS to cause some trails to be closed on the existing OHV areas! You simply cannot work with these people!

Tellico News Hits The Major Media
CBS News ran with this supposedly unbiased article from the Christian Science Monitor on July 3rd. I think the title says it all "Off-Road Vehicles Rev Up Controversy". How did we rev up this controversy? We're just using the Tellico ORV area as always when along comes some enviro-wackos to cause problems in an attempt to rob us of one of the places where we are able to ride. The title should have been "Enviro-Extremists Cause Problems for ORV Users".

I think the first sentence of the piece says it all as far as their perspective "Off-road vehicles now pose the single biggest threat to America's public lands and represent a fast-growing law enforcement problem." Nothing like fair and balanced reporting! The article runs 3/4s of the way deriding ORV use and giving its critics open flow to tear us apart. It is only the bottom portion which gives any say to a pro-ORV position from Jack Welch, who is President of the Blue Ribbon Coalition. And whether Mr. Welch dropped the ball or his comments were dramatically reduced to the pittance used in the article by the writer (we're willing to go with him being jobbed by the reporter). We do feel that one of his statements hits the nail on the head however, when he says "...But we also think the ranger group is not really interested in working together with us — they simply want to eliminate motor recreation on public lands."

Once again we go back to the question: "Isn't this land all of ours and shouldn't we have some land where we can ride?" The problem is you cannot negotiate or deal with wackos in a fair minded way because that is not how they're going to deal with you. When will we as a collective body realize this and finally stand together with force and conviction and say "enough!"? Please support and join a pro-ORV organization like the Western Slope No-Fee Coaliton Group, BlueRibon Coalition, TreadLightly, and National Off-Highway Conservation Council. You'll find links to these organizations on Off-Road Links page.

If these folks are successful at Tellico look for this strategy at virtually every public land area where riding is allowed.

July 2, 2007
Tellico Under Attack!
This is no joke. The Tellico ORV Area is now under attack! According to the Southern Environmental Law Center and some conservationist groups, The US Forest Service is violating multiple federal and state laws (and its own regulations) by failing to prevent dirt/mud from eroded trails (ORV trails) from polluting the streams in the Tellico River watershed in the Nanthala National Forest in North Carolina and Cherokee National Forest in Tennessee. It is reported that the silt is devastating one of the last strongholds for native brook trout in North Carolina and Tennessee, a native species in decline in both states.

According to the conservationist groups, the Tellico area has twice as many designated ORV trails as allowed by the Forest Service's own plan - not to mention the numerous illegal trails. The agency (Forest Service) has also documented dozens of areas where it reports that trails are within 100 feet of streams, which is against its own rules. In wet conditions, the eroded trails turn into ditches that send muddy water (heavy silt) directly into nearby creeks and streams, violating state and federal (turbidity / siltation) water laws. The Forest Service has been asked repeatedly to do something about the ORV damage, but it is reported that little action has been taken. In their letter (dated June 28th) the groups - the North Carolina and Tennessee Councils of Trout Unlimited, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), and the Southern Appalachian Biodiversity Project - notified the Forest Service of their intent to sue for repeated violations of the Clean Water Act and other laws.

DJ Gerken, staff attorney with the Southern Environmental Law Center, which represents the groups, said "The Forest Service has come up short in taking decisive action to fix this problem. We are letting them know that the law is unambiguous - water quality and mountain trout come first."

The groups are calling on the Forest Service to permanently close the most environmentally damaging trails, and temporarily close the entire system in the wettest months.

This will be a big battle folks and we had better be prepared for a huge dogfight to keep Tellico anywhere near what it is today, a 4x4 wheeling Mecca.

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