Interest To The Off Road Community
Service To Conduct Surveys of Condition of Tellico ORV Area
begins. The US Forest Service is undertaking their assessment of the trails, streams
and run-off situation at Tellico. They will be conducting the condition surveys
of the roads and trails in the Tellico area through November 11th. Teams of engineers,
hydrologists and fisheries biologists will be measuring the current state of the
trails and collecting data to determine the amount of erosion, potential for future
erosion (this is a big one) and its impact on the streams. The Forest Service
will then use this information to set priorities to reduce sediment entering Tellico
River, where the native brook trout live, which is what has lead to this situation
where environmental groups threatened to sue the forest service over their ignoring
laws that would have protected the threatened trout species. The outcome of this
survey will determine a lot as far as to Tellico's future.
Win Access To Eisenbahn Trail (WI)
The Fond du Lac County Board
of Supervisors voted 18 to 15 to allow ATV riders on the 12.5-mile trail.
County, NY Studying An ATV Trail
Jefferson County has slowly
continued on its path to putting in an ATV trail system, with moving ahead with
a study on the potential environmental impact of ATVs on a proposed 45 mile trail.
(Legal B.S.) Now Begins For Cape Hatteras
In the spring I mentioned
very strongly that the enviros were going to make major moves with the court systems
to force their agenda on us, and, we have now seen it in Tellico and now Cape
Hatteras. Recently that wacked out far-left greenie group, the Defenders of Wildlife,
along with the National Audubon Society have joined forces to bring a lawsuit
arguing the National Park Service arguing that the park service has not done it's
job in complying with the National Park Organic Act, the National Environmental
Policy Act, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, and the Park Service's own Management
Policies with regard to allowing an interim ORV management plan, and failing to
produce a long-term management plan. According to the plaintiffs, the National
Park Service’s Interim Plan and the ORV use it allows are substantially harming,
and will continue to harm, important populations of endangered and threatened
species of sea turtles, threatened or significantly rare birds, and a threatened
plant among other things.
lawsuit asks that a judge throw out the interim plan approved in July and require
the park to improve protections for the species immediately.
for us to lose a majority of our ORV access at t his national seashore!
Use and Wildlife Managers Not Mixing?
owners who don't think their vehicle use affects hunting and fishing might be
surprised at the results of a survey of biologists from 34 agencies representing
27 different states conducted last summer. Some of the results of the survey are:
percent of wildlife managers have seen resource damage to wildlife habitat caused
by off-highway vehicles while 72 percent cited disruption of hunters as another
- 61.1 percent
of wildlife managers strongly agreed that ORVs negatively impact hunting and habitat.
- 57.2 percent of state
fisheries managers responding to the survey agreed or strongly agreed that ORVs
negatively impact fishing and fishing habitat while
percent surveyed believe that existing standards do not adequately protect fishing.
Look for this to
be used as ammunition to pursue heavier limits on ATVs in a lot of state forests.
Makes Serious Changes To It's OHV Commission, Finally!
a major victory for off-road riders by the media, we feel that this is something
that was long overdue! California off road enthusiasts have finally achieved their
quest to reshape the state commission that was stacked with enviro-supported wackos
and had grown hostile to their sport. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed legislation
that will strip the OHV (Off-Highway Vehicle) Commission of its authority over
most funding and also hand the governor a majority of the appointments to the
In return, off-road
riders accepted a dramatic increase in registration fees, user fees, fines on
riding in off-limits areas, territory and some concessions on environmental concerns.
It is good for us because the greenies are already whining about it. Hopefully,
the new law will lead the commission to be at least balanced if not in favor of
off-road enthusiasts. In the recent past the commission was strongly anti-OHV.
Over the last few years, the panel was stacked with environmentalist wackos who
did everything they could to limit and hurt the wheeling community. According
to one off-road spokesman, in 2007 only $365,000 went to maintain off-road areas
out of an available $18 million in available grants because the board was voting
to use the money for their own pet projects and not for off-road interests as
it was supposed to be use for. Under the new rules, half of the grant money must
be set aside for operations and maintenance of off-road parks and trails, and
the commission will have little say, if any, over check writing. As part of the
bill, commissioners will no longer be able to steer grants to their priorities,
nor will they control spending on capital improvement projects. Those decisions
will be made by a separate division within the Department of Parks and Recreation.
Its about time!
Cypress (FL) Next To See Legal Action By The Greenies?
according to this website it is. It seems that the enviro groups are upset by
a decision of the preserve's superintendent, Karen Gustin, to reopen measly 20
miles of ORV trails on this 728,000 acre preserve. That decision has caused some
wacko environmental and conservation groups, which include The Wilderness Society,
the Sierra Club, and Defenders of Wildlife (can't these idiots just go away?),to
step forward and announce that they will go to court to overturn Ms. Gustin's
decision. It is reported that the filing of the lawsuit is imminent. The groups
have stated that the reopening of those 20 miles of ORV trails in the Bear Island
Unit, has violated not only the Endangered Species Act but also the Clean Water
Act, the National Park Service Organic Act, and even the preserve's own ORV Management
Plan and Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement. They contend that ORV use
in Big Cypress "has impacted wildlife populations and habitats through modifications
to water flow patterns and water quality, soil displacement and compaction, direct
vegetation damage, disturbance to foraging individuals, and ultimately, overall
suitability of habitats for wildlife." Man, that 20 miles of trails is really
having an extreme impact on 782,000 acres! These people are so ridiculous it is
the Superintendent at that time, put into affect an ORV plan that 23,300 miles
of ORV trails down to just 400 miles of designated trails. Now, the existing Superintendent
adds a measly 20 miles of trails and these environmentalists are all up in arms.
We went from 23,300 miles down to 400 and then get to add 20 more, and these people
are off their rocker! It just goes to prove that you cannot negotiate with them,
they cannot be pleased, they cannot be reasonable, and you cannot deal with them!
Your Own ATV and Go-Cart With These Plans
Service Plan For Sierra National Forest Draws Fire At Public Meeting
draconian proposal came under fire during three well-attended, and according to
the reporter, at times confrontational public forums in Clovis, Prather and Mariposa. Way to go OHV community! Stand up and make your voices heard. We are citizens
and tax payers and we deserve some say in the trail changes that are occurring. The Sierra National Forest travel plan
that they are proposing would result in a total of 124 miles of trails and no
open cross-country travel. The Sierra National Forest has approximately 590 miles
of OHV trails. Under terms of the Notice of Intent, published on September 14
in the Federal Registry. This means that we would be losing 466 miles of trails!
On top of that, 200 miles of
maintenance roads would be permanently closed to public use and 970 miles of roads
would be subject to seasonal restrictions.
off-road enthusiast was quoted as saying "I don't have a problem with them
stopping us from cross-country travel...But there are several well-worn roads
in non-sensitive areas that would be closed for good, and for no good reason."
Well, we do not exactly agree with him either. Look, close the majority of the
forest to open cross-country travel, but designate a well defined area where it
will be allowed. You are taking away 90% of our riding opportunities. You could
try to work with us some!
will be accepted up to November 16th. Send your comments regarding this outrageous
by snail mail to:
Attn: Susan Burkindine
1600 Tollhouse Rd
Clovis, CA 93611
of September Sees Record for ATV Related Deaths in WV
year (2007) ATV related deaths in West Virginia are down compared to last year,
but there were 11 ATV-related fatalities in September. This is the most recorded
in any single month since they started keeping records for this in 1990 according
to official. So far in 2007 there have been 42 confirmed ATV related, according
to Mark Holmes, the program coordinator for the Governor’s Highway Safety Program.
That number is nine fewer when compared to last year through September. Jim Helmkamp,
the director of West Virginia U's director of Control Research Center was reported
t say that the drop doesn’t necessarily mean there is a downward trend in the
number of people dying on ATVs. According to Holmes, the peak months for ATV related
deaths are generally April through August, but there is little reason for when
the deaths occur. The most significant factor is the weather: the nicer the weather,
the more likely people will be out riding, and crashing ATVs. Helmkamp was quoted
as saying that until West Virginia changes its ATV laws, the number of fatalities
is not going to go down.
Miss ATV America Beauty Pageant
9-10th in Greenville, will see the first ever Miss ATV America Beauty Pageant,
which will run in conjunction with the 6th annual Maxxis 12 Hours of ATV America.
The Maxxis 12 Hours of ATV is the richest ATV race in the world. The beauty pageant
will be held at Caddo Point Motorsports and the Hangar Bar and Grille in Greenville,
Texas where a panel of 12 photojournalists and VIPs from the ATV industry will
score five categories of the new pageant. Miss ATV America will be crowned after
scores are tabulated from three rounds of competition; Evening Gown, Casual Wear
and Swimwear. The winning Beauty will win a custom made Miss ATV America crown
and ribbon along with a first place prize package of an all expense paid vacation
for two to Las Vegas, NV or to Cancun, Mexico.
New Hampshire ATV Park Is Catching On
Lake State Park will eventually offer 136 miles of trails and numerous campgrounds.
At the moment, the park has about 20 miles of trails open on it's 7,500-acres.
The state has estimated the park will eventually generate $694k in annual revenue,
but some folks in the ATV circles think that it will be much, much more. One president
of a local ATV club says that they are constantly getting calls from southern
New England from people looking for some place to ride.
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