IRVINE, Calif., Sept. 1, 2009 - As the nation prepares to enjoy the Labor Day holiday weekend, the All-Terrain Vehicle Safety Institute, along with the major manufacturers and distributors of ATVs in the United States, would like to reinforce the importance of safe and responsible use of ATVs this weekend.
There are nearly nine million ATVs in use across the United States, being operated by more than 25 million Americans. This makes it essential that riders and non-riders alike understand the importance of the safe and responsible use of ATVs.
Most Americans know some basic outdoor ethics rules—like not littering and staying on the trail. However, not everyone knows how to cross a stream responsibly, approach a horseback rider safely or how far away a tent should be from a river.
The National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC) is pleased to announce the schedule of the third module of their Public Land Advocacy webinar series. This 4-part series is designed to assist government agency personnel, OHV enthusiasts, and other interested parties with creating and maintaining sustainable OHV trails.
Looks like the politicians are at it again, and no state seems to be immune. The latest issue of "AMA's News and Notes" contained a blurb we wanted to forward to our members in Florida. Please read and take the requested action.
Florida: Recently the Florida OHV
(Off Highway Vehicle) Advisory Committee was notified that the Florida
legislature had "swept" $2.37 million from the state's OHV Trust Fund
in 2009. Counting the $2 million that was withdrawn from the trust fund by
legislative fiat in 2008, a total of $4.37 million has been raided from the
trust fund in just two years. The trust fund, which was established by the T.
Mark Schmidt Off-Highway Vehicle Safety and Recreation Act of 2002, is funded
by a title fee on off-highway vehicles and is supposed to be used to promote
OHV recreation and safety.
The Florida Trail Riders are encouraging all of Florida's OHV enthusiasts to contact their state legislators and demand that the money be restored to the OHV trust fund. For more information visit www.floridatrailriders.org. For assistance identifying or contacting your state legislators visit the "Rights" page of www.AmericanMotorcyclist.com, click on "Issues & Legislation" and enter your zip code in the "Find Your Officials" box.
Please pass this important alert on to your friends and family and please ask them take action as well.Thanks in advance for your involvement,
The National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council has developed a series of videos and webinars that capture much of the content of our lauded Route Designation and Trail Sustainability workshops. These videos and webinars are designed to help the NOHVCC reach a wider audience of both OHV activists and land managers interested in maintaining responsible OHV access on public lands with the important messages and information within the workshops even while travel budgets are decreasing.
As most of you already know, youth-sized ATVs and dirt bikes are still banned by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), and they are still refusing to lift that ban. Well the latest news on that front was just sent to me by our partners over at Americans for Responsible Recreational Access (ARRA).
Senator Jon Tester has introduced legislation that would stop the ban. S. 608: A bill to amend the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 to exclude secondary sales, repair services, and certain vehicles from the ban on lead in children's products, and for other purposes, was introduced in the Senate on March 17, 2009.
Your Senators and Members of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee need to hear from you. So let's join with our friends at ARRA and send a letter to the Senate urging them to support S. 608.
I have pasted a copy of ARRA's Alert below. Please read it over, take action and pass it along.
It's extremely important that you continue to fight this ban and have your voice heard.
Thanks in advance for your support,
Public Lands Department Manager
208-237-1008 ext 107
Senate Bill to Overturn Ban on Youth
ATVs and Dirt Bikes Introduced!
Weigh in to Have Your Voice Heard!
Youth sized ATVs and dirt bikes are still banned. We need your help to continue to build enough pressure to get the ban overturned. It is unlikely that the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) will act to approve the Motorcycle Industry Council's petition to grant regulatory relief. This means we need Congress to act.
Senator Tester (D-MT) has introduced legislation, S. 608 that would stop the ban. Please click the Take Action button below to urge your Senators and Members of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee to support this bill.
ARRA members have responded in huge numbers on this issue already, but it is important that you continue to have your voice heard.
After you weigh in, please use the Tell-A-Friend feature to forward this alert to everyone you know that rides. It is imperative that the voice of every rider be heard!
For more information visit www.stopthebannow.com.
Send a letter to the following decision maker(s):
Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Below is the sample letter:
Subject: Please Cosponsor S. 608
I'm writing today as a citizen who enjoys riding ATVs / dirt bikes. I urge you to co-sponsor and support S. 608 which will exempt youth model all-terrain vehicles and off-highway motorcycles from the lead content provisions of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA).
Although the powersports industry has demonstrated that the lead content in the metal parts of ATVs and dirt bikes pose no risk to children's health, the Consumer Product Safety Commission's (CPSC) recent approval of a final rule imposing strict standards for excluding products from the new lead content limits makes clear that CPSC will not provide relief for youth model ATVs or dirt bikes. Congress needs to step in and make immediate amendments to the CPSIA to ensure that reasonable exclusions can be made for these products, which are piling up in stores and dealerships across the country, needlessly resulting in millions of dollars in lost sales and costs at a time when our economy and these small businesses can least afford it.
But the unintended consequences of this ban go way beyond the business and financial ramifications - it affects me personally, and it affects family and friends who ride with their children, because it destroys the chance for families to enjoy these outdoor recreational activities together. AND it poses a potentially huge safety risk if, as an alternative to having the kid-sized vehicles available, parents opt to put their kids on larger, adult-sized vehicles. PLUS, there is mass confusion. Should kids who race in off-road competitions even go to events? Will parents be able to buy critical replacement parts for their kids' ATVs or dirt bikes, like brake pieces or valve stems? Everyone suffers: dealers, manufacturers, aftermarket, motocross event operators, and especially families with children who are being denied their right to ride. And ride safely.
When the new lead standard took effect on February 10, 2009, youth models of ATVs and dirt bikes designed and intended primarily for children 6 to 12 years of age became classified as banned hazardous substances and dealerships in our area were forced to remove these perfectly good products from showrooms. Components in youth model ATVs and dirt bik es that contain small quantities of lead such as valve stems on tires, aluminum in some brake components, and terminals on batteries, do so to address safety (such as machining the deep grooves on tire valves to assure tire air retention) or for functionality (such as the lead in battery terminals, needed to conduct electricity).
The sad irony is that these youth models were created with the support of the CPSC and consumer advocates to give children a safer alternative to larger, faster adult size models. These long-term efforts to promote child safety are now seriously jeopardized. In addition, youth rider training to encourage the safe and responsible use of ATVs and dirt bikes is jeopardized because new youth models and parts and accessories for them are no longer available. As an ATV / dirt bike rider, and one who has respected the law and encouraged responsible riding, I find this to be unacceptable. The lead in those vehicles does not pose a risk to children 's health. Congress needs to stop this ban - NOW.
I respectfully ask that you co-sponsor and support S. 608 so youth ATVs and dirt bikes again will be available for sale and safe and responsible use.
Americans for Responsible Recreation Access
555 Twelfth Street, NW, Suite 710 North, Washington, DC 20004
A congressional act may be the only way to get the ban of youth ATVs and motorcycles lifted. A new MIC/SVIA website has been created to help solve this issue.
Paul Vitrano, General Counsel for the Motorcycle Industry Council announced a new website called "Stop the Ban" website (http://www.mic.org/letters.cfm) for several ways to contact Congress to request relief for the powersports industry. In addition, MIC issued the following regarding the lead ban that has affected business and riders across the nation:
Statement of the Motorcycle Industry Council and Specialty Vehicle Institute of America regarding CPSC Ruling on CPSIA.
At a press conference hosted by Rep. Tom Self of Missouri on March 4, Paul Vitrano, General Counsel, Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC) and Specialty Vehicle Institute of America (SVIA) stated that the powersports industry is being severely harmed by the ban on most youth all-terrain vehicles and off-highway motorcycles. The ban is a result, unintended or otherwise from the CPSIA legislation and is a very serious concern because of the consequences.
With these ATVs unavailable to families, we may see more kids on adult ATVs. We know this leads to crashes. The CPSC, the ATV industry, consumer groups, safety advocates and parents all agree: It’s critical to keep riders under the age of 16 off of large ATVs designed for adults. The CPSC, consumer advocates and industry have worked for years to get kids onto youth model ATVs, many of which are now not available because of the unintended consequences of this legislation.
In addition, families with smaller dirt bike enthusiasts may be tempted to put young riders on motorcycles that are too large for them. This also raises the risk of injury.
It’s serious because:
The potential losses for the industry are massive – up to $1 billion in retail economic value annually. This at a time when our industry, along with thousands of big and small businesses, are struggling because of the economic downturn. Tens of thousands of small businesses across America have been severely hurt because these vehicles are sitting in warehouses and not on showroom floors. Meanwhile, the sales of goods like protective gear, accessories, and parts and services, are virtually non-existent.
Thanks to the efforts of Tom Self and the thousands of dealers in the industry, the media is starting to report on the obvious, that kids won’t eat or lick their ATVs and motorcycles.
While that is true, it is also important to note that the industry has submitted scientific evidence using the analytical method required by the legislation. This evidence proves that the lead-containing components, parts and accessories of these vehicles – essential for safety or functionality issues – pose no risk of causing measurable increase in blood lead levels in children aged 12 and younger.
Unfortunately the signals from CPSC are not good. CPSC Commissioners voted just last night on procedures for determining exclusions. Based on both Commissioners' interpretations of the law, we are not optimistic that the exclusion for youth model ATVs and dirt bikes will be granted.
Now the industry is caught in the middle of a fight between Congress and the CPSC. Congress gave the CPSC the power to grant merited, common-sense exclusions, such as ATVs and off-highway motorcycles, from the lead standards. We urge the CPSC to grant our requests for exclusions.
If CPSC believes its hands are tied because of the way the legislation was written, Congress needs to amend the law to restore common sense and make exclusions available for youth ATVs and dirt bikes.
These products present no health risk to children. There is no practical reason for our industry to be harmed by an unintended effect of this law. Each day this ban continues compounds the severe hardship on businesses and families, and works against the ATV safety efforts of CPSC, industry and consumer advocates. And it could well contribute to more crashes among young dirt bike riders.
Congress and the CPSC need to end this ban – NOW.
THEY WANT TO CLOSE TELLICO!
You MUST take action to Rescue Tellico NOW! The Forest Service has told us what they want to do and it is incumbent on the OHV community to change their mind.
On Friday, February 27, the USDA Forest Service rolled out the draft Environmental Assessment for the Upper Tellico OHV trail system. The OHV community has been extremely dismayed to learn that while there are six alternatives the Forest Service is considering, the Forest Supervisor, Marisue Hilliard, made it very clear that her preferred alternative is to CLOSE TELLICO. While we know that this is completely unacceptable and will cause immediate and intense emotional reaction, we are asking that everyone maintain a level head and concentrate on what our task is now.
In addition, the USFS Forest Supervisor issued a TEMPORARY CLOSURE ORDER that will keep Tellico closed until they decide what the fate of the area will be. This means that if the temporary closure order stands, TELLICO WILL NOT REOPEN ON APRIL 1ST!
What we are doing about it:
The BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC), Southern Four Wheel Drive Association (SFWDA), and the United Four Wheel Drive Associations (UFWDA) have teamed up to fight this and we are working as aggressively as we can to get you the right information. We have spent the last week "scrubbing" through the draft EA and developing a plan and now WE NEED YOUR HELP AND HERE IS HOW YOU CAN
BE MOST HELPFUL:
STEP 1: The week of March 9th, THIS WEEK, we need you to call, write or, even better, visit your congressman, senator, state and local representatives. They need to know you feel angry, hurt and betrayed by the Forest Service. They need to know that the Forest Service is going to affect jobs and the economy in this difficult time. They need to know the real science and that the water is not bad. See the sample letter below for talking points. Feel free to copy and paste the letter, but be sure to personalize it with a short paragraph on why Tellico is important-what it represents to the OHV community and to you. Help your representatives understand how important Tellico is.
Please forward any positive or negative reactions you get to Jay Bird at email@example.com. We want to know who our friends are and follow through with them.
STEP 2: Beginning the week of March 16th, BRC, SFWDA, and UFWDA will have a letter generator up with comments you can make to the Forest Service about the EA. If you have already made comments, make some more. Each time you find out some new information, send it to the Forest Service. We need letters. We are currently refining our comment bullet points and will send out and post more information to help with your letters as we complete that process. But don't let that stop you from doing background preparation and comments yourself. WE NEED to have as much enthusiast involvement as we possibly can muster from the OHV community.
BRC and UFWDA will be following through for us in Washington DC, working from the top down. They will meet with the Forest Service as well as other national organizations and some of those friendly representatives.
Please read the Forest Service documents on their website at: http://www.cs.unca.edu/nfsnc/nepa/tusquitee/tellico.htm
Then take the time to review the independent scientific study SFWDA had commissioned at: http://www.sfwda.org/trails/tellico/study09/.
If you see anything in the EA or Caliper report, or you have information that you want to make sure we don't overlook, please notify Heather Royston at Heather.Royston@sfwda.org
We each need to do our part to RESCUE TELLICO and YOUR INVOLVEMENT IS CRITICAL!
Thank you for your help!
SFWDA, UFWDA, and BRC
A SAMPLE LETTER TO SEND TO YOUR REPRESENTATIVE CAN BE FOUND HERE FOR COPY AND PASTE. OR THERE ARE GENERAL TALKING POINTS TO USE BELOW... You can find out your representatives' contact information and where to send your letter or email to by visiting the BRC Rapid Response Center at http://www.sharetrails.org/rapid_response/and simply typing in your zip code.
Upper Tellico OHV Area
Proposed Closure Order
• Congressional attention to this problem cannot wait.
• The USFS has issued a proposed temporary closure notice prohibiting all use of the Upper Tellico OHV system effective April 1, 2009.
• REPAIRING THE AREA IS THE BEST SOLUTION:
o OHV enthusiasts spend 4 times more money on lodging, food, and gas than other outdoor sportsmen
o $4.8 million annually in tourism revenues by OHV users
o Repairing contributes $1.5 - $2.6 million in OHV revenue annually
o Repairing would create more than $1.4 million in local jobs
o Nearby streams are currently healthy
o Nearby streams have excellent water quality per North Carolina standards
o Nearby streams are capable of sustaining viable, reproducing native trout populations
o Nearby stream channels are very stable
o Nearby stream channels convey stream flows without streambed erosion
o The trails are repairable and very much maintainable/sustainable after repair
• CLOSURE IS A BAD SOLUTION:
o Closure creates ZERO OHV tourism revenue
o Degradation of water quality and degradation of aquatic habitat in Upper Tellico is non-existent
o Historic clear-cutting of land in Upper Tellico has contributed more to the off-site sediment transport than the trail system
o Closure of trails is neither warranted nor recommended by USFS trails experts!
BlueRibbon Coalition Applauds Idaho Congressman for Requesting Hearings on Children's OHV Ban
Pocatello, Idaho (March 4) -- The BlueRibbon Coalition applauded Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson for requesting hearings on the ban of children's off-highway vehicles and snowmobiles.
Today, Congressman Simpson sent a letter to House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman requesting an oversight hearing to explore the affects of certain mandates of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPISA) of 2008. Simpson is specifically concerned that the implementation of the bill has now banned the sales of children's off-highway vehicles (OHVs).
"This is welcome news, and we sincerely hope Chairman Waxman will grant Congressman Simpson's request," said Don Amador, BRC's Western Representative. Millions of off-highway vehicle enthusiasts and thousands of powersports businesses have been requesting a withdrawal of the ban for weeks. BRC praised Congressman Simpson for the letter and also called on their members to continue to press for a removal of the ban.
Congressman Simpson's Letter to Chairman Waxman
Mark Werkmeister, President of the New Mexico Off-Highway Vehicle Alliance (NMOHVA), sent us an urgent message late last night. Mark said the Governor is attempting a midnight raid on the New Mexico OHV sticker fund.
A Special Appropriations bill (part of the state budget bill HB2) passed the House Appropriations Committee with a provision for a new "Governor's" initiative program. The provision provides $500,000.00 in 'seed' money to fund an "eco-tourism" program in the New Mexico Tourism Department. That 500 grand will come directly from your OHV fund.
That's right. Your OHV program money may be used to fund an "eco-tourism" program.
Mark tells us that 'eco-tourism' is described in the bill as "promoting a nature-based form of specialty travel that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of the local community". It doesn't sound like the OHV users, the people doing the paying, will see any benefit, does it?
Mark has described the convoluted path the bill will travel in his email update.
He has requested that BRC ask all our members and supporters in New Mexico to take immediate action. Mark says sustained calls to the Governor and to the Senate Finance committee are critical if we are to thwart this lousy thievery.
It is absolutely critical that all OHV enthusiasts in New Mexico take action immediately.
We've included instructions below. Be brief. Be polite. Do it now.
Public Lands Policy Director
208-237-1008 ext 102
PS: Groups like BRC and NMOHVA are not funded by the OHV manufacturers. We depend on memberships and donations from individual OHV enthusiasts to fund the work we do. For us, membership is our lifeblood. I want to encourage BRC members to consider joining NMOHVA.
WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:
Contact Governor Bill Richardson and each member of the Senate Finance Committee.
When you call, you'll speak to a staff person who answers the phone. Say you want to state your opinion about HB2. Tell them that you are adamantly opposed to raiding the OHV fund to pay for an eco-tourism program. Tell them that the Legislature imposed the OHV fees on citizens in New Mexico who use OHVs in order to fund an OHV program - not an eco-tourism program. Diverting these funds from the OHV program is contrary to the law.
Here is the number for the Governor's Office: Governor Bill Richardson, 505-476-2200.
Here is the contact information for the Senators on the Finance Committee:
> Senator John Arthur Smith, 505-986-4363, firstname.lastname@example.org
> Senator Carlos R. Cisneros, 505-986-4365, email@example.com
> Senator Rod Adair, 505-986-4385, firstname.lastname@example.org
> Senator Pete Campos, 505-986-4311, email@example.com
> Senator Carroll H. Leavell, 505-986-4278, firstname.lastname@example.org
> Senator Howie C. Morales, 505-986-4863, email@example.com
> Senator Steven P. Neville, 505-986-4266, firstname.lastname@example.org
> Senator Gerald Ortiz y Pino, 505-986-4380, email@example.com
> Senator Mary Kay Papen, 505-986-4270, firstname.lastname@example.org
> Senator Nancy Rodriguez, 505-986-4264, No email listed
> Senator Sue Wilson Beffort, 505-986-4395, email@example.com
National OHV Organizations Continue On-Going Collaboration At Meeting in Indianapolis
Leaders from national OHV organizations met in Indianapolis on February 15 to discuss a variety of land use issues affecting OHV recreation. The meeting was held in conjunction with the 2009 Dealer Expo.
This forum was the fourth in a series of face-to-face meetings that began in January of 2008 to coordinate efforts and share strategies to address the myriad of access-related issues facing the OHV community. This meeting focused on legislative advocacy priorities for the new 111th Congress, including support for Recreational Trails Program funding. Other topics included the on-going implementation of the U.S. Forest Service Travel Management Rule and how we can continue to positively influence the outcome, as well maximize the benefits of funding received by the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management in the Economic Stimulus package.
The organizations represented find it productive to periodically discuss and explore areas where they share a common interest. Recognizing that each organization has a separate mission in representing its distinct membership, communicating with each other serves to strengthen advocacy efforts on behalf of all types of OHV recreation.
Stakeholder organizations participating in this on-going coordination to promote access for off-highway vehicle recreation across the U.S. include the American Council of Snowmobile Associations, the American Motorcyclist Association, Americans for Responsible Recreational Access, the BlueRibbon Coalition, the Motorcycle Industry Council, the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council, the Off-Road Business Association, the Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association, the Specialty Vehicle Institute of America, Tread Lightly! and United Four Wheel Drive Associations.
The BlueRibbon Coalition is a national recreation group that champions responsible recreation, and encourages individual environmental stewardship. It represents over 10,000 individual members and 1,200 organization and business members, for a combined total of over 600,000 recreationists nationwide. 1-800-258-3742. www.sharetrails.org
KEEP UP THE PRESSURE ON THE CPSC AND CONGRESS
On February 10, 2009, a new law regulating lead content in certain products went into effect. This is adversely affecting companies that manufacture or distribute youth model all-terrain vehicles and off-highway motorcycles. Dealers that sell and service those products are being impacted as well.
The Specialty Vehicle Institute of America (SVIA) and the Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC) have urgently requested the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and federal legislators to take a common sense approach to implementation of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act's lead provisions.
SVIA and MIC have filed petitions with the CPSC for emergency relief from the provisions. They are also seeking a temporary final rule to exempt ATV and motorcycle parts in order to avoid major disruptions to enthusiasts, to the member companies' businesses, and to the companies' dealer network of thousands of small, independent businesses, which employ tens of thousands of Americans.
BRC is asking all OHV users to continue this contact the Consumer Product Safety Commission and their elected officials today!
Use the following links to send your comments and to contact your Congressional Representatives and the CPSC. Included below is a sample letter regarding the functional ban of all youth-oriented OHVs, which started February 10, 2009.
BRC Letter to CPSC
CPSC Comment Page
BRC Rapid Response Center to contact Members of Congress
Missouri State Representative Tom Self
CPSC NAM Request for Emergency Stay
Thanks in advance for your support,
PS: BRC needs your support via membership and donations to help us continue our efforts to champion responsible OHV access to public lands. To sign up as a member or to make a donation, Click Here:
As a member of the OHV community, I want to voice my strong support for petitions filed by the Motorcycle Industry Council and Specialty Vehicle Institute of America to seek emergency relief from provisions, which went into effect on February 10, 2009.
While I do support efforts by the Consumer Product Safety Commission to protect children from lead content in products that truly present a risk to children, I do not believe the Commission intended that metal parts on ATVs and motorcycles be included in that regulation because they do not present a lead risk to children.
As the spring OHV recreation season rapidly approaches and dealers face the prospect of being put out of business, I ask you to support efforts to exclude youth-oriented OHVs from being unnecessarily impacted by this ban.
Your name &
PROTECT ACCESS TO YOUTH ATVS & OFF-HIGHWAY MOTORCYCLES; SEND A LETTER TO CONGRESS NOW
It takes only minutes at the ARRA website to help stop this misguided rule
The sport of off-highway recreation is seriously threatened by recent legislation that imposes strict lead content guidelines on children's everyday toys. The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA) has effectively banned the sale of youth off-highway vehicles (OHVs).
You can do something right now to help reverse the potentially devastating effect this could have on the sport of OHV recreation. Virtually every motorcycle/ATV industry and advocacy group in the country is currently on board in this undertaking, including the NOHVCC.
Americans for Responsible Recreation Access (ARRA) is currently hosting a special webpage where all OHV enthusiasts can go to contact their representatives to let them know how they feel about this proposed rule as it stands. Making your voice heard from the ARRA webpage is incredibly easy- please help today!
It only takes a couple of minutes at most.
For more information on this press release, contact;
NOHVCC Communications Director
The National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council
427 Central Ave. West
Great Falls, MT 59404
HUMMER and Tread Lightly! Fund Important Dust Abatement Project
The Arizona Off-Highway Vehicle Coalition and The HUMMER Club provided several volunteers to help with various aspects of the project. Additional work included the development and installation of an educational kiosk at the trailhead and the rehabilitation of grounds near the staging area.
The study was funded by a grant initiative called HUMMER’s Restoration Rescue, which was created in 2008 under the umbrella of Tread Lightly!’s Restoration for Recreation program.
ANNOUNCING A TREAD TRAINER COURSE IN HOUSTON, TEXAS
The nonprofit organization Tread Lightly! would like to invite you to participate in an upcoming Tread Trainer Course in Houston, Texas on Wednesday March 25, 2009.
The course is being held in conjunction with the 2009 National off Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC) Conference. However, you do not have to register for the conference to register for the Tread Trainer course.
ARRA recently joined with 25 other recreation groups to urge House and Senate leaders to support including $300 million in funding for local trail projects through the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) in the economic-stimulus package being considered for action in early 2009. The additional funding would be separate from and in addition to regular funding authorized for the program. Click here to view the letter
Picture this. You ride out of the woods from your favorite trail in the National Forest and meet a law enforcement officer by your truck who writes you a ticket for being on a closed trail. You’re puzzled. There was no sign saying the trail was closed. “What’s going on?” you ask yourself. You then discover that the Forest Service just published a new map that shows all the trails and roads you can ride. To your surprise, most of your favorite trails and roads are missing and most of the open routes are roads and trails that are boring and don’t go where you want to go. “There are all kinds of routes that we ride that aren’t on this map! Did I miss something?”
Three major off-highway vehicle organizations are dedicated to the advancement of the sport of ATV and dirt bike riding. Rather than having similar agendas, each one of the three organizations serves a different purpose for the recreational ATV rider.
In fall of 2007, the OHV4TN citizen lobbyist organization asked the NOHVCC to assist with setting up a statewide OHV organization in Tennessee. On May 31, 2008, the NOHVCC hosted an Association Development workshop in Cookeville with OHV representatives from across the state in attendance. On November 8th, the Tennessee Off-Highway Vehicle Association (TOHVA) was incorporated and an election of officers was facilitated. In addition Bob Richards with the Tennessee Dept. of Environment and Conservation was on hand for both of the meetings.
A recent study by the U. S. Forest Service shows that fewer Americans are using their National Forests as a venue for recreation. Forest Service officials seem to be surprised by this news and uncertain as to why this is the case. The statistics are startling. In 2004, total forest visits were 204.8 million. In 2007, that number dropped to 178.6 million visits, a 13% decline.
USA AND CANADA SIGN AGREEMENT TO PROMOTE AND PROTECT OHV RECREATION IN NORTH AMERICA
Memorandum of Understanding between the NOHVCC and the Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council (COHV) seals the deal
The BlueRibbon Coalition is a national non-profit organization dedicated to preserving responsible recreational access to public lands and waters. We want to keep your land open for use, whether you recreate on a mountain bike, snowmobile, motorcycle, personal watercraft, ATV, four-wheeler, horse, or your hiking boots.
Today, the BlueRibbon Coalition is a respected national recreation group that represents over 10,000 individual members and 1,200 organization and business members, for a combined total of over 600,000 recreationists nationwide.
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