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Senator Bingaman Announces Congressional Hearings on Off-road Vehicle Management on Public Lands

Senator Bingaman Announces Congressional Hearings on Off-road Vehicle Management on Public Lands

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, chaired by Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.), has announced that an oversight hearing on “Off-highway Vehicle Management on Public Lands” will be held June 5, 2008.

What: Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Oversight Hearing Regarding Off-Highway Vehicle Management on Public Lands.

When: Thursday, June 5, 2008, at 9:30am, Eastern Time, 7:30 am Mountain Time, 6:30 am Pacific Time

Where: Washington, D.C.

Who: Full Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources; witnesses will be announced.

For more information, visit the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources website.
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Trail Sustainability: Moving Forward with Travel Management

For Immediate Release                                          CONTACT: Ann Vance
May 19, 2008                                                          PHONE: 888-458-0131
                                                                             EMAIL: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Trail Sustainability: Moving Forward with Travel Management - A Continuation of the NOHVCC Route Designation Workshop Series

For Land Managers, OHV Enthusiasts and Other Stakeholders

June 13 - June 14, 2008

Rich Mountain Community College
Abernathy Building
1100 College Drive
Mena, AR 71953


Classroom Sessions: Friday, June 13, 8AM - 5PM
Field Sessions: Saturday, June 14, 8AM - 4PM

The National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC) is conducting a workshop aimed at helping to ensure successful implementation of the US Forest Service Travel Management Rule after the initial motorized route designation process has been completed including the development of partnerships, resources, and techniques to achieve trail sustainability.  This workshop will be conducted on June 13-14, 2008 in Mena, Arkansas and is for US Forest Service personnel, OHV enthusiasts, and other stakeholders interested in travel management on National Forests in Arkansas and Oklahoma.

The purpose of this workshop is to assist the US Forest Service and other stakeholders in gaining knowledge and developing skills and partnerships that will result in long-term sustainability and improvement of trail systems. The workshop is open to all who want to attend and there is no charge. Other state and federal agency personnel are welcome and encouraged to attend both days. Continental breakfast will be served at 7:30 AM on Friday.  Lunch and refreshment breaks will be provided on both days.

Please note this is not a US Forest Service meeting to gather comments on any particular travel plan.  Rather, this workshop will help you understand the implementation of the US Forest Service Travel Management Rule after the initial Route Designation has been completed and will assist you in developing the skills and tools required to sustain a viable trail system on public lands.

A workshop registration form is included with this release. Registration deadline is June 9, 2008.  After that date, registration may be possible if space is available. For questions or availability contact Ann Vance at 888-458-0131 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Lodging is available in Mena, AR. The Sun Country Inn (479-394-7477) the Lime Tree Inn (479-394-6350) currently have space available, or see http://hotel-guides.us/arkansas/mena-ar-hotels.html for other lodging options.

This national workshop series is sponsored by Americans for Responsible Recreational Access (ARRA), the Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC), and the Specialty Vehicle Institute of America (SVIA). Coordination of the workshops is provided by the NOHVCC. Design of the workshop sessions was a collaborative effort by professional trail consultants, ARRA, MIC, SVIA, American Motorcyclist Association (AMA), Blue Ribbon Coalition (BRC), United Four Wheel Drive Associations (UFWDA), and NOHVCC; with input from USFS trail managers.

The Workshop objectives are:

To develop the strategies and skills necessary to implement decisions made under the US Forest Service Travel Management Rule;

To develop the partnerships and resources to maintain and improve the designated route system on Forest Service lands;

To facilitate efforts to improve volunteer effectiveness, organization, and management;

To develop a common understanding of trail maintenance techniques;

To examine a range of OHV trail signing protocols and principles;

To explore a variety of techniques to achieve required trail monitoring; and

To improve working relationships and increase partnerships between the USFS, state and local agencies, the OHV industry, OHV enthusiasts, and other stakeholders.

The National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council is a non-profit educational foundation.  For information regarding the NOHVCC and its workshop programs, visit its website at www.nohvcc.org.

Trail Sustainability:
       Moving Forward with Travel Management
      A Continuation of the NOHVCC Route Designation Workshop Series

      Rich Mountain Community College
      Abernathy Building
      1100 College Drive
      Mena, AR 71953
      June 13 - 14, 2008


Workshop Registration Form


Agency___________________________  or  Club/Association _________________________


City_______________________________  State____________   Zip Code ________________

Phone_____________________________  E-mail* _____________________________

Type of OHV you ride ____________________

Dates attending: Friday _________ Saturday _________ Both Days _________

*E-Mail address necessary for Registration confirmation.

In Case of Emergency, Contact:                      Name: ____________________
                                                                Phone: ____________________

Special Physical Requirements: ______________________________________

Return this form by  June 6 to:
Ann Vance *  NOHVCC
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or fax: 208-458-0136
P.O. Box 402, Teton, ID 83451

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On December 18, 2007, the agency issued a closure order which UFWDA, BRC, and Southern contend is based on outdated and incomplete science. The law suit will seek to declare unlawful and set aside the closure order.

"Our organizations value their relationship with the Forest Service, however management by closure does not address the issues we need to be surmounting through collaborative and creative efforts," observed Jay Bird, of Southern Four Wheel Drive Associations. "There is no defensible scientific correlation between OHV use and water quality, erosion, and sedimentation issues in this area, and our organizations have long demonstrated their dedication to the environment and support of trout populations in the area through user education, route maintenance and improvement. Active and effective management of motorized recreation, not prohibition, is the only good answer for protecting water quality and species habitat at the Upper Tellico OHV area," Bird concluded.

Further information about the plaintiff organizations, including information about developments in this action and others, can be found as indicated below.

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The BlueRibbon Coalition is a national recreation group that champions responsible use of public and private lands, 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

United Four Wheel Drive Associations is an international organization comprised of four wheel drive enthusiasts, clubs, associations, and businesses dedicated to providing community services around the world, education in responsible land use and safe vehicle operation, and protection of our natural resources through conservation practices. 1-800-448-3932. www.ufwda.org

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John Stewart


The Recreation Groups filed a motion to intervene on May 15th in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California (Case No. C 08-1185-MHP). The groups petitioning the court include the California Association of Four Wheel Drive Clubs, American Motorcyclist Association District 36, California Enduro Riders Association, and the BlueRibbon Coalition,.

"Once again, the motorized recreation community have little choice but to respond to attempts to close treasured access to historical roads in these 'roadless' areas," said Don Spuhler, Cal4 President. "Apparently high levels of State leadership are dissatisfied by the prospect that these routes continue in use despite the Clinton Roadless Rule and unprecedented Forest Service travel management efforts. We believe it essential to defend this access and proper understanding of the forest planning process," Spuhler concluded.

The Motion to Intervene is presently scheduled to be heard on June 30, 2008.

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The California Association of 4 Wheel Drive Clubs is a California nonprofit organization actively promoting conservation and responsible vehicle-oriented recreation. The Association represents over 8,000 members and 160 member clubs. 1-800-4x4-FUNN. www.cal4wheel.com

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Reward offered for vandalism tip

According to the National Park Service investigation, two sets of footprints were found along the edge of the fence line that extended from the dunes to the waters edge. No footprints or tire tracks were observed entering the closed area which was established to protect a least tern colony; no birds appeared to have been disturbed during the act of vandalism.

A recent court approved Consent Degree requires the National Park Service to automatically expand the closure area by 50 meters where a confirmed deliberate act disturbs or harasses wildlife or vandalizes fencing, nests, or plants. The vandal(s) action leading to the subsequent enclosure enlargement have not caused harm to the birds but have caused additional harm to the businesses and ORV community recreating and fishing at Cape Hatteras!

Anyone having information please contact:

  • United Four Wheel Drive Association (UFWDA)
    (757) 546-7969
  • BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC)
    (208) 237-1008

Each person submitting a tip will receive a code number for them to use in tracking the status of their tip. Tips made to UFWDA or BRC can be made anonymously, no caller ID is used and caller need not identify themselves.

Or, contact Ranger Davis Carter of the National Parks Service, at 252-475-8326, P.O. Box 190, Buxton, NC 27920

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