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NOHVCC and TMTC Receive Polaris Grant

November 21, 2016 – National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC) and the Texas Motorized Trails Coalition (TMTC) announce the receipt of a Polaris Foundation T.R.A.I.L.S grant in excess of $40,000.00. The grant will be used for improvements to the trail system and trail signing at the Escondido Draw Recreation Area (EDRA) OHV trail system.

Since the state of Texas is 97% private land, finding legal places to ride off-highway vehicles can be difficult. In order to have places to ride, the Texas Motorized Trail Coalition (TMTC) began purchasing property for OHV Parks and managing them for off-highway vehicle use. The Escondido Draw Recreation Area (EDRA) is their second property purchased. The EDRA is located in Crockett County, which is in the West Central area of Texas. The Area serves the greater southwest portion of Texas from San Antonio to El Paso and as far north as Dallas-Fort Worth. The Area will be the only park area in Crockett and surrounding counties that can be used by the general public for off-highway vehicle use.

The funding provided by Polaris will used to perform trail maintenance and rehabilitation, install trail signing, and develop a new trail map for the area. The work will improve rider safety and improve the quality of the riding experience for visitors. The TMTC will provide manpower to maintain the trail tread, cut back brush, install over 150 signs, improve other navigational aids, and assess trail safety for additional improvements.

The NOHVCC will assist TMTC to create Great OHV Trails in the Area by reviewing the current trail system, suggesting trail design improvements, assisting with the purchase of materials, managing the grant, and providing guidance. The EDRA project will be completed through their NOHVCC Management Solutions consulting program. This project is anticipated to be complete by Dec 31, 2017

About Polaris Foundation - The T.R.A.I.L.S grant program encompasses two main objectives: 1) promoting safe and responsible riding and 2) preserving trail access. Funds can be used by organizations for trail development and maintenance projects, safety and education initiatives, lobbying, and other projects to increase and maintain land access. The acronym T.R.A.I.L.S stands for: Trail development, Responsible riding, Access, Initiatives, Lobbying, and Safety. The company has donated more than $1.7 million since it launched the program in 2008. See http://www.polaris.com/en-us/rider-support/trails-application for more information.

About NOHVCC – The National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council is a non-profit educational foundation whose mission is to Create A Positive Future for OHV Recreation. To achieve the organization goal, NOHVCC creates a variety of tools and resources which a focus on safe and responsible OHV use as well as keeping and creating sustainable OHV trail systems. For more information regarding NOHVCC and NMS, see www.nohvcc.org. For more information regarding their Great Trails guidebook, see www.greatohvtrails.com.

About TMTC - The Texas Motorized Trails Coalition is a Texas based non-profit corporation of family oriented Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) club members and individuals was founded to educate enthusiasts in the principals of responsible OHV recreation and to procure, develop and operate OHV parks for the OHV community. The EDRA is the second property to be purchased and managed by the organization for safe and legal OHV riding. For more information regarding TMTC visit http://www.texasmotorizedtrails.com/ . For information regarding the EDRA visit http://www.escondidodraw.org/.

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