LAUNCH DIRECTIVE TO FOREST SERVICE REGARDING FOREST SERVICE OHV
Two of America's largest
recreational access advocacy organizations,
Coalition (BRC) and United
Four Wheel Drive Associations
(UFWDA), have asked U.S.
Forest Service Chief Dale Bosworth to address
serious concerns of the Off Highway Vehicle community in his new
nationwide OHV policy. The new OHV policy is designed to limit OHV use
to designated roads, trails and generally ban cross-country travel.
Carla Boucher, Legal Counsel
for United Four Wheel Drive
Associations and nationally-known land use attorney said, "Although we
generally support the broad goals of the OHV initiative we have serious
concerns that must be addressed." Bill Dart, Executive Director of the
BlueRibbon Coalition added: "Our organizations will aggressively
participate early on in this process to make certain recreational
access is preserved for all."
"We have strongly cautioned
the Forest Service that any change in
management must be done legally, with full public involvement and not
by 'special order' or 'emergency order' short cuts," stated Dart.
The Organizations also focused
on the importance of a complete
inventory of all roads and trails, including the public early and often
in the inventory and designation process and expressed strong
opposition to any attempt to implement a national Closed Unless Posted
"BRC and UFWDA joined together
to make it clear to the agency that
the recreation community is united and that we're committed to making
sure the new OHV policy is fair," stated Boucher.
"The Forest Service must
adequately plan for both current and
future OHV use," Dart said. "If the Forest Service does their job
this initiative will provide enjoyable, sustainable and manageable OHV
travel systems that will meet the current and future need of Americans
who enjoy OHV use," he added.
Both groups emphasize the
importance of local OHV user involvement
in the new policy, noting that local involvement will be critical to
protecting OHV routes so all can enjoy America's public lands.
Additional information about the new OHV policy can be found at the USFS
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