Federal forest bill negatively impacts Montana OHV recreation • Many miles of popular riding trails would be shut down under legislation that will be the subject of a hearing by the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Public Lands and Forests on Dec. 17...............The bill—S. 1470, the Forest Jobs and Recreation Act of 2009—was introduced by U.S. Sen. Jon Tester (D_Mont.)................................."Despite the senator’s effort to reach out to the off-road community for input, the bill doesn't fully address the fundamental concerns that OHV riders have expressed," said Ed Moreland, AMA vice president for government relations. "Therefore, the AMA opposes this bill, as it is currently written, and urges the subcommittee and Sen. Tester to continue to work with local riders, the AMA, and other groups to more fully address rider concerns so that families can continue to enjoy OHV trails in a responsible manner."
Roaming Wyoming - Dirt by Ken Adams • Throughout our ride last year as we traveled the roads of Wyoming we caught ourselves wondering where the myriad of dirt paths led. We even rode a few of them on our street bikes, but it wasn’t very pleasurable. So we decided to do something similar to our 1999 dual-sport trip to Colorado. We knew there would be a lot more street involved in this trip in comparison to 1999. Based on this knowledge we both purchased Kawasaki KLR 650s for the trip. We had done a little research last year while in Wyoming when our idea was first hatched. We had gotten some dirt road maps at the local Lander motorcycle dealership. Armed with these maps, and the even more important DeLorme map we began to plan our trip. We would base ourselves in Pinedale, but as we laid out our plan we realized we would need to spend a couple of nights further south. We chose Rock Springs which is less accommodating than Pinedale, but it was strategically placed for us.
steer agencies with dollars By Joshua Zaffos • A proposal for an off-road vehicle (ORV)
trail in central Idaho is kicking up dust. The Idaho Department
of Parks and Recreation wants to link 460 miles of existing routes
already open to ORV's on federal lands.
and Arizona unite via Great Western Trail • When completed, the Great Western Trail will be a
corridor winding 3,000 miles from the Mexican to the Canadian
border through Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Arizona and Utah. The "discovery
trail," as it is known,
Coalition Honors Recreation Leaders • Federal Land Manager of the Year was awarded to Larry
Tripp......State Land Manager of the Year was awarded to Kim Raap.....State
Legislator of the Year was awarded to Assemblyman John C. Carpenter
of Nevada.....Scientist of the Year was awarded to Dr. Lori Fussell
of Wyoming......Business Recreational Advocate of the Year was
awarded to Doyle Vaughan of Wyoming.....Individual Recreation
Advocate of the Year was awarded to Bert Smith of Wyoming
Calls For More Trail Maintenance In U.S. Forest Service Use
Of Recreation Fees • The American Motorcyclist Association told a congressional
subcommittee that the U.S. Forest Service needs to spend more
money it raises from recreation fees on trail maintenance. In
testimony before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Forests and Forest
Health on Wednesday, September 17, AMA Senior Legislative Assistant
Patrick Holtz pointed out that land managers in some national
forests are using the fee money for operations and services rather
than spending it on much-needed trail rehabilitation.
Trails Program Needs Your Response • For those of us who enjoy trail-based recreation,
be it on hiking, biking, ATV, off-highway motorcycles, snowmobile,
equestrian, cross-county skiing or any other type of trail, this
is one of the most crucial issues that Congress will act upon
this year which directly affects you!
Guidelines for OHV Facilities Published • A healthy future for off-highway vehicle (OHV) recreation
is directly dependent on sufficient opportunities to experience
and enjoy the activity. Federal lands may provide trail systems
and areas designated for OHV recreation, but there is a pressing
need, especially in urban areas, for state governments, local
governments and private parties to provide OHV park facilities.
Environmental Impact Statment • for theTarghee National Forest
Open Road and Motorized Trail Analysis - This Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) documents
the analysis of five alternatives, which were developed for possible
management of summer motorized road and trail travel on the 1.8
million acres administered by the Targhee National Forest.