Senate Bill 1527 has five sponsors, many more needed
The federal Recreational Trails Program has used off-highway vehicle
users’ federal gas taxes to fund more than 24,000 trail projects
nationally since 1992. It is clearly one of the best tools we have to
help fund trail construction and maintenance.
Only about $84 million of the estimated $270 million collected
annually on OHV fuel makes its way to trails projects. That’s less than a
third. And it’s a gap that every trail user should want closed.
In late May, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) introduced legislation that takes the first, important step toward getting RTP the full funding it deserves. Four other senators have signed on to co-sponsor the bill, which requires the Federal Highway Administration
Back in 2013 when TRS began speaking publically about the idea of creating single-track trail for dirt bikes, there were many dirt bike riders who doubted this would ever happen. This was an understandable reaction considering there was not a mile of true legal motorized single-track on the Coronado National Forest at that time. But a core group of TRS members saw the possibility and persevered. This was no easy task and required tremendous amounts of volunteer time and sacrifice. What appears below is my effort of condensing an enormous amount of detailed history into a short Face Book post. Enjoy and feel free to ask questions.
September 2013 —— April 2014
The journey begins by establishing relationships inside of the Coronado National Forest.
TRS meets Forest Service Officials to share a motorized single-track (ST) vision.
TRS educates itself on “how to” create a 25-mile trail system & forms a ST Committee.
TRS establishes contact with national & regional organizations/resources to gain trail building knowledge.
November 2014 —— June 2015
The background work begins.
Discover a potential trail system site and interest in the Nogales Ranger District.
TRS develops a detailed plan, conducts research, formalizes a “purpose and need” plan.
Forest Service agrees to pursue an OHV grant from Az. State Parks & Trails.
TRS assists the Forest Service in preparing the OHV grant application.
Grant approved for the Red Spring Trail Project.
November 2015 —— Current 2019
The on the ground work begins.
Numerous trail hikes to investigate trail routes.
Forest Service prepares NEPA documentation.
Public Scoping & Fish & Wildlife reports.
Flagging & GPS’ing trails, feed back to FS Archaeologist, Biologist & Range Specialist.
Draft & Final Decision Notices published.
Coordination of trail building resources, private contactors, volunteers, Az. Conservation Corp.
TRS volunteer participation in or assisted with – –
Pima Pineapple Cactus, archeology & invasive species surveys,
Trail building, rock moving, brush trimming,
GIS mapping, map production,
Staging area development, route marker installation,
1,600 hrs. or $62.6K worth of TRS volunteer support to date!
recreation occurs all over the country on all sorts of terrains. Many
lucky OHV recreationists will have the opportunity to experience riding
on trails in heavily wooded areas, areas with serious exposure in
mountainous areas or in open plains. Others yet will have the
opportunity to ride on dunes or through the desert. Each type of area
has its unique safety concerns – this article focuses on desert safety.
NOHVCC recently spoke with Brian Puckett who is a paramedic and leads search and rescue operations for the Bureau of Land Management’s El Centro Field Office in California, which manages the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area. Brian leads a team of five permanent staff who are bolstered with seasonal help during the busy winter season. The team responds to 400 calls a year and deal with a vast range of injuries. Brian said, “Everything from splinter removal to serious traumatic injuries – we see it all.”
This week, onX and the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership revealed the stunning results
of a collaboration to quantify how many acres of state lands across the
West are entirely landlocked by private land and, therefore,
inaccessible to hunters, anglers, and other outdoor recreationists.
This is the anticipated follow-up to last year’s study of federally managed public lands,
which showed that more than 9.52 million federal acres have no
permanent legal access because they are isolated by private lands.
2019 Annual NOHVCC and INOHVAA Conferences, October 15-19, 2019, Reno, Nevada
This year NOHVCC and INOHVAA will visit Reno, NV October 15-19. The conferences will follow the typical schedule that will be familiar to many of you. After preliminary activities on the 15th, the INOHVAA conference will begin sessions on the 16th, a mobile field workshop for attendees of both conferences on Thursday, October 17, joint INOHVAA/NOHVCC sessions on Friday, October 18 and, finally, the NOHVCC conference will conclude with sessions on Saturday and a banquet on Saturday evening.