Feds Cracking Down on Off-Highway Vehicles
Submitted by Ted Williams on Sat, 04/29/2006 - 08:13.
From: Colorado4x4.org . www.colorado4x4.org/vbb/showthread.php?t=63464 I'm a volunteer at the Public Lands Center in Durango and we had our annual orientation meeting yesterday. There was a national Travel Management Rule finalized last year. Check it out: fs.fed.us/recreation/programs/ohv It a nutshell, everything will be closed to motorized vehicles unless specified as open! No exceptions for ADA access to public lands. Timeline is set for implementation in 2009. There will be public hearings and it's unknown as to what effect the Colorado Roadless Task Force conclusion will have on the USFS Travel Plan One of the reasons given for this new plan is the fact that the number of OHV's on public lands have gone from 5 million 30 years ago to 51 million! ATV trails will be set for rigs that are a max of 50", thus eliminating 'Gators, Mules, etc. This year will mark the first year that there will be a coordinated effort by sheriffs in San Miguel (Telluride) San Juan (Silverton), Ouray (Ouray) and La Plata (Durango) to ticket under age, non-licensed ATV and dirt bike drivers. Finally, as a front desk Visitor Information volunteer, I get countless complaints from campers and hikers about OHV users regarding noise, staying on the trails and dust.