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Prepared for the National OHV Implementation Team,

By Usda Forest Service


With few exceptions throughout the country, the fastest growing community the Forest Service works with is off-highway vehicle (OHV) users. These include the drivers, riders, and passengers of 4X4s, Jeeps, All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs or quads), and dirt bikes. They use their vehicles as the centerpiece of their recreational activities, or as a means of transportation for other experiences such as family camping in remote locations, rock climbing, hunting or fishing. The Forest Service recognizes the interest of OHV users to the country’s 192 million acres of National Forests, as well as the drawbacks associated with this use if it is not managed responsibly. Within the Forest Service, two national OHV teams are working to address the need for a broader, more cohesive strategy for managing OHV use. The first group has focused on developing a national policy framework, including proposed rules for designated routes and locations for OHV use. Another team, the National OHV Implementation Team, has focused on providing tools, techniques and best practices associated with managing OHVs. In compiling these best practice examples, the Team recognized the critical importance of collaborative approaches in implementing successful OHV programs

Topics: 8) OHV Use and Forest Plan Revision on the Ou
Year: 2005
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