July 11th Newsletter

NOHVCC News Release

15 Minutes Could Save You 100% On Trail Funding
by Dave Halsey, NOHVCC Contributing Writer "Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their party." Remember typing that sentence over and over when you took Typing 101 in high school or college? Let me offer up a variation: "Now is the time for all good OHV riders to come to the aid of their trail funding program." The Recreational Trail Program (RTP) isn't just in jeopardy, it's on life support and barely breathing. It could die if we don't act "The Recreational Trail Program (RTP) isn't just in jeopardy, it's on life support and barely breathing. It could die if we don't act......read more.

Onward Adventure Trail!
by Karen Umphress, NOHVCC Project Manager The updated Adventure Trail activity book; which boasts a brand new cover design, twelve coloring pages, and nine new kids activities; is in print and will be available for shipping shortly. The activity book's new design is based on the original activity book and input from the NOHVCC Youth and Education Team. Two new pages have been added to the book which highlights the ROV. These new pages will later be turned into full posters. "We are excited to be able to offer an updated version of the Adventure Trail activity book", stated Lewis Shuler, the Youth and Education Team Leader and NOHVCC Michigan State Partner. "It allows us to continue to spread the word in an updated style and to further the success of the Adventure Trail program." Shuler continued, "The feedback from the team has been great and has helped us improve the new activity books. We think that kids who have seen the original activity book will want to take a second look at this newest version.".....read more

The Right Kind of a Hearing
by Karen Umphress, NOHVCC Project Manager When are you happy about Congress holding a hearing about Off-Highway Vehicles on public lands? When the topic is about the positive aspects of the sport. That is what happened last June 22nd in the subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands, chaired by Rep Rob Bishop (ID). Americans for Responsible Recreational Access worked with the invited witnesses to prepare for the hearing which was entitled "Opportunities for Outdoor Recreation on Public Land". The focus of the hearing was on access to federal lands for recreational use and the economic benefits of recreational activity on federal lands. "The hearing went very well," said Duane Taylor, Director of Federal Affairs, Motorcycle Industry Council. "We would like to thank Chairman Bishop for inviting panelists to convey the positive aspects of responsible off-highway vehicle recreation as well as the threats our sport faces from adverse land use decisions. Too often decision makers hear from those who focus only on the few who act irresponsibly, but this hearing provided a valuable opportunity to tell the other side of the story and to put many of the beneficial things about motorized recreation into the public record.".....read more

Nevada Opens First Professionally Designed OHV Trail System
by Dave Halsey, NOHVCC Contributing Writer New OHV trail systems don't open every day, especially in pristine areas with wild horses and desert flowers. So the June 17th grand opening of the Shoshone OHV Trail System in north-central Nevada was a special day, a celebration complete with a barbecue and trail ride. About 75 people gathered to watch as the ceremonial ribbon tied between two ATVs was cut, opening the first professionally designed OHV trail system in the state. The Shoshone OHV Trail System is a success story 8 years in the making. Located 25 miles south of Battle Mountain in an area known as the "Outback," it was implemented by the Battle Mountain District Office of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and designed by Dick Dufourd, OHV Consultant and owner of RecConnect, LLC. "It's been in the works since 2003," said Dufourd.....read more

NOHVCC OHV Recreation Management Workshops in Minnesota and Colorado
by Jack Terrell, NOHVCC Senior Project Manager The three-day Minnesota workshop, held June 9-11 in Houston in the heart of Minnesota bluff country, was attended by 52 individuals representing OHV enthusiasts, state and local officials, land managers, recreation planners, law enforcement personnel and local citizens. The workshop was made possible through a grant from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the hospitality of the city of Houston that donated the use of its Community Center. Houston is the site of a proposed OHV riding area, and the workshop provided an opportunity for all participants to learn about best management practices to develop and maintain sustainable OHV trails, to protect natural resources, and to provide a quality outdoor recreation experience for OHV enthusiasts. NOHVCC consultants Dick Dufourd and Tom Crimmins, and NOHVCC staff provided two days of classroom sessions and one day in the field walking the proposed site so attendees could apply newly-learned practices to specific ground conditions.....read more

Looking Forward
by Karen Umphress, NOHVCC Project Manager The NOHVCC and INOHVAA annual joint conferences are coming up fast. The registration packet is being updated and will be available soon. For those of you who can't wait, the online registration is currently up and running. More information and details are located on the NOHVCC Annual Conference webpage, including links to the on-site registration program. For any questions regarding registration or the NOHVCC grant program, contact us at trailhead@nohvcc.org There is a fine line between letting people know your and your club's accomplishments and bragging. Right now, we don't care which you do, just help us out by telling us your success stories. This will help us highlight the year's successes at the conference. We also need nominations for people for the following award categories: Hall of Fame
Club of the Year
Association of the Year
Program Manager of the Year
State Partner of the Year
Perseverance Award
Integrity Award The more nominations we receive, the better chance we have of giving the awards to the best possible recipients. Don't be bashful! Nominate yourself. www.nohvcc.org/Education/Conference.aspx

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