National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC) October 2016 News

Conclusion of joint conference, awards, and more

Joint conference of NOHVCC and INOHVAA
Many positive comments were made by those who attended this year's joint conference of NOHVCC and INOHVAA.Photo Courtesy of NOHVCC

Joint NOHVCC/INOHVAA Conference Sets a Positive Course For OHV Recreation

“It’s been an amazing year.”

“The Great Trails book and Great Trails Workshops have laid the foundation for NOHVCC success in the future.”

“The NOHVCC conference recharges my battery for the work I do back home.”

“We do this because it’s our passion, not our living.”

Those are just a few of the many positive comments made by those attending this year's joint conference of the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC) and the International OHV Administrators Association (INOHVAA). Over 110 people attended the annual...Read More

INOHVAA presents national awards given to agencies and individuals
Accepting the award was Tom Metsa, OHV/Snowmobile Program Manager for the State of Colorado.Photo Courtesy of NOHVCC

INOHVAA Presents National Awards to Agencies and Individuals in Montana, Colorado, and Iowa

The International Off-Highway Vehicle Administrators Association (INOHVAA) held its annual meeting October 11-15, 2016, in Great Falls, Montana, during the joint conference of INOHVAA and the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC). Updates were given on standing committees, including By-laws and Resolutions; Legislative; Web/Marketing; Planning; Financial Survey; Trails; Safety, Enforcement, Education; and Awards and Nomininations. INOHVAA also approved a document titled “Guidelines for Trail Signing and Placement for Off-highway Vehicles.” It is designed to provide general guidelines, helping State, Federal and Provincial agencies work toward standardizing recreational OHV trail signs and their placement.

The INOHVAA awards ceremony was held on October 13th. Chris Gamache, INOHVAA Chair, presented....Read More

NOHVCC Hall of Fame Inductee: Clif Koontz
NOHVCC Hall of Fame Inductee: Clif KoontzPhoto Courtesy of NOHVCC

OHV Leaders in Utah and Minnesota Inducted Into NOHVCC Hall of Fame

Each year, a highlight of the annual conference of the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council is the announcement of the newest inductees into the NOHVCC Hall of Fame. It’s an impressive list of people who have made a positive impact on NOHVCC’s mission and values.

“This is a prestigious award,” said Russ Ehnes at the awards banquet of the 2016 Conference, held October 13-15, in Great Falls, MT. “It means that you’ve really paid your dues, worked tirelessly for the sport of OHV recreation, and been an advocate not only for NOHVCC, but for your own state and local clubs. It is with great pleasure that we induct two very deserving OHV leaders into the 2016 class of the NOHVCC Hall of Fame.”

NOHVCC Hall of Fame Inductee: Clif Koontz
NOHVCC Hall of Fame Inductee: Karen Umphress

Partner of the Year Award: Bryan Much
Partner of the Year Award: Bryan MuchPhoto Courtesy of NOHVCC

NOHVCC Presents Awards To Nine Outstanding Individuals And Organizations

The National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC) recognized nine individuals and organizations at its Celebration & Awards Dinner, held October 15th during the 2016 NOHVCC Annual Conference, in Great Falls, Montana. The awards are presented in recognition of outstanding achievements that have advanced the NOHVCC mission: “Creating A Positive Future For OHV Recreation.”

Association Of The Year Award: Maryland OHV Alliance (MDOHVA)

Club Of The Year: Golden Eagles Motorcycle Club

Partner Of The Year Award: Bryan Much

Success Story Of The Year: Peach Valley Recreation Site

OHV Program Manager Of The Year Award: Troy Elmore

Volunteer of the Year Award: Ken Fastner

Perseverance Award: Danny Hale

Integrity Award: Lewis Shuler

Special Recognition Award: Connecticut Off Road Enthusiast Coalition (COREC)

Special Tribute to Mona Ehnes, who is retiring
Special Tribute to Mona Ehnes, who is retiring.Photo Courtesy of NOHVVC

NOHVCC Salutes!

At this year's conference, NOHVCC made a couple of special salutes.

Special Tribute To Mona Ehnes, Who Is Retiring

Prior to the awards ceremony at the 2016 NOHVCC Conference, the NOHVCC staff honored Mona Ehnes, long-time NOHVCC Executive Assistant, who is retiring. Russ Ehnes, NOHVCC Executive Director (and Mona’s son) said: “Mona Ehnes has decided at the young age of 77 that she wants to semi-retire. She said retire, but I’m saying semi-retire."

NOHVCCC Trail And Management Tours Held In Honor Of Bill Hamilton

Mixed Gear Bag

The 2016 annual NOHVCC conference is in the books. The conference wrap-up is underway and should be available on the website soon.

Looking forward to 2017, the annual conference will be held in Manchester, New Hampshire at the end of August. Details are being worked through and information will be out by the end of this year.

2016 Recreational Trails Program report now online.
The latest Annual Report on the Recreational Trails Program highlights program funding and administration, the RTP database, and examples of trail projects across the country. The 2016 report was produced by American Trails in partnership with KMS Enterprises for the Federal Highway Administration. It also documents the many benefits of the program and national issues affecting trails. Read more and download the report..

Photo contest for National Recreation Trails
American Trails sponsors the annual contest for photographs of designated National Recreation Trails across the country. Our annual contest provides awards in several categories. The goal is to highlight the diversity of the NRTs and to make more Americans familiar with these great trails. We're looking for good photos of trail users as well as special facilities, art on the trails, management issues, construction, and volunteers. Deadline for submissions is December 15, 2016. Learn more...

Call for Presentations deadline December 9
Keeping in line with the Symposium theme, "Trails Take Flight: Connecting People, Places, and Possibilities,"American Trails welcomes proposals that address at least one of eight unique topic areas as they relate to the theme. Proposals can be for national or international presentations and are due by December 9, 2016. Learn more and download the CFP...

Emerging Leaders Scholarship Program on track for 2017
Applications will be available in early November for the Hulet Hornbeck Emerging Leaders Scholarship Program, which bring up to 16 young adults (ages 21-25) to participate in the 2017 mentorship program at the Symposium. The program will immerse the scholarship recipients in learning best practices and trends in the field to blaze a pathway to careers in natural resource management. We welcome sponsors/partners for this program and will soon have an application recruiting mentors who will be paired with the scholarship applicants. Lets get some motorized applicants and mentors for this ITS. Learn more...