By: Robert Janis
OHV Conservation Association:
Getting the Grass Roots Involved
course, the AOCA has a website (www.arkansasohv.org).
The site defines what the AOCA is, its mission,
and also informs interested parties on how to
get grant money for trail projects. It provides
a very detailed explanation on how one or a club
can go about applying for grants. Moreover,
there is a news section that includes
information on travel management decisions,
promotes off-road events, alerts members and
local clubs about meetings of the National
Forest Service, offers news about various things
of interest to OHV enthusiasts including pending
legislation that influences OHV’ers in other
states. The site also includes a section that
offers information on where to ride which
In addition, the site
describes the objectives of the organization
- Developing working relationships with land
managers to improve and protect OHV recreational
access within Arkansas.
- Organizing and building unity between OHV
- Promoting communication with community officials
on interest and concerns of the motorized OHV
- Establishing working relationships with local,
state, federal, and private land managers to
promote communication and cooperation.
- Communicating to individual OHV enthusiasts the
importance and benefits of joining an OHV
- Establishing a website and print materials to
promote communication and interaction with all
OHV organizations and enthusiasts.
- Educating the public, clubs, organizations,
governmental bodies, OHV enthusiasts, and
businesses regarding motorized OHV safety,
ethics and environmental issues.
- Promoting responsible riding ethics among
enthusiasts through educational programs,
materials and by example.
Also, as far as
responsible riding is concerned, the website
includes a section on Responsible riding that
offers “The Golden Rules of Safe OHV
Recreation,” how to avoid too much impact on
trails (“Leave No Trace”), and how to share the
trails (“Sharing The Trails”).
infrastructure of the organization include
individuals who specialize in either ATV, OHM
and 4WD issues. They include Greg Newsome (firstname.lastname@example.org)
(OHM), Chris Nichols (email@example.com)
(ATV), and Andy Guschke (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Formed only nine months ago, the AOCA
now has more than 475 members including
individuals, clubs, and businesses. The benefit
of joining the group is its platform that
attracts attention to OHV-related issues.
“Members can bring issues to the attention of
the AOCA and get support from a group with a
large base of experience and knowledge,” said
Linn. “We can also be a great source of
information. We can be used as a communications
link to other groups and individuals for
promoting recreational or work events.”