For Immediate Release
October 14, 2002
Contact: Bill Kresnak
Phone: (614) 856-1900
Fax: (614) 856-1920
New Jersey OHV Enthusiasts Forming
PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- New Jersey off-highway
vehicle (OHV) enthusiasts are on their way to creating a
statewide OHV organization after a recent successful motorized
recreation summit, according to the American Motorcyclist
Association (AMA) and the All-Terrain Vehicle Association
The AMA and ATVA sponsored the Garden State Motorized
Recreation Summit in East Windsor, New Jersey, on Oct. 12-13
to cultivate a united voice for the state's OHV enthusiasts.
The goal is to help create legal riding areas as well as to
fight threats to riding.
About 40 dedicated off-highway motorcycle and all-terrain
vehicle riders took part in the two-day summit.
The first day featured a "Ride into Political Action" seminar,
presented by the AMA/ATVA government-relations team. This
seminar is considered basic training for OHV enthusiasts
interested in access to public lands.
On the second day, summit participants began work on forming a
state-level organization to effectively represent the needs of
all OHV users. Russ Ehnes, executive director of the National
Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council, facilitated the
meeting. Participants left the summit with clear goals and
with plans to meet again soon to continue work to develop the
"It's critical that New Jersey's OHV riding community work and
speak together to fight bad laws and unfair regulation, and to
create new public riding areas," said Royce Wood, AMA and ATVA
legislative affairs specialist.
"The summit participants have taken a very important first
step in shaping the future of OHV opportunities in the state.
"The planned statewide association is also very important for
educating New Jersey's citizens about OHV enthusiasts," Wood
said. "The overwhelming majority of OHV enthusiasts are
responsible, law-abiding citizens who simply choose a
different way of enjoying the outdoors.
"It's also important for OHV enthusiasts to recognize that a
very small minority of less-responsible riders can quickly
endanger what little access to riding areas remains," he said.
In May, state legislation was introduced to not only reiterate
a regulatory ban on OHV use on state public land, but also to
ban events held under special permits, such as enduros. In
July, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
announced that it would "strictly enforce" a ban on OHV use on
state public land. But the department also promised to explore
creating at least a couple legal riding areas for OHV
enthusiasts in the near future.
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