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The goal is to assist OHV riders, the Forest Service and other stakeholders develop the skills and partnerships that will result in long term sustainability and improvement of OHV trail systems in their state

The National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC) recently completed the first in a series of workshops regarding implementation of the US Forest Service Travel Management Rule after the initial motorized route designation process has been completed (or is close to completion).

“We had 35 registered attendees at our first Trail Sustainability Workshop, which was held on the Ouachita National Forest in Mena, Arkansas recently,” reports NOHVCC Executive Director Russ Ehnes. “Rather than ending our educational goals once a USFS OHV Route Designation is completed, we believe there is a great need to work with both the Forest Service and OHV riders to better enable them to work together for the long-term sustainability of the trails that have been designated. In addition, we show them the best ways to make improvements to the trails, and perhaps add more high quality trails to the system in the future.” In the previous two years the NOHVCC held 19 USFS Route Designation workshops for Forest Service personnel and OHV enthusiasts as various forests across the country began or were progressing through the route designation process.

The first day of the Arkansas workshop featured sessions designed to address volunteer programs, trail maintenance techniques, trail monitoring, trail signing, and funding. Presenters included veteran OHV land managers Tom Crimmins and Dick Dufourd. On the second day of the two-day Arkansas workshop, all the attendees took to the field for a hands-on gathering, learning how to employ the skills they had learned the previous day.

The sessions are open to all who want to attend. Other state and federal agency personnel are welcome and encouraged to participate and there is no charge. Funding for this workshop series has been provided by the Motorcycle Industry Council and the Specialty Vehicle Institute of America. These workshops are not Forest Service meetings and are not intended to gather comments on any particular travel plan. Rather, these sessions will help interested parties learn and understand the skills and tools required to sustain and improve a viable OHV trail system on public land.

“We are currently considering where and when the next workshops will take place,” adds Ehnes. “We encourage OHV enthusiasts and leaders, as well as USFS personnel, to inquire about holding a workshop in their states by contacting Russ Ehnes at 800-348-6487 or by e-mail at"

The Workshop objectives are:

  • To identify public land management agency and public stakeholder issues;
  • To facilitate efforts to improve volunteer effectiveness, organization and management;
  • To explore a variety of techniques to achieve required OHV monitoring;
  • To develop a common understanding of a variety of trail maintenance techniques;
  • To examine a range of OHV trail signing protocols and principles;
  • To improve working relationships between local, state, and federal land management agencies and the OHV community;
  • To increase partnerships between the USFS, the OHV industry, OHV enthusiasts and other stakeholders;
  • To develop the strategies and skills necessary to implement decisions made under the US Forest Service Travel Management Rule; To develop the partnerships and resources to maintain and improve the designated route system on Forest Service lands.

This national workshop series is sponsored by Americans for Responsible Recreational Access (ARRA), the Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC), and the Specialty Vehicle Institute of America (SVIA). Coordination of the workshops is provided by the NOHVCC. Design of the workshop sessions was a collaborative effort by professional trail consultants, ARRA, MIC, SVIA, American Motorcyclist Association (AMA), Blue Ribbon Coalition (BRC), United Four Wheel Drive Associations (UFWDA), and the NOHVCC, with input from USFS trail managers.

The National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council, as a national body of OHV recreation enthusiasts, develops and provides a wide spectrum of programs, materials and information, or "tools", to individuals, clubs, associations and agencies in order to further a positive future for responsible OHV recreation.

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