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Wikipedia is an important resource for millions while Facebook introduces the NOHVCC to the younger crowd

In an effort to continue to spread the word about the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council and what they have to offer the OHV community, the foundation recently joined two of the biggest web-based communities on the internet, Wikipedia and Facebook.

Wikipedia is certainly one of the biggest phenomenons of the internet. The unique site is typically described as a "user-generated" encyclopedia, whereas entries can be submitted by anyone, albeit under strict guidelines. The articles can then be "tweaked" at anytime by users in an attempt to correct and update information. It is currently the largest and most popular general reference work on the internet surpassing the 2 million-article mark in 2007, making it the largest encyclopedia ever assembled.

The growth of the non-profit Wikipedia has been fueled by its dominant position in Google search results; about 50% of search engine traffic to Wikipedia comes from Google, a good portion of which is related to academic research. In April 2007 the Pew Internet and American Life project found that one third of US Internet users consulted Wikipedia. Wikipedia has also been used as a source in journalism.

To access the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council entry on Wikipedia simply type the organization's name or acronym (NOHVCC) into the Wikipedia search bar.

Facebook is an extremely popular social networking site that primarily appeals to a young crowd. Millions of people use Facebook everyday to keep up with friends, upload an unlimited number of photos, share links and videos, and learn more about the people they meet. In addition to visiting each others personal pages, Facebook users also visit pages about subjects such as sports and other interests. There they can meet new "friends" who are interested in the same topics by joining the "group" and interacting on that page.

To access the NOHVCC Facebook page, one must first join Facebook (which is free) and then type in NOHVCC (the page also pops up when key words such as ATV, OHV, dirt bike, etc. are typed into the search box).

 "The internet has proven to be an extremely valuable tool for the NOHVCC ever since it's inception in the early '90s," says Executive Director Russ Ehnes. "Our website and our extensive e-mail networks are of course our primary way of communicating with OHV enthusiasts, land managers and State Partners throughout the country. However we're always looking for ways to get our name and information out to motorized trail enthusiasts who may not have ever heard of us before. By getting pages up on Wikipedia and Facebook we can potentially introduce the NOHVCC to thousands of new people who can then access our website directly if they are interested in finding out more about what we can do for them."

Ehnes adds, "We currently plan to launch more webpage projects similar to these as a way to take full advantage of the internet's resource and social networking sites."

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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