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National OHV Organizations Hold Land Use Forum in Conjunction with SEMA Show

Leaders from ten national OHV organizations met in Las Vegas on November 6 to discuss a variety of land use issues affecting OHV recreation. The meeting was held in conjunction with the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) annual convention.

Stakeholder organizations represented at the meeting included the American Council of Snowmobile Associations, the American Motorcyclist Association, Americans for Responsible Recreational Access, the BlueRibbon Coalition, the Motorcycle Industry Council, the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council, the Off-Road Business Association, the Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association, the Specialty Vehicle Institute of America, and Tread Lightly!

This is the third Forum that the groups have held in 2008. This meeting focused on the 2008 election results and their impact on recreational access issues, as well as the priorities and challenges facing OHV recreation in the 111th Congress. Strategies to address the upcoming Recreational Trails Program reauthorization and the on-going US Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management Route Designation processes were also discussed.

“The next few years will be challenging for OHV recreation for a number of reasons," said Russ Ehnes, Executive Director of the NOHVCC. "It’s more important than ever for the national organizations to not only continue to cooperate, but for the organizations to build on and improve our relationships for the betterment of our sport.”

The organizations represented find that it is useful to periodically discuss and explore areas where they share a common interest. Recognizing that each organization has a separate mission in representing its distinct membership, communicating with each other serves to strengthen advocacy efforts for OHV recreation.

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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