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Wisconsin and Tennessee Finalize New Statewide Associations

Founding members of the Wisconsin Off-Highway Motorcycle Association (WOHMA)

The challenging Upper Tellico OHV Area where Tennessee and North Carolina meet is just one of the many trail systems the new Tennessee OHV Association will be fighting to keep open.

Two recent NOHVCC Association Development Workshops put the finishing touches on new state associations in Tennessee and Wisconsin.


In fall of 2007, the OHV4TN citizen lobbyist organization asked the NOHVCC to assist with setting up a statewide OHV organization in Tennessee. On May 31, 2008, the NOHVCC hosted an Association Development workshop in Cookeville with OHV representatives from across the state in attendance. On November 8th, the Tennessee Off-Highway Vehicle Association (TOHVA) was incorporated and an election of officers was facilitated. In addition Bob Richards with the Tennessee Dept. of Environment and Conservation was on hand for both of the meetings.

"I am very excited about the direction of this fledging organization," states Iva Michelle Russell, OHV4TN Executive Director. "In order for us to obtain our goals of a statewide system of sustainable trails, we are going to have to have all the OHV groups organized and this first leadership group should pave the way for a successful journey."

Tennessee Off-Highway Vehicle Association (TOHVA)

President David: Bebout (OHM)
Vice President: Steve Melton (4WD)
Treasurer: Joe Tichenor (OHM)
Secretary: Todd Patrick (ATV)
4WD Member-At-Large: Roger Theurer
ATV Member-At-Large: Donald Sieber
OHM Member-At-Large: Scott Voorheis


The newly formed Board of Directors of the Wisconsin Off-Highway Motorcycle Association recently announced the formation of their organization following their NOHVCC Organization Meeting. The primary leaders from the OHM community in Wisconsin as well as AMA District 16, met in Wisconsin Dells on Saturday Dec. 6th to formally establish WOHMA to represent the OHM riders on issues of importance to them. They have seen what Wisconsin ATV and snowmobile riders have accomplished over the past decades and they aim to do the same for off-highway motorcyclists. Joining them in the Dells were two very receptive folks from the DNR who have been in contact with OHM leaders for several years and understand their current position and what they aim to do. Also joining the WOHMA group at the Incorporation meeting were representatives from the other OHV groups in the state; WATVA (Wisconsin ATV Association), WOHVA (Wisconsin OHV Association), and the State Snowmobile Council.

WOHMA has been working the past two years on many issues affecting the off highway motorcyclists in the state; riding area zoning and property line sound issues, OHV park planning with the DNR, threats to close county and state trails, impacts from the US Forest Service Travel Management Rule, and gaining representation on state recreational councils. This workshop hosted by the NOHVCC in Wisconsin Dells was the means to get all of the interested parties together in one place and establish the new state OHM association. Says Alex Bub, the newly appointed President of WOHMA, "We look forward to working with all riders, clubs, associations, and state and federal entities in moving OHM recreational opportunities forward in the state" Bub is also the NOHVCC Wisconsin Partner.

WOHMA (Wisconsin Off-Highway Motorcycle Association)

Alex Bub - President, also the WOHVA (Wisconsin OHV Association) Education Chairman and NOHVCC WI State Partner
Jim Maze - Vice President, also the WOHVA Mole Lake Trail Coordinator
John Newton - Treasurer, also President Wisconsin Dual Sport Riders Club
Lance David - Secretary, also the NOHVCC WI State Alternate Partner
Plus 5 members at large, also board members:
Becky Hayes; Jackson County Trail Riders
Brett Lobajeski; AMA District 16 Road and Dual Sport referee and Wisconsin Dual Sport Riders Club referee
Mike Schwarzenbacher; current AMA District 16 Legislative Officer
Ken Schuck; current AMA District 16 President
Mark Wefler; current President Racine Ski/OHM Club

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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