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Public Forums Will Help Guide Future of Off-Road Recreation in Ohio

Ohio is one of the most popular states in the country for off-road vehicle sales and recreation. To identify the issues and needs of motorized users of the state's public trails systems, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Office of Trails will hold meetings in four locations around the state, including one sponsored by the AMA and near the Association's offices in Pickerington.

The meetings will help the Office of Trails as it compiles the standalone Motorized Trails Plan for Ohio, which will provide a vision for the next three to five years that will help guide the Office as it addresses the needs of Ohio's trail users.

"With four locations around the state, there will be ample opportunity for off-road enthusiasts to interface with representatives of the Office of Trails," said Royce Wood, AMA government affairs manager. "To make our concerns known, it's important that trail users participate in these meetings and assist officials as they craft the Motorized Trails Plan for Ohio."

Wood also noted that this represents an opportunity to expand public trail options in the state. According to a press release issued by the Office of Trails, officials are also "making a recommitment to increasing the statewide acreage of motorized riding areas in Ohio as requested by the state's motorized trail community."

Dates and locations are below. For more information about the forums, please contact Dameyon Shipley in the Office of Trails at (614) 265-6646.

March 11, 6 - 8 p.m.
Cleveland Metroparks Canalway Visitors Center
4524 E. 49th Street Entrance
Cleveland, OH 44125
March 17, 6 - 8 p.m.
Kenneth F. McMahon Hall
Mill Creek MetroParks Farm
7574 Columbiana-Canfield Road (SR 46)
Canfield, OH 44406
March 19, 6 - 8 p.m. (sponsored by the American Motorcyclist Association)
Marcus Cinema
1776 Hill Rd N. (SR 256)
Pickerington, OH 43147
March 24, 6 - 8 p.m.
Wayne National Forest Headquarters
13700 U.S. HWY 33
Nelsonville, OH 45764

About the American Motorcyclist Association
Since 1924, the AMA has promoted and protected the motorcycling lifestyle. AMA members come from all walks of life and they navigate many different routes on their journey to the same destination: freedom on two wheels. As the world's largest motorcycle organization with nearly 300,000 members, the AMA advocates for motorcyclists' interests in the halls of local, state and federal government, the committees of international governing organizations and the court of public opinion. Through member clubs, promoters and partners, the AMA sanctions more motorsports competition events than any other organization in the world. Through its Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum, the AMA preserves the heritage of motorcycling for future generations. For more information, visit

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