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Spring 2021 (pdf)

From the NOHVCC Website

NOHVCC staff and invited guests conducted webinars covering a myriad of topics of importance to the OHV community.  The title of each recorded webinar is shared below.  While we encourage anyone, who has an interest in a webinar topic to participate live, we understand that sometimes that just isn’t possible, so these webinars were recorded when they were conducted.  You are encouraged you to visit the webinar archive to see which topics interest you most.  We also urge OHV enthusiasts and managers to check the webinar archive from time to time in case you missed something.  

By Russ Ehnes and Carl Siroky

e-bike [NOUN]: a bicycle that can be run on electric power as well as by pedaling.  

An e-bike is a bicycle with an electric motor that can help the rider to traverse the road or the trail.  You ride an e-bike much like you ride a normal bicycle, but with much less effort. 

In the last few years nearly every bicycle manufacturer has entered the e-bike market, making them available and more affordable for many people.  With this increase in ownership of e-bikes their use on public land trails has become the latest opportunity for public land management and a hot topic in user debates.  

This past summer I saw my first “No E-Bikes” sign on a non-motorized trail in the Custer-Gallatin National Forest.  Until I saw this sign, I was operating under the assumption that an e-bike was just another type of mountain bike and as such could be used on any trail that a mountain bike can be used on.  I posted this picture on the left on Facebook with a comment about how surprised I was to see that e-bikes are being managed as “Motorized”.  I got plenty of informative feedback from other folks, showing me that this is a hot topic in the outdoor recreation community. 

I did a little research, to see what is going on with e-bikes on public land.  What I discovered is that the BLM has a final e-bike rule but there is not yet final travel plan regulations written for e-bike management on Forest Service lands.  I found out that the public land managers consider e-bikes to be “Motorized vehicles” and with a few notable exceptions, are managing their use as just that.

Sharing Trails

Do your part to increase safety and improve trail satisfaction for all trail enthusiasts on multiple-use trails. Many of Montana’s trails are open to and shared by equestrians, OHV riders, bicycle riders, runners, hikers and more. Trail sharing can and does work when people respect each other and work cooperatively to keep each other safe. Follow these basic rules to help ensure that meeting on the trail will be a safe and enjoyable experience:

By Carl Siroky

For those of you thinking of starting a new OHV club or who are in an established club and want a few pointers to keep it healthy NOHVCC offers some resources to help.   For example, they provide a 27-page document titled “Guidelines for Off-Highway Vehicle Clubs” which is loaded with helpful pointers.

If you want a copy of this guide go to the NOHVCC On-Line Resources Hub at:  https://www.nohvcc.org/assistance/manager-assistance/online-resource-hub/

If you want to find an established OHV organization in your area you can go to: http://nohvcc.org/engagement/find-a-local-organization

This is the first year that Nathan Leazer was teaching the program. We reached a total of 8,928 students throughout Montana. Jim Dochnahl helped train his replacement Nathan in the fall of 2017. He did an excellent job and set Nathan up for success for the school year to come. It was quite easy to schedule most schools with having the contact information that Jim provided. Even though having all the tools Jim provided it was still difficult to reach the same number of students as last year. The program was down by 1480 students this year. This is mostly contributed to it being Nathan’s first year with the program.