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Latest Newsletter

Spring 2021 (pdf)

by Carl Siroky

Like it or not, for a lot of us, there comes a time when we must store the OHV for the winter. If you follow some basic proactive maintenance steps like these should get your machine through the winter just fine and make it ready for many miles of safe, reliable fun on the trails with the coming of the spring season.  Even if you’re not going to park the OHV for the winter, at the end of the fall season is as good a time as any to perform the 12-month inspection and maintenance activities that are outlined in your OHV Owner’s Manual.  This should be part of your regular care for the OHV from now on. A good visual inspection and the annual recommended maintenance really doesn’t take that long and it’s the best way to make sure your ride is ready for spring.

By Carl Siroky, with excerpts and pictures from an article by Jim Harmer

Dirt bikes are built to traverse rough terrain conditions, which is what makes them so fun to ride.  One of those trail conditions is logs from blowdown trees laying across the trail.  Many of these logs can be crossed by riders with even a novice level of skill.  However, some logs across the trail can’t be crossed, even by the most skillful riders (with the exception of maybe Graham Jarvis). 

From the Standard Examiner, By LYNN R. BLAMIRES

 The variety of ATV trails available to ride in Utah has been the subject of this column for the past 13 years. Some of that variety is reflected in the width of the trails. So what about those 50-inch gates? Trail restrictions exist for different reasons depending on the particular trail. 

To better understand, we need to examine some land use history. Before 1970, there were no restrictions on cross-county travel. Dirt roads had mining, ranching, logging and other commercial purposes. Recreation played a minor role.

By Marc Hildesheim MARC @ NOHVCC.ORG

In 2016 after many years of collaboration with stakeholders, the Forest Service implemented a new chainsaw policy. This new policy was intended to make it easier for volunteers who perform trail work across the country to gain access to training, and to create a meaningful training that spoke directly to the type of cutting they do.

Part of the policy allows local volunteers to become certified “C” buckers, the highest possible proficiency level for this type of cutting. A bucker or bucking cut is the type of cut made when trees are on the ground across the trail, blocking access to trail users. A Sawyer Certified at the “A” level may operate a saw in the least complex situations and must be under the direct supervision of a B or C Sawyer.  A Sawyer Certified at the “B” level may operate a saw in moderately complex situations.

By Russ Ehnes

 During the 2019 Legislature Montana Trail Vehicle Riders Association (MTVRA) worked with Montana Legislator Kerry White to pass HB 355, which among other things, created a “Summer Motorized Recreation Grant Program”.  The program will be funded through the sale of a “Summer motorized recreation trail pass”, which will cost $20, will be good for two years, and will be required to ride on summer motorized recreational trails on public lands in Montana. To quote the law, "Summer motorized recreation trail" means a trail designated as open to motorized use and approved for inclusion in the summer motorized recreation trail grant program established in [section 4] by the land management agency with jurisdiction over the trail.

Why did we need to pass this new law? Simply put, there isn’t enough money available to OHV clubs and associations or land managers to maintain our trails.  Of course, we’ve all heard about federal budget cuts that affect agency trail budgets and while that’s a real problem, it’s only part of the problem. Another part of the problem, and the part MTVRA could affect, has been the loss of funding for the Montana OHV Grant Program.