ATV Clubs Adjusting To Influx Of Side-by-Sides

Third in a series. ATV clubs are looking more and more like Side-by-Side (SxS) clubs. Photos of ATV club rides aren’t just sprinkled with SxSs anymore. Often, they are the dominant vehicle. In some parts of the country, new “SxS Clubs” are being formed. If you belong to one of them, or have thoughts on how SxSs (called recreational off-highway vehicles or ROVs by manufacturers) have changed your ATV club and its activities, we’d like to hear from you for this article series. Send your club name, contact info and comments to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

North Idaho ATV Association Accommodates All ATV and SxS Riders

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News from the Capital Trail Vehicle Association

By Mike Sedlock, Steering Committee Chair, CTVA

Last weekend the Capital Trail Vehicle Association (CTVA) single track trail crew worked on motorcycle trail sections in the Galena Gulch area. Trails included Sullivan Gulch and Buttermilk Jim loop. This trail has not been cleared for a couple of years and had significant downfall.  The crew removed 57 trees and the loop is now in great shape!

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Recreational Trails Program Benefits Multiple Use Trails

By Beth Shumate, Recreational Trails Program Manager, Montana State Parks

Montana Trail Vehicle Riders Association has set a new precedent for tackling trail maintenance efforts in Montana!  Not only have they successfully demonstrated that they can establish better relationships between federal and state partners but they have also demonstrated that they can accomplish more work on the ground in a more cost effective way than ever before.  MTVRA recently secured another $90,000 Recreational Trails Program (RTP) grant from the federally-funded RTP through an extremely competitive process. MTVRA also secured $90,000 in 2014 and $45,000 in 2015 for these same types of efforts from Montana’s RTP.  This on-going project is the third year of an effort to develop long-term methodology and partnerships to improve recreation opportunities for people of all ages and abilities.

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Three Great Resources For Converting Old Roads To New Trails

trail. Not too long ago, there were few resources available to help state and federal land managers, off-highway vehicle (OHV) program managers, and OHV clubs successfully convert existing natural surface roads to sustainable trails. Thankfully, that has all changed.  Now there is plenty of information, written by professional trail designers and builders, to help with that effort, benefitting both agencies and user groups. Here are three outstanding tools you can use to turn roads into trails. 

“Transforming Existing Routes Into Manageable, Enjoyable Trails for the OHV Community”  by Margie Tatro, Reineke Construction

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The Divide Travel Management Plan Helena-Lewis & Clark National Forest

By Bill Avey, Helena-Lewis & Clark National Forest Supervisor

“Where conflicting interests must be reconciled, the question shall always be answered from the standpoint of the greatest good of the greatest number in the long run.”  – Gifford Pinchot, U.S. Forest  Service Chief, 1905-1910

The Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest is mandated to responsibly and objectively manage nearly three million acres of National Forest System lands in central Montana for multiple uses on behalf of the entire American public, while following numerous laws, regulations, and forest standards. It is a tough mission, but it is one that my colleagues willingly take on because they are passionate about doing what is right for “the greatest number in the long run.”

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