by Dave Halsey, NOHVCC Contributing Writer

The American Motorcyclist Association recently announced the recipients of its 2017 AMA Awards. The individuals and organizations selected by the AMA Board of Directors have made outstanding contributions to the motorcycling community; and their efforts support the AMA mission to promote the motorcycle lifestyle and protect the future of motorcycling. As reported in the official AMA press release:

The AMA Outstanding Off-Road Rider Award highlights the achievements of those who have contributed to the promotion of the motorcycle lifestyle and the protection of off-highway motorcycling.

For 2017, recipient Russ Ehnes is being recognized for his nearly 20 years as the Executive Director of the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC), a nonprofit organization that develops and provides programs, materials and information to individuals, clubs, associations and agencies to further a positive future for responsible OHV recreation.

Ehnes is also a dedicated OHV advocate in Montana as a charter member and officer of the Great Falls Trail Bike Riders Association and helped launch the Montana Trail Vehicle Riders Association. He continues to play active roles in both organizations.

“I am truly honored to receive this award from the AMA,” Ehnes said. “I’ve worked hard to promote safe, responsible OHV recreation, so we and our families can continue to ride now and in the future. I appreciate the recognition, but want to be sure everyone knows that it’s been a team effort and wouldn’t get done without the hard work and support of great partners and the people around me.”

Congratulations, Russ, on your well-deserved award!

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