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Latest Newsletter

Spring 2021 (pdf)

By Tom Reilly, Assistant Administrator, Montana State Parks

Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) use in Montana has increased annually, both for recreational use and for work. Montana State Parks, a Division of Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, is responsible for the OHV Program within the Department.

Service is proposing a new “ecological restoration policy” that the American Motorcyclist Association fears could be used to arbitrarily limit access to motorized trails.

Comments are Due by Friday, February 7th at 5pm. However, if you can’t make that date, they will continue to accept comments and suggestions.

By American Motorcyclist Association

The U.S. Forest Service has adopted a new rule that will allow the agency to fast-track the destruction of motorized trails, the American Motorcyclist Association reports.

Funding for Trail Projects in Montana

(Helena, MT) - Montana State Parks ( announced today that Recreational Trails Program (RTP) federal grants will be available for trail projects in Montana. Applications are due by March 1, 2014.

As the next Recreational Trails Program application cycle nears, I would like to update all of you regarding important topics: upcoming application deadline for fiscal year 2014; 2013 funding update; Transportation Alternatives Program; and, RTP training sessions. Since we have had three consecutive RTP grant cycles where the federal funds have not come through in a single (or timely) allocation, we need to adjust our timelines.

By: Tom Reilly, Assistant Administrator, Montana State Parks

Beginning this year, the OHV grant program administered by Montana State Parks will be conducted via a new and simpler on-line system.

By: Tom Reilly, Assistant Administrator, Montana State Parks

Montana State Parks has announced that Jim Norlander has been hired for the position of statewide OHV Program Manager. Jim has experience with the U.S. Forest Service in Trail Steward and trail maintenance positions in the West Yellowstone area on the
Gallatin National Forest. Additionally, Jim is a certified ATV and Snowmobile Safety Education instructor.

A total of 22 applicants applied for the OHV Program Manager position, which was then narrowed down to five for the final interviews.

Based in Helena with the Montana State Parks team, Jim’s first day is July 1, 2013. Jim’s phone number is 444-7642.

By Tom Reilly, Assistant Administrator, Montana State Parks

Montana State Parks administers two grant programs that benefit OHV activities in our state. One program is funded with state dollars and the other is a federal program.

Montana’s stateside OHV program was implemented in 1991. The grant program is funded from a percentage of the gasoline fuel tax attributed to OHV use within Montana, as well as decal fees owners pay when they register their OHVs.