At 10-Year Mark, OEM Grant Programs Considered Helpful Resource by USFS and BLM

by Dave Halsey, NOHVCC Contributing Writer

Over the past decade, Yamaha Motor Corp. USA, and Polaris Industries Inc., have mailed out a combined total of over $5 million in grant checks. Their grant programs are well known among off highway vehicle (OHV) clubs, which have used the funds to build and maintain sustainable trails, staging areas, bridges, and to create trail maps.

The grant programs have also become an established and welcomed source of funding for public land managers and OHV program managers at the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

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Positive Outlook for Outdoor Recreation in 2017

From American Recreation Coalition Webpage

Outdoor recreation contributes $650 billion to the American economy, and supports tens of millions of jobs. According to ARC’s new report: Outdoor Recreation Outlook 2017, those numbers are only expected to grow. Most components of the recreation industry reported significant gains in 2016 and the general outlook for the industry in 2017 is optimistic. Key items from the report include:

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Four-Wheeled Freedom: Riders with Disabilities Use ATVs To Enjoy the Outdoors

The following was published in the Nov./Dec. 2009 ATV News insert in American Motorcyclist and edited to fit this publication

Story by Karen Umphress

One thing that I have discovered is that people who are in wheelchairs or are otherwise disabled want to be “normal,” and in the everyday world they don’t get many opportunities to be that way. When it comes to accessing the beauty of America’s public lands, an ATV or a four-wheel-drive vehicle can be the only way for the less-abled to enjoy the outdoor opportunities that most of us take for granted. Opportunities that, like the rest of us, they have paid for with their federal tax dollars.

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Sneak Peek at Montana’s New OHV Brochure

By Erin Proctor, OHV Program Manager

It’s time for an update to the “Off-Road Montana” brochure! We’ll start off by renaming it, so there’s no confusion between what’s old & outdated and what’s new & current. Your new brochure will be called the Montana Motorized Recreation Handbook, and combines information from both the “Off-Road Montana” and “Hunting and ATVs” pamphlets currently in circulation. Sections will include: How Permit Dollars are Used; Definitions; Safety & Equipment; Title, Registration and Permit Requirements; Other OHV Regulations; Sharing Trails, Safe & Ethical Use; Hunting & OHVs; Additional Resources; and Tread Lightly! practices. Expect to see clearly defined laws as well as good and ethical best practice suggestions. 

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EPA announces higher ethanol blends despite low demand, lack of distribution network

From: American Motorcyclist Association

2017 Renewable Fuel Standard Too High For Marketplace

PICKERINGTON, Ohio – The 2017 Renewable Fuel Standard volume requirements announced today by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are higher than the agency’s May proposal and will mandate more ethanol in the nation’s fuel supply chain despite a low demand for higher ethanol blends and an inadequate distribution and sales network, the American Motorcyclist Association reports.

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