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Latest Newsletter

Spring 2021 (pdf)

by Mona Ehnes, Sec/Treasurer, Great Falls Trail Bike Riders Association

The OHV and RTP Grants continue to be good support for the trail maintenance work on the trails we all enjoy. However, with the RTP grants requiring the work be paid to the contractor prior to any reimbursement to a club, a funding problem is created and is a hardship for local clubs.

ExtremeTerrain’s Clean Trail Grant Program Get $350 for a Trail Improvement Project

ExtremeTerrain, an online retailer of aftermarket Jeep Wrangler parts and accessories, strongly advocates for the responsible recreational use of off-road trails and is happy to launch the Clean Trail Grant Program.

According to a recently completed study by the Bureau of Business and Economic Research, University of Montana, titled Montana Off-Highway Vehicles, Fuel Use and Spending Patterns 2013, Montana residents spend about $208 million per year on
OHV activities! The report says that “about 77,200 off-highway vehicles (OHVs) were registered in 2013 for off-highway use in Montana. OHV users spend between 4.2 million and 5.9 million days per year recreating. These vehicles are used both for
pleasure and work. OHV-owning households own an average of two machines, and two family members usually participate in outings.”

Montana has taken a major step forward when it comes to maintaining multi-use trails on public lands. Montana’s State Parks Division of Fish, Wildlife & Parks awarded a $90,000 grant from the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) to the Montana Trail Vehicle Riders Association (MTVRA) to perform trail maintenance on 50” (ATV) trails. The grant results from a partnership between the Montana Trail Vehicle Riders Association, US Forest Service, and the Bureau of Land Management with work to occur on the Lewis and Clark, Helena, Gallatin, Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forests and Butte Field Office of the BLM.

National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC) that will benefit the entire OHV industry. Titled “Great Trails – A Guide to Providing Quality OHV Trail Experiences”, it is being developed by NOHVCC, written by a core team of consultants, and funded by a wide range of OHV industry partners.