$90,000 Grant Awarded for Multi-Use Trail Maintenance! Partnerships At Work

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.

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OHV Recreation Creates $208 Million Economic Impact for Montana

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.”

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Look before you pump!

by International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association

Haslett, MI, October 9, 2014: The International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association (ISMA) has partnered with the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) and the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) in the ‘Look Before You Pump’ campaign, an ethanol education and consumer protection program. The campaign reminds consumers to always use fuels containing no greater than ten percent ethanol when powering their outdoor power equipment or other non-road product, such as boats, snowmobiles, motorcycles, ATVs not designed for higher ethanol fuel blends.

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Montana’s Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Program

By Tom Reilly, Assistant Administrator, State Parks Division

As a direct result of an early awareness by Montana OHV interests and the Montana Trail Vehicle Riders Association (MTVRA), Montana’s legislature initiated a new program for OHV recreation in 1987 by passing Montana’s first OHV registration law. The 1991 Legislative Session followed-up with support of OHV recreation by passing a law that returns a portion of the state gas tax paid by OHV owners for the benefit of off-road recreation statewide. Since those early years, subsequent
Legislative Session’s have approved the continuation of the Program and the expenditure of these funds for the benefit of OHV recreation statewide.

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