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Spring 2021 (pdf)

By Bob Walker

The public land access that we enjoy now isn’t an accident.  The generations that preceded us took care to preserve our public lands and build the trails that we depend on, and it’s now up to us to do the same.  As pressure on Montana’s public land infrastructure increases, it is essential that we invest in our trails to preserve our way of life.

More than ever, our trails allow more Montanans to make a living in the place we call home.  Whether it’s a well-groomed snowmobile track, a rocky pack-and-saddle route, or an artfully banked mountain bike path, people will pay to get to the trailhead and beyond.  Over the last five years, outdoor recreation spending in Montana has increased 22 percent, from $5.8 billion in 2013 to $7.1 billion today.  That spending generates $2.2 billion in wages and 71,000 jobs (Outdoor Industry Association).

The Great Western Trail Association, in partnership with the Custer Gallatin National Forest, celebrated the dedication of a new segment of the Great Western Trail (GWT) that connects the existing Arizona, Utah, Wyoming, and Idaho sections with Montana. Attendance at the event included representatives of the Great Western Trail Association including Mike Browning and Mike Titus, the USDA Forest Service, Idaho OHV Association, Wyoming OHV Association, Montana Trail Vehicle Riders Association, Montana Snowmobile Association and the Parks Division of Fish, Wildlife & Parks.

Information from Doug Abelin, Chair, CTVA

Photos by Patty Daugaard, Secretary-Treasurer, CTVA

The Capital Trail Vehicle Association enjoyed a busy summer riding and maintaining trails, hosting a statewide Fun Run, helping with an ultra-runner’s event, and attending important meetings concerning travel plans and wilderness study areas.

Thanks to Montana’s Legislature and Montana Trail Vehicle Riders Association

By Bob Walker, Editor

Montana Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) owners pay the majority of costs for maintaining and enhancing Trails open to OHV recreation in Montana. Thanks to requests by OHV owners, the 1987 session of the Montana legislature passed Montana’s first OHV registration law that requires all OHVs used on public lands to display a registration decal. County treasurers deposit moneys collected in a dedicated fund to be used solely for Montana’s OHV program!