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Spring 2021 (pdf)

by Dave Halsey, NOHVCC Contributing Writer

The first International 4WPV Safety Conference, hosted by the Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association (ROHVA), the Right Rider Access Fund, and the Specialty Vehicle Institute of America (SVIA), was held in Orlando on October 18, 2013. About 100 people attended the conference, held at the Orange County Convention Center, including dozens of safety experts, plus land managers, powersports dealers, and leaders of youth programs and rider organizations. The focus was sharing information about the offhighway vehicle (OHV) industries in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Australia, their current safety programs, and ways to improve operator behavior in order to reduce ATV and ROV crashes and injuries.

by Dan Thompson, Ravalli County Off Road User Association

Given the lack of opportunities for motorized recreation in the Bitterroot National Forest, it should come as no surprise to anyone that jeepers, motorcyclists, and ATV enthusiasts routinely flee Ravalli County for other parts of the country that offer more attractive routes and enjoyable experiences. And they take their money with them.

On the Ground

Using grants, Montana OHV, RTP and Yamaha Motors, the Great Falls Trail Bike Riders Association has been able to employ George Chamarro and John Vehrs to work on the trails in the Lewis & Clark NF. Trails in the Highwood Mountains, Little Belt Mountains and Castle Mountains identified as open for motorized use were covered. Coordinating with Bob Gliko of the Belt Creek Ranger District, George and John began clearing trails in the Highwood Mountains, the first area to be free of snow. Weekly reports of trails covered, any issues or problems encountered were sent to Bob. 

There is a long history of collaboration in the Blackfoot, Swan and Seeley Lake valleys. It’s common for people—all representing various interests and values—to work across fences to protect the integrity of Montana’s rural communities, maintain sustainable livelihoods and conserve the natural resources along the Blackfoot watershed.