Who is the Montana Trail Vehicle Riders Association (MTVRA)?
MTVRA was formed in 1985 by individuals with common interests and concerns. Since then we have become a state wide organization which is supported by individual members, 14 OHV clubs across Montana and business memberships. The MTVRA Mission Statement: “To create a positive future for Montana off-highway recreation by creating an on-going communications forum through which OHV enthusiasts and organizations can share information and experiences; participate in educational opportunities; build partnerships with land managers and supporters; and become partners in protecting, promoting and creating a positive image of OHV recreation.”
Partnerships are very important to achieving our goals and objectives. For a number of years we have partnered with the Lewis and Clark National Forest to develop, print and distribute motorized travel maps for the Little Belt Mountains. 2014 marked the initial issuance of Whitetail-Pipestone motorized recreation visitor maps through a Friends of Pipestone partnership we helped create with the Butte BLM Field Office and the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest. A grant was obtained to help defray the cost of printing 20,000 copies of the Whitetail-Pipestone maps. Maps are free to the public. The response to the mapping partnership efforts has been overwhelmingly positive.
Another major partnership was formed with National Forest Service Region 1 to do major trail maintenance work on five different National Forests in Montana. This partnership received a $90,000 grant through the Recreational Trails Program which is administered by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks. We have been involved with many other trail maintenance, education and safety projects for many years.
The MTVRA Off Highway Vehicle Ethics Program completed the 10th year of educating Montana youth using the On the Right Trail curriculum in public schools. This effort includes an educator speaking to classes about ethical use of OHVs while using OHV posters, pamphlets and video presentations.
MTVRA does not endorse or support any political candidates or elected officials. We do, however, retain a lobbyist who helps in our goals and objectives. On January 12, 2017, we will again be hosting a noon luncheon in the Capitol Rotunda.
Members and supporters of MTVRA are really a cross section of Montana. My story is very similar to other members. Over the years I have been a hunter, hiker, fisherman, white water rafter, motorcycle rider, snowmobile rider, ATV rider, UTV rider, and camper and participated in many other recreational activities. If you have a conversation with our members, you will find you have many things in common.