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Off-Highway Vehicle Program Updates

by Erin Proctor, OHV Program Manager,

State Parks Division, FWP

STAC Meeting June 22 & 23, 2016

The State Trails Advisory Committee (STAC) convened in Butte June 22-23 to determine which projects will be funded by Montana’s portion of Federal Highway dollars, administered through the Recreational Trails Program (RTP). Applications are divided into Motorized, Non-motorized and Diversified categories and cover a wide range of proposed projects. One of the biggest successes for motorized recreation in Montana in recent years has been an RTP funded collaboration between the Montana Trail Vehicle Rider Association (MTVRA), the United States Forest Service (USFS), and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). This ongoing project uses a contractor to provide efficient, cost-effective trail maintenance on Montana trail systems. The MTVRA has been awarded grants for this project in two consecutive years, and has an application up for consideration in the 2016 cycle. Kudos to the MTVRA and their partners, the BLM and USFS, for making this effort a huge success and for improving the quality of our riding opportunities!

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The Divide Travel Management Plan Helena-Lewis & Clark National Forest

y Bill Avey, Helena-Lewis & Clark National Forest Supervisor

“Where conflicting interests must be reconciled, the question shall always be answered from the standpoint of the greatest good of the greatest number in the long run.”  – Gifford Pinchot, U.S. Forest  Service Chief, 1905-1910

The Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest is mandated to responsibly and objectively manage nearly three million acres of National Forest System lands in central Montana for multiple uses on behalf of the entire American public, while following numerous laws, regulations, and forest standards. It is a tough mission, but it is one that my colleagues willingly take on because they are passionate about doing what is right for “the greatest number in the long run.”

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News from the Capital Trail Vehicle Association

By Mike Sedlock, Steering Committee Chairman

Greetings from the Capital Trail Vehicle Association in Helena Montana. We are discussing how to add a page on our website for people to post their information to locate riding buddies to share rides.  Our member hosted trail rides are well attended although some of them have had to be rescheduled due to Montana’s erratic weather.

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CE or Not CE? The Hard Truth About Armor

From Motorcyclist Magazine

CE Armor. Fall off a race bike at speed and it can seem like a week before you stop sliding. This is where a suit made of thick leather earns its keep. But in a motorcycle crash at typical street speeds, you’re just as likely to be injured by the initial impact—with the ground, a car fender, or some other solid object—as by the subsequent slide, which probably wouldn’t even get a MotoGP rider’s attention. Armor in the shoulders, elbows, and knees of your riding gear helps protect you, but not just any armor.

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News From the Great Falls Trail Bike Riders Association

By Mona Ehnes, Secretary Treasurer, GFTBRA

The annual meeting and potluck mixer was held on February 11th at the NOHVCC warehouse.  There was a good turnout with lots of good food, conversation and many stories.  The Movie night took place immediately after the adjournment of the meeting.

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Latest Announcements, Etc.

2016 NOHVCC Conference in Great Falls

The 2016 annual NOHVCC conference will be held in Great Falls again this year at the Best Western Heritage Inn on Oct 11 - 16. This conference includes not only classroom and work sessions for NOHVCC partners but also the annual conference of the International OHV Administrators Association. What many look forward to most are the riding opportunities and training sessions on dirt bikes, ATVs and ROVs at Bull Run Ranch!  For more information, go to the;

NOHVCC webpage at http://www.nohvcc.org.

2016 CTVA Fun Run

More than 109 people enjoyed this year’s CTVA Fun Run at Hellgate campground on Canyon Ferry Lake over Father’s Day weekend. The weather was sunny and beautiful aside from a Friday evening thunder shower. The Friday evening “potluck dinner” was a big hit with everyone. One Way Marine provided the main course of fried chicken, and members brought numerous delicious side dishes. Following the dinner a discussion was held with local law enforcement officers concerning laws that apply to OHV riders.

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With Gratitude from Mona Ehnes

Thank you to all members who have been consistently donating extra money with their renewals.  With those donations our trail maintenance fund is now at $3500.   The special t-shirts are still in the production stage, not forgotten.  The extra donations to the MTVRA Special Fund (legal) came to $2900 for the last year.   The extra donations are appreciated and I promise not to come up with another cause for donations.

2016 ATVMX Series Schedule Announced

from AMA ATV E News

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - MX Sports Pro Racing and the ATV Promoters Group (ATVPG) are pleased to announce the 2016 AMA ATV Motocross National Championship (ATVMX) series schedule. The 31st Annual AMA ATV Motocross Championship will feature 10 amateur rounds and 11 AMA Pro points rounds, visiting many of the most legendary facilities in addition to a new stop on the circuit.

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NOHVCC’s New “Great Trails” Book Is A Premier Resource Guide For The OHV Industry

by Dave Halsey, NOHVCC Contributing Writer

To celebrate its 25th Anniversary, the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC) has created a valuable new resource that will benefit the entire OHV industry. Four years in the making, it was painstakingly crafted by one industry expert, with assistance from 20 more, and funded by 30 OHV agencies and organizations.

“Great Trails: Providing Quality OHV Trails and Experiences,” a 350-page book, was officially released October 30, 2015, at the opening session of the joint conference of NOHVCC and the International Off-Highway Vehicle Administrators Association (INOHVAA).

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Events

State Ride 2016

(downloadable flyer - pdf)

MTVRA State Ride 2016 will be August 12, 13, 14 at Jefferson Creek Road in the Little Belt Mountains. Jefferson Creek Road is on US 89, 3 miles southeast of Neihart, MT.  The campsite will be ¼ mile from the intersection with US 89 and is accessible by all vehicle and RV types. It is a dry camp with no services except portable toilets and trash cans.

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Help Needed for the K-M Boy Scout ATV Program

by Russ Ehnes, Montana Trail Vehicle Riders Association (MTVRA)

The Boy Scouts of America needs our help for the ATV program at the K-M Boy Scout Ranch this summer! In case you aren’t aware, K-M Scout Ranch conducts an ATV program each summer and MTVRA played a big role in getting it off the ground. We can continue to support the program two ways.

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Latest Legislative News

Governor Bullock Announces Public Lands & Public Access Agenda

Billings, Mont., June 9 – Near the banks of the Yellowstone River, Governor Steve Bullock today announced details of his public lands and access agenda, saying it’s his “responsibility as governor” to uphold the Montana value of protecting the state’s outdoor heritage.

The Governor was joined by sportsmen, conservationists, recreationists, and members of Montana’s outdoor recreation and tourism industries as he unveiled his plans to expand and protect public access to public lands and waters throughout Montana.

“Public access to public lands is a fundamental part of what it means to be a Montanan,” said Governor Bullock. “And it’s my responsibility as governor to uphold this Montana value – now and in the years to come.”

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Governor Bullock Announces Release of Statewide Management Assessment of Invasive Species

HELENA, Montana—The Montana Invasive Species Advisory Council (MISAC) released a statewide management assessment of invasive species this week. The assessment, a first for Montana and the second of its kind in the nation, provides a comprehensive look at how invasive species were managed in Montana in 2015. A copy of the assessment can be accessed at:

dnrc.mt.gov/divisions/cardd/docs/misac-docs/montanastatewideassessmentfinal.pdf

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Montana State Parks Off-Highway Vehicle Program Update

By Erin Proctor, OHV Program Manager

As 2015 draws to a close, I can’t help but reflect on the months that have passed, as well as anticipate what 2016 has in store. I would like to take a few minutes here to outline some of my plans for the OHV Program in the coming year.

Nonresident Annual Use Permit – Legislative Success!

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Recreational Trails Program Achieves Major Victory

By Marianne Wesley Fowler and Derrick A. Crandall, Co-Chairs, Coalition for Recreational Trails

December 7, 2015

Working together as a potent national force as the Coalition for Recreational Trails, we have achieved a major victory in protecting the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) in the recent transportation reauthorization process. Conferees from the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate have agreed to new legislation, which covers the next five years (2016-2020), and the bill was signed into law by the President.

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New Legislation Will Bolster Montana’s OHV Program

by Erin Proctor, OHV Program Manager, Montana State Parks Division

Two bills, passed by the Legislature and signed by Governor Bullock during the last session, will help strengthen Montana’s OHV program. A stronger program can support more projects on the ground and in the classroom, enhancing your riding options and experiences.

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Trails

Where Did All Those Trails Go?

Bitterroot National Forest Travel Management Plan

by Dan Thompson, Ravalli County Off Road User Association

Long, long ago when we were all much younger, the Bitterroot National Forest initiated their Travel Management Plan.  Those of us who still retain some fragment of our memory of this event will recall being contacted by the Forest Service asking RCORA members to tell them where we pursue our interests in the Forest.  After many late night group sessions we produced a map as requested with color-coded motorcycle and ATV routes showing the approximate locations of routes that have been historically used by RCORUA’s membership.

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Cooke City OHV Riding

From: http://fwp.mt.gov/recreation/activities/ohv.html

Cooke City. The network of OHV roads and trails on this map provide opportunities for outdoor recreation not found elsewhere. These roads and trails provide access to lakes, a historic mining district, a ghost town, breath-taking scenery, and numerous hiking trails. Much of the area you will be traveling is part of a large reclamation project designed to repair damage to the land and water caused by historic mining activity. Please be respectful of reclamation and stay on designated trails.

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President's Corner

President's Corner July 2016

People volunteering their time, energy and expertise is the backbone of non-profit organizations like MTVRA and the many OHV clubs and organizations around the state. Recently Bob Walker let us know he would be stepping down as the Montana Trail Rider News editor after four years of dedicated service. We thank Bob for his time he has given MTVRA but also for his service to other boards and committees. Thanks Bob!

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