Welcome to the Montana Trail Vehicle Riders Association.
by Dave Halsey, NOHVCC Contributing Writer
Not many states include off-highway vehicle (OHV) ethics as part of their elementary and junior-high school curriculums. Montana stands out as one that does, and has for 9 years.
Each year since 2006, thousands of students have watched a 7-minute educational video titled “On The Right Trail.” It covers all the basics, educating students about riding OHVs safely, responsibly, and ethically.
New video adds ATVs and ROVs.
By Bruce Rierson, President, MTVRA
The Treasure State ATV Association and the Magic City 4x4 Association participated in a trail maintenance project on switchback road 2096 in the Pryor Mountains Saturday, August 15, 2015. Three forest service rangers arrived with a good sized Melroe Bobcat with a nice sized blade. We started at the top of the switchback and worked our way down to Crooked Creek Road. The Bobcat leveled out most of the trail. Volunteers helped move rocks, tree branches, old burnt trees and other material. Thanks to the FS rangers, Magic City 4x4 participants, President Chet Groves, Fred Rodda and my wife. It was a hot but productive day.
As you read in the January 2015 issue “$90,000 Partnership Grant” and July 2015 issue Partnership Award, MTVRA is the recipient of a Recreational Trails Program statewide Big Grant for multi-use trail maintenance. This report on work completed this year.
1. What is the Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Nonresident Temporary Use Permit?
• The permit allows nonresidents the opportunity to legally ride their OHV’s in Montana. The Montana State Legislature passed House Bill 167 in early 2015, which restructures the requirements for the OHV nonresident temporary use permit to more closely reflect the regulations in the surrounding states.
What is one of the best ways to help recreationists enjoy their trail experiences and protect their trails and resources for the long run? According to the publication Conflicts on Multiple-Use Trails by author Roger Moore, one of the most effective methods is through education and information to the public! One of his examples was signs with positive messages and images. The Capital Trail Vehicle Association (CTVA) employed this theory with an ambitious project to purchase and install state-of-the art trailhead kiosks in three of the most popular trail-heads in Montana’s Big Belt Mountains.
First, a BIG THANK YOU to all of you who paid your membership dues on time and added a couple of extra bucks to MTVRA’s coffers.
In your July 2015 issue, an article about a new trail fund first appeared. Here’s the update promised and some other money items of interest. Any figures are through the end of August.
Many hunters will again be using their OHV’s this year as tools to aid in their quests. Here are a few things you can do to help maintain hunter relationships and good trail conditions.
The October 2015 Montana Trail Rider News included a news release by the U.S. Department of Interior entitled “Historic Conservation Campaign Protects Greater Sage Grouse”. The release was well written but failed to inform readers of problems created by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s lawsuit involving sage grouse.
June 24, 2015
Attn: Protest Coordinator
P.O. Box 71383
Washington, D.C. 20024-1383
Re: Billings & Pompeys Pillar RMP and FEIS Protest
On August 20, 2008 the BLM had an open house to introduce the upcoming Billings and Pompeys Pillar Resource Management Plan (RMP) which would also include a Travel Management Plan (TMP). We were impressed with the initial open house and the direction the BLM was taking, particularly as it pertained to the TMP. After nearly seven years the RMP FEIS has finally been issued.
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).