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.
This morning I walked out to get the morning paper, looked up at the Beartooth Mountains and saw snow. In two weeks we have gone from 90 degree days and smoke to white mountain tops. As the old saying goes, “If you don’t like the weather in Montana, wait a few minutes”.
Darby Lumber lands is finally turning into trails! Five years ago, several members of the Ravalli County Off Road Users Association where asked by the forest service to look at some old logged off, burned over sections of land that the agency had gotten from Darby Lumber. There were 11 sections of land that had many miles of roads, skid trails, mostly clear-cut land. Not really suitable for much as most people don’t like to recreate on land that looks like it’s part of the moon, but there were some in the club who saw some potential that these section had.
From Americans for Responsible Recreation, September 2015
This has been an ugly and devastating summer for wildfires. Let’s look at the numbers. According to the National Interagency Fire Center, as of August 26th: Year to date, more than 42,820 wildfires have burned more than 7.6 million acres of land.
BUTTE (Sept. 23, 2015) – The Bureau of Land Management’s Butte Field Office has issued a Special Recreation Permit to 5th Gear Productions, based in Three Forks, for a competitive motorcycle race Oct. 10-11 at the Pipestone Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area, located 13 miles east of Butte.
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.