View Full Version : Kalifornia wins in OHV

01-01-2006, 01:54 PM
Following recommendations made by SEMA the US Forest Service anounced new land management plans for four Southren Kalifornia national forests that will open up more back country trails to OHV's.

The forests:
* Angeles
* Cleveland
* Los Padres
* San Bernardino

OHVs will have access to about 25% of the combined 1.2 million acres of forest land. SEMA noted that these areas currently had some form of OHV use. The new plans also address 'user-created' trails and where appropriate add these routes to the system.

I have had the chance to spend quite a bit of time in the Los Padres NF. It offers some great wheeling and beauty. It is loaded with challenges and offers some great camping and other outdoor activites.

01-01-2006, 06:08 PM
I'm glad to see you share the same awe and respect for the State of Kalifornia. For years now I've thought that Arizona patrols the wrong border. The real blight on our way of life comes from the West.

01-01-2006, 08:52 PM
I think this is related. It was in Four Wheeler magazine (Dec 05) aboout OHV and Sema:


Sedona Jeep School
01-02-2006, 06:01 AM
This is all part of the new national rule for addressing OHV management. Expect some good news, and some not so good news in different parts of the country. I am glad to hear that Kalifornia came in with good news.

Our recent thread talked about this, too. http://www.virtualjeepclub.com/showthread.php?t=10145

The bottom line, people, is that as many of us as possible need to get involved in this process. Even if you know of only ONE trail you want to preserve for OHV use, your voice is valuable.

In Arizona, we have six national forests. Find links to any or all of them here: http://www.fs.fed.us/recreation/map/state_list.shtml#Arizona
Just as an example, most of the Crown King trail is in the Prescott National Forest; FR-42 (temporarily closed due to fire damage) is in the Tonto National Forest; and Broken Arrow is in the Coconino National Forest...

Where are your favorite trails? Find out and write them down--an FR number is even better. Then attend whatever public forums you can in the next four years.

On the USFS website, http://www.fs.fed.us/recreation/programs/ohv/
this info is posted:

"Next Steps:

Proposed directives (Forest Service Manual and Handbook direction) will be published for public comment in 2006.
During the next few years, forest supervisors and district rangers will involve the public in designating roads, trails, and areas for motor vehicle use.
The agency expects national forests and grasslands to complete the designation process within four years.

Working Together:

Effective partnerships with state and local government and user groups are already providing collaborative planning, maintenance, and shared resources to better manage OHV use.
Sustainable motorized recreation will require continuing partnerships to address road and trail maintenance, enforcement, and protection of natural resources."

Way to keep on the lookout, guys! Let's keep it up and jump in when these "forums" come up...

Happy trails!