Responsible ORVs

Recreational development is a job not of building roads into the lovely country, but of building receptivity into the still unlovely human mind.

Groups Challenge Plan Increasing Off-Highway Vehicle Use in Old-Growth Areas of Ochoco National Forest (News Release 6/28/17)

6/28/2017
Extensive new motorized trail system threatens wildlife, upsets use balance

Today the U.S. Forest Service issued a final decision green-lighting an extensive motorized trail system that would add 137 miles of new off-highway vehicle (OHV) trails to the existing network of 674 miles within the Ochoco National Forest in central Oregon, including areas of old growth forest.

Lawsuit against Santa Fe National Forest travel management plan thrown out

1/04/2017

SANTA FE N.M. (KRQE) – The U.S. District Court has thrown out a lawsuit from an off-roading organization against the Santa Fe National Forest.

The ATV group was fighting the forest’s Travel Management Plan that would close parts of the forest to motorized use.

It’s been a battle for years now — a lawsuit between the Santa Fe National Forest and the New Mexico off-roading group.

The New Mexico Off Highway Vehicle Alliance has been fighting to keep more of the forest open for ATVs.

Court tosses suit challenging Santa Fe National Forest travel management plan (News Release 1/4/17)

1/04/2017
400,000 acres of SFNF will remain protected from ATVs

Late last month, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico dismissed a case against the Santa Fe National Forest brought by an off-road vehicle advocacy organization. The case challenged the U.S.

Court Rules Against Unrestricted Motorized Travel in Santa Fe National Forest (Press Release 4/28/16)

4/28/2016
Ruling Upholds Forest Service Plan to Protect Irreplaceable Wildlife Habitat and Minimize User Conflicts

The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday dismissed an appeal of the U.S. Forest Service's 2012 Santa Fe National Forest travel management plan that protected key wetland, forest and wildlife habitat from damaging, unmanaged motor vehicle use in the forest.

National Forest in Arizona Challenged to Protect Wildlife from Motorized Uses (Press Release 1/25/16)

Suit Filed to Stop Excessive Cross-Country Travel by Motor Vehicles

Four conservation groups, represented by the Western Environmental Law Center, filed suit today against the Kaibab National Forest in Arizona, aiming to protect wildlife and cultural resources from motorized cross-country travel. At issue are decisions in Travel Management Plans to allow motor vehicles to travel up to one mile off of all open roads. Less than 10 percent of the forest remains free from motorized vehicles as a result of the decisions.

Resource Protection and Quiet Prevail in National Forest (press release 10.22.14)

10/22/2014
Seven Years In The Making, Gila's Motorized Travel Plan Survives Multiple Challenges

Roads and motorized trails in the Gila National Forest will be better aligned with budgets and environmental concerns after a landmark decision on motorized travel withstood numerous challenges. With a significant reduction in roads and motorized trails, the limited budgets available for maintenance will go farther and wildlife habitat and water quality will improve.

Federal Court Decision Upholds Protections in New Mexico’s Santa Fe National Forest (press release 7.25.14)

7/25/2014
Conservation Groups Successfully Defend Limits on Off-road Vehicle Use

Conservation groups are praising a federal court ruling today upholding a June 2012 decision by the Santa Fe National Forest supervisor that protected more than 400,000 acres from cross-country motorized use within the forest. WildEarth Guardians, the Center for Biological Diversity and Sierra Club intervened in a legal challenge to the travel plan brought by the New Mexico Off-Highway Vehicle Alliance. The conservation groups were represented in court by the Western Environmental Law Center.

Judge says ATV trail needs more assessment (Idaho Post Register 4.3.14)

A move to build an all-terrain vehicle trail near the Idaho-Wyoming border is on hold following a federal court ruling which found it could impact a proposed wilderness area.

The proposed Winschell Dugway ATV trail would run 7.8 miles around the Caribou Mountain area of the Caribou-Targhee National Forest in a remote area of Bonneville County.

Court Strikes Down Environmental Review of Controversial ATV Trail in SE Idaho’s Popular Caribou Mountains (press release 4.2.14)

4/02/2014
US Forest Service failed to consider detrimental impacts on Caribou Mountain Recommended Wilderness Area.

In a win for highly sensitive forest lands, streams, and fisheries in southwest Greater Yellowstone, the U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho rejected the United States Forest Service’s Winschell Dugway Motorized Trail System planned for southeast Idaho’s Caribou-Targhee National Forest.

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