NOHVCC Newsletter - May 2015 edition

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This year is our 25th Anniversary at NOHVCC and we are celebrating all year!

 

 

In this Issue:

 

 

 

Powersports Dealers Connect Sales To Trails With OHV Advocacy

by Dave Halsey, NOHVCC Contributing Writer

 

“No clubs. No trails. No sales.”

 

No Clubs T-shirt backThose words, printed on a T-shirt that’s sold in Minnesota to support a trail fund, emphasize the critical connection between off-highway vehicle (OHV) and snowmobile riders who are out there building and maintaining trails, and the dealers who sell dirt bikes, ATVs, ROVs and snowmobiles. It’s a symbiotic relationship...or should be.

 

Powersports dealers are in the business of selling vehicles, helmets, clothing, gear, parts, accessories and service. There’s not a lot of profit in OHV advocacy. Or is there?

 

As we discovered over the past year, talking to dealers across the country, dealerships that consistently practice OHV advocacy often become the “go to” store in the area. An OHV “community center” of sorts, where riders know they will find answers to all their questions and store employees fully engaged with local riders, clubs and state associations.

 

In our series, we featured dealers who promote OHV clubs at the point-of-sale, pay club dues for new buyers, provide state OHV regulation books and trail maps, schedule rides with customers, provide a place for clubs and state associations to hold their meetings, and help educate customers on their role to ride safely and responsibly. Many dealers told us that, in addition to protecting the sport, their efforts often translate to greater dealer loyalty, sales and profits. 

 

As one dealer put it, “It’s simple stuff that costs nothing and pays huge dividends.”

 

In turn, many OHV clubs and state associations partner with their local dealers, supporting them by promoting them on their websites and at their member meetings, creating special promotions with their dealers, assisting with dealership events, and purchasing rider equipment at their stores instead of on-line. That strengthens the partnership, far beyond just asking dealers for “freebies” clubs can use for door prizes and poker runs.

 

We printed a dozen articles in this dealer series. It started with an article on “Wrench Night,” held in the dead of winter at Championship Powersports in Wauseon, Ohio. It ended with an article on Open Road Honda in Mandan, North Dakota, that helped create a riding area for young dirt bike riders, and lobbied the State Legislature to increase the OHV license fee to boost the state’s trail fund.  

 

In between, the articles reported on creative ways OHV dealers are providing customers with post-sale information and working closely with their local clubs and state associations. To read them for the first time, or re-read them, go to the web site of the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC.org), click on “Materials” and scroll down to “Newsletter.”  Here are the titles and dates for the articles:

  • Dealer’s “Wrench Night” Gives Riders Tips On Service, Clubs And Places To Ride (March 2014)
  • Honda Safety Kiosk Is The Granddaddy Of Rider Education At The Dealer Level (April 2014)
  • Minnesota Dealership Serves Up Advocacy With Open-House Burgers & Brats (May 2014)
  • Power Brokers, Inc. Is Putting Its Money On The Next Generation Of Riders (July 2014)
  • At This Powersports Store, Dealer Rides Are A Top Priority (August 2014)
  • Powersports Dealer Promotes Local OHV Clubs, Pays Dues For New Buyers (September 2014)
  • Oregon Dealer Clears Showroom To Host OHV Meetings And Banquets (October 2014)
  • At This Iowa Dealership, OHV Advocacy Is Good For Business (November 2014)
  • Dealer Delivers Memberships To State OHV Association (January 2015)
  • This Dealer’s Business Model Includes Giving Back To OHV Clubs, Riders & Racers (February 2015)
  • At This Indiana Dealership, Promoting Trails, Clubs and Rider Training Is Part Of The Job (March 2015)
  • North Dakota Dealership Pins The Throttle On OHV Advocacy (April 2015)

 

Thanks to all the dealers who contributed to our series on OHV advocacy. We will continue to print articles on this topic. If your local dealership is doing something to help create a positive future for OHV recreation, please let us know by sending an email to NOHVCC at:trailhead@nohvcc.org.

 

To purchase a “No Clubs. No Trails. No Sales.” T-shirt and learn more about how it, visit: http://sledder.net/snowpod/shop/heavy-cotton-cj-ramstad-memorial-fund-t-shirts/

 


 

 

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Reroute Of Multi-Use Trail Is All About Cooperation

by Dave Halsey, NOHVCC Contributing Writer

 

Ask Bill Jones what his main riding area is and he’ll tell you in two words: Southwest Idaho.

 

Group of people posing“We can go any direction out of Boise and be on trails in less than an hour from our home,” said Jones. “We have BLM (Bureau of Land Management) land to the south, all the way to the Nevada line, and to the north we have seven Forests to ride in.”

 

Jones, 81, is an avid ATV rider. He’s experienced at building off-highway vehicle (OHV) organizations...and trail partnerships. A retired college professor, he started the Idaho ATV Association, now a state-wide organization, in 1992. Over the years, it has grown to 17 clubs and about 8,000 members.  It has developed positive relationships with the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and the BLM, communicating on trail issues and partnering to get trail work done.

 

When a local chapter of Trout Unlimited inquired about rerouting a multiple-use trail that crossed a trout stream multiple times, Jones didn’t hesitate to get involved. “I’ve been riding in that area for the last 30 years, and it’s fun. We haven’t damaged the area at all, splashing in and splashing out. But when you see fish scatter, you realize they are there.” 

 

ATV clubs worked. All user groups benefitted. 

 

The trail, which is open to riders, anglers, equestrians and other user groups, crosses Sinker Creek, located in a steep canyon of the Owyhee Mountains. The Idaho Parks & Recreation (IDPR) reports the creek is home to a healthy population of redband trout. The land where the crossings are located is privately owned by the Joyce Ranch. Celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, the  Joyce Ranch is the oldest family-owned ranch in Idaho.

 

“There was a group meeting of the BLM; the state; Trout Unlimited;Several people loading culverts rancher Paul Nettleton; and Steven Huffman, president of the Boise ATV Trail Riders Club, who coordinated the project,” said Jones. “They got together, discussed the issue of crossing the creek, and talked about moving the trails out of the creek bed. It worked out from there. It was friendly all the way around.

 

“We went up on the hillside, and scattered out on patrols by foot. The guys with IDPR scouted it all and designed the new trail. State fire crews cut out all the brush with chainsaws. Then the IDPR punched the lines in.”

 

Volunteers from ATV clubs helped remove the brush, hauled in rocks to runoff areas, and closed off old creek crossings with log barriers. By rerouting the trail, and building a quarter mile of new trail, a total of 11 stream crossings were removed. Some remaining crossings were improved using Geotex liner, provided by Trout Unlimited, covered in rock to prevent horses, hikers and OHVs from stirring up the creek as they cross. “The canyon narrows down so much, we have to cross it in a couple places,” said Jones. 

 

The first group meeting was in February of 2014. Two months later, the partners all got together during a long weekend in late April and got the job done. “That was amazing,” said Jones. “When you take 20 or 30 guys that know what they’re doing, and all got their nose going the same direction, it doesn’t take long to get things done. People took their campers, I took my motor home, and we built a camp. Back and forth we went for four days. IDPR brought a backhoe and their Trail Cat, a Sweco with a 4 ft. dozer, and pushed rocks and away we went.

 

“We stayed on the north side of the stream, and bypassed the stream crossings. We went up a couple old washout zones to get our supply of rocks. We filled our ATV trailers with rocks and put them in the creek beds.”

 

Cooperation is everything

 

Lady spreading rocksThe trail was rerouted. Fish habitat was improved. Ask Bill Jones what the main message of this win-win project is for other trail users and agencies, and he’ll tell you in one word: cooperation. “The cooperation between the entities is a big thing that people ought to work on,” he said. “If the BLM and Forest Service don’t have enough money, volunteers will fall in to help take care of the project.”

 

Partnering on the Sinker Creek trail reroute were volunteers from the Kuna ATV Club, Boise ATV Trail Riders Club, Emmett Rough Riders Club, and the Canyon County ATV Club; IDPR; Idaho State Lands Department (fire crews and funding); Idaho Trout Unlimited; and rancher Paul Nettleton. 

 

Photos for this article were provided by Pauline Jones and Steven Huffman. For more details and photos of this project, visit the web site of the Boise ATV Trail Riders, at: http://boiseatvtrailriders.org/whats-new/local-news/reroute-project-success/

 

To read an article written by the IDPR on this project, visit this web page:  https://parksandrecreation.idaho.gov/news/trout-unlimited-partners-atv-clubs-improve-local-trail-trail-sinker-creek-will-be-re-routed-imp.

 

 

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Silvio Carrara Is “The Godfather Of NOHVCC”

by Dave Halsey, NOHVCC Contributing Writer

 

Fifth in a series. This year, the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC) celebrates its 25th Anniversary. Throughout 2015, we’ll be including articles in this newsletter about the history of NOHVCC, its challenges and accomplishments, leading up to the annual conference in late October. 

 

This month we’re visiting with Silvio Carrara, who worked for American Honda Motor Co. Inc. for 29 years, retiring in 2007. Many call him “the godfather of NOHVCC.” 

 

Silvio CarraraWhat was your title at Honda during those first NOHVCC meetings in 1990? 

“I was Vice President of Service and Rider Education in the Motorcycle Division. Before that I had a number of positions on the motorcycle and automobile side.”

 

What was happening at the time to get you thinking about creating a national organization?

“In 1983 and ‘84, we were at the top of our game in motorcycles. Then we were hit with the CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) 3-wheeler issue. We went through quite a struggle with that. We started looking at what we could do as a company to create a cadre of responsible users, that would give a good face to the off-road riding community. We made a presentation to the president and he said go ahead and do it.”

 

That’s a big idea. What were your goals at the time? 

“We were spending a lot of time and effort working in a reactionary mode. I wanted to do something positive for the future, that would influence the government and the media, through the motivation of our own users. We wanted to create an organization of riders that could represent themselves in a responsible manner.” 

 

Honda agreed to fund the new organization?

“We had to get funding. Honda was very receptive to the idea. These products needed to be used properly and have responsible people using them. Initially, Honda funded it, and then it was transferred over to the Associations: MIC (Motorcycle Industry Council) and SVIA (Specialty Vehicle Institute Of America). We also came up with the Rider Education Centers, and we had good rider education programs in most states.”

 

And you hired Susan Halbert to help pull industry leaders together in those early meetings?

“She was the third party facilitator. That’s important. We didn’t want a Honda person or an OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) person directing people. We wanted people to have an opportunity to express themselves about the sport and what it needed. Susan Halbert put them in a room and said, ‘Okay guys, we’d like to come up with an organized body of users to represent the sport in a responsible manner.’ ”

 

Was there consensus at those early meetings?

“Like any meeting, there wasn’t instantaneous consensus, but it wasn’t difficult to achieve consensus. Everybody realized it was fun to ride motorcycles and ATVs. They also recognized the threat and the need to have a unified, responsible face for the sport.”

 

Why did NOHVCC go with State Partners instead of members?

“The whole idea was to be a partnership, that’s what we wanted it to be. The word implies more of a cooperative approach, instead of just paying your dues and waiting for something to happen.”

 

How long were you involved?

“I was on the Association boards for a while. Of course, being in the Honda Motorcycle Division, I remained involved to some extent till the day I retired. It wasn’t everyday involvement. It was getting reports and monitoring the organization’s activity.” 

 

What are you most proud of when you think of NOHVCC?

“I’m proud of the relationship they’ve been able to make with government agencies, and that they’re a respected entity now. That’s important. That was the most critical issue, that we create a user group that’s respected for its integrity. Trust is very important in any kind of relationship. Once it’s breached, it gets harder, whether in a marriage or business relationship.”

 

What do you think of your title as “godfather of NOHVCC”? 

“I can deal with it. I know what ‘godfather’ means. The godfather is supposedSilvio Carrara to watch after you from a distance and, if you stumble and fall, come and help you. Fortunately, they kept marching on, so I’m very happy that they’re all still here.” 

 

When  did you start riding motorcycles?

“I was 5 years old. I rode my dad’s homemade things in the backyard. He rode a Moto Guzzi in North Africa for the Italian Marines. He was captured by the British and sent over here (to the U.S.) as a POW. That’s where he met my mother, so motorcycles are germane to my existence.

 

“Later, we graduated to Zundapps. Then I had a Ducati 250 Mark 3. Lots of off-road bikes, Hondas and Yamahas. We rode around the swamps and along the railroad tracks in New Jersey. I was riding a motorcycle when Honda hired me. I had the CV160, CV 305, and a ’77 305 Scrambler.” 

 

I take it you liked working for Honda? 

“My job with Honda was beyond my wildest dreams. It was just great. You pinch yourself when you get paid to ride motorcycles. We had lots of great experiences and great rides, all across the country and in Europe.”

 

Do you still ride?

“I am relegated to a Honda Scooter that I ride around town. I’ve had numerous hip replacement surgeries. I had to find a vehicle that I could straddle the saddle without my legs looking like a wishbone.”

 

What do you think is the greatest OHV challenge of the future? 

“The motorcycle industry is stable. But it’s important to get young people involved in the sport. It’s a great opportunity for people to get some real experiences instead of just virtual experience on their iPhone or whatever. 

 

“If you love the sport you need to invest in it, for young people. Otherwise, you’re going to run out of zealots. There’s a lot of gray-haired folks out there. I’m being very clinical about it. We’re not going to be here forever. It’s important to get the young people involved now.”

 

Do you think we’ve made good progress on the issue of public land access?

“That’s a constant battle. I think we’ve managed to hold our own, but that’s not going to go away. We can’t let our guard down. You have to be actively involved. You have to keep yourself at the forefront of the political game.” 

 

What are you up to these days?

“I’m 68 years old. I’m pretty active. I can ride around on my Scooter, play with my grandkids and work on my old cars in the garage. I have two Austin-Healey Sprites, 1960s, and a 1969 Datsun Roadster. They keep me busy. Everything runs, but that’s a relative statement because, in a British car, you’re really brave if you drive beyond your Triple A towing rate.”  

 

Any final thoughts on the 25th Anniversary of NOHVCC?

“I’m immensely happy that they’re still there and still doing a great job. It’s a nice feeling. It’s like watching your kids grow up, and they turn into something of value, for themselves and for others.”

 

All of us at NOHVCC thank you for your vision, and hard work creating NOHVCC and helping it be successful. Enjoy your retirement, Silvio!

 

 

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They Work As State And Federal Program Managers. They Are Women. And They Ride.

by Dave Halsey, NOHVCC Contributing Writer

 

Third in a series. Is it important for land managers, recreation planners and off-highway vehicle (OHV) program managers to know how to ride a dirt bike, ATV or ROV? How does being a rider help them in their work managing trail systems, promoting rider safety, and partnering with OHV user groups? In this article series, we’ll talk to decision makers in state and federal agencies to find out. Over two dozen people replied to our request to participate in this series and offer their views. Some are lifelong riders, some learned to ride as part of their job. We’ll hear from as many as we can in coming months. 

 

In Arizona, Being A Rider Led Kim Jackson To A Career In OHV Recreation 

 

Kim JacksonGrowing up in Arizona, Kim Jackson and her twin brother had a big riding area behind their house -- the desert. “In 8th grade, our parents bribed us to get really good grades,” she said. “My brother got a motorcycle. I got a sewing machine. So I learned how to ride dirt bikes...but my brother never used the sewing machine.”  

 

Jackson kept riding through high school and college, right into a career that has involved using all kinds of off-highway vehicles (OHVs). She worked as a Park Ranger and in the Boating Program for the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (IDPR). During 10 years she was in Idaho, she used OHVs on and off the job, including using an ATV to train sled dogs. She became an ATV Safety Institute (ASI) instructor. She is also a certified ROV (recreational off-highway vehicle, or side-by-side) instructor, having trained with the Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association (ROHVA).

 

Three years ago, Jackson moved back to Arizona to take a job as the Boating/OHV Safety Education Program Manager with the state Game and Fish Department. She is also one of the two Member-At-Large Officers for the International Off-Highway Vehicle Administrators Association (INOHVAA).  Jackson says being a rider has helped her every step of the way in her work for state agencies. “I think it’s extremely important to be a rider,” she said. “If I’m involved in writing laws for ATVs and UTVs, I should know what those people are experiencing on the ground. And in safety education, I need to be out there doing the same things they’re doing. I know why we teach everyone to wear a helmet.” Jackson also uses her skills as an ASI and ROHVA instructor for interagency training.

 

“Being a rider has also helped me with outreach,” adds Jackson. “How to reach kids, what’s going to stick in their heads, how to make it fun and teach them safety at the same time.” She recently introduced a new program to the riding public. It’s called ‘Show Us Your Helmet Hair’ and features a contest for kids. “You can’t come up with that stuff if you’re not a rider,“ she said.

 

Her life-long experience as a rider also helped Jackson in another way. “I have a different perspective because I’m a woman,” she said. “Being a rider myself, I can get women more involved in riding. I tell them, ‘Yes you can ride just like a guy. You’re not limited because you’re a woman. Anyone can ride. And you can pull the UTV on the trailer, and go out and ride. You don’t need a guy to do that.’ ”

 

In Michigan, Anne Okonek Learned To Ride On The Job, And That Changed Everything 

 

Anne Okonek and othersAnne Okonek’s first ride on an ATV was at a workshop put on by the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC). That was over 20 years ago, and it had a big influence on her career and personal recreation. 

 

Okonek is the West Zone Recreation Program Manager with the Hiawatha National Forest, in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. She manages the recreation program for three Ranger Districts, including motorized and non-motorized trails, campgrounds, Wild and Scenic Rivers and a National Recreation Area.  This year, she celebrated 35 years with the Forest Service.

 

“I was an outdoor gal. That’s why I went into Natural Resources. But most of my experiences had to do with hiking and camping,” said Okonek. “It wasn’t until I went to a NOHVCC class back in 1991 that I was on a 4-wheeler for the first time. I absolutely loved it. It was in the desert. They had wonderful trails. I remember being enamored by it, it was so much fun.”

 

Okonek joined the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) right out of college. She worked as a Forester in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest for 4 years, then returned to the Lake States, where she got her Masters Degree and a job as a Forester with the Hiawatha. Soon afterwards, a retirement opened up a position on the Recreation side. “I went from Forestry to Recreation, and I absolutely got the best job in the world when that happened. Every day is a challenge. Every day is different. I love working with the public and all the users that we’re so dependent upon, all the volunteers, all the groups that do the trail maintenance and construction for us. That’s a big part of why I love my job.”  

 

When she transferred to Recreation, Okonek also attended an intensive short course on recreation management offered by Utah State University. “As a recreation manager, I decided early on that I needed to be familiar with the facilities that I was responsible for managing. In order to do that, I needed to use those facilities. I needed to become a user. That included 4-wheeling, dirt bikes, snowmobiling, and all of the other non-motorized activities as well.  

 

“It helps me ensure that the facilities we manage are sustainable. It helps me understand our users and make sure we are meeting their needs. It helps me be a better advocate for the users within the agency. It has really helped me appreciate the efforts of our volunteers. Lastly, being a rider gives me some ‘street cred’ with our users. When I converse with them about resource issues or about sections of trails or projects, they know I’ve been out there personally. I’m not basing it on aerial photos or something I read.

 

“I try to do be a participant in everything that I manage, from kayaking down our rivers and lakes, to camping at our campsites, to staying in our cabins, to snowmobiling to skiing to riding ORVs and dirt bikes. It not only helps me better understand my users, but it’s a great way to stay in touch with the quality of our facilities.”    

 

Okonek put that philosophy to work when the U.P. Sandstormers, an established dirt bike club, approached her with the idea of building a single-track trail in the Forest. “We didn’t have any single-track on the Hiawatha. It was new to us. Of course, we had to do all kinds of research on it as an allowable use,” she said. 

 

Okonek was the team leader on the Environmental Analysis (EA). To help her and her interdisciplinary team learn more about single-track trails, she took them for a ride on a state trail, teaming up with Jeff Magowan of the U.P. Sandstormers, and Lewis Shuler, Executive Director of the Cycle Conservation Club of Michigan. “There were misconceptions by the team about the impacts that a single-track trail would have,” she said. “And some on the team couldn’t understand why riders couldn’t just use the many roads we have on the Forest. 

 

“Jeff was there to answer questions that the specialists from the Forest would have, including a soils person, a wildlife biologist, a plant ecologist and a hydrologist. The District Ranger was with us too, who was the deciding official for the analysis. Lewis brought a trailer full of dirt bikes and ran the entire team through a training session. We took them out on the trail so everybody could see firsthand what a single-track trail looked like.

 

“The team members really appreciated it. We do a lot of analyses and it was the first time somebody had made arrangements so they could go out and participate in the sport. They could better understand why the riders didn’t want to just ride on roads. They could see what the trail tread width was. It was narrow. It had minimal exposure. There was no evidence of illegal travel and they could understand that, having ridden a bike, that you can’t just go cross-country through the woods.” 

 

As a result of the team ride, with much help from user groups and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the Moss Lake Motorcycle Trail opened in the Hiawatha National Forest in June of 2009, with 27 miles of single-track trail. “I think it was a tremendous success,” said Okonek. “I would encourage other resource professionals who are undergoing analyses like this to not just connect themselves with the sport and the facilities, but the entire interdisciplinary team.” 

 

Today, Okonek owns an ATV and rides it and her snowmobile recreationally. “When I ride my snowmobile in the winter, I personally benefit from the trail conditions and how smooth the trails are. Same with the 4-wheeler trails, how well they’re signed and brushed. I can see firsthand how all their hours of work are benefitting the users, which includes me.

 

“I’m a huge fan of NOHVCC. They introduced me to motorized use. They have taught me so much about the users and facilities. I go to their website frequently to research information on users, and they do so much good with their workshops and advocacy. I have a lot of respect for what NOHVCC does.”

 

In California, Kathleen Mick Says Resource Management & Riding Skills Must Go Hand-In-Hand

 

Kathleen MickKathleen Mick got her first motorcycle at age 13, her permit at 15, and rode a dual sport to high school, later switching to street motorcycles. She grew up camping and fishing on National Forests in California with her family. The Tahoe National Forest was a place where she forged many special memories. Her college degree is in Natural Resource Management, with emphasis in Forestry. She went to work for the Forest Service, first in Timber, then in Recreation. “I had the opportunity to switch to Recreation Management,” she said. “I knew how to ride, but I didn’t associate the riding piece with the job. It was just something I did when I was younger. But I was able to draw on my experiences from my youth in my new job.”

 

Early in her career with the Forest Service, Mick held several positions in the Mendocino National Forest. Since 2005, she has been the Regional Program Manager for Trails, Motorized Recreation and Travel Management, for the Pacific Southwest Region. It involves Forest Service law, regulations and policy, providing technical advice on all the programs she manages, and interaction with many external groups, including California’s OHV program and OHV organizations. 

 

When it comes to hiring, Mick believes there are several trails to success in motorized recreation within the Forest Service. “Do you take someone that has a passion for riding and train them to be a resource manager, and hope they take some college courses and get a degree in resource management? Or do you take a resource manager, someone who’s aspiring to have some sort of resource management degree, and teach them how to ride? We’ve had success with both.

 

“I’ve seen young people who were avid dirt bike riders. They loved it so much, they did an internship for the Forest Service, and were studying in a resource management program. So they combined those two loves. We’ve also taken people who love to ride and taught them the basics at the technician level, on how to manage trails. You can do it both ways. In order to be successful, you may not necessarily have to be a rider when you come to the job. But you have to have an interest and passion that the recreation is legitimate. If you don’t have that, then I don’t think you’ll enjoy the job, nor will you be successful.”

 

Mick says she and many others in her Region of the Forest Service who are involved with motorized recreation work with a wide array of user groups. They interact with national groups such as NOHVCC and United Four Wheel Drive Associations (UFWDA), regional and state organizations, many local clubs, as well as families who ride but may not be affiliated with any organized group. “It’s important to interact with all of those people.” she said. “Whether at my level, or the OHV technician, or the OHV manager on the ground at a Ranger District. If you’re paying attention to the trends in recreation and working with people, and understanding the industries, you’ll be more successful. 

 

“That doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to go out and ride every day or weekend. But you should at least understand why people ride and the joy that they get from it.”  

 

Mick says she is seeing more women riding, and more women interested in working in OHV recreation. “The job I have has always been held by men. I’ve never experienced anything other than the utmost respect for my knowledge and technical ability. A lot of the women I’ve worked with have good technical expertise, and have been just as successful as their male counterparts. A breath of fresh air is that it doesn’t matter what gender you are to do the job. It’s your knowledge and your abilities that count.”

 

Mick also rides ATVs, owns an off-road vehicle, and enjoys off-roading in summer months when camping and fishing with her daughter. “It’s one of the many things that I enjoy. I also grew up riding horses and owned a horse,” she said. “I just enjoy doing outdoor activities, particularly on the National Forests. I don’t look at OHV-ing any better or worse than I look at riding horses or mountain bikes. I own one of them as well. Each form of recreation provides its own, uniquely different experience. The common denominator is the fun you have being outside doing something you enjoy. That’s how I’ve always looked at it.”

 

To learn more about Arizona’s OHV program, visit https://azgfdportal.az.gov/ohv.

 

For a map of the Moss Lake Motorcycle Trail in the Hiawatha National Forest, go to: http://www.midnr.com/publications/pdfs/forestslandwater/ORV/Maps-Trail/moss_lake_motorcycle_trail.pdf.

 

For more information on the Pacific Southwest Region of the USFS, visit: http://www.fs.usda.gov/r5.

 

 

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Promote ATV Safety Week In Your Area With These Logos & Digital Banners

by Dave Halsey, NOHVCC Contributing Writer

 

ATV Safety Week bannerATV Safety Week is June 6 to 14 this year. Whether you’re an off-highway vehicle (OHV) club, state association, safety instructor, state or federal agency, community organization, rider or parent of a rider, you can get involved.

 

Now in its second year, ATV Safety Week and all the materials available to promote it, were created by the All-Terrain Vehicle Safety Institute (ASI) to encourage riders and their families to become aware, attentive and accountable for ATV safety. “It’s an important message, even for people who have been riding for many years,” said Cam Arnold, ASI’s vice president of rider training. “It was an idea that came from our members. A way to focus on safety at the beginning of the season and plant that seed in everybody’s mind.”

 

The ASI RiderCourse (normally $140) is free for anyone age 6 and above who signs up during ATV Safety Week. It’s also free year-round for anyone who has purchased a new, qualifying ATV from an ASI member company.

 

Among the resources available to promote ATV Safety Week are logos and digital banners that OHV enthusiasts and organizations can download and post on their web sites, or print out and display at offices, meeting places and trailheads.

 

This year, some states are proclaiming ATV Safety Week in conjunction with the ASI program. This is the second year that Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton has signed a proclamation for ATV Safety Week.

 

Says Arnold: “I would like to thank all the ASI members that are supporting ATV Safety Week: Arctic Cat, BRP, Honda, Kawasaki, Kymco, Polaris, Suzuki and Yamaha. They have been behind this from day one and we couldn’t do it without them. And thanks to all our instructors. They’re donating their time and supporting this program, and it’s a tremendous thing that they’re giving back to their communities.”

 

The ASI is a not-for-profit division of the Specialty Vehicle Institute of America (SVIA). It offers easy ATV safety class enrollment year-round at (800) 887-2887 or www.atvsafety.org.

 

To learn more about ATV Safety Week, resources available to publicize it in your area, and a list of dates and locations offering free hands-on training, visit:  http://www.atvsafety.org/atvsw.aspx#/home.

 

The Mixed Gear Bag section of this newsletter contains the wording of the 2014 (2015 will be sent out soon) Governor of Minnesota's Proclamation for ATV Safety Week.  Use this as an example and get a proclamation in your state.

 

 

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Mixed Gear Bag

You know we have to be creative in our titles.  Miscellaneous is too normal and potpourri doesn't sound very rider like.  Below are up-coming events and other assorted items of interest. 

 

NOHVCC Trivia
As part of our year long celebration, each month we will be asking a NOHVCC history trivia question.  All of the correct answers received will be put into a drawing for a prize.
Q:  How many women have served on the Board of NOHVCC?

Send your answers to us at trailhead@nohvcc.org by June 19, 2015
(yeah, other than the extra credit, only 1 entry per person)

Answer to April Trivia Question:

Nobody got the right answer for the April Trivia question.

Q: Who is the longest serving NOHVCC staff person and what year did that person start with NOHVCC?
A: Russ Ehnes, our Executive Director was hired in December of 1997 and assembled the NOHVCC Staff Team.

 

Planning ahead for this year's NOHVCC/INOHVAA conference?  It will be held in Folsom, a suburb of Sacramento the week of October 25 - November 1, 2015; most likely using the same schedule as last year.  Details will be coming soon! Really.

 

Apply Now for National Park Service Assistance

The National Park Service helps communities create close-to-home recreation opportunities and conserve natural resources.   Our Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance program is accepting applications through August 1 for help with a wide range of community-led projects. 

 

National Park Service staff can help local leaders:

  • Develop close-to-home parks and greenways
  • Manage community-led visioning, planning, and design
  • Facilitate public involvement
  • Build sustainable partnerships
  • Engage youth through outdoor recreation skill-building and conservation stewardship
  • Plan for trails, landscape conservation, water trails, river restoration, green transportation, and tourism

Can we help your community?  Find out by first reviewing the application process and exploring current projects in your state. 

 

Then call or email a National Park Service staff member near you to discuss your idea, and let them know by July 15 if you intend to submit an application by the August 1 due date.

Do you still need help deciding whether the National Park Service might help you and your community?  Check out this short video.



Thanks to the Oregon Department of Forestry for putting on the OHV Mobile Workshop during the American Trails International Trail Symposium.  The Symposium took place earlier this month in Portland, OR.

 

Wording for the 2014 Minnesota Governor's ATV Safety Week proclamation
 

  • Whereas: Over 600,000 all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) are used in Minnesota by men and women for outdoor recreation; and
  • Whereas: ATV opportunities attract visitors and contribute to Minnesota’s tourism industry and associated industries: and
  • Whereas: The All-Terrain Vehicle Association of Minnesota (ATVAM) and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), along with either volunteer ATV Safety Instructors and Off-Highway Vehicle Safety and Conservation Volunteers, commonly called Trail Ambassadors, have joined together to educate the public about safe and responsible TV practices, and
  • Whereas: The ATV Safety Institute is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the safety of ATV riders and has declared June 8 – June 15, 2014, as National ATV Safety Week; and
  • Whereas: Responsible riding practices, such as obeying state laws, operating at safe speeds, completing ATV safety training, and abstaining from alcohol consumption while operating or riding on an ATV, help make Minnesota’s ATV riding experience safe and enjoyable.

 

Now, Therefor, I, Mark Dayton, Governor of Minnesota, do hereby proclaim the week of June 8-15, 2014, as: All-Terrain Vehicle Safety Week in the State of Minnesota.

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