NOHVCC Newsletter - August 2015 edition

Read the other NOHVCC newsletter issues

 

 

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

 

 

In this Issue:

 

 

 

The Ebb and Flow Of OHV State Associations

by Dave Halsey, NOHVCC Contributing Writer

 

Second in a series. Why are some off-highway vehicle (OHV) State Associations vibrant, active and growing, while others are struggling or have folded altogether? What is the state of your State Associations? Send your comments to trailhead@nohvcc.org. Please include your name, address, and phone number so we can contact you and include your insights in future articles.

 

Some State Associations Sending Out Calls For Help

 

In Pennsylvania: “Volunteers Needed! We have close to 600 members and only a handful do all the work.”

 

In Wisconsin: “We abruptly lost our ATV/UTV safety grant funding. We can get through this with your help. Please consider contributing to our program so we may continue to help the sport grow.”

 

In Colorado: “There are but two ways to address this, let (the state association) die and suffer the consequences you cannot imagine, or step up and commit yourself to the organization.” 

 

Those calls-to-action, written by OHV State Associations in recent newsletters or emails, are pretty common these days. OHV State Associations are facing challenges on all fronts: membership, funding and volunteerism, in addition to the on-going battles to protect riding areas and build new ones.

 

“There is no doubt that strong State Associations are the key to effective OHV programs in every State, and right now the network of State Associations is in decline,” said Jack Terrell, NOHVCC Senior Project Manager. “The feeder organizations for State Associations are local or regional OHV clubs. That is why one of the key missions of NOHVCC is to help start, assist, and support clubs and State Associations.”

 

When Dana Bell was hired in 1999 as the organization’s first project coordinator, she focused her efforts on helping riders organize and build State Associations. Since then, NOHVCC has held Association Development Workshops across the country. Some Associations created through the Workshops continue to thrive, while others have lost momentum or exist in name only and with little support.

 

There are many possible reasons for declining membership in some OHV State Associations, among them: no urgent crisis to address, aging leadership with few people willing to pick up the ball, greater time constraints of people of all ages, and younger generations more mobile and not interested in being “joiners.” Still, the numbers speak for themselves. COHVCO, celebrating its 30th year in 2016 and one of the oldest OHV state associations, reports that it has approximately 1,250 active members and 5,000 former members, in a state with 200,000 registered OHV users. The ATV Association of Minnesota (ATVAM) has about 2,000 active members, in a state with 300,000 ATVs registered for recreational use. The organization’s president estimates that at one time it had as many as 10,000 members.

 

NOHVCC stands ready to help State Associations

 

“Even the best Associations have an ebb and flow,” said Russ Ehnes, NOHVCC Executive Director. “Don’t be discouraged when there are bad years. Looking ahead, it is going to be challenging to keep things on an even keel, but if you work at it and don’t give up on it when things get rough, you’re going to make a lot of progress.”

 

NOHVCC is no stranger to uphill battles. As reported in this newsletter (See “NOHVCC Has Ridden Out Its Share Of Double-Black-Diamond Challenges”), it has faced enormous challenges over its 25 year history, including leadership changes and funding struggles.

 

NOHVCC staff members report that, in areas where there are strong state-wide OHV associations, good things are happening. “Associations have hills and valleys,” said Karen Umphress, NOHVCC Project Coordinator. “But that doesn’t mean you have to close your organization. It means rebuilding and making it stronger, and focusing on how you can streamline, and get more people involved.”

 

NOHVCC, its expert staff and network of State Partners, can help OHV State Associations deal with all kinds of challenges. The key, says Ehnes, is to meet them head on, rally support with member clubs, and use the many resources and “tools” available from the NOHVCC office and on the NOHVCC web site. “If you see a challenge coming, don’t wait, address it early.”

 

 

 Back to the Top

 

 

 

NOHVCC Goes Four-For-Four With Well-Attended, Successful Workshops

by Dave Halsey, NOHVCC Contributing Writer

 

Having fun with a skull during a workshopIt was a busy spring and summer for the staff at the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC). In addition to the day-to-day operations, and a full schedule of meetings, they managed to hold three OHV Trail Workshops and an OHV Mobile Workshop during a 6-week stretch.

 

Fortunately, we never forget to mix fun with work

 













Workshop #1 - Calgary, Alberta

 

NOHVCC, in conjunction with Alberta Environment and ATV hauling boardwalk planksSustainable Resource Development, held a 3-day OHV Trails Workshop in Calgary, Alberta, on April 15-17. Classroom sessions were held at the Marlborough Park Community Center and field sessions were at the Ghost Public Land Use Zone.

 

The workshop focused on OHV trail maintenance, rehabilitation, improvement and relocation. Hands-on field training was emphasized, with information geared toward trail managers; trail construction and maintenance supervisors and crews; engineering staff involved in trail planning, design, maintenance and construction; trail contractors; and trail volunteers.

 

Funding for trail rebuilding efforts in Calgary came from a flood rehabilitation fund, established to restore backcountry infrastructure, including bridges and trails, that had been damaged by severe flooding in recent years. The workshop showed to project managers the possibility of relocating some of the damaged trails to more sustainable locations.

 

Workshop #2 - Flagstaff, Arizona

 

The NOHVCC Workshop team of Jack Terrell and Marc Hildesheim and RecConnect’s Dick Dufourd returned from Calgary and immediately headed for Flagstaff, Arizona to conduct a second OHV Trails Workshop on April 22-24.  

 

Adding wow features to a trail.  Students by rock faceFunded by Arizona State Parks OHV Program, the Workshop consisted of 1 day of classroom sessions and 2 days of field sessions in the Flagstaff Ranger District of the Coconino National Forest. The Workshop addressed OHV trail management fundamentals, trail planning principles, trail design and layout, trail maintenance and relocation, and the critical importance of partnerships to achieve sustainable trail systems.   

 

Three dozen trail managers, trail designers, construction and maintenance personnel from state and federal agencies, and volunteer enthusiast organizations participated in the workshop. The 2 days of field sessions at the Kelly Canyon Airport Loop and the Munds Park OHV Trail System allowed participants to apply what was learned in the classroom to real world, on-the-ground conditions. Existing and proposed trailheads and trails were evaluated, as well as signage and trail markings, use of natural features, and minimizing impact of trail watershed.

 

"It was interesting to see how the volunteer trail builders quickly were able to combine their perspective of the trail experience desired by enthusiasts with the trail design and layout principles required for sustainable, single-track trails,” said Jack Terrell, NOHVCC Senior Project Manager.

 

During the second field day, participants were assigned to one of seven teams. Each team participated in a trail design and layout exercise along a single-track trail corridor that had received prior environmental process approval. Two of the participating volunteer organizations, the Coconino Trail Riders and the Trail Riders of Southern Arizona, commented that this exercise provided a wealth of information that could be directly applied to their efforts to build and maintain quality trails on public land.

 

Following the workshop, NOHVCC staff members also participated in the Arizona Single Track Summit, held April 24-25, and hosted in Flagstaff by the Arizona State Parks OHV Program. 

 

Workshop #3 - Tijeras, New Mexico 

 

The May 5-6 OHV Trails Workshop in Tijeras, New Mexico, completed the NOHVCC Spring 2015 Workshop Series. It was funded by a grant from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Recreational Trails Program (RTP), through the New Mexico Department of Transportation, and supported by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), and Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

 

Classroom sessions were held at the Sandia Ranger Giving information about a trail mini-excavatorDistrict office of the Cibola National Forest. Two days of field sessions followed, held in the Sandia Ranger District. Workshop topics included OHV management fundamentals, trail planning principles, trail layout and design, critical role of maintenance, and sustainability of trails. The workshop was attended by 50 participants from New Mexico Game & Fish, USFS National Forests throughout Region 3, BLM state, district and field offices, and OHV organizations.

 

The Recreational Trails Program also funded the participation of Reineke Construction, a New Mexico member of the Professional Trail Builders Association, to provide trail building equipment and experienced equipment operators during the two field days. This provided attendees the opportunity to observe trail construction and maintenance equipment in operation, and to see the finished trail sections that were laid out and constructed or rehabilitated during the field exercises.

 

Field sessions included trail layout and design exercises, identification of existing trails requiring rehabilitation or relocation, trailhead design, training area design, and demonstrations of trail building equipment. A new connector trail from a trailhead to an existing trail was laid out and constructed, and an existing trail that had been degraded due to poor location, water runoff, and heavy use was rehabilitated during the field exercises. On the final day, participants were assigned to five teams. Each team laid out a new trail section through an approved corridor. 

 

Workshop #4 - Portland, Oregon

 

American Trails hosted the 22nd International Trails Symposium in Portland on May 17-20, at the Oregon Convention Center. There were 760 attendees from 48 states and 17 countries, who came together for an inspiring and educational conference. The theme for the 2015 Symposium was "Solutions for Success."

 

Group stopped for education during trail tourIn partnership with the Oregon Department of Forestry, NOHVCC conducted a public education event just prior to and an OHV Mobile Workshop as part of the Symposium.  NOHVCC brought their pull-up Adventure Trail Series posters to the Browns Camp Trailhead in the Tillamook State Forest and was joined by State Forest personnel and volunteers.  Browns Camp is the most popular trailhead in the forest and has camping, picnicking, and staging areas which tie directly into the over 250 miles of mapped (plus a few hundred more unmapped) OHV trails for all forms of OHV recreation.

 

The OHV Mobile Workshop brought 17 Symposium attendees to the same trailhead for an educational tour of the forest.  The participants rode off-highway motorcycles (OHM), all-terrain vehicles (ATV), or recreational off-highway vehicles (ROV, also called side by sides) depending on their skill level.  “The mobile workshop was a great way of getting people who didn’t have any experience with OHV recreation, out on the trails to see why we enjoy the sport so much.”, said Karen Umphress, NOHVCC IT and Project Manager.  “It also brought together land managers and enthusiasts from other states and showcased the excellent management of the Tillamook State Forest OHV trail system.  The biggest complaint of all of the attendees was that they didn’t have more time to spend in the forest.  That is the sign of a successful mobile workshop.”  

 

Thanks to Polaris, Honda, Kawasaki, Arctic Cat, Oregon State Parks, and the Tillamook State Forest for the use of their machines which allowed the mobile workshop to take place.

 

Notable quotes from Workshop attendees:

 

“Workshops like this are an integral part of educating trail/land managers in the art and science of sustainable trail design, construction and management. The Workshop provided managers with a good foundation of knowledge and skills to make the right decisions to provide high-quality recreational opportunities while also protecting natural and cultural resources.” - Kerry Wood, Wilderness & Trails Program Manager, U. S. Forest Service, Cibola National Forest & Grasslands, Sandia Ranger District

 

“The workshop was very conducive to anyone who works on trails or works in the chain of command for those who are wanting to get a trail built. Having the Reineke Construction crew on site to do the work to create a trail was very beneficial to the attendees and demonstrated that the actual trail building process is not a daunting feat.” - Desi Ortiz, Law Enforcement Coordinator, Off-Highway Vehicle Program, New Mexico Department of Game & Fish

 

“The Workshop provided an opportunity to meet agency people face-to-face rather than just as email recipients or voices on the phone. It also gave me an introductory lesson in water management and soil conservation. Getting a chance to see the trail equipment in action and also see just how quickly the work can be done when agencies have the proper resources was inspiring. It demonstrated that the engineering part of trail design and maintenance is pretty easy; clearing the administrative obstacles is harder. I hope the Workshop inspired attendees to push through their program barriers to get their trail projects done.” - Christopher E. Johnson, Off-Highway Vehicle Education Coordinator, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish

 

 

Back to the Top

 

 

 

Understanding Passion Is Key To Positive Agency To Rider Relations

by Dave Halsey, NOHVCC Contributing Writer

 

Sixth 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

 

Paul Hart says being a life-long rider builds trust with OHV user groups 

 

Paul Hart and his dual sport motorcycleFor the past 10 years, Paul Hart has managed the OHV trails on four National Forests. He believes that building trust with user groups is critical to being able to work with them successfully, and the best way to do that is to ride with them. “Let’s go riding. That’s the first thing I say,” said Hart. “And once we ride, then it’s good after that, especially if you’re going faster than them.”

 

Hart grew up in southern Illinois, in a family that rides and races motorcycles. He threw a leg over a dirt bike for the first time at age 4. He raced motocross and scrambles, and was a state champion hill climber. He attended Southern Illinois University, where he got a degree in Outdoor Recreation. He needed an internship to complete the program, looked all over the U.S. and found one in Florida. “I got one on the Ocala National Forest,” Hart said. “They have a huge motorized trails program. I started as a temp, then was offered a permanent position as Trails Leader. While I was there, I got a Master’s Degree in Natural Resources Management, which paved the way for the rest of my career.”

 

Hart was at Ocala for 3 years, then accepted a position on the Coconino National Forest in Arizona as the Trails, Wilderness and Rivers Program Manager. From there, he moved to California, where he worked for 4 years as the OHV Coordinator on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. Today, he is the Trails Manager for the Yuba River District of the Tahoe National Forest, also in California. “I supervise five people,” he said. “I am writing grants to get funding for the trails program, doing layout design, and going out and building the trails. I’m an MSF (Motorcycle Safety Foundation) Dirt Bike Coach, training people on motorcycles. We run heavy equipment, do lots of hand work building single-track trails, and we do some blasting of rocks to make them.”

 

Hart says being a rider has helped him build solid relationships with user groups and, on one Forest, re-build a relationship with riders who were frustrated after not getting what they wanted in a Travel Management Plan. It also helps in his work on funding and legislation. “Being a rider has helped me 100% with my job, from Florida all the way to what I’m doing now in California. I grew up racing motorcycles too. That helps a bit as well. People know you’ve raced, so you’ve been on both sides of the table.

 

“I work with the State OHV program, our funding source in California. I’ve met with the grant administrators, and ridden with them. They know I’m going to use that money to benefit the sport, and that I’ve got the best interest of riders, because I’m a rider myself.” 

 

Hiring riders that have what it takes to work on the Tahoe National Forest is challenging, but must be done to keep the level of trail riding as high as it is today, adds Hart. “There are some pretty extreme, black diamond trails. To throw a chainsaw and some tools on the bike and ride all day safely, you can’t have just anybody go up there. 

 

“The trails I’m managing now by Downieville are the best single-track left in California. To get what we have, we do everything by hand. It’s super exposed, rocky, 12 to 18 inches of single track. Lots of people won’t ride it because it is extreme and technical, but people who ride it love it, and we’re striving to keep it that way. It’s pretty amazing.”

 

Hart also works closely with 4-wheel drive clubs on the Rubicon Trail and Fordyce Creek Trail -- areas designed for extreme rock crawling -- often riding with club members for 12 or 13 hours at a time, going just a few miles.

 

What does a trail manager who maintains trails, supervises crews and writes grants do on a late-summer vacation? Ride, of course. “I just did a 6-day moto trip,” said Hart. “There were five of us. We started in Boise, and did a clockwise circle, 800 miles. About 35 miles was pavement, all the rest was on dirt roads, trails and single-track. We camped off the bikes. It was some of the best single-track that I have ever been on in the country.”  

 

Carman Jackson says learning to ride helped her appreciate rider passion 

 

Carman Jackson didn’t grow up riding dirt bikes or ATVs. Her college degrees are in Animal Science and Health Promotion, both from Purdue University. She has worked in the agriculture industry, and in community planning as a wellness consultant. And while her education and career paths are different than most OHV program managers, they have given her a unique perspective on trail riding. Said Jackson:

 

“I am in the stress reduction side of health promotion. That’s what OHV recreation is all about.” 

 

Carman Jackson meets with ridersJackson, 53, worked for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources as a seasonal employee for two years, completing prairie restoration projects at Prophetstown State Park. A few years later, she took a full-time position as a community planner. In 2008, she became the ORV Projects Manager for the state’s two public riding areas: the Redbird SRA and Interlake SRA (State Recreation Area).

 

“Redbird is about 1,450 acres,” said Jackson. “About 700 acres are currently open for off-road riding opportunities, with about 25 miles of trail. Interlake is 3,500 acres. The majority is open to some sort of OHV use, with some specific to single-track. The single-track and dual-track trails total over 100 miles. Both are former coal mines, so we have a lot of hills and mud. Redbird is the more challenging of the two. Both areas are open to other uses as well.

 

“I started riding OHVs on the job to get around the properties. I started with ATVs, which I really enjoy. I love the technical aspects of them. There’s a lot of interest in single-track at Interlake. I saw it was important to understand our visitor base, and those putting on enduros, so I bought a dirt bike.

 

“Now I can go in and work with people in clubs, and talk about tread and trail width, and sustainability. I’m out there riding their trails. If you know what they’re talking about, they will accept you sooner and challenge you less. It also benefits me on the education side, because I know something about their passion. If you’re out there riding, you have some degree of passion that they do."

 

It’s not a requirement to be a rider to work on Indiana’s SRAs, but experience is preferred, adds Jackson. “You don’t have to be a rider to be successful as an OHV program manager. But it’s important to be willing to try, and ride more than one type of OHV. That has helped me a lot. If you’re an avid dirt bike rider, but not willing to jump into one of the other vehicles, in Indiana at least, it will be more difficult for you.

 

“I try to grab them all. You don’t have to ride all the time. I’m a novice to intermediate in all of those, but the off-road community respects that I try it all.”

 

Jackson is the Indiana State Representative and Planning Committee Chair for the International OHV Administrators Association (INOHVAA). While she loves riding off-road on the job, her favorite riding is on horses and street bikes. “When I was 16, I didn’t want a car. I wanted a street bike because my brothers had them. But my father wouldn’t let me have one. I finally got my street bike...when I was 46.”

 

 

 

Back to the Top

 

 

 

New Florida Trail System Built With Lots Of Patience And Partnerships

by Dave Halsey, NOHVCC Contributing Writer

 

The Florida panhandle is 200 miles long and 50 to 100 miles wide, and until recently had no designated OHV trails. That all changed in mid-April of 2015 when the Clear Creek OHV Trails opened, giving riders of all skill levels on dirt bikes and ATVs 27 miles of trails.

 

It was a long time in the making.

 

Dirt biking father and son fist bump“This is a case history in partnerships and perseverance” said Jack Terrell, NOHVCC Senior Project Manager. “The OHV park has been a very long-term effort by a lot of people, a lot of agencies, and a lot of organizations. It’s not a huge place, but it is a legal riding area and they needed it badly up there.”

 

Two of the partners in the project aren’t normally thought of as being involved in opening OHV trails. The Department of Defense supported the project to prevent development and create a buffer zone near the Whiting Field Naval Air Station. The Department of Defense Readiness and Environmental Protection Initiative provides buffer zones around U.S. military facilities, and welcomes partners to create them.

 

The Nature Conservancy also wanted to prevent development, to protect the natural resources in the area. “There is a creek that runs through one end. They were concerned about maintaining the quality of it, because it’s a tributary of the Blackwater River,” said Terrell. “In Florida, we’ve had a very close partnership with the Nature Conservancy. We have a lot in common with them. Together with them and other groups, we have put together a coalition that has really been effective in promoting motorized recreation.”

 

The North Florida South Alabama Motorcycle Club, Pensacola, was instrumental in moving the project forward, a process that took over 10 years. “There are thousands of ATVs and dirt bikes sold in Northwest Florida, and unless you have a large track on your own property, there’s no legal place to ride them,” said Wayne Briske of the club, in an interview with the Pensacola News Journal when the trail system opened last April. Briske is also the NOHVCC Florida State Partner. He and Terrell served on the Florida OHV Recreation Advisory Committee that pursued the project and directed funding that made it happen. "All of the trails were cut by volunteers as part of our motorcycle and ATV clubs here locally, so there was a lot of local manpower that actually went into cutting the trails," Briske said.

 

Other partners in the building of the trail system include Stop working and start riding computer keythe U.S. Navy, Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, Florida Division of Forestry (now Florida Forest Service), Blackwater State Forest, and Santa Rosa County.

 

Clear Creek is built on state land. It was funded through Florida OHV title fees; a $300,000 Recreational Trails Program (RTP) grant from the Federal Highway Administration, administered by the Florida Office of Greenways and Trails, a division of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection; and donations from Polaris and Yamaha to local OHV clubs.

 

The state owns the land. A private concessions company operates the gate, restroom and concessions. The state and local clubs provide trail maintenance. Clear Creek OHV Trails is located at 8348 Redbird Trail, Milton, Florida. According to its Facebook page, the trails are open Saturday through Monday, 8 am to 5 pm. Cost is $15 for adults, $10 for youth, military and seniors.  

 

For more information, visit the Clear Creek OHV Trails Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/ClearCreekOHV/timeline.

 

 

Back to the Top

 

 

 

NOHVCC Has Ridden Out Its Share Of Double-Black-Diamond Challenges

by Dave Halsey, NOHVCC Contributing Writer

 

Eighth 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, the key word is “challenges.”

 

Even on the steep and rocky terrain, NOHVCC kept on the throttle. 

 

Now in its 25th year as an organization, NOHVCC can look back on many successes in motorized recreation, thanks to the strength of its Mission and the conviction of its Founders, Staff Members, Board of Directors, and State Partners, past and present.

 

Over the years, it has also faced serious uphill challenges.

 

Bottom part of a Dixie cup sitting on deskIn 1998, NOHVCC was in trouble. It was deep in the red financially, and had just struggled through a major change in leadership. In December of the previous year, Russ Ehnes was hired as the executive director. Looking at the steep climb ahead, and many obstacles to overcome, he wasn’t sure how long his ride at NOHVCC would last.

 

“When I came to NOHVCC, there was about 2 inches of coffee left in the bottom of a 3 lb. can,” said Ehnes. “To be honest, I wasn’t sure if I should buy a new can of coffee or not, because I didn’t know if I’d have the job long enough to need one.

 

“It was a rocky couple of years. A lot of things had to happen just for NOHVCC to survive. We had to get through a leadership transition. We had to restructure our funding, which we did thanks to MIC (Motorcycle Industry Council) [now SVIA and ROHVA also provide funding] and its member manufacturers. A dozen other things had to happen. It all worked out. And it was during this challenging time that the Vision of the Board truly became the Vision of the Organization. My job was to help develop that Vision, and consider the political factors out there to help advise and support the Board. From that point in NOHVCC’s history, we really started building the organization.”

 

Ehnes did buy a new can of coffee, and sitting on his desk today is a reminder of the uphill ride he faced when he first stepped into his current role. “I still have the bottom part of a Dixie cup. It’s all curled up and covered with coffee goo. It was the measuring scoop for measuring coffee into the coffee filter in the morning at the NOHVCC office.”

 

Other challenges followed, as NOHVCC continued to build its reputation as an organization focused on OHV safety education, partnering with public land managers to build sustainable trail systems, and helping riders establish OHV clubs and State Associations.  NOHVCC worked through the challenges and created tools such as the Adventure Trails series, the Travel Management Workshops in conjunction with the US Forest Serive, the Park Guidelines for OHVs, and more.

 

Then the recession hit in 2008. 

 

“Our 2009 budget was cut by about one-third,” Ehnes said. “And it hasn’t rebounded to pre-recession levels. In fact, it hasn’t changed significantly since 2009. And for us to be able to do the work we do, at the level we do, on nearly the same budget we had in 2009, is pretty impressive. The recession helped us focus on what we needed to concentrate on. There were really good things we had been doing that we had to do less of, like going to OHV events and meeting with people one-on-one. The priorities shifted to the core Missions: the NOHVCC Workshops and our outputs, like the Management Guidelines and the Trail Book.

 

“The recession also helped inspire us to reach out to ourHeidi and Marc shipping materials from NOHVCC office partners, like the Federal Highway Administration and BLM (Bureau of Land Management). That was a positive outcome. It forced us and the agencies to forge new partnerships for success.”

 

NOHVCC’s Board of Directors and Staff were able to continue to grow the organization in spite of the recession; developing strategies such as the creation of NMS (NOHVCC Management Solutions), moving workshops to new technology formats, and many other OHV projects including many for State and local governments, for which the organization provides management and secures funding.

 

“You have to contrast the coffee story with today, 25 years later. We’re a recognized organization, credible and stable. All organizations have those challenges. What counts is how you use them to make your organization better.”

 

 

Back to the Top

 

 

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:  What year did the NOHVCC website get updated to its latest format to help you find all of our tools faster?

Send your answers to us at trailhead@nohvcc.org by September 18, 2015
(yeah, other than extra credit, only 1 entry per person)



This year's NOHVCC/INOHVAA conference will be held in Folsom, a suburb of Sacramento the week of October 25 - November 1, 2015.  The conference page is up.  Registration and agenda will be up by the end of August.  We are actively seeking presentation ideas and award nominations.  Oh, and we have 5 scholarships available this year for attending the conference.  Send us an e-mail to trailhead@nohvcc.org to apply.

 


The Great OHV Trails guidebook has been delayed, but not for a very long time.  The guidebook will be available some time before our conference.  It might be the day before, though.....

Back to the Top