The National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC) is a nonprofit public benefit organization, recognized as tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code.  Primarily funded by the Motorcycle Industry Council, Specialty Vehicle Institute of America and the Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association, NOHVCC exists to create a positive future for OHV Recreation.


NOHVCC, as a national body of OHV recreation enthusiasts, develops and provides a wide spectrum of programs, materials and information, or “tools”, to individuals, clubs, associations and agencies to further a positive future for responsible OHV recreation.

Mission Objectives

  • Help establish new OHV clubs and state associations where they don’t already exist;
  • Strengthen existing clubs and state associations by providing information, training and services to help them be more effective;
  • Improve and promote responsible OHV recreation management and resource protection by working in partnership with private and public land managers and recreation planners;
  • Provide and promote best management practices for OHV recreation planning, development and management to policy makers;
  • Promote a positive OHV recreation image to all publics;
  • Build a better understanding of responsible OHV recreation among all publics;
  • Build recognition and acceptance that OHV recreation is a positive activity and promotes a responsible life style;
  • Provide broad-based, ongoing educational opportunities for OHV recreationists, recreation planners and decision-makers; Provide and promote educational, safety, ethics, environmental and character-building programs for all OHV recreationists including youth; and
  • Emphasize the benefits of responsible recreation behavior and raise awareness of the impacts from irresponsible recreation activity.

Board of Directors

Dan Kleen, President and Chairman

Pocahontas, IA


Tom Umphress, Treasurer

Jordan, MN


Lewis Shuler, Secretary

Coldwater, MI


Danny Hale

Hardwick, VT


Barrett Brown

Barrett Brown

North Plains, OR


Carol Smith

Mico, TX


Tom Cowher

Reynoldsburg, OH


Scott Jones

Longmont, CO


Clif Koontz

Moab, UT


Jim Barrett

Houma, LA


Harry Brown

Stewartstown, NH


Oksana Buhel, Ex Officio

Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council

Wayne Daub, Ex Officio

All Terrain Quad Council of Canada

David Millier, Ex Officio

Motorcyclists Confederation of Canada


Duane Taylor, Executive Director

Norfolk, VA


Laura Feist, Executive Assistant

Great Falls, MT


Jack Terrell, Senior Project Manager

Auburndale, FL


Marc Hildesheim, Project Manager

Post Falls, ID


Geoff Chain, Project Coordinator & Communications Associate

Flagstaff, AZ



NOHVCC Partners serve as a liaison between NOHVCC and motorized recreation enthusiasts in their States.  In short, Partners are volunteers who stay up to date on OHV issues in their respective States and inform NOHVCC about successes, hurdles and best practices.  NOHVCC, in turn, offers tools, knowledge from other Partners and staff, and access to experts in all aspects of OHV recreation.  Each Partner brings a unique set of experiences and skill sets to support responsible OHV recreation in his or her own State and works with Partners and other enthusiasts from across the country.