ARC Comments to Forest Service OHV Rule
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September 13, 2004
Proposed Rule for Designated Routes and Areas for Motor Vehicle Use
c/o Content Analysis Team
P.O. Box 221150
Salt Lake City, Utah 84122-1150
Fax: (801) 517-1014
Dear Policy Team:
The American Recreation Coalition is delighted to submit comments on the Proposed Rule for Management of OHV. Activity on national forest lands. This is an important issue affecting both OHV enthusiasts and others who seek to use national forests for healthy outdoor fun. We offer our comments as an organization comprised of more than one hundred organizations representing diverse components of the $400 billion per annum recreation industry and millions of recreation enthusiasts.
We are pleased to offer our support for two of the core principles reflected in the proposed rule. We believe that OHV enthusiast use, like most activities on public lands, can and should be managed to enhance safety and access while minimizing environmental and social conflicts. We therefore support the principle of encouraging OHV enthusiast use on designated routes and in certain designated areas. We also support strongly the concept that designations of routes and areas should be accomplished through locally-based forums and processes.