Recreation Group Supports Managed Access for Off-Highway Vehicles

Senate Committee to Hold Hearing

The U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee has scheduled a June

5 hearing “to receive testimony regarding off-highway vehicle (OHV)

management on public lands.” In response to the announcement, Americans for

Responsible Recreational Access (ARRA) restated its support for responsible

OHV recreation on public lands and encouraged OHV enthusiasts to contact

their Senators.

ARRA Executive Director Larry Smith said, “We appreciate the Committee

taking the time to consider OHV recreation and look forward to the

opportunity to work with Committee Members on OHV management issues.”

He continued, “ARRA supports managed, responsible recreation and we hope the

Committee will use this hearing as an opportunity to highlight examples of

successful OHV management principles like those used in establishing the

Paiute Trail (UT) and the Hatfield-McCoy (WV) trail system.”

Smith also noted that the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and the Bureau of Land

Management (BLM) are undergoing processes intended to provide increased

management for OHV use. “Both the USFS and the BLM are undertaking processes

to designate routes and areas open for OHV use. ARRA supports these efforts

and we are working with the agencies and enthusiasts to help ensure that the

ultimate results are managed, sustainable and enjoyable systems of OHV


Lastly, Smith encouraged OHV enthusiasts to get involved. “There are

millions of responsible OHV enthusiasts in America and it is important that

they weigh in with their Senators prior to June 5. If you enjoy OHV

recreation on public lands, contact your Senator and let him or her know how

important access is to you.”

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Based in Washington, D.C., Americans for Responsible Recreational Access

represents the interests of millions of Americans who enjoy the great

outdoors and who believe public lands and waterways should remain open for

recreational pursuits. Check out its web site at