Are you concerned about the shrinking number of places to ride your Quad?
Do the local MX tracks allow you to ride there?
Are you being shut out of woodlands & recreational areas?
I asked Maddog about this & this wa sa part of his reply:
"When I was growing up on motorcycles there were literally dozens of places to ride within a half hour drive of my hometown. Now I've got to travel more than an hour from there to ride a small, rough, ungroomed trail system that's been partially closed for 3 years because of "clean up". Now that I've moved to another state I'm even more unhappy with the riding conditions. There are very few places to ride unless you choose to run an mx track and the few areas you can ride at require daily permits to do so. I've seen the situation change dramatically and quickly over my relatively short lifespan, I think it's moving quite fast and the sport is in serious danger."
The aim of this topic is to ask:
1/ Do you care?
2/ Are you prepared to be proactive to save the places you like to ride from being closed to you?
3/ What POSITIVE ideas do you have to try & save our sport?
4/ Are you or any of your friends willing/interested to start some kind of dialog with other Motorcycle groups to save the sport of motorcycling & quading from being legislated out of existence?
Phil (aka Dragonz)
1. Yes we should all care especially if the riding area is public land.
2. Am and do.
3. I do my volunteer work with the Ouachita National Forests in Arkansas. I work with my district on all aspects of ATV recreation from creation, repair, relocation, signage, and much more. This is all done in my spare time and is not as much work as some may think.
Breakdown of organizations and clubs
National- These are your legal and lobbying friends. Some examples of these groups are the Blue Ribbon Coalition, NOHVCC(education), Tread Lightly(education), AARP.
State- These groups work in the legislative side of things in our home state. These groups help push bills for trail money and much more.
Local- These(depending on the state) are the most important. These are the riders. It is important for normal riders(even if they can't work) to get involved. With a few guys(in the club) who have working relationship and the numbers from the club you give the state and nationwide organizations a reason to help you because why should BRC spend the money to sue a land manager if they have no clubs or no one working with that land manager from the start? These groups don't know who rides the area thus unless you have a club who rides that area then they don't know who or how many ride.
Basically look at alliances other than motorcross when it comes to trails on public lands. I am a utility rider(originally a sport quad rider) but the same trails I ride from time to time are used by a local dirtbike group for MX events. So if they needs help or support on something they give me a call because it benefits them as much as me.(and vise vesa)
Just keep in mind though when you are working with the Forest Service, BLM, or whoever they are bad about double talking or talking too soon. Make sure anything important you get in writing. So if you get screwed over on something you can run to the bigger groups(state/national) and let them 1. advise you or 2. step in and diffuse the situation.
Working with government and private entities can be a pain. I don't know how many times I've wanted to rip out my hair and scream. Just always remember to be respectful. Chances are your trail is 1% of their job and usually something else is going on.
With the forest service remember. The MVUM forest plan stuff is done. Its in the bigger boys hands as we speak. Regardless if they closed your favorite trail or not we need to keep our current trail to the best they can be. So the land managers can't say "well we do all the work and we do not get any extra money or help to do this trail stuff."