Anti OHV zealots don’t want to hear a motorized vehicle in the woods, this is just to high a burden. I participated in the Deschutes National Forest OHV working group. The anti OGV zealots spouted unsubstantiated anecdotes about OHV erosion, cross country travel, and other abuse constantly. The Deschutes National Forest intentionally assembled a working group heavily weighted against OHV users, OHV users had practically no say, it was not a consensus process it was a vote and move on with OHV users significantly outnumbered.
The anti OHV zealots mouthed platitudes about getting along and supporting expansion of existing OHV areas and establishing new OHV areas all the while knowing that the next phase for them was to oppose any and all OHV areas. The largest OHV area in the State is the East Fort Rock OHV area and it is barely big enough to not ride the same trails constantly in a day. OHV areas with one or two hundred miles are simply not worth riding, you can ride 200 miles of trail in two to four hours, then what, ride the same trails again and again?
Meanwhile the mountain bikers are out in the woods creating outlaw trails, expanding legal trail systems and causing more erosion and impact to the forest than OHV users ever could. Why is it OK? Simply because they don’t make noise. The anti OHV zealots were joined by horse users to ban OHVs. Horses cut deep ruts in trails and spread weed seeds wherever they travel. Both these groups cause more damage to forests than OHVs ever could, we were simply singled out by an anti OHV zealot in a top USFS position in Washington DC.
For me it doesn’t matter much anymore, I sold my bikes and gave up the recreational activity, It’s too bad for the next generation though. Less users in the forest means less support for the Forest Service. It might just be time to sell the forests into private hands so we can have a chance to use them again.
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