Sustained forests; sustained profits
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Baltimore 4 Wheelers/OHV
21000 York Road
Parkton, MD 21120
A concern: received 11-16-99
BLM want to restrict cross-country travel on federal lands.
The U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management want to ban all-terrain vehicles from motorized off-trail and off-road travel on most federal lands in Montana and parts of the Dakotas.
Officials have said the current travel plan was developed before the dramatic increase in all-terrain vehicle use. The preferred plan prohibits motorized cross-country travel on federal lands, but allows for a few exceptions, including handicapped access and firewood cutting with a permit. Concern has been expressed about those who have carved tracks through roadless areas. Proposals may allow them to keep using those routes unless a review by the federal agencies determines the trails should be off-limits to motorized vehicles. Such review would be very expensive and time consuming and disputed.
Cross-country travel it has been claimed can spread noxious weeds, cause erosion, damage cultural sites, disrupt wildlife and create conflicts among land users.
Motorized cross-country travel tends to be prohibited but may be allowed on roads and trails that are constructed and maintained by the agencies and on clearly evident two-track and single-track routes established by the regular use and continuous passage of motorized vehicles.
There are claims that owners are concerned about not angering off-road vehicle users more than in listening to those who use lands without leaving marks behind.
Continued use of an illegitimate network of roads, it has been claimed, will destroy wildlife habitat and send more game animals onto private property where the public has no hunting access.
Professor says trail riders cause environmental harm
By JOHN LUCAS, Courier & Press Western Kentucky Bureau 2-19-01 (270) 333-4899 or email@example.com --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
CADIZ, Ky. — A 2,500-acre area in the Land Between the Lakes can remain a refuge for four-wheel and trail bike enthusiasts, but riders should become better informed about the environmental consequences, said retired university professor Paul Yambert. Yambert believes riders in the Turkey Bay OHV (Off-Highway Vehicle) cause environmental damage.
The area, popular with off-road enthusiasts, is one of few available for the often unwelcome vehicles
The hills in the area which borders Kentucky Lake show the effects of erosion as bike paths on the steep hills have become gullies.
"Nobody can look me in the eye and say what they’re doing on the OHV is sustainable. They’re filling in the lake," said Yambert, a member of Concept Zero, an advocacy group formed in the mid-1990s to oppose development in the LBL.
But rather than close the Off-Highway Vehicle area, Yambert says the U.S. Forest Service, which took over operations of the 170,000-acre LBL in late 1999, should partner with off-road manufacturers such as Honda and Yamaha to educate riders.
He suggested working with manufacturers to develop tires which would create less erosion and teaching riders to stay off the hills when they are muddy and prone to rutting.
Yambert discussed his ideas outside a meeting of a newly reconstituted LBL Advisory Board, which met for the first time Thursday at Lake Barkley State Resort Park.
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