WOHVA Updates May 2013
WOHVA Update May ‘13
Every month WOHVA provides our members and other motorized trail recreation advocates with this short synopsis of WOHVA’s efforts to proactively assure that environmentally responsible OHV recreational opportunities are expanded here the Badger State.
WOHVA’s 9th Annual Wisconsin OHV Enthusiasts Workshop was featured on the Homepage of the Lake States Resource Alliance Web Site. We’d like to thank the LSRA for their support of WOHVA and motorized recreation here in the Badger State.
The Spring ’13 Edition of Badger Tracks (the official newsletter of the Wisconsin Off-Highway Vehicle Association) was published last month. It can be found under the Badger Tracks tab on the WOHVA Web Site (www.WOHVA.com).
WOHVA submitted comments on S. 486, the “Preserving Access to Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area Act,” to both of Wisconsin’s U.S. Senators. The bill originated in the House as H.R. 819 in response to rules that took effect in the Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreation Area in North Carolina that choke off significant access for vehicle and pedestrian recreation. This legislation will better balance the interests of wildlife while maintaining reasonable recreation access. The bill would return motorized vehicle recreation access to the guidelines established in 2007 and require that any new management strategy provide for endangered species protection with minimum restrictions on recreational activities.
WOHVA participated in the regular monthly meeting for the Wisconsin Off-Road Vehicle Park, Inc. (WORVPI). Visit the newly launched WORVPI web site at http://www.WORVPI.org.
The WOHVA 9th Annual Wisconsin OHV Enthusiasts Workshop took place last month. This event included WOHVA’s Volunteer Appreciation Dinner, WOHVA’s Annual Luncheon with Land Managers and numerous other outstanding access advocacy opportunities. Motorized recreation enthusiasts from across the Badger State participated in the two-day education/information venue.
WOHVA attended the Lake States Resource Alliance (LSRA) Quarterly Directors Meeting at Trees for Tomorrow in Eagle River, Wisconsin. Two WOHVA Board Members serve on the LSRA Board of Directors. Participating in leadership roles (outside of WOHVA) facilitates networking opportunities with land managers and other users of Wisconsin’s Forests. Involvement such as this sets stepping stones to future partnerships including land access opportunities.
In conjunction with the Wisconsin Off-Road Vehicle Park, Inc. (WORVPI), WOHVA is working with North Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (NCWRPC) on an extensive Feasibility Study to direct establishing a 10,000 acre Badger State Motorized Recreation Area (MRA). Last month a special project team from WORVPI continued to meet with their consultants drafting the Forest County Motorized Recreation Area Feasibility Study. This is a six part study. Delivery of the completed study is expected later this month. WOHVA is excited to be on the forefront, representing Badger State motorized trail riding enthusiasts, on this and other advocacy projects.
The WOHVA Board of Directors held their regular bi-monthly meeting in Crandon, Wisconsin. WOHVA Individual Members can review the agenda, minutes, financial reports and other documents pertaining to all Board Meetings in the WOHVA Updates Forum located in the Forums Section of the WOHVA website.
WOHVA submitted comments in opposition to America’s Red Rock Wilderness Act, H.R. 1630 and S. 769, respectively. This legislation would designate 9.1 million acres in Utah as Wilderness. This Wilderness designation would make the land off-limits to off-highway riders. WOHVA reminded Wisconsin Congressional Delegation that in the House, of the bill’s 60 current cosponsors, not a single one represents an area that would be affected by the proposed Wilderness designation. The same is true in the Senate. Of the 11 cosponsors, not one represents the people most affected by this designation. Representative Holt (D-NJ), the House bill’s original sponsor, is from New Jersey. The proposed area of new Wilderness designation is nearly twice the size of his home state.
WOHVA participated in the United Four Wheel Drive Associations (UFWDA) Spring 2013 Delegates Conference Call. Delegates (representing 4WD enthusiast's organizations from across the globe) meet quarterly to exchange thoughts on issues of vital importance to these pro-motorized recreational access groups.
“Remember, join and advocate (that’s) the two most important things that you can do!” - Del Albright (April ’09, WOHVA’s 5th Annual Wisconsin OHV Enthusiast Workshops)
WOHVA’s Monthly Updates are provided as a service to our members and present an abbreviated recap of the activities over the previous month. WOHVA encourages all OHV enthusiasts to become better informed and stronger access advocates by obtaining additional information on these topics. WOHVA encourages motorized recreation enthusiasts to visit our web site (http://www.WOHVA.com) for expanded information on the issues high-lighted in this Update. Additional information can be found in the “WOHVA Projects Section” and in the Forums.
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