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ATVs, Motorized Recreation and Conservation Northwest

ATVs, Motorized Recreation and Conservation Northwest

ATVs have been all over the news in eastern WA lately. And you may have heard that we've appealed an Okanogan County decision to triple the amount of roads open to ATV’s without a thoughtful environmental review. But Conservation Northwest believes strongly that there is a place for responsible ATV use and other motorized recreation in the great outdoors.

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News flash on Okanogan ATVs

News flash on Okanogan ATVs

Posted by Mitch Friedman at Mar 24, 2014 01:35 PM |

I’m delighted that Okanogan County, faced with a difficult trial against Conservation Northwest and the Methow Valley Citizens Council, chose to rescind two ordinances it passed last year that would have opened up county roads to an unlawful level of ATV access. The county commissioners had been overly aggressive in trying to use new authorities the Conservation Northwest, as part of a diverse group of conservation and motorized recreation stakeholders, shepherded through Olympia. The objective of the new state law was to increase recreational opportunities by allowing ATVs on certain types of low-speed (35 mph or less) roads while reducing environmental impacts by imposing visible license plates on all ORVs and boosting enforcement, so we can bust the bad apples who illegally ride through our sensitive backcountry.

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Truce Springsteen

Truce Springsteen

Posted by Mitch Friedman at Mar 06, 2012 04:10 PM |

There's an epidemic of illegal riding going on. Unethical ORV riders have created 3,000 to 6,000 miles of illegal trail on Washington state lands (3 to 6 times that of the legal mileage!). Off-road vehicles have cost ranchers and tree farmers millions of dollars annually in property damage and can be a noisy disruption of a quiet backcountry for those who like to hike or hunt. But if that was all fixed, how would we feel about ORVs then? A bill now in Olympia to reduce ORV abuse has a good chance of passing into law. It will require visible license plates on all ORVs and increase infraction fines. These are exactly the tools that experts say will discourage abuse. And with the curbing of ORV abuse, Mitch Friedman offers to call a truce.

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