Monday, November 23, 2015

QWR/Partners Launch New OSV Trail Stewardship Module for 2016

Cal Custom Trailers/Powersports, Trevor Messersmith (L), and QWR's
Don Amador (R), Partner-Up for OSV Recreation in 2016 

As the snow begins to fly in California and the West, QWR wants to thank Polaris, Klim, and California Custom Trailers and Power Sports for their generous support in helping us launch our official OSV trail stewardship module for the 2015/2016 winter riding season.

OSV-based recreation brings an important economic benefit to many rural areas and supports local dealerships and the jobs they create.   According to the International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association, OSVs contribute $26 billion annually in the United States.   Over 100,000 full time jobs are generated by the snowmobile industry in North America. Those jobs are involved in manufacturing, dealerships and tourism related businesses.

Having an OSV module will allow QWR to continue its efforts to represent our partners and clients in various federal and state OSV planning or legislative efforts.  Such initiatives include the Forest Service Subpart C OSV Travel Planning Process, reauthorization of the CA OHMVR Program, and promotion of the SAE J2567 OSV sound standard for field level enforcement.

Feb. 2015 Field Trip/Trail Review
Stanislaus NF

 In 2013, the New York State Snowmobile Association supported a new state OSV sound law based on SAE J2567.  That measure was enacted because some private property owners were closing trails due to excessively loud snowmobiles.  The New York law mirrors similar legislation in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Colorado. QWR believes the SAE J2567 OSV sound standard in California would complement the current 96dBA sound law for OHVs.

Being proactive in the development of new recreation “tools” (such as reasonable sound laws) is a smart practice and recreationists should embrace these management implements for use in their land-use tool box.

OSV Travel Information Signs
Stanislaus NF

Don Amador, President of Quiet Warrior Racing, states, “The OSV manufacturers have done an excellent job of producing sleds that are sound compliant with low emissions.  I think it is important for law enforcement to have the J2567 sound law in their tool box so they can address riders who have modified their exhaust with excessively loud pipes that create user conflicts and lay the groundwork for potential closures.”

“Adoption of J2567 in California and other states without an OSV sound field test makes good sense and will help keep trails and riding areas open for future generations,” Amador concludes.

Just a quick reminder that California’s Seasonal SNO-PARK permits are available for purchase online. This online service allows visitors an easy and convenient way to purchase SNO-PARK permits.   Permits are required from November 1, 2015 to May 30, 2016.


QWR looks forward to getting out in the field with OSV-related agency staff, users, law enforcement, dealers, and rental businesses to review travel plans, resource issues, management prescriptions, and solutions.  Hope to see many of you out on the trail.

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