Wednesday, July 26, 2017

A Rising Tide Lifts All Trails - Highlight Those OHV Success Stories

Trail Armor and Restoration Projects - Rubicon Trail
Eldorado NF

QWR has long believed that partnerships and collaborative efforts are key elements in any 21st Century OHV recreation program.   Those joint efforts in support of sustainable OHV recreation continue to be the backbone of successful OHV programs in Region 5 and throughout the West.

While OHV management certainly has its challenges, QWR believes it is important for agencies and partners to highlight success stories where new trail opportunities are being created and/or trails are being reopened after mitigation measures are completed that address important resource concerns.

Sediment Catch Basin and Rolling Dip - Mace Mill
Eldorado NF

QWR commends the Eldorado National Forest’s outstanding communication efforts as highlighted in their recent:  42 Route Project Update #7

Link to 42 Route Project Update #7

As this report illustrates, various non-federal OHV grant programs (e.g. state, industry, etc.)  can help support the efforts of federal land agencies manage high-quality and environmentally sound OHV recreational opportunities.

Half Culvert OHV Bridge - Mace Mill
Eldorado NF

The document also notes the California State Park’s OHMVR Division has a grant program that supports their management efforts on the Forest and also shows that OHV recreation on public lands has evolved into a highly complex and diverse, partnership-based “a rising tide lifts all trails” concept.
QWR closes by stating that maybe the single most important factor in modern OHV recreation is the use of diverse partnerships as a synergistic force multiplier when it comes to the management of motorized use on designated roads, trails, and riding areas.


  1. Thanks Don and everyone for your support!! I look forward to being a part of the ENF team to implement some of those routes next summer!!

  2. This is excellent news.
    The fact that the agencies are making the effort to fix the issues on the trails instead of management by closure is a very positive sign of the (Dons') hard work behind the scene. One thing that Don needs now, is for the ground troops to get out on the ground to help. Check out the link to the 42 Route Project Update, find a project near you, contact the agency involved and find out how you and your riding group can volunteer to help the agency do that project. They may or may not use volunteer help but just the fact that you are contacting them and are willing to help tells them that we are a responsible public land user group. Then you can thank yourself, as well as thanking Don.

  3. Doug, thanks for encouraging the troops to volunteer on the various trail projects. Del Albright and I will be helping at the Deer Valley trail armor project on Sept. 16-17.

  4. I will rally the troops for the Deer Valley days. "Unfortunately" I will be driving to Idaho that weekend for some trail riding. Haven't checked the dates yet but am going to try to make the Strawberry Canyon days.