QWR Sound Check Station at Chappie-Shasta OHV Area
As you know, QWR promotes the use of sound compliant exhaust with a functioning spark arrester when riding an OHV on designated roads, trails, and areas on public lands. Recently, the Ad Council started its new Smokey Bear campaign in time to remind various publics about how they can help prevent wildfires.
Smokey Bear Campaign
QWR also wants to commend the campaign for its positive message when it comes to the use of OHVs on public lands. Several years ago, the Smokey Bear program had a less-than-positive message about the legal use of OHVs on federal lands.
In addition, the Forest Service updated their Spark Arrestor Guide last year with a lot of good information including a detailed list of all OHV-related approved spark arrestors.
Spark Arrester Guide – OHV Vol. 3
According to the guide, Forest Service Standard 5100-1c requires that each arrester shall be permanently marked with the model number and the manufacturer’s name or trademark. The model number must match exactly. The identiﬁcation must be stamped in the metal body or on an attached metal plate.
Many states have spark arrester laws. For those if you in CA, you can find that law below:
QWR looks forward to seeing many of you out on the trail this year. Let’s all work to help ensure that OHV recreationists are using sound compliant spark arrestor exhaust systems to help reduce the threat of wildfires on public lands.