2017 was an important year for both summer and winter motorized recreation. Also, eBike use on public lands has become a critical factor in the outdoor recreation equation. As trail enthusiasts get ready to ride into 2018, QWR wanted to share some quotes from our various 2017 articles covering trail management for OSV/ SxS/ MC/ ATV/eBikes, outdoor recreation economic reports, agency studies, etc.
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Dec. 11 - QWR continues to believe it is important for both the OHV and traditional mountain bike communities to work with eBike enthusiasts, legislators, regulators, manufacturers, and other stakeholders to try and find common ground on joint trail use where appropriate.
Nov. 17 - QWR believes that E-bike stakeholders should be proactive and work with trail managers to create a strong land-use ethic and regulatory platform that both protect the resource and the long-term viability of the sport.
Oct. 18 - I was proud to see the RBDC [SxS basic driver course] graduates use the skills they learned at class during the group trail ride the next day. Several students told me the safe use of a SxS requires a healthy dose of common sense when out on the trail and to not be afraid to stop before attempting a challenging route segment that is beyond their comfort zone or ability.
Oct. 16 - QWR understands that Adaptive Management is the current term used by land agencies to describe how they look at new issues and challenges and include them in the decision-making process. However, the term “Dynamic” infers a more energetic or enthusiast process that agencies can embrace as they engage with users, partners, and other stakeholders in collaborative efforts.
Aug. 6 - QWR believes that signs are the most effective (and often the only management tool the public sees) method by which a land agency communicates its commitment to the public and the resource. And, the quality of an agency’s signing program is directly proportional to the level of user enjoyment, public compliance with regulations, and success of the unit’s mission, vision, and values.
July 26 - 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.
May 16 - QWR believes successful OHV programs are the result of substantive collaboration between agency leadership and the user community.
May 9 - QWR believes there are three key components (3 Cs) to successfully managing a unit that offers mixed-use or shared-use trail-based opportunities for motorized and non-motorized recreation. Those factors are commitment, communication, and collaboration.
May 2 - Managing sustainable OHV and other recreation programs on federal lands is a complex challenge in the 21st Century. QWR believes the need for a trained professional volunteer workforce will continue to grow as federal agencies roll out new programs such as the Forest Service’s National Trail Strategy or face fiscal impacts such as budget cutbacks.
April 25 - LINK TO OIA 2017 REPORT
This report highlights and details the significant economic impact that both motorized and non-motorized recreation has in this country.
QWR believes this comprehensive and inclusive report indicates the growing collaboration and partnership between motorized and non-motorized user groups as they work with agency staff and elected officials to support sustainable and diverse recreation opportunities on public lands.
April 20 - One of those critical issues [in OSV subpart C planning] is related to the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) which is a non-motorized trail that runs north-south through the western U.S. and along the crest of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range in California. It exists primarily on Forest Service lands including the Tahoe National Forest where the PCT crosses the current OSV route network. QWR believes the agency should ensure that it designates PCT crossings that retain the current form and function of the OSV program.
April 11 - With that increased popularity [of SxS/UTVs] comes the responsibility for land agencies and their OHV partners to look for opportunities to designate and sign legal routes for SxS recreation in areas where that use is appropriate and sustainable.
March 1 - QWR believes that trails can provide an important link to our past. For car enthusiasts, nowhere is that statement more relevant than on a short section of Historic Route 66 that has been designated by the BLM as an OHV trail near Needles, CA.
February 22 - Roberta Pickett, who currently serves as Assistant Governor for the Amador County clubs of Rotary’s District 5190, states, “I feel Don deserved this award for his integrity in the way he does business and collaborates even with those with whom he may have significant disagreements. His work with land managers, elected officials, recreation clubs, conservation groups, and environmental organizations promotes peaceful resolution to difficult challenges.”
February 2 - QWR believes the [Forest Service] National Trails Strategy outlines a path for success that can be used by units that are in the process of creating and managing a sustainable trail network. The report can also be used by ranger districts to help infuse new energy and ideas into their existing recreation program and partnerships.
January 16 - LINK TO FS REPORT WEBSITE
The report states that between 1999 and 2009, nature-based outdoor recreation generally increased, although trends differ across individual activities. The number of U.S. participants1 in 50 nature-based outdoor recreation activities increased 7.1 percent between 1999 and 2009, while the number of activity days increased at least that much. Activities oriented toward viewing and photographing nature have been among the fastest growing activities, both in terms of number of participants and activity days of participation. Off-highway vehicle driving realized a 34-percent increase in participants. Several physically challenging activities, such as kayaking, snowboarding, and surfing also had relatively large increases in this timeframe.
January 3 - Second, many non-traditional “off-road motorcycle” interests from the tech world, conservation movement, 4x4 community, and other stakeholder groups have found that Adventure riding is a great way to escape the city and experience the great outdoors.
QWR wants to thank you for your support over the past year and for being engaged in OHV recreation.
Happy New Year,