Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) Report

By Ryan Whitaker

 

Meeting of the Recreation Committee of the Jackson Advisory Group, June 28, 2008.

 

OHV Group participants: Steve Colombi, Ryan Whitaker, Mark Hontou, Joye Silva & Joyce Blok.  The other member who attended the meeting supporting OHV recreation, but left before our discussion, was Steve Dunlap.

 

OHV (ATV'S, DIRTBIKES, MOTORIZED VEHICLES)

 

NEEDS:

  • Motorized cycle trails for ATV's, dirt bikes, (possibly jeeps)
  • Staging area with camping - parking for street vehicles, bathrooms, water, trash/recycling facilities,
  • Marked and maintained trails
  • Ranger patrol (authority) - regulations according to state rules (sound, spark arrestors, "quiet time" hours, etc. 

RESULTS:

  • Revenue from campsites
  • Gas purchase = % to OHV (more revenue!)
  • OHV Registration (green sticker) - protect legal places to ride.
  • Safe environment for kids/families to ride (demonstrate legal v's illegal to set good example for our youth)
  • Exercise/skills for our children's health.
  • Develop an appreciation for our environment by being responsible and legal

APPROPRIATE LOCATION:

  • Less impact to residential areas
  • Adequate off road space that includes access for all
  • Specific areas for NO motorized vehicles
  • Will share trails

MOTORIZED VEHICLE TRAIL MAINTENANCE:

  • Volunteer groups to organize and maintain trail maintenance
  • "Adopt a Trail" campaigns
  • Access existing OHV funding for money needs