Optimism The Theme at National OHV Conference
ONTARIO, CA (March 15-20)
- Federal and state land
managers, off-highway vehicle (OHV) recreation groups, and educators
gathered at a national conference to discuss the future of motorized
access to public and private lands. The event was held in Ontario on
March 15-20 and was sponsored by the National Off-Highway Vehicle
Conservation Council (NOHVCC), the Federal Highway Administration, and
the National Association of OHV Program Managers.
The goal of the conference was to continue the NOHVCC mission to create
a communications forum through which OHV enthusiasts, and their
organizations and supporters can share information and experiences,
participate in educational opportunities, and become partners in
creating a positive image of the sport.
Noted speakers included; Jerry Ingersol, OHV Program Manager for the
USDA Forest Service; Anna Atkinson, National OHV Program Lead for the
Bureau of Land Management, and Christopher Douwes, Recreational Trails
Program Manager for the Federal Highway Administration. Numerous other
luminaries from state government, Industry, and user groups gave
presentations as well.
Workshops for the attendees consisted of a motorcycle sound measurement
training course for law enforcement officers lead by Rob Harrison, P.E,
and Chris Real, CLS, a trail design module presented by Troy Scott
Parker, and the Tread Lightly! Tread Trainer Course.
Don Amador, western representative for the BlueRibbon Coalition, said,
"It was an honor to help NOHVCC celebrate their 15th anniversary at the
conference this year. They should be commended for putting this event
together so that resource professionals and user groups can network on
collaborative efforts to better manage OHV recreation on public and
"I know the BlueRibbon Coalition appreciates the work that NOHVCC does
to help educate OHV groups and bring them together with land managers
for the betterment of the sport and also to protect resources. I also
want to thank Silent Sport North America and Dualsport Rider Magazine
for sponsoring BRC's participation at this conference." Amador stated.