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New Jersey OHV Groups Lay Groundwork for State Association

On January 8-9, 2005, 27 New Jersey off-highway motorcycle, ATV and four-wheel drive enthusiasts met to rebuild a statewide OHV association. The National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council and American Motorcyclist Association sponsored the two-day "OHV Association Development Workshop" and "Ride Into Political Action" Seminar.

"I feel great about everyone who is involved," commented interim President Dennis Farmer. "I think everyone is involved for all the right reasons, which is to get more than one legal riding area in New Jersey. We have qualified people from within our sport that can get this organization off to a great start. With over 350,000 off highway enthusiasts in New Jersey it's inconceivable that there is only one 80-acre parcel to legally ride in this state. Currently we have a few groups fighting each other rather than the people in government who can get us more land. We need this organization to help direct the fight, so we can have access to a legal area to enjoy our sport.

"I'd also like to thank the NOHVCC crew and the AMA folks for getting this whole deal organized and off the ground. They handled it all very professionally and it would be hard to imagine this happening without their help."

NOHVCC Senior Project Coordinator Dana Bell facilitated the workshop along with newly hired NOHVCC Project Coordinator Jack Terrell.

"Our State Association Development Workshop Program is a particularly rewarding program to be involved with," said Bell afterward. "What a great opportunity it is to work with incredibly determined off-highway motorcycle, ATV and 4WD enthusiasts ready to give extraordinary amounts of their personal time to build and protect a future for responsible OHV recreation within their states."

NOHVCC New Jersey State Representative John Parrinello says, "The meeting went real well and there are a lot of fresh faces involved. I'm still busy with some of the same things I've been doing for years, and in fact I have a meeting with interim New Jersey Governor Cody tomorrow (Jan. 20) to discuss OHV issues, so hopefully we'll be seeing some changes around this state real soon."

The workshop participants elected as interim officers; President Dennis Farmer, Vice President Dale Frietas, Treasurer Rea Wundrack-Lippner, and Secretary Steven Chmarney. The officers will work with Communication, Organizational and Membership committee members Larry Osusky, Bob Klaus, Scott Mizerek, Vic Gorin and Diane Frietas to develop the necessary documents and coordinate a formal incorporation meeting. Larry Tosi, Dwayne Warren and Phil Weisbecker with the law firm of Warren & Tosi P.C. have volunteered to serve as advisers during the incorporation planning process.

The follow-up, one-day incorporation meeting will be held in mid-Spring in Bordentown. The agenda will include approval of the association name, mission, by-laws, election of officers and recommendation on the association’s 1-year and 5-year goals. All OHV enthusiasts are welcome to attend.

The proposed mission of the association is: (New Name) is a New Jersey not-for-profit organization (or coalition) that advocates safety, environmental, conservation and land ethics education, serves as a communication network, and works to protect, promote, and enhance responsible and quality off-highway vehicle recreation opportunity.

Goodfellows Motosport, the Jersey Devil ATV Riders Association, X-treme Habitat, Pine Barrens Motorcycle Club and Meteor Motorcycle Club each donated $100.00 to fund the association through the incorporation meeting.

For more information on the next meeting, contact Dennis Farmer at dennis@njorvp.org or 732-506-6595.

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