Reminders about proper trail access and etiquette are always a good thing. Below are press releases you can edit for use in a newsletter to club members or send to local media and social media groups.
Allowing concurrent winter OHV use on groomed snowmobile trails – whether wheeled or tracked ATVs and/or UTVs – must be a local decision based upon local circumstances. Ten suggested best management factors are provided for trail managers to consider when deciding to either allow or disallow concurrent winter OHV use on groomed snowmobile trails. View full report
in the Access Resources section.
This Wyoming RTP project helped provide trail grooming for snowmobile trails that are also heavily used by a wide range of other winter recreationists including tracked ATVs and UTVs, snow bikes, dog sleds, fat tire bicycles, and cross-country skiers.
This joint Wisconsin/Michigan RTP project rehabilitated an abandoned railroad bridge over the Brule River to connect two significant regional trails in two different states. The 89-mile Nicolet State Trail in Wisconsin is connected to the 107-mile State Line Trail in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Both of these regional rail trails are open to snowmobiling, horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking, all-terrain vehicles, and off-highway motorcycles – a great example of multiple-use trail sharing.
This Wisconsin RTP project improved community access for a variety of trail users by constructing three miles of new trail and an underpass beneath a busy four-lane State highway.
This Iowa RTP project used public-private partnerships to develop an 800-acre riding area for OHVs and snowmobiles.
Multiple agencies contributed to this Idaho RTP project which replaced a bridge important for multiple-use corridor sharing.
This New York project was recognized for using RTP funds for trail maintenance and rehabilitation.
This Michigan RTP project was recognized for construction and design and replaced two important bridges for motorized trails in Lake County, Michigan.
This Oregon RTP project was recognized for its multiple-use management and corridor sharing efforts.
This Minnesota RTP project was recognized for it construction and design on a rail corridor that was acquired and converted to a natural surface multi-use recreational trail.
This Maine RTP project facilitated multiple-use management and corridor sharing by providing a new bridge crossing that was environmentally sound and safe for OHVs, snowmobiles and mountain bikes.
This Oregon RTP project was recognized for its construction and design and helped provide a new winter facility for sledding/tubing, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.
This Wisconsin multiple-use/corridor sharing project replaced twelve rail-trail bridges to keep over 100 miles of trail open for snowmobiling, ATV riding, cross-country skiing and equestrian use.
This innovative RTP project helped provide trail maintenance, rehabilitation and development work free of charge to federal land managers on snowmobile and ORV trails across the state of Wyoming.
This Oregon RTP project was recognized for its construction and design for a new shelter at this sno-park.
This Michigan RTP project constructed a multi-use bridge over Interstate 75 to provide access to the trail systems on each side in a safer manner.
These best management practices focus on overall trail grooming objectives, fleet management principles for grooming programs, the importance of off-season storage and maintenance, managing grooming operations and controlling the most common wasteful grooming practices.
Allowing fat tire bicycle use on snowmobile trails is ultimately a local decision based upon local circumstances. Nine suggested best management factors are provided for trail managers to consider when deciding to either allow or disallow fat tire bike use on their local snowmobile trails. View a full report
regarding this topic in the Access Resources section.
Allowing any type of OHV use on groomed snowmobile trails must be a local decision based upon local circumstances. Eight suggested best management factors are provided for trail managers to consider when deciding to either allow or disallow concurrent tracked OHV use on groomed snowmobile trails. View full report
in the Access Resources section.
Recommendations to help minimize real conflicts while maximizing winter recreation opportunities.
These excerpts from ‘Facts and Myths About Snowmobiling and Winter Trails’ best practice suggestions for winter recreation planning. View the full Facts and Myths booklet
Several national forests have implemented or are currently considering minimum snow depth stipulations in their local OSV travel plan decisions despite Subpart C of the U.S. Forest Service Travel Management Rule not stipulating minimum snow depth as an appropriate travel rule designation criteria. This can problematic, so this report
provides a status report, background information, and factors to consider for suggested best management practices on this topic.