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Land Use

THE LAND, ENVIRONMENT, AND THE RECREATION VEHICLE

THE LAND

Progress has its drawbacks. As our standard of living escalates, so do our demands on the land. The ability of our public lands to meet the increasing demands depends largely on the consideration and care with which we treat it. If the land is cared for properly, it can provide the maximum in food, shelter, energy and recreation. Unwise use ultimately means closure, but more importantly, it reduces the lands ability to provide the things we require in order to survive.

There are many competing uses for the land: timber, agriculture, cattle grazing, mining, water, wildlife and recreation. Respect and cooperation will insure that these competing uses can co-exist. Citizens that use the land, for whatever purpose, have an obligation to fulfill. Respect the rights of others, protect the resources, and preserve the historical, cultural and archeological sites that are the
past records of mans’ progress.

Off Road Vehicle Trailriding

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THE ENVIRONMENT

The recreation vehicle is not the culprit when it comes to environmental damage. It is only when you combine a recreation vehicle with a person to operate that vehicle that the potential for environmental damage is multiplied a thousand fold. The environment is everyone’s concern. You as an operator of a recreation vehicle should be the most concerned of all. By your actions you will determine the future of recreation vehicles use on public lands.

Take your time and enjoy the magnificent natural areas of our public lands. Rediscover the many sights and sounds of nature.

Remember, you are the VISITOR; let your passing go as unnoticed as the wind and the clouds so that others who follow will be unaware of your passing. Noise, dust and visual impacts are often cited as the most objectionable characteristics of recreation vehicle use. These impacts may or may not have a detrimental effect on wildlife, plant life, water and air quality, and other resources.
Until such time as scientific studies are conducted to evaluate the impacts, we urge you to do your part to keep these impacts to a minimum.

THE RECREATION VEHICLE

The popularity of the recreation vehicle has increased to staggering proportions in the past decade. Motorcycles, dune buggies, four-wheel drive vehicles, pickups, campers, and standard passenger cars are determined as recreation vehicles when they are operated on other than designated or existing roads or trails. Indiscriminate use of recreation vehicles has resulted in restrictions
and/or closures. One inconsiderate recreation vehicle operator can cause thousands of acres to be closed to the enjoyment and benefit of all recreation vehicle users.

If you are in doubt as to the status or condition of a road or trail, consult your local Forest Ranger or Bureau of Land Management Office. They will do their utmost to make your visit to public lands enjoyable and safe.

ENJOY IT, PROTECT IT, PRESERVE IT

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  1. chad Armstrong

    i am a newcomer to 4×4 i am looking for a place to go off roading in north louisiana . i have a 2007 jeep wrangler unlimted winch and all ready just looking for places to go riding

    1. Cindy Bahr

      Hi Chad,
      North Louisiana is too far south for us to give you any information. I would check with UFWDA for trails.

  2. Taylor Maske

    I’m in North eastern wisconsin and I want to either join here or if I can find some other people that are interested maybe make a club what are the vehicle requirements?

    1. Cindy Bahr

      Hi Taylor,
      I would suggest joining one of our member clubs. Do a little research as some clubs do more trail riding than others. W4WDA has some guidelines for starting a new club. Please visit their website.

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