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The email I received below was from the Friends of Blackwater.  Not sure of the extent of the intent to open trails to ATVs, but WV hikers should be aware of the issue.  Odd that the state wants to mandate the nat'l forest to open trails to ATVs.




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WV State Parks Threatened by House Bill 3148!  Call your Legislator today!

The WV House of Delegates is bringing House Bill 3148 to Roads and Transportation Committee on March 27, 2013 at 2pm.  This Bill would open up all trails on public lands in West Virginia to ATV/UTV use.  This means that trails on State Parks, State Forests and even the Monongahela National Forest would now be subject to extreme levels of degradation from ATV usage.  We must stop this from happening and preserve our beautiful trail system.

Not only would this cause problems like erosion and noise pollution, it would present a safety issue for hikers and mountain bikers that utilize these trails for recreation.  Additionally, it would take hundreds of staff members to oversee and maintain these trails, greatly diminishing any promised economic gain.  West Virginia will lose economically if we lose our trails!

House Bill 3148:  A BILL to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, by adding thereto a new article, designated §20-15A-1, §20-15A-2, §20-15A-3, §20-15A-4, §20-15A-5 and §20-15A-6, all relating to creating the “ATV and UTV Recreation Act;” legislative findings concerning trail-oriented recreation for off-highway vehicle enthusiasts; definitions; … all-terrain vehicles or utility-terrain vehicles on roads and trails on public lands, old timber roads and other limited use roads, including national forests.  To read the entire bill click here.
 

THIS IS URGENT!!  CALL TODAY AND TELL THEM NO ATVS ON OUR TRAILS!
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http://www.legis.state.wv.us/Bill_Te....ntr.htm
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If they're going to do that, they should follow the example of the Allegheny NF in Pa.

They have a pretty good network of dedicated ATV and snowmobile trails.
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This certainly is disturbing. I do doubt the ability of the state to mandate usage on federal lands though and Wilderness areas would automatically be exempt but nonetheless this would be a disaster. WV already has the highest death rate in the nation for ATV riders and I don't see this as helping that. It also would destroy a strong outdoor recreation community that exists and would have minimal or even negative economic return. Is there a petition or organized online campaign against this yet?

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get to the lost meadow while you can, before it becomes "trashed meadow"
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Talked to my source w/ inside info. Good news, this bill has been pulled from the agenda. Apparently it was championed by one individual w/ ulterior motives.

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An ATV dealer?

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Nope


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This topic has been floated for years around here, and while I have nothing against ATV's, their owners or riders, allowing them on Nat Forest, or state park/forest lands is a big mistake!  If they want to open up ATV trails that's fine.  I don't mind the "normal folks" who use ATV's, but around here, I seem to see 9 idiots for every 10.  The way a lot of things are enforced around here, letting ATV's in would pretty much destroy everything.

I love the national forest for what it is, a place I can go hike, bike, camp, do whatever and do it in peice and quiet.  Not have to slop through mud holes, rutts, listen to the roar of ATV engines ect.
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