UPDATE: OHV Victory in California – Governor Signs Bill into Law
Senate Bills Continue Funding for Off-Highway Trails Indefinitely
UPDATE: 10/3/2017California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law the Senate Bill 249, a companion to SB 159 that the state's Senate approved last month. SB 249 permanently reauthorizes the California off-highway vehicle (OHV) program using funding from SB 159, and both bills featured unanimous bipartisan support among politicians, endorsed by both conservationists and OHV enthusiasts.
The bills guarantee a future for California's OHV programs indefinitely.
Original article: 9/20/2017Want to continue wheeling in California? You’re in luck! Congress just passed Senate Bill 159, which maintains funding for the Golden State’s Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Program, and guarantees that it will always be valid within California State Parks.
The current OHV program was scheduled to lose funding at the end of 2017, bringing to a close nine State Vehicular Recreation Areas created by Ronald Reagan, then governor of California, in 1971.
This victory came with support from both the off-road and conservation communities, who have recognized the importance of keeping trail systems open to the public. Don Amador, western representative for the BlueRibbon Coalition and Sharetrails.org believes much of the credit for this bill goes to the OHV enthusiasts, county sheriffs, and non-profit conservation groups who took time to make phone calls, write letters, and make their stance on the OHV program known.
This bill makes money available to maintain OHV trails, support law enforcement, fund restoration projects, and pay for valuable rider education programs.
Legislation like this not only makes certain the future of OHV trails in California, but serves as a reminder of the importance of making our voices heard. If you enjoy off-highway activities, be sure to stay active in the community and help keep our trails open!