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Senate Committee to Hold Hearing on OHV Use on Public Lands

Contact Your Senator to Have Your Voice Heard
The House had its hearing now the Senate will have its turn. As you may recall, a House Natural Resources Subcommittee held a hearing on OHV use in March and we asked you to weigh in at that time. Your efforts paid off. While the testimony from several of the witnesses had an anti-OHV slant, the actual comments from the Members of the Committee were largely supportive of managed OHV recreation.
Now it is important to weigh in on the Senate hearing.
The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee has scheduled an oversight hearing “to receive testimony regarding off-highway vehicle management on public lands” on June 5, 2008. The witness list has not been set as of this time, but it is important that OHV enthusiasts weigh in with members of the Committee to make sure they understand the importance of continued and improved OHV recreation on federal lands.
Please click the take action button below to send a message to your Senator, who is an Energy and Natural Resources Committee Member, outlining your support for OHV recreation on federal lands.
ARRA and other national OHV organizations are working with the Committee to ensure that the voice of OHV enthusiasts will be heard at the hearing, but we need your help to ensure that each member of the Committee hears from the OHV community prior to the hearing.


Send a letter to the following decision maker(s):
Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources

Below is the sample letter:
Subject: Support Continued and Improved Access to Federal Lands for OHV Recreation
Dear [decision maker name automatically inserted here],
As a constituent and a member of Americans for Responsible Recreational Access (ARRA), I write to make you aware of my support for responsible off-highway vehicle (OHV) recreation on federal lands in advance of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing scheduled for June 5.
I enjoy OHV recreation and know first-hand that it is a legitimate and sustainable form of recreation on federal lands. The reasons people ride OHVs on public lands are as varied as the people who ride them. For some, motorized recreation provides an opportunity to spend a family day in the outdoors; others enjoy the opportunity to see much more in a single day than would be possible on foot; some use their OHV to access remote camping, fishing and hunting locations, but all OHV enthusiasts need your help to ensure continued access for our form of recreation.

I understand the need for management of OHV activities, but I would like to be clear that effective management does not equal wholesale closures. The U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management are currently in the process of developing designated systems of trails and routes for OHV use, as both agencies understand that continued access is contingent on effective management. Both agencies also understand that OHV recreation has a place on public lands and that motorized recreation can be provided for in an environmentally sustainable manner.

Thank you for your consideration. Please use the June 5 hearing as an opportunity to highlight responsible OHV recreation as a positive, legitimate use of federal lands.
Sincerely,

<your name>


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