UFWDA Press Releases - OHV ROUTE DESIGNATION RULE

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact Carla Boucher (757) 546-7969

UNITED FOUR WHEEL DRIVE ASSOCIATIONS CONCERNED ABOUT CHANGES TO
FOREST SERVICE OHV ROUTE DESIGNATION RULE

United has participated with the US Forest Service in the development
of its OHV Route Designation Rulemaking. The concept of managing OHV
use on National Forests is a great concept and the Forest Service has
been working hard on this project since the Spring of 2004. However,
"I have been comparing the proposed rule to the final rule and there
are a few unwelcome changes that concern me", stated Carla Boucher,
attorney for United and an authority on Forest Service regulations.

United will be completing its audit of the rule over the next few
days, and generally supports the overreaching goal of the program. A
full report of the changes and their effect on access will be posted
on the United website in the coming weeks at www.ufwda.org. "United
wants to ensure that the time and effort spent by the Forest Service
works for the betterment of 4x4 access and that we don't end up
experiencing wholesale road and trail closures or end up perpetuating
unmanaged recreation when the rule is implemented in the field",
Boucher said.

Field training for agency personnel is expected within the Forest
Service after the first of the year. United will also be reviewing
agency Handbook and Manual implementation of the rule.

United Four Wheel Drive Associations is an international organization
of four wheel drive enthusiasts dedicated to conservation of our
public lands and enjoyment of the outdoors. For more information
contact United at <http://www.ufwda.org/>www.ufwda.org ,
1-800-44-UFWDA, 7135 S. PR Royal Springs Dr., Shelbyville, IN 46176.

Carla Boucher, Attorney
United Four Wheel Drive Associations
P.O. Box 15696
Chesapeake, VA 23328
(757) 546-7969
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