President to sign pro OHV bill

Legislation would reduce bureaucracy controlling 52,000 acres

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Jul. 15, 2010
President Barack Obama is expected to sign a bill that would make it easier for enthusiasts to ride on the Chappie-Shasta OHV area in northern California.

Located 10 miles northwest of Redding, the Chappie-Shasta OHV Area spans 52,000 acres and offers 200 miles of roads and trails. The land is currently under the control of the federal Bureau of Land Management as well as the U.S. Forest Service. Unanimously passed by the U.S. House on July 13, H.R. 689 would give the BLM full control over the land.

“For years, many of my constituents have raised their concerns over difficulties in dealing with two federal agencies to use one OHV area,” said U.S. Rep. Wally Herger (R-Calif.) who introduced H.R. 689. “Issues such as duplicative permits – at substantial and unnecessary cost to the users – and even different opening dates for the same area have resulted in frustration from the thousands of users, from across California and elsewhere, who try to cope with this redundant management.”

Ed Moreland, AMA senior vice president for government relations, supports the new legislation.

“Because the Chappie-Shasta OHV Area is currently under the dual supervision of the BLM and the U.S. Forest Service, OHV riders must go through a complicated process to legally ride on the land,” says Moreland. “Public land is just that: public. Responsible riders should not have to endure an onerous process to experience what is rightfully theirs to enjoy.”