Environmental Effects of Off-Highway Vehicles on Bureau of Land Management Lands: A Literature Synthesis, Annotated Bibliographies, Extensive Bibliographies, and Internet Resources

This report and its associated appendixes compile and synthesize the results of a comprehensive literature and Internet search conducted in May 2006. The literature search was undertaken to uncover information regarding the effects of off-highway vehicle (OHV) use on land health, or “natural resource attributes,” and included databases archiving information from before OHVs came into […] […]

Trail Construction and Maintenance Notebook 2007 Edition

Since publication of the first edition of the “Trail Construction and Maintenance Notebook” in 1996, several excellent books about trail construction and maintenance have been published by the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA), the Student Conservation Association (SCA), and the Appalachian Mountain Club, among others. At the same time, this notebook has remained popular, especially because of its pocket size and its […] […]

Collaboration and OHV Use

US Forest Service, 2005 Abstract The National OHV Implementation Team set out to document some of the more prominent examples of collaboration in the context of OHV activities, in order to share these cases as a means for highlighting best practices in collaboration, and for sharing the key lessons learned from this experience. The Team was not necessarily […] […]

User Fees and the Demand for OHV Recreation 2005

Abstract The recent boom in the demand for off-highway vehicle (OHV) recreation has created an important policy issue for public land managers who are concerned with the impacts of OHV use on environmental quality. Within the past few years, the U.S. Forest Service has recognized the need for greater authority in managing these recreation areas and […] […]

Proceedings of the 2007 Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium

proceedings-of-the-2007-northeast-recreation-research-symospiumThe objective of the NERR Symposium is to positively influence our profession by allowing managers and academicians in the governmental, education, and private recreation and tourism sectors to share practical and scientific knowledge. This objective is met through providing a professional forum for quality information exchange on current management practices, programs, and research applications in […] […]

Handbook for Trail Work USFS 2005

Trail work requires many kinds of handtools like saws, axes, picks, hammers, shovels, and grub hoes. To be safe and productive, trail workers must know how to select the best tools for the job, use them skillfully, and maintain them correctly. However, modern technology has caused a gap in our handtool knowledge. Most trail tools […] […]

Managing Degraded Off-Highway Vehicle Trails in Wet, Unstable, and Sensitive Environments

2002. Environmental impacts associated with the degradation of off-highway vehicle (OHV) trails have become a serious concern in many regions. Where OHV trails indiscriminately cross alpine areas, wetlands, steep slopes, and other areas with sensitive soil conditions, trails can become rutted, mucky, and eroded. Such areas are referred to as degraded trail segments. Degraded […] […]

Sound Advice

The Motorcycle Sound Working Group is proud to present this approach to better manage excessive motorcycle sound. We hope that the recommendations in this document, which is the result of nearly two years of hard work and collaboration, will motivate all interested parties to seek ways to keep motorcycles available, affordable and fun, while ensuring […] […]

Correlation of Off-Highway Motorcycle Sound Test Methods: EPA/SAE

NOTE: Although quite old (1993), this report was added because VT Statute (Title 23, Chapter 31 § 3505. Equipment) calls for the more primitive EPA “drive by standard” for sound measurement, rather than the more widely used and accurate SAE methodology for Off-Road Equipment. Wind, drive line and tire sounds all have impact […] […]

A Guide to Road Closure and Obliteration in the Forest Service 1996

Prior to discussing the road closure and obliteration process, boundaries defining discussion scope must be established. This guide spans the process from field reconnaissance through effectiveness monitoring and is founded on resource specialist input. Roads to be treated by the process have already been placed in an unneeded category, based on transportation system analysis and […] […]