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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-23-2020, 08:14 AM Thread Starter
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​DCNR Seeking Comment on Draft ATV Trail Policy

01/21/2020

​DCNR Seeking Comment on Draft ATV Trail Policy

Harrisburg, PA -- The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) this week will outline proposed changes to its internal policy on ATV trails on state forest lands to the Conservation and Natural Resources Advisory Council for public comment.

Pennsylvania currently has more than 260 miles of ATV trails in state forests. The department is reviewing its policy to respond to increasing demands for riding opportunities, local and county government interest in expanding recreational tourism, and legislative action.

“The purpose of the policy is to provide guidance to DCNR when acquiring, developing and managing lands for ATV use by the public,” Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn said.

Where there was a moratorium on new trail development in the current policy, the revisions now authorize DCNR to consider new ATV trails and connectors on state forest lands.

“New ATV trails will be considered, while still balancing the protection of natural resources as outlined in the Environmental Rights Amendment to the Pennsylvania Constitution, and the needs of all types of recreational users on DCNR lands,” Dunn said.

DCNR plays a multi-faceted role with ATVs: registering their use statewide through a cooperative agreement with PennDOT; managing registration-generated fees for maintenance, enhancement, and enforcement of trail opportunities on state forest lands; and distributing grants to provide new recreational ATV trails and facilities.

DCNR contracted a 2016 survey of ATV users on their views of recreational opportunities. There were more than 4,800 responses, with results indicating a strong desire for more long-distance trails that are geographically dispersed. Pennsylvania has around 285,000 registered ATVs. On state forest lands, ATV riding is allowed only on designated trails.

The Conservation and Natural Resources Advisory Council released a report in January 2019 to provide recommendations on how DCNR and others could enhance motorized recreation in Pennsylvania (PDF).

http://www.docs.dcnr.pa.gov/cs/group...R_20033876.pdf

The meeting will take place on Wednesday, January 22, from 10 a.m. to noon in Room 105 of the Rachel Carson State Office Building, Harrisburg. Public comment is taken at the end of the meeting. Written comments also are welcome, and can be submitted to [email protected].

The deadline to submit comments is March 27.

More information about ATV riding is on the DCNR website.
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I appreciate your posting that Casey as this is an important issue. I will be sending an email and as always will try to get some friends and family to comment as well.

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My issue with a lot of knowledge of the Bloody Skillet/SSRT system is it's a great way to share a public resource if they would follow the rules and stay on the trails, but that doesn't happen and they are constantly making new trails and tearing up any open areas they can possibly access. I'm sure it's one of those minority screwing it up for the majority situations, but in this case the damage causes a higher impact to the environment and non-motorized recreation. Until they prove they can police their own and stay within established boundaries, why on earth are they in consideration of additional opportunity?
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My issue with a lot of knowledge of the Bloody Skillet/SSRT system is it's a great way to share a public resource if they would follow the rules and stay on the trails, but that doesn't happen and they are constantly making new trails and tearing up any open areas they can possibly access. I'm sure it's one of those minority screwing it up for the majority situations, but in this case the damage causes a higher impact to the environment and non-motorized recreation. Until they prove they can police their own and stay within established boundaries, why on earth are they in consideration of additional opportunity?
Because they have coffers of money from ATV and snow mobile registrations that they do nothing with.
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My issue with a lot of knowledge of the Bloody Skillet/SSRT system is it's a great way to share a public resource if they would follow the rules and stay on the trails, but that doesn't happen and they are constantly making new trails and tearing up any open areas they can possibly access. I'm sure it's one of those minority screwing it up for the majority situations, but in this case the damage causes a higher impact to the environment and non-motorized recreation. Until they prove they can police their own and stay within established boundaries, why on earth are they in consideration of additional opportunity?

Yup, that's why we got to send those emails or make those calls. Last thing I want to see is more ATV trails on public land. I'm totally against ATVS on public land unless its for a disabled person to get access. We have enough outlaw riders in the ANF , state forest's and game lands as it is. Once had a guy ask me "where are we supposed to ride?" Like it was the tax payers responsibility to provide him a place to ride his machine. I'm not knocking ATV's. I own one myself. Very useful. But they don't belong on public land.
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I will make my opposition known.
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