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06/19/14 05:44 PM
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Thank Martin Causer for his efforts and urge him to expand riding opportunities.

Committee at the state Capitol on Wednesday.
HARRISBURG – Legislation to bring fairness and accountability to the collection and distribution of funds for ATV- and snowmobile-riding opportunities in the Commonwealth was the subject of a public hearing at the state Capitol on Wednesday, said Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint), prime sponsor of the measure.

House Bill 2047 would direct the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) to maintain separate ATV management and snowmobile management accounts to ensure an equitable distribution of those funds.

“DCNR is currently unable to identify how much it spends on ATV trails versus snowmobile trails, but considering the number of trail miles on public lands for snowmobiles outnumbers those for ATVs by a 10-to-1 ratio, it sure looks as if there are some inequities,” Causer said.

He pointed to the situation in Cameron County, 60 percent of which is state forest land owned by the Commonwealth.


“People in Cameron County pay their ATV registration fees, yet there are absolutely no opportunities for them to ride on public lands in the county,” Causer said. “On more than 131,000 acres of forests, there is not one single trail on which people can legally ride their ATVs. It simply doesn’t make sense.”

Fred Brown of the Pennsylvania Off Highway Vehicle Association testified in support of the bill. “We believe it is only proper that a full accounting of the placement of ATV registration money be provided annually,” he said. “Our members pay into the fund. They are entitled to see what they get out of it.”

Liz Krug, president of the Pennsylvania State Snowmobile Association, said her organization supports transparency in how funds are spent but raised some concern about how the funds could be divided when some trails are used by both ATVs and snowmobiles. “I would like to see the ATV and snowmobile groups work together to promote both sports,” she said. “Together we can develop trails that are cost-efficient and effectively managed.”

“After hearing the testimony, it is clear to me that DCNR needs to do a far better job of providing opportunities for both ATV and snowmobile riders,” Causer said. “Holding the agency accountable for how ATV and snowmobile funds are spent is an important step in the right direction.”

He is hopeful the bill will be taken up for a vote by the committee in the near future.

Re: Posted on Solomans words for the wise news blog [Re: Smitty549] #37462
06/19/14 08:25 PM
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That has been a topic for PaOHV for some time now. What the article does not mention is the ratio of registered ATVs verses snowmobiles is like
6 to 1 (I forget the actual numbers) yet there are far fewer ATV trails verses snowmobile trails. Having separate funds is the fair way to do it.

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Re: Posted on Solomans words for the wise news blog [Re: Smitty549] #37464
06/20/14 12:55 AM
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IF there is any transparency as to how the DCNR funds are spent , you will be even more upset . Members here have reported in the past of how MILLIONS of our ATV funds are spent on walking , biking & hiking trails around the state spend omg . Those users have not donated a DIME to the fund . Not to mention names , but there are organizers right here that can also atest to how difficult it can be to access those funds for ATV trail use . Tons of government RED TAPE deal banghead . Best of luck and please keep us informed especially if we can petition for seperate funding . call

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I agree it should mention the ratio. Understand that Solomans Words has a left bend to it. Many people in Potter at least are against opening up new lands to ATVs. Mostly bad actors who ride off the trail litter etc. There are a lot for opening areas too just maybe not as vocal. I ride sleds up there too and there is no reason many of the sled trails couldn't be open to ATVs. I would suggest a trial area and STIFF FINES for violators. I think if Causer continues to push the snowmobile lobby will offer up access to some of the trails for fear of loosing the ATV cash cow.

Re: Posted on Solomans words for the wise news blog [Re: Smitty549] #37474
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That is why it is good to have PaOHV working on these things and keeping an eye on DCNR and other unfair issues. If your not a member of a club that is a PaOHV member become one as an individual. Strength is in numbers and we need to stand up and be counted.


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