On March 25, Congress just voted a bill to close more than 2 million acres of public land nationwide to off-highway motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles. “The measure unreasonably bans motorized recreation on 2.1 million acres of public lands by inappropriately designating it as Wilderness,” said AMA/ATVA Vice President for Government Relations Ed Moreland. “This is a sad day not only for responsible motorized recreation but also for a democratic process that is supposed to welcome public input and the opportunity for congressional review”.
Under the bill, areas where motorized vehicles won’t be allowed include parts of the Monogahela National Forest in West Virginia; Jefferson National Forest in Virginia; Mount Hood, Badlands, Spring Basin and Copper Salmon areas in Oregon; Sabinoso in New Mexico; Riverside County in California; and Washington County in Utah. The measure, which now goes to President Obama to be signed into law, consists of a daunting collection of more than 160 pieces of legislation and more than 1,300 pages of text (via AMA).