Help End Bureaucratic Red Tape for OHV Area!

Help End Bureaucratic Red Tape for OHV Area!
Contact your Representative today!

The AMA applauds the U.S. Senate for approving S. 1328/H.R. 689 on May 7, 2010, with an amendment by unanimous consent. On June 2, 2009, the U.S. House of Representatives approved H.R. 689. Since the Senate passed S.1328/H.R. 689 with an amendment, the U.S. House must consider the bill again. The bill would put the Chappie-Shasta Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Area in Northern California solely under the control of the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM). If signed into law, this bill would reduce unnecessary bureaucracy for OHV enthusiasts looking to use the lands responsibly.

The U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Public Lands and Forests of the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources had a hearing on H.R. 689, introduced by U.S. Rep. Wally Herger (R-Calif.) on October 29, 2009. S. 1328 was introduced by U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) on June 23, 2009. To view an archived video of the hearing, please click here.

The Chappie-Shasta OHV Area near Redding in Northern California currently is under the control of both the BLM and the U.S. Forest Service, which creates a dual bureaucracy for users of 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," Herger said in a speech on the House floor. "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."

To read Herger's floor statement, click here.

Although the measure has cleared the Senate, the House still must consider it again. Concerned riders are encouraged to contact their U.S. Representatives to encourage them to support S. 1328/H.R. 689 and approve it as quickly as possible.

You can find contact information for your elected officials on, click on "Rights," then "Issues & Legislation," and enter your zip code in the "Find your Officials" box. Additionally, a prewritten e-mail is available for you to send to your U.S. Representative by following the "Take Action" option and entering your information.

OHV enthusiasts can get more information about the AMA's position on access to public land by visiting our web site, selecting "Rights", "Resources", and then position statements.

Please write or call your U.S. Representative today and ask them to support S. 1328/H.R. 689, which would put the Chappie-Shasta OHV Area in Northern California solely under the control of the federal BLM.