Protect OHV use in the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests

Contact the Regional Forester Today!

The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) is seeking comments by May 7, 2010, on the George Washington and Jefferson Plan Revision. As a responsible off-highway vehicle (OHV) enthusiast, you need to voice your opinion regarding the management of OHVs in the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests. While the current proposed revision plan does not call for further trail closure, riders in the area must remain vigilant to ensure that riding opportunities are not diminished during final consideration of the revision plan process.

In addition to the potential concern regarding the OHV trail system, a Wilderness designation may threaten the Shenandoah 500, a dual sport trail ride sanctioned by the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA), by closing forest service roads and other roadless areas.

Currently, the USFS is accepting official public comments. The AMA and other AMA charted clubs, such as the Northern Virginia Trail Riders, strongly urges its members and OHV enthusiasts to submit comments to Regional Forester for the Southern Region Elizabeth Agpaoa urging her to not restrict responsible motorized access. A prewritten e-mail is available for you to send immediately by following the "Take Action" option and entering your information. The AMA strongly encourages riders to personalize the pre-written message as much as possible by drawing on their own riding experiences in the George Washington and Jefferson National Forest areas.

For more information on the USFS's plan for the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests, please click here.

The AMA encourages riders to utilize the media as a communication tool. The media can be helpful in getting our message out to the public or drawing attention to our concerns regarding the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests issue. To find and contact local or national media outlets, click here. For tips on drafting a letter to your local newspaper editor, click here.

For more information about how to protect your right to ride, please visit the "Get Involved" section of the AMA web site. For direct access, click here here.

Again, please contact the Regional Forester today before the May 7 deadline.