Jan Potterveld, chairman of the Back Country Horsemen of Colorado, congratulates the BLM for including something for all outdoors users - motorized and nonmotorized - in its preferred alternative for Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area RMP.
Below, more Westerners share their personal stories about being directly affected by the activities of reckless ORV riders and why they think smart management practices will help curb this growing problem.
A large and diverse group of people from all across the West discuss their experiences with ORV trespass and call for large, visible ID on off-road vehicles. John Wainright, custom bowyer and hunter in Central Oregon, discusses his past problems with irresponsible ORV use while tracking game. Charlie Day, property owner in the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, talks about how he has had to shoulder the ramifications of ATV trespass. Mike McGlenn, Chairman of the Back Country Horsemen of America, discusses his struggles with ATV/ORV trespass in Northwest Washington state. Frank Adams, 40-year veteran of law enforcement and former Executive Director of the Nevada Sheriffs' and Chiefs' Association Sage Dorsey, Central Oregon rancher Jack Duggan, Vietnam veteran and fourth-generation tree farmer in Oregon Ambers Thornburgh, second-generation rancher near Redmond, Oregon (Ambers also penned an op-ed in The Oregonian, "Trespassing by ATV: We need to protect ranching and recreation") Jeanne Marie Olmo, property owner and Andrew Fulks (Director of the U.C. Davis Putah Creek Riparian Reserve), Rich Marovich Streamkeeper for the Lower Putah Creek Coordinating Committee, Solano County Water Agency) and Libby Earthman from Putah Creek Council) Shannon Raborn, former director of Responsible Trailers America and Colorado outdoor enthusiast T.M. Murphy, Tom Sykes, T. Downing, Rick Hooley, and David Petersen, members of the Colorado Backcountry Hunters & Anglers Dale Bosworth, former chief of the U.S. Forest Service Bill Sustrich, life member of the Colorado Backcountry Hunters and Anglers Derrick Reeves, co-chair of Idaho Backcountry Hunters and Anglers Jay Banta, Chairman of the Utah Backcountry Hunters and Anglers Elise McAllister, Partners in Conservation Administrator