a. Remember that land managers are people, too. Get to know them before an issue comes up.
b. Find out what your land managers issues are regarding OHV recreation. Try to find ways of addressing their issues.
i. If maintenance is the issue, have your club assist with maintenance.
ii. If enforcement is an issue, have your club form or join a trail rangers or trail ambassadors program.
c. Need help with this? Get the NOHVCC free Public Land Advocacy DVD. There is an entire chapter regarding working with land managers to give you more advice.
d. Take your land manager out for a ride, if possible.
i. Many people working with the agencies have never been on an OHV, so they don’t know the enjoyment and fun of the activities. Taking them for a ride is a great way to show them what your sport is about.
ii. Jeeps, ROVs (Side x Sides), and ATVs are easier to use when taking some for a ride, but people with some motorcycle experience can be put onto a dirt bike. This is not the time to show off or to put the people into situations where they are not comfortable. It does you no good to get them or you hurt during the ride.
iii. Schedule in rest stops and places to chat.
iv. If possible, take them to a scenic spot they could not easily reach without and OHV.