NOHVCC Newsletter - May 2017 edition

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An Introduction To Duane Taylor, NOHVCC’s New Executive Director

The National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC), its Board of Directors and State Partners welcome Duane Taylor as the organization’s new Executive Director. Effective June 1st, 2017, Duane replaces Russ Ehnes, who held the position for nearly 20 years. Earlier this year, Ehnes announced his intent to shift gears to other opportunities in OHV recreation, including managing the Bull Run Guest Ranch, near Great Falls, Montana. We asked Duane to write an introduction to himself and his goals for the coming years.


By Duane Taylor


Duane Taylor next to dual sport motorcycleI am thrilled about formally joining NOHVCC. I have worked extensively with the NOHVCC staff, partners and board members as a function of my role with MIC (Motorcycle Industry Council) for many years. Now, I have the opportunity to truly be on the inside of all the action, and see exactly how NOHVCC’s successes happen.


I am honored to follow Russ as Executive Director, and thrilled for him and his new opportunity. He leaves NOHVCC in a very good position, and I am hopeful that I can continue to grow NOHVCC and build on its very solid foundation. I have a vision for NOHVCC that I think the entire NOHVCC family will support, and look forward to bringing that vision to reality. I hope to continue to engage NOHVCC’s board, staff, and partners in creating an ever more positive public perception of OHV recreation and, ultimately, to the creation of more and better motorized recreation opportunities on both public and private lands.


During the application process, I was asked to submit a letter explaining my commitment to OHV recreation, interest in the position, and how I could help build NOHVCC. In many ways, even writing the cover letter seemed strange. My work with my previous employers; MIC, SVIA (Specialty Vehicle Institute of America), ROHVA (Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association) and MSF (Motorcycle Safety Foundation); has always been intertwined with NOHVCC and its efforts.


I am a life-long motorcyclist. I got my start on a 50cc moped as a preteen, graduated to a scooter during my high school years and, finally, to real motorcycles in my twenties. While I was essentially a street rider on two wheels, I did have occasions to operate ATVs on private lands all over Virginia. I single out that this ATV riding occurred on private lands, as access to local riding opportunities were few and far between, and non-existent on public lands.


When I began working at the Associations, it wasn’t only Duane Taylor Hall of Famemy love of motorcycling that intensified, but also my ability to experience new riding opportunities. The Associations offered plenty of chances to “get dirty” on motorcycles, ATVs and ROVs. But, it was at NOHVCC events and with NOHVCC staff and partners that I was really able to experience all that OHV recreation has to offer. With my friends at NOHVCC, I have had the great pleasure of riding all over the country, in states (and terrains) as diverse as West Virginia, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Florida, Montana, and California. Professionally, I have 12 years of experience working with Congress, State, and Federal agencies; NOHVCC; and other OHV organizations to promote OHV recreation. To put it simply, I feel as though I have unfinished business. I relish the opportunity to continue to advance motorized recreation as NOHVCC’s Executive Director. I have stated publicly in many forums that NOHVCC’s staff and partners are OHV’s best and brightest ambassadors, and I have leaned on them on many occasions in a professional capacity.


Finally, Russ leaves NOHVCC in a great position, but there is always room for growth. My current position has afforded me a unique chance to experience the full scope of NOHVCC’s many missions. I will work hard, along with the board, staff, and partners to streamline processes, direct resources to projects that produce results, and commit to ensuring that NOHVCC continues its tradition of recruiting the best and brightest.



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Wayne National Forest Goes Digital With Trail Pass And Mobile Tour

by Dave Halsey, NOHVCC Contributing Writer


You tow your trailer across a few states to ride a trail open to off-highway vehicles (OHVs). You pull in late on Friday. The office is closed, and won’t open again until Monday. Do you: A) Park and wait? B) Keep driving? or C) Grab your smart phone and download a trail pass?


If you’re riding in Ohio’s Wayne National Forest, the answer is C.

Front page of Your Pass Now website 


Motorized and non-motorized enthusiasts can now purchase digital trail permits through a new, paper-free, smartphone-enabled service called “YourPassNow.” Wayne National Forest is one of six National Parks and Forests where the new service is active, as part of a pilot program. “The ‘YourPassNow’ online permit system is a great way for visitors to purchase their trail permit from the convenience of their home or smartphone,” said Anthony Scardina, Wayne National Forest Supervisor. “It is available anytime and provides an additional purchase option for those who do not wish to wait for our office or participating store vendors to open.”


Located in the hills of southeast Ohio, Wayne National Forest has 130 miles of OHV trails. It’s the largest OHV trail system in the State, with excellent riding opportunities on four designated trail systems on the Athens and Ironton Ranger Districts. The trails are open from April 15 to December 15. The digital service can be used to purchase a $45 seasonal permit, $24 3-day permit or $12 daily permit. After you purchase your permit online, you will receive an email containing a PDF attachment that may be saved or printed. Additional instructions will be included on the attachment. The permit does not cover campground fees.


Maximum width of OHVs allowed on the Wayne National Forest is 50 inches, measured at the widest point of the machine. An Ohio APV (All-Purpose Vehicle) registration tag is required to operate an OHV on public land. The Forest accepts riders from out of state that have a OHV registration in their home state. If the home state doesn’t require OHV registration, visiting riders must obtain a temporary Ohio registration from the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.


“YourPassNow” was developed by NIC Inc. in conjunction with the National Park Service. Founded in 1992, NIC Inc. is celebrating 25 years of providing innovative, digital government solutions and secure payment processing.


Forest also launches new mobile tour


Hand holding a smartphone showin the Wayne National Forest TourThe Wayne National Forest has also launched a new mobile-based tour designed to better connect visitors with National Forest System lands in southeast Ohio.


About 40 sites around the Wayne National Forest, including OHV trail systems, now have tour stops that can be viewed on a computer or mobile device. Using special mapping tools, each featured stop has multimedia content in the form of pictures, text, audio, and videos.


The Wayne National Forest, Arapaho Roosevelt National Forest in Colorado, and Shawnee National Forest in Illinois, are using the new mobile platform as part of a U.S. Forest Service pilot project.


For more information on “YourPassNow” visit For more information on Wayne National Forest, now open Saturdays during the summer months, and to purchase and download trail permits, visit:


Access the Wayne National Forest Mobile Tour at



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Build Great Trails & Great Clubs With These Top 5 Tools

by Dave Halsey, NOHVCC Contributing Writer


The summer riding season is kicking into high gear, as off-highway vehicle (OHV) trails open from Washington to Maine. OHV Clubs and Associations are looking for tools they can use to build and maintain Great Trails, energize members, start new clubs, partner with federal agencies, and promote safe, responsible riding in their areas.


Here are the Top 5 tools in the NOHVCC toolbox that can help. Most are free for the asking. A couple are available for the cost of shipping.


1. Club Start-Up Kit - Free
Its official title is “NOHVCC Guidelines for OHV Clubs: A Resource Guide to Assist in the Formation, Development, and Management of OHV Recreation Enthusiast Clubs.”


But everyone calls it the “Club Start-Up Kit.”


It’s 64 pages of helpful information containing everything you need to know about starting an OHV club. It includes step-by-step guidelines to helClub start-up kit, Land Advocacy DVD, and Great Trails guidebookp you hold your first meeting, create a club board, write by-laws, organize as a non-profit, set up committees, name your club, and much more. Sample forms are included to make it all very easy.


There is strength in numbers. That’s why new OHV clubs are popping up across the country. They are being formed by riders who want a larger voice in in their states; increasing their effectiveness when working with elected officials and land management agencies. They are being formed to protect existing trails and build new trails that are fun and sustainable. They are being formed to promote safe, responsible OHV recreation, and work with local community leaders to provide OHV safety training.


To receive a free Club Start-Up Kit, contact NOHVCC at or call 800-348-6487. When the document is emailed to you, you will also be sent the contact information for the NOHVCC State Partner in your area. They will be able to offer additional help or tools in the State you might need to get your club off to a great start.


2. “Great Trails” Guidebook - Free download or $30 hard copy
This is the ultimate resource for any OHV organization, as well as OHV program managers and land managers at state and federal agencies, that is building orThe Great Trail Continuum maintaining OHV trails. The book’s full title is: “Great Trails: Providing Quality OHV Trails and Experiences.” It’s over 350 pages, fully illustrated, and spiral bound. Four years in the making, it was written by one of the industry’s most-respected experts, Dick Dufourd of RecConnect, with assistance from 20 more OHV experts from around the country. The guidebook was funded by 30 OHV agencies and organizations.


The opening page describes the book as “A resource guide for the design, planning, construction, maintenance, and management of quality off-highway vehicle trail systems which are sustainable and fun to ride.” Eighteen chapters describe those processes in detail, accompanied by hundreds of four-color photographs, illustrations, graphs and tables, with emphasis on the fact that all the processes to create Great Trails are interrelated.


“Great Trails” was officially released in 2015, NOHVCC’s 25th Anniversary, at the joint conference of NOHVCC and the International Off-Highway Vehicle Administrators Association (INOHVAA). You can download the book in separate pdf files, free of charge, or purchase hard copies for your club or agency for $30 each. To get started, go to


3. “Public Land Advocacy Workshops Series DVD” - Free
This valuable NOHVCC tool lets you bring a trail-building workshop right to your organization’s meetings. First Webinar DVD Front CoverIt’s designed to be used by clubs, OHV associations, and agency land managers, so everyone is working together to build sustainable trails. It’s very useful information for understanding the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) structure and Travel Management processes, and for building relationships with Forest supervisors and district managers. Topics include: understanding the agency designation process; how to get involved and save trails; and how to plan, design, manage, and maintain trail systems.


The Workshop DVD has 14 chapters, ranging in length from 7 to 33 minutes each. Show a chapter or two at your club meetings. The chapter titled “Success Stories” highlights four of the country’s best OHV trail systems: the Paiute ATV Trail in Utah, the Rock Run Recreation Area in Pennsylvania, the Hatfield-McCoy Trails in West Virginia, and the Highwood Mountains Trail System in Montana. All four were designed, planned, constructed, and maintained using the management techniques from NOHVCC workshops.


To order copies of the Workshop DVD for yourself, your club, or agency trail planners in your area, send an email to, or call 800-348-6487.


4. “A Citizens’ Guide To National Forest Planning”
Published in 2016 by the USFS, this 86-page document Cover of USFS Citizens' Guideinvites the public to engage in Forest Planning, and explains how to do it. It complements the NOHVCC Workshop DVD, which focuses on Travel Management Planning.


In 2012, the Forest Service updated its land management planning requirements for the first time in 30 years, with a new “Forest Planning Rule.” It is a significant advance in citizen-based land management planning. A Federal Advisory Committee made up of citizens representing diverse interests was established to assist the Forest Service in implementing the new Forest Planning Rule. As it worked with the Forest Service, the Committee recognized that a citizens’ guide was needed to help the public effectively understand and get involved in the planning process.


“Even though a small portion on the book is devoted to recreation, people need to know how the Forest Plan Rule functions,” said Russ Ehnes, NOHVCC Executive Director, and a member of the Advisory Committee. “All the components in the Guidebook, whether it’s wilderness or endangered species of conservation concern, will have an effect on where and when recreation occurs.


“One of the key messages for advocates of OHV recreation to understand is that Forest Planning affects you far more than you think it does. You have to get engaged and stay engaged. Don’t sit around waiting for the Travel Plan. If you do, you could be excluded by virtue of your absence. Someone could draw a line around that favorite OHV riding area and say that’s a non-motorized area. After that, there’s not much you can do when it comes to the Travel Plan to keep that area open.”


For more information on the USFS Planning Rule Revision, visit this website: This link takes you to a printable version of “A Citizens’ Guide to National Forest Planning,” available for downloading or viewing on your screen.


5. “Adventure Trail Activity Book” & Crayons - Just pay shipping
NOHVCC has printed approximately one million copies of the long-popular “Adventure Trail Activity Book.” First introduced in 2004, it’s the single, most popular educational material distributed to families by NOHVCC and OHV clubs and organizations across the U.S. and Canada.


Adventure Trail Poster Set - CollageAs they look through 20 pages of word games, mazes, and pages to color, kids and their parents read important messages about riding OHVs safely and responsibly, including: wearing the proper safety gear; riding the right size vehicle; and trail etiquette when meeting hikers, horseback riders, and bicyclists while riding on multi-use trails. Four color crayons are also available, packaged in a specially designed Adventure Trail box, and titled Trailhead Green, Stop Sign Red, Safety Gear Yellow, and Bridge Water Blue.


The Activity Book is distributed in many ways. OHV clubs pass them out at safety training classes and at their booths at county fairs and other community events. School teachers use them as educational coloring pages for their classes. The Activity Books have been requested by a children’s hospital, and NOHVCC has shipped many boxes to chambers of commerce located in towns near OHV trail systems. Trail Ambassadors in states that have trail monitoring programs pass them out to young riders and their parents they meet on the trails. Many OHV clubs also distribute them to local businesses, including restaurants, coffee shops and powersports dealerships, who pass them out to their customers.


The Activity Book is one of a series of Adventure Trail materials, which also includes posters which are displayed in the safety education trailers of NOHVCC and OHV clubs across the country, as well as schools and community centers. The coloring pages of the Adventure Trail Activity Book can be downloaded and printed separately at this link:


Adventure Trail materials can be obtained for the cost of shipping, by contacting NOHVCC by phone at 800-348-6487, or by e-mail at Depending on the destination, the shipping charge is about $20 for a box of 275 Activity Books via media mail. The crayons are shipped separately via UPS, and varies by cost depending on the number sent and the destination.


More Tools For Your Toolbox
Check out the NOHVCC web site at, especially the headings “Resources,” “Education,” and “Materials,” where you’ll find a long list of additional tools you can use to build Great Trails and Great OHV Organizations. Share this valuable resource with your club members by putting a link to the NOHVCC website on the club’s website or Facebook page.


Finally, get to know your NOHVCC State Partner. They can help you build your club and promote OHV recreation in your area, positively and professionally. They are the key to NOHVCC’s success, acting as a liaison between NOHVCC and the OHV communities in their states. See the state-by-state list of NOHVCC State Partners and Associate State Partners at .



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Military Training Helped This OHV Leader Build A Federation And Trails

by Dave Halsey, NOHVCC Contributing Writer


Second in a series. We publish a lot of off-highway vehicle (OHV) success stories. They often feature one or two people leading the charge on challenging OHV projects, with patience and perseverance. They are engaged and energized. This series of articles features some of those OHV leaders who have military backgrounds, and how they use their military training and experience in their efforts to Create a Positive Future for OHV Recreation.


Paul Wilbert posing next to an ROVPaul Wilbert was president of the Prince Edward Island ATV Federation (PEIATVF) during its first year as an organization. Retired from the Navy as a Boatswain, with leg and lower back injuries, Wilbert, 41, has been the prime organizer of the Federation and its progress. In just over a year since the organization’s first meeting, it brought together five OHV clubs, created 100 kilometers (62 miles) of signed trails, and by the end of this year will add another 100 kilometers. We asked Paul to connect his military training to this success story.


What is your military background and what were your responsibilities?
“I joined the Royal Canadian Sea Cadets (a national youth program) in 1998, and served till I was old enough to join the Canadian Military in 1993, when I turned 16. I was an armoured crewman till I saw the light and joined the Royal Canadian Naval Reserve two years later. I started off as a Naval Diver, but with budget cutbacks I then re-mustered to a Boatswain. That is where the rest of my career took place until I was badly injured and was honorary medical released in September of 2012.


“My role and responsibilities were as a supervisor, teaching new recruits, seamanship, weapons, and drill. When at sea, I was in charge of weapons, ammo, steering and speed of the ship (under officers’ directions), and small boats. My biggest achievements were after 911, when I was the first one on the water conducting port security in the harbours where our fleet was docked, and to protect the local naval base. I worked directly for the Military police and was in charge of a security boat crew of up to 4 sailors. This was ongoing for over 6 years in Canada, a role I quite enjoyed. Lastly, adding to my security work, I was part of the 2010 Canadian Winter Olympics security and maintenance section for over 4 months before, during, and after the Olympics.”


How did military training impact you and does it help you today on OHV projects?
“My military training has assisted in when given a task or challenge, I would see it through. I would always think outside of the box, and could change opinions, thoughts, directions, and priorities as the need arose. Because of my injuries, and the fact I can't work anymore, I have time to talk to land owners and build a legal trail system. The downside is, the people around me can't keep up or may not be focused enough to see the bigger picture of a legal trail system.”


Is being focused a key asset of your training?
“Being focused is everything we learn from the military, and a great asset. But only when the volunteers around you share the same ideas and directions. Otherwise, we come off as too demanding and people think we then micromanage. But as president of a Federation, one needs to know all that is going on around so as not to look uninformed.”


So it’s about setting objectives and not giving up till you met them?
“This is easy when you have a great team. I can setPrince Edward Island banner: the logo and a person riding an ATV objectives. However, the clubs around you at a Federation meeting can all get together and go against the good objectives. It is a democratic system, and sometimes I wish it could be more like the military and in my role when I was the president give the orders.”


Did military training help you in understanding how government agencies work and how to work with them?
“This is where military training doesn't help in my Province. I expect quick answers. Politics doesn't offer quick answers, especially any solutions to OHV trail building and usage. Military does prepare for a great understanding of rank structure or, in the case with government, its hierarchy. But this is where it seems to stop, as some politicians are not willing to take on OHV issues that could harm their re-election.”


And were there moral codes on dealing with people?
“Military members do hold a tighter moral code, especially when being accountable. I signed for millions of dollars in gear and was responsible for these assets during my career, and the same holds true to ATV riding. The difference is, I have the mental attitude of being accountable to even more of a standard, and that is to the ATV riders purchasing trail passes, to build legal trails, and to the organizations like COHV (Canadian OHV Distributors Council) and AQCC (All Terrain Quad Council of Canada) for the money they have granted our Federation.”


Is there a specific example where your military training really helped out?
“Directing people to cut trails, directions, thinking about the Federation as a business and being viable to go, can all be attributed to my military training and background.”


To learn more about the success of the PEIATVF, see the article in the March, 2017 NOHVCC newsletter, at



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Mixed Gear Bag

You know we have to be creative in our titles.  Miscellaneous is too normal and potpourri doesn't sound very rider like.  Below are up-coming events and other assorted items of interest. 

As we say "Hello" to Duane, we say "See you, later" (not "Goodbye") to Russ.  The American Motorcyclist Association covered Russ' career in their featured magazine article.

Registration is now open for the 2017 annual conference will be held in Manchester, New Hampshire August 22 - 27.  Go to the conference page for links and the initial registration packet.  The agenda and other information will be coming out shortly and will be added to the page when it is available.


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