The National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC) is a nonprofit public benefit organization, recognized as tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code. Primarily funded by the Motorcycle Industry Council, Specialty Vehicle Institute of America and the Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association, NOHVCC exists to create a positive future for OHV Recreation.
NOHVCC, as a national body of OHV recreation enthusiasts, develops and provides a wide spectrum of programs, materials and information, or “tools”, to individuals, clubs, associations and agencies to further a positive future for responsible OHV recreation.
- Help establish new OHV clubs and state associations where they don’t already exist;
- Strengthen existing clubs and state associations by providing information, training and services to help them be more effective;
- Improve and promote responsible OHV recreation management and resource protection by working in partnership with private and public land managers and recreation planners;
- Provide and promote best management practices for OHV recreation planning, development and management to policy makers;
- Promote a positive OHV recreation image to all publics;
- Build a better understanding of responsible OHV recreation among all publics;
- Build recognition and acceptance that OHV recreation is a positive activity and promotes a responsible life style;
- Provide broad-based, ongoing educational opportunities for OHV recreationists, recreation planners and decision-makers; Provide and promote educational, safety, ethics, environmental and character-building programs for all OHV recreationists including youth; and
- Emphasize the benefits of responsible recreation behavior and raise awareness of the impacts from irresponsible recreation activity.
Board of Directors
Charles Sims, Treasurer
Geoff Jilg, Ex Officio
Issue Area Representatives
Clif Koontz, Public Lands
Possesses knowledge and experience related to OHV use on public lands, including experience dealing with public lands management agencies and personnel. This includes dealing with federal Travel and Resource Management Plans or other processes , and/or experience dealing with State Departments of Natural Resources, Parks or other state and local agencies.
Brad Smith, Private Lands
Possesses knowledge and experience related to OHV use on private lands, including experience with a broad array of issues related to private OHV facilities. The Private Lands IAR’s experience includes managing OHVs on private lands, identifying opportunities for insurance, dealing with landowners, and understanding potential pitfalls faced by owners/operators of OHV access to private lands.
Carol Smith, Youth and Education
Possesses knowledge and experience related to OHV education and safety, including experience developing safety and education materials and campaigns, instructing OHV safety courses, engaging youth in safety and education programs and other related areas.
Steve Newton, Clubs and Associations
Possesses knowledge and experience related to forming, running, and carrying out functions of effective OHV clubs and/or associations, including creating, developing, and leading clubs and associations.
Marc Hildesheim, Executive Director
NOHVCC Partners serve as a liaison between NOHVCC and motorized recreation enthusiasts in their States. In short, Partners are volunteers who stay up to date on OHV issues in their respective States and inform NOHVCC about successes, hurdles and best practices. NOHVCC, in turn, offers tools, knowledge from other Partners and staff, and access to experts in all aspects of OHV recreation. Each Partner brings a unique set of experiences and skill sets to support responsible OHV recreation in his or her own State and works with Partners and other enthusiasts from across the country.