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released its Final Environmental Impact Statement
that not surprisingly selected a highly restrictive
management alternative that basically codifies the
current closure even though there has never been a
documented case of injury despite decades of inhalation of the soils in question by humans in every
conceivable activity.
The San Benito County Board of Supervisors petitioned Congress in 2011 to address the closure by
designating it as a National Recreation Area based
on the 2005 Clear Creek Travel Management Plan
as the guiding document for the NRA.  The Plan
identified about 243 miles of motorized roads and
trails, 400 acres of open riding areas and authorized
a number of permitted OHV events.
Don Amador, Western Representative for the BlueRibbon Coalition, states, “Californians have seen
previous bills signed into law that created opportuni-

ties for both the OHV and conservation communities. 
In 2006, Congressman Mike Thompson (D-Napa)
worked with Congressman Richard Pombo (R-Lodi)
on H.R. 233 that designated new Wilderness and
also codified OHV use at BLM’s Cow Mountain Recreation Area near Ukiah.
“In 2010, Congressman Wally Herger (R-Chico)
and Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) sponsored
H.R. 689 that created a new 5,000 acre Wilderness
area near Weaverville and enhanced OHV recreational opportunities at the Chappie-Shasta OHV
Area near Redding,” Amador continued.
“I believe that H.R. 1776 was crafted in that same
bipartisan spirit.  It was given the appropriate bill
number as it will reopen closed lands and afford the
thousands of OHV enthusiasts who used to recreate at Clear Creek the freedom to enjoy that activity
once again on that unit, Amador concludes.

SHEBOYGAN, WI - The Wisconsin ATV Association
(WATVA) has worked tirelessly with our partners on
two bills that will improve the ATV & UTV sport. Both of
these bills have passed the Assembly and Senate on a
unanimous voice vote and are now awaiting the Governor’s signature.
SB - 29: Created an off road vehicle council

This new law corrects a past administrative action that removed the official standing and status
of the original ORV Council

Expands the advice and recommendation role
to include the Dept. of Natural Resources, the
Dept. of Transportation, the Governor’s office
and the State Legislature

Current status was only advisory to Dept. of
Natural Resources which also required the same
stance and position as the DNR took. This new
status allows independent position(s)

As ATV & UTV registration numbers continue
to grow, the equally increasing, self- generated
fund will now have the same citizen oversight
and status that other registration programs have
(i.e. Snowmobile Council)

Recommendations and advice for which ATV
grant applications are approved for funding will
continue to be a high priority for this council

The ATV / UTV user group that generates the


fund, will be in a better position to help control
the decisions regarding the spending of our fund
Senate Bill 29 was introduced by Senators Leibham,
Petrowski, L. Taylor, Gudex, Harsdorf, Lassa, Moulton,
Tiffany and Vinehout. It was cosponsored by Representatives Severson, Czaja, Ripp, Bies, Brooks, Endsley,
Kestell, Murtha and LeMahieu
SB - 32: Created new age restrictions & altered the
safety certificate requirement plus made changes
regarding the operation of an ATV / UTV

A change for under youth under age 12 on private property & public trails

A change for youth age 12 through 15 on public
road routes

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