In 2021, we announced our partnership with the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC), a national nonprofit organization focused on furthering a positive future for responsible OHV recreation. Their many objectives include establishing and strengthening local OHV clubs, promoting responsible recreation management and resource protection in partnership with land managers, and sharing best practices for OHV recreation planning.
In order to preserve opportunities for OHV recreation for decades to come, responsible recreation education is critical. Our Trail Trust grant is specifically funding three Great Trails Workshops, which focus on the design, layout, construction, maintenance and management of sustainable OHV trails. Participants gain hands-on knowledge through surveying current trails and examining potential areas that may need more work.
With our support, NOHVCC was able to hold their first Great Trails Workshop in the Pisgah National Forest in North Carolina in April 2022. The workshop lasted two days with a total of 15 attendees. Participants learned about a plethora of topics, including methods to design and layout trails, how to use a clinometer, and flag trails. They were split into groups and learned how to identify how suitable a trail is based on the rider's experience level. Each group was tasked to flag potential trail routes as well as discuss the potential implications (i.e. terrain level). Attendees ultimately felt more equipped and trained to return home and improve their local OHV community and trails.