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Original “Design Team” Set The Stage For NOHVCC’s Growth And Success


By January, 1991, just 6 months after an organizational meeting that created the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC), the “Design Team” had grown to 24 individuals that moved NOHVCC forward. Their names are listed on a 1991 NOHVCC brochure, along with the team’s original vision statement, which has stood the test of time and today is the NOHVCC motto:

“Creating A Positive Future For Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation”

Here is part of what was printed on the 1991 NOHVCC brochure……Read more

State Partners Bring The NOHVCC Mission And Tools To OHV Clubs & Associations


Imagine a birthday cake in the shape of the Unites States and Canada.

If you put a candle in every state and province that has a NOHVCC State Partner, there would be 45 candles. Light all the candles and you can start to see the impact of this network of experienced, dedicated volunteers — creating a positive (and bright) future for off-highway vehicle (OHV) recreation.

The National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC) celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. The key to its longevity and success are many talented, hard-working State Partners and Associate State Partners. NOHVCC was founded not as a member organization, but a service organization……Read more

“Yes I Make OHV Trail Decisions. No I Don’t Ride Or Want To Learn.”


“No, I’ve never been on an off-highway vehicle,” said the state trail planner. “And our state’s land managers aren’t interested either.”

That comment, made during a phone interview last year, took me by surprise. I might expect to hear it made by a recreation planner in a National Forest, someone dealing with all forms of outdoor activities on public land. But not by a person working for a state’s department of natural resources, whose job it is to plan recreational trails…..Read more

This Dealer’s Business Model Includes Giving Back To OHV Clubs, Riders & Racers


Ted Abernethy is 58 years old. But when he talks about his career racing motorcycles, selling motorcycles, and giving back to the industry in Washington State, he’s as fired up as a teenager gearing up for his first motocross.

“I raced for 30 plus years, motocross and dirt track, and some off-road,” said Abernethy. “I owned Motorcycle Works Of Renton. Sold it in 2005, retired at 50 and ran out of money at 58. It made me realize how lucky I was to be in this industry. I get to sell toys for a living. You look back on your career and see the things you did wrong and the things you did right.”…..Read more

New York County Launches Mobile Apps To Promote Trail Tourism


There are over 3,000 counties in the United States. Not many manage trail systems for off-highway vehicles (OHVs). Lewis County, New York, does. And it recently launched a mobile app to promote its trails, show riders their GPS location while riding on them, and much more.

Last September, Lewis County released its “Summer Recreation” mobile app, giving residents and visitors the ability to use their mobile devices to see all the recreational opportunities the county has to offer, including riding on its system of 50 miles of trails and 450 miles of seasonal roads open to ATVs. A second, “Winter Recreation” mobile app includes 600 miles of snowmobile trails.

“We did it with the idea that it would be advertising for the county to bring in more tourists,” said Jackie Mahoney, Director of the Lewis County Recreation, Forestry and Parks….Read more

Mixed Gear Bag

As part of our year long celebration, each month we will be asking a NOHVCC history trivia question. All of the correct answers received will be put into a drawing for a prize.
Q: When (month and year) was the first joint conference between NOHVCC and the agency program managers? Extra credit is the conference location.

Send your answers to us at trailhead@nohvcc.org by Mar 20, 2015

(yeah, other than the extra credit, only 1 entry per person)

Answer to January Trivia Question:

No one was able to accurately answer the January Trivia question, but we had a lot of great answers. Thanks to everyone who submitted a guess.

Q: How many states have hosted a NOHVCC annual or biannual conference? An extra entry for those people who can correctly name all of the states.
A: 22 states have hosted a NOHVCC conference. They are (in no order) MO, UT, AZ, VA, NJ, OH, WI, CA, GA, NV, LA, OR, AL, WV, NM, TX, MT, MN, FL, CO, ID, NC

Dirt Rider Magazine March 2015 Edition (p. 74) has a great article regarding ISDE veteran Scott Bright’s Trail Manners. It includes information regarding signing in to areas, gates, designated routes, intersections, trail encounters, and posting only responsible use videos. Thanks Dirt Rider and Scott Bright for the great information!

Planning ahead for next year’s NOHVCC/INOHVAA conference? It will be held in Folsom, a suburb of Sacramento the week of October 25 – November 1, 2015; most likely using the same schedule as last year. Details will be coming soon!

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