PAOHV ALERT-DCNR Survey
DCNR is surveying riders for their input as part of the Gap Study announced late last year.
The survey can be found at:
See the DCNR press release below. The survey will be active until September 15.
DCNR Survey Seeking Feedback From ATV Enthusiasts Across Pa.
HARRISBURG, Pa., Aug. 16, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a bid to better gauge ATV use across Pennsylvania and plan for future riding opportunities in the state, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is seeking participation of riders and owners in an online survey.
"DCNR is working on a study to analyze existing ATV trails and parks in Pennsylvania, as well as explore possibilities for establishing additional riding areas," DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn said today. "The survey is designed to help create a statewide inventory of ATV riding opportunities on public and private lands. Also, we are researching opportunities to partner with local governments, nonprofits, and for-profit organizations to create and develop new ATV parks, trails, and facilities to meet the needs of ATV owners."
DCNR officials first announced this forthcoming survey in early June when they joined representatives of the Department of Environmental Protection in announcing the reopening of the Whiskey Springs ATV Trail. The popular public ATV trail, threading through Sproul State Forest near Westport, Clinton County, is heavily used by ATV riders.
DCNR records as of Aug. 1 show more than 168,680 registered ATV owners ride on private land and approved state forest trails.
"We want to explore avenues of meeting these registered owners' need," Dunn said. "To do that effectively, we need to better understand the wants and needs of the ATV user. We also ask riders to spread the word to fellow ATV enthusiasts -- we want as much survey input as possible."
The survey will remain active through Sept. 15, and is available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2016_PA_DCNR_ATV_USER_SURVEY .
The study is being completed by Moshier Studio and Pashek Associates. Questions may be directed to John Buerkle at email@example.com.
PaOHV’s Segregation of
Funds Bill Is Law
PaOHV’s Segregation of Funds bill has been signed by Governor Wolf. It is effective in September 18.
This is a major win for PaOHV members.
Senator Pat Stefano’s (R-Westmoreland) legislation divides the Snowmobile/ATV fund into separate funds. Registration dollars paid by ATV owners can only be used to fund ATV projects. Co-mingling of ATV and snowmobile funds ends when the act becomes effective.
The bill redefines the composition of the Snowmobile/ATV advisory committee. A representative from the Department of Community and Economic Development and the Pennsylvania Economic Development Association are added. The two seats allotted to conservation and non-motorized recreation organizations have been removed.
Finally, the bill restructures the DCNR grant program converting it to a semiannual rather than an annual application. There will be two grant application cycles in 2017.
A companion bill, HB 970, was sponsored by Rep. Martin Causer (R-Cameron). PaOHV thanks both Senator Stefano and Rep. Causer for their foresight and leadership on this issue.
PaOHV Alert-the next General Membership conference call meeting will be held on September 13 at 5:30 pm. Questions can be directed to Don McClure at firstname.lastname@example.org or 717-920-1312.
HOUSE Passes RULWA Reform Measure
The Pennsylvania House of Representatives voted April 4 to pass PaOHV’s long sought Recreational Use of Land and Water Act amendments. This legislation provides new protections shielding landowners from law suits for opening their land for recreational uses including OHV recreation.
HB 544 sponsored by Adams County Republican Representative Dan Moul cleared third consideration final passage by a vote of 187-2. The legislation moves onto the Senate.
Before the House vote, PaOHV representatives Fred Brown and Don McClure and Dave Patti from the Pennsylvania Business Council met with Senator Rich Alloway (R-Franklin) who is the prime sponsor of SB 72 the Senate companion bill to HB 544. Senator Alloway was advised that the House was poised to send HB 544 to the Senate.
Senator Alloway indicated that he would seek Senate action on the House bill. He was firm in wanting to move the issue forward.
This development represents a major step forward toward securing RULWA reforms. PaOHV will keep members advised on progress in the Senate.