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Utahns Want Better Management for Off Roading

Utahns Want Better Management for Off Roading

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Jed Boal ReportingMost Utahns want off-road vehicles (ORVs) managed better on public lands to protect the wilderness ORV's. A recent poll conducted by Dan Jones and Associates for the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance shows nearly 90-percent value the serenity of Southern Utah's wilderness.

Nearly 70-percent believe ORV's put those lands at risk. Nearly 80-percent think ORV's should be managed better, and 90-percent think the vehicles only belong on designated trails. SUWA wants the Bureau of Land Management to establish specific plans to manage O-R-V's.

Heidi McIntosh, SUWA Conservation Director: "There needs to be better enforcement and there needs to be a change in the off-road vehicle culture that encourages a compliance with the rules and respect for the other people who are there using the land as well."

Fred Hayes of the Natural Resources Coordinating Council says federal and state managers are playing catch-up with the booming past-time. He says the majority of ORV users also want better enforcement, more trails, and greater protection for the land.

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