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(Vernal-AP) -- Off-roaders have to stick to the trails. That's what Ashley National Forest officials say.
They say they're tightening rules because all terrain vehicle riders who veer off designated trails have damaged meadows and stream crossings. The A-T-Vs have also caused deep ruts on steep slopes.
Forest rangers put up signs and markers to ban A-T-V cross-country use, and they've updated the forest's official travel map.
Forest rangers won't enforce the ban until the spring. They hope the ban will help preserve the water and land, and at the same time curb some of the A-T-V-related deaths and injuries.
The forest has more than 14-hundred roads and trails open to A-T-Vs.
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