Designated routes and areas are a central component of effective OHV management on public lands, and are essential to protecting the fish and wildlife for high quality fishing and hunting.
A system of designated routes that eliminates cross country travel is the single most important step toward keeping our access open and our wildlife populations robust.
The Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) both administer planning processes for designating routes on public lands. The agencies use a combination of social considerations and habitat considerations to come to a system of designated routes that best serves hunters, anglers, recreational riders and forest product users.
Much like bag limits, draw entry hunts, catch and release and other rules that focus on planned use to provide more opportunity, designated route planning is a sensible idea to protect habitat. Additionally, route planning helps users choose their experience and use maps to find locations suitable for the type of activity they desire.
An early-morning elk hunter glassing a hillside in the back country does not want to see a pickup truck drive into the spot he’s glassing. Similarly, an ATV rider using an ATV-only trail does not want to encounter a bunch of full-size vehicles, plugging the trail and lessening the experience.
As a coalition, we believe strongly that designated route planning is a sound process that brings together local citizens and the best available science to arrive at common sense solutions.