I posted a comment. Here it is.
Ed Waldheim, an off-roader and president of the California Trail Users Coalition, which advocates for off-road vehicle users, says a small portion of riders don't follow rules. "We call them the 10 percenters. It's the 10 percenters making our lives miserable," he says.
I would agree with Ed, as I see it all the time in the deserts of Southern California. Most riders and drivers of OHV's follow the rules. Those that do not follow the rules and abuse private property and public lands, are doing it because they have no other place to recreate, and don't know the rules.
It comes down to education for those that don't follow the rules, and holding them accountable for their destruction of private property, and public lands. When they do go to court, a slap on the hand is not enough. Make them get back out their and fix the damage, and have to hold training with the others that can not follow the rules.
The National groups like United Four Wheel Drive Associations, Blue Ribbon Coalition and Tread Lightly all have training that can be provided to show people how to recreate responsibily. But we need to get the dealers that sell these machines to help us by providing some of this training when the sales take place.
As more lands get closed, this confines those that recreate on a smaller chunk of land, and makes the congestion even worse, so those that do not know the rules about the off-limits areas will continue to ride out of bounds. Of that 10 percent that do not know the rules, there is a small percentage in there that thinks that they can ride on anything in the backcountry... These are the ones that will need the huge fines, and have their equipment impounded. These are the ones that take down the signs showing the boundries of public to private lands or off limit areas.
Training and volunteer trail patrols help correct many of the issues on these trails and open areas. But it takes people volunteering their time to help the local law enforcement authorities to make this work. It can and does work, as I have seen it work on the Rubicon trail in Northern California.
For more information on Volunteer Trail Patrols, please visit http://www.ufwda.org/trailpatrol.htm