2011 pilot program resulted in 10,000 contacts with riders in problem areas
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY Colorado officials will continue an off-highway vehicle monitoring program that has helped increase compliance with off-road rules in Colorado.
The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission last week approved $300,000 in funding to extend the pilot program launched last year.
In 201, teams of law enforcement officers from Colorado State Parks, the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management contacted 10,000 individual riders in problem areas identified by environmental and quiet recreation groups, according to state trails program manager Tom Morrissey.
Morrissey said less than 5 percent of those contacts resulted in warnings or citations the majority for failure to comply with OHV registration requirements.
Rangers spent about 90 percent of their time on or around designated OHV routes. Morrissey said they saw little evidence of off-trail damage but did report a significant need for increased trail maintenance and better signage to identify designated routes.
Commissioner Jim Pribyl said the program had a successful first year.
We appreciate how the OHV community worked with us to create a program that increased education and compliance with both state and federal OHV regulations, said Pribyl. The project has clearly shown that law-enforcement visibility deters illegal off-trail riding and increases compliance.To read the full article .... http://summitcountyvoice.com/2012/03/10/colorado-to-extend-ohv-monitoring-program/