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WORVPI Update (11/17/15)

The Wisconsin Off-Road Vehicle Park, Inc. (WORVPI) Board of Directors will be meeting next in early December. While, still diligently working to secure an ORV Park here in The Badger State, we have most recently focused on national and regional issues which will surely be of impact upon WORVPI’s mission and goals.

WORVPI submitted written comments on the following:

Recreational Trails Program (RTP) – We expressed our support for reauthorization to Wisconsin’s contingent of Representatives and Senators on Capitol Hill. RTP serves to return a portion of the federal gas tax collected from ORV use back to the states for funding of trails projects.

Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act – Comments were summited to the House Natural Resources Committee on proposed changes to this program. Of specific interest is increasing the amount of money that must remain at the site collected from 80% to 90% and limiting the amount agencies can siphon off for administrative overhead from 15% to 5%. These changes would keep more monies generated by the Chequamegon/Nicolet National Forest here in Wisconsin and put back into enhancing our public lands.

H.R. 3946 – We contacted Wisconsin’s contingent of Representatives in support of this Bill. The introduced legislation would require concurrence from affected local communities and the State before any future declarations can be made under the Antiquities Act. Additionally, the Bill would restrict the amount of State land that the President can designate a historical monument to 5000 acres and also require the consent of the property owners before including their private property in the designation.

Fiscal Year 2016 Omnibus Appropriations Package – WORVPI contacted Wisconsin Representatives to encourage continued funding for RTP in this Appropriations Package. RTP Funding is one of the proposed funding sources for our Park Project.

Plumb Bruno Integrated Resource Management Project Proposal – While this Project is in the Munising Ranger District of the Hiawatha National Forest (Michigan) and not in Wisconsin, Projects in adjoining states often set a trend which then spreads. WORVPI expressed our interest in avoiding closures of roads and trails within the scope of this Project. These closures place additional stress on already limited motorized recreation opportunities and serve to make our public lands even less accessible to the public for their enjoyment.

WORVPI continues to recruit and accept motorized recreation user groups to jointly sign an MOU. The groups entering into a MOU are placed on our Partner’s List (much like “Friends of Groups”) and have realized that a Motorized Recreation Area (MRA) will never become a reality without the active support of these user groups. Simply waiting for Our Park to open and then jumping onboard with support is not being a responsible advocate for motorized trail recreation.

If your group or club is interested in volunteer opportunities/partnering contact WORVPI at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for information.

For more information on all things WORVPI visit www.WORVPI.org, or visit us on Facebook.

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