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For years, ATVs have dominated the market for getting hunters to remote places. But recent local sales indicate that many off-road enthusiasts are turning to UTVs. (THOMAS CLOUSE PHOTOS)

Forest Service opening routes for WATVs

PUBLIC LANDS -- Several routes for wheeled ATVs (WATVs) will open on Friday, June 26, across the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. WATVs are different from ATVs in that they are designed or modified for on-road use according to regulations set by Washington House Bill 1632 of...

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Off-road vehicle operators created this mud bog in Delaney Meadows area of the Middle Fork Calispell Creek on the Colville National Forest. ATVers and four-wheelers traditionally do significant damage to the area. (Rich Landers)

Colville Forest starts planning ORV trail system 

PUBLIC LANDS -- The Colville National Forest is moving ahead with a 10- to 15-year project to plan off-road vehicle trails and relocate camping areas to serve the motorized trail groups while rehabilitating the impacts illegal OHV use has had on streams, meadows and wildlife...

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Ryan Bundy, son of the Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, rides an ATV into Recapture Canyon north of Blanding, Utah on Saturday, May 10, 2014, in a protest against what demonstrators call the federal government's overreaching control of public lands. The area has been closed to motorized use since 2007 when an illegal trail was found that cuts through Ancestral Puebloan ruins. The canyon is open to hikers and horseback riders. (Trent Nelson / The Salt Lake Tribune)

ATV protesters leave ruts in public opinion 

PUBLIC LANDS -- The recent Nevada ATV armed protest onto U.S. Bureau of Land Management lands closed to motor vehicle travel is a sham and a shame. It's no more worthy of public sympathy than the related gun and flag-waving protest over a deadbeat Nevada...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 26, 2013

MONDAY, AUG. 19, 2013

The 2013 Washington Legislature made it easier for counties to approve use of ATVs on county roads. (Associated Press)

Okanogan County sued for opening roads to ATVs 

OHVs -- Two conservation groups have sued to block the opening of nearly all of Okanogan County’s roads to ATVs, according to the Wenatchee World. Conservation Northwest and the Methow Valley Citizens Council sued Wednesday in Okanogan County Superior Court seeking an injunction prohibiting the...

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Colville National Forest South End Project, roads approved for motorized travel. (Colville National Forest)

Colville NF supervisor withdraws South end OHV plan 

PUBLIC LANDS – Colville National Forest Supervisor Laura Jo West has withdrawn the South End Motor Vehicle Project enacted in November after years of planning to guide off-highway vehicle use. This decision was appealed in January by Conservation Northwest, the Lands Council, and the Kettle...

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MONDAY, JAN. 9, 2012

TUESDAY, NOV. 22, 2011

Colville National Forest South End Project, roads approved for motorized travel. (Colville National Forest)

Colville Forest OKs South End motor vehicle plan

PUBLIC LANDS -- Off-road vehicle riders have more routes for legally riding their ATVs and motorcycles on the Colville National Forest, according to a plan approved this month. Forest Supervisor Laura Jo West signed the South End Motor Vehicle Management Plan, which designates roads and...

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Hunters will not be allowed to drive ATVs or other vehicles off established roads even on private land in 26 of Idaho's 78 hunting units this fall, an increase of 10 units from last year. 
 (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

Wash vehicles to reduce spread of weeds

CONSERVATION -- Vehicles can pick up large numbers of seeds from weeds and other plants and spread them for miles, especially when the vehicles are driven off-trail and under wet conditions. This factor in the spread of noxious weeks is documented in a story in...

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Stevens County sets hearing on OHV laws

OFF-ROADING -- The controversial issue of making it legal to ride ATVs and other non-highway-suitable vehicles on more public roads is back on the front burner in Stevens County.Amendments to OHV Ordinance 06-2009 is set for discussion at a special Dec. 20 County Commissioners hearing,...

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Idaho criticized for roiling OHVers

OFF-ROADING -- The supervisor of the Nez Perce National Forest has criticized the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation, contending the state agency tried to rile up off-road vehicle riders over a proposed plan that could limit their access to the forest's trails.An e-mail exchange...

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MONDAY, DEC. 6, 2010

Off-roader fined for mudding

FOUR-WHEELING -- A 22-year-old Ellensburg man who was outed by disgruntled off-road vehicle enthusiasts was ordered last week to pay $2,000 to help restore a Reecer Creek meadow that he extensively damaged with his pickup.Jose Mora Villanueva, 22, was charged in U.S. District Court in...

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