What You Can Do

We are loosing access trails at an alarming rate. Protect your right to use public lands. Get more involved.

Every public land recreationist should be able to do the first three or four steps. It would be great if more of us could do all six steps.

1) For motorized users, use a quiet pipe & ride with consideration for others & tread lightly.

2) Get your recreational buddies to do the six steps & use peer pressure to politely tell rogue users/riders who ride irresponsibly, that they are causing the closure of our riding trails.

3) Join PAPA, COHVCO (www.cohvco.org) , Blue Ribbon (www.sharetrails.org) , AND a local organization in your area. Several reputable local and regional organizations or clubs are listed on the links page.

We each have many thousands of dollars invested in our recreational equipment. Many enthusiasts think little of spending a hundred dollars on a new gadget for their equipment. Instead of buying one of those gadgets, we each need to invest at least a hundred dollars a year to help keep trails open. With all our help these recreationist groups can file lawsuits when necessary & work with legislators to protect our equal rights to use the land.

4) Adopt your favorite trails through your local club & volunteer to work on a trail at least one day a year. Get to know your land manager.

5) Write letters to Forest Service or BLM in support of trail building & maintenance funding as well as comment on proposed trail designations & closures. If any of your trails have been closed ask the Forest Ranger to provide you with the written Record of Decision as well as environmental documentation & documentation showing that the required public process NEPA was fulfilled. In many cases trails are closed without the proper process. In that case they must be reopened & the process must be redone. In some cases trails are just closed, without any process. If you object the trail will be reopened.

6) Meet your public representatives & tell them about yourself, your family & your recreation. Tell them of the need to keep trails open & to open more trails to reduce the impact on the land & to provide adequate recreation for families & children.

Together we can preserve family recreation for future generations