Arizona Game and Fish Commissioners recognize volunteers for OHV work

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September 15th, 2008

Arizona Game and Fish Commissioners recognize volunteers for OHV work
Eastern Arizona leaders help facilitate OHV bill’s passage
Several volunteers who played key roles in the passage of the new off-highway vehicle legislation were recently recognized for their efforts by Arizona Game and Fish Commissioners Robert Woodhouse and Norm Freeman.

Graham County Supervisor Drew John, who worked for several years to facilitate collaboration on the bill, Hank Rogers the force behind the annual Outlaw ATV Jamboree, and other members of the Apache County ATV Roughriders were all recognized as consistent advocates for responsible OHV recreation across Arizona. John and Rogers were presented plaques during the Outlaw ATV Jamboree in Eagar, Ariz.

“The challenging but rewarding effort to pass this legislation was made possible by the diligent efforts of a broad coalition of supporters,” said Joe Sacco, Game and Fish OHV law enforcement program manager.

The passage in June of Arizona Senate Bill 1167 will provide much-needed resources to better manage the explosive growth in off-highway vehicle (OHV) recreation, helping protect wildlife habitat and access to OHV recreational opportunities. The new law takes effect Jan. 1, 2009.

The new law establishes a “user play, user pay” program that requires all recreational OHVs (ATVs, sand buggies, dirt bikes and UTVs) operated in the state to display an annual OHV user sticker purchased through the Motor Vehicle Division. The fee has yet to be determined but is expected to be nominal. Revenues from the user fee will be used to fund OHV management and maintain OHV recreational opportunities through enforcement, education, trail and facility maintenance, and development programs to help ensure sustainable access.

The Arizona Game and Fish Department Off-highway Vehicle Program thanks all of the supporters for their efforts toward the passage of this legislation.

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