WHAT IS COHVCO WORKING ON??
- COHVCO and its partners succeeded in obtaining passage of legislation allowing the titling of off-highway vehicles in the state of Colorado. This will provide proof of ownership for vehicles that can now exceed well over $15,000 to purchase new and allow for better financing rates from dealers. The issuance of a title will help prevent theft and also allow better tracking of stolen OHVs in the state . This legislation will become effective in July 2014. Our next step is to obtain use of some county roads with the creation of a voluntary license plate on OHVs while still keeping the OHV fund.
- COHVCO was able to insure that fines were not increased for a variety of OHV related issues with the reauthorization of house bill 1069. There was heavy pressure from those opposed to OHV use to increase minimum fines sometimes by hundreds of dollars for a variety of non-resource related issues such as rifing on a closed trail. As a result of COHVCO efforts these fines maintained consistency with other violations.
- COHVCO and its partners obtained dismissal of the Rico/West Delores lawsuit seeking closure of grandfathered routes on any MVUM. Unfortunately, this decision has been appealed but we are optimistic that the trial courts decision will be upheld.
- Representative Tipton has started having federal hearings concerning the negative impacts of Wilderness designations on Forest Health. Senate hearings were also held with similar input received from the public. COHVCO hopes that these hearings highlight the negative impacts to the forests from Wilderness designations and allow for management that protects forest health and public motorized access to the proposal areas.
- COHVCO and partners obtained removal of the Forest Services new OHV manual that proposed numerous illegal and non-scientifically based standards for OHV management. Management under these standards would have resulted in every trail being reanalyzed under a standard that presumed the trail was improper.
1. Bear Creek Trail - Updated
This lawsuit was served on the Forest Service and Colorado Springs utilities by the Center for Biological Diversity and others regarding exclusion of trails in the vicinity of cutthroat trout habitat. This suit sought a blanket exclusion of trails from areas adjacent to streams with cutthroat trout. COHVCO and TPA have intervened and making sure the best resolution for motorized recreation is obtained. Terms of settlement have been reached that would permit new trails to be created in the area and close the habitat area to all threats. TPA and COHVCO are working to insure the closures are applied per the terms of the agreement with the submission of a notice of intent to sue if the terms of the settlement agreement are not complied with.
2. Pike /San Isabel-Updated
The first suit was filed on January 31, 2011 by anti-access plaintiffs including The Wilderness Society, Quiet Use Coalition, Wildlands CPR, and Center for Native Ecosystems and Great Old Broads for Wilderness regarding the Pike and San Isabel Forests. COHVCO and TPA intervened with the Forest Service to defend this lawsuit, which could impact every MVUM that has grandfathered existing routes. These defense expenses are being born solely by Colorado OHV advocacy groups. This case seeks to remove any trails that predated NEPA and were grandfathered in the creation of PSI MVUMs. The exact impact of this suit is yet to be clarified but this suit could impact trails such as the Blanca Peak 4wd trail. This case is currently moving forward in the discovery phase of litigation.
3. Rico/West Dolores- Updated
A second suit involving grandfathered routes on an MVUM was filed regarding the Rico West Dolores/alpine triangle area of the San Juan Forest brought by Colorado Backcountry Hunters and Anglers seeking closure of 14 trails which have a long history of motorized travel. COHVCO, TPA, Blue Ribbon Coalition, the San Juan Trail Riders and the Public Access Preservation Association have intervened to defend this matter with the Forest Service. The complaint was dismissed by the trial court and access was maintained. The trial courts decision has been appealed.
- Colorado Roadless Rule - COHVCO supports the Colorado Roadless Rule Making process and is vigorously...(more)
- Hidden Gems Wilderness Proposal - The Hidden Gems Campaign has now morphed to a new...(more)
- San Juan Mountains Wilderness Proposal - While the recreational impacts of the San Juan Wilderness proposal...(more)
- OHV Permits on Plated Vehicles - Details available at the State Parks website
- Turkey Springs Travel Management Decision - COHVCO generally supports this decision as it opens a significant...(more)
- OHV Registration and Titling Proposal - COHVCO has been working with Representative Kevin Priola in the development...(more)
- Sage Grouse Conversation Measures - COHVCO has submitted detailed comments on the proposed conservation measures...(more)
- Potential Re-Introduction of the Wolverine - COHVCO has been actively involved in stakeholder meetings addressing the possible reintroduction of the Wolverine in Colorado...(more)
WHERE ARE THE HOTSPOTS THAT COHVCO IS WATCHING?
- James Peak Wilderness - Gilpin and Clear Creek Counties
- Pike/San Isabel National Forest
- Hidden Gems Wilderness Proposal - Summit, Pitkin, Delta and Gunnison Counties
- San Juan Wilderness Proposal - San Miguel County
- Turkey Springs - Pagosa Ranger District, Archuleta County
- Colorado River Valley - Glenwood Springs and surrounding area
- Jackson County - Walden area
HOW IS COHVCO INVOLVED?