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Maynard pushes for off highway vehicle trails in West Virginia

August 29, 2018

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sen. Mark R. Maynard of the 6th District on Thursday met with the United States Forest Service to discuss off highway vehicle (OHV) trails in West Virginia.

The meeting was scheduled it was discovered that in Tucker County, which is almost entirely monongahela forest, has virtually no OHV trails due to gated roads. Maynard is a proponent of such trails.

There are 921,000 acres of monongahela forest in West Virginia, with zero designated OHV trails, 1,064,176 acres of the George Washington National Forest and with the Jefferson National Forest making up 709,593 acres with neither having OHV trails.

“l wanted to let them know our economy and the nation’s economy can benefit,” Maynard said. “I told them l want public land to be used by nearly all forms of public interest. I want birdwatchers to have a place designated where there will be zero disturbances, but l also want a place for OHV users to enjoy their taxpayer property.” One member at the table Maynard spoke with used to live in Moab, Utah, and according to Maynard, understood the importance of embracing the off-road community.

“Hopefully they will consider. I told them we could start a pilot project in Tucker county with the Tucker county four wheelers adopting and being responsible for the trails there,” Maynard said.

If you are a taxpayer and would like the right to access your property, Maynard suggested visiting the link below, to voice the importance of OHV trails in national forests www.fs.fed.us/about-agency/contact-us.

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