U.S. Spending $100K to 'Increase Knowledge of Ethical Behavior'-- Among ATV Drivers

May 3, 2013 - 3:35 PM

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This is a designated off-road vehicle route inside the Helena National Forest in Montana, but many unauthorized trails have been carved in recent years across federal lands. (John Macdonald/AP Photo)

(CNSNews.com) – The federal government will spend $100,000 over five years on a Bureau of Land Management program to "increase knowledge of ethical behavior" among people using off-road vehicles.

“The purpose of this project is to increase knowledge of and conformance with the Utah Ride On Campaign message, and reduce incidents involving property and natural resource damage, unsafe practices, visitor conflicts and enhance access to public lands by improving recreationists’ behavior knowledge of ethical behavior among recreationists on BLM lands,” the grant description said.

The main objective of the campaign is to “maintain and enhance access to public lands by improving recreationists’ behavior, increase knowledge of ethical behavior among recreationists on public lands,” and “reduce incidents involving property and natural resource damage, unsafe practices, visitor conflicts.”

Another objective of the grant is to “meet the primary goals identified in the Utah Interagency Off Highway Vehicle Steering Committee Communications Plan, which are promote safe operation of OHVs, promote ethical uses of OHVs, and minimize resource damage from the inappropriate use of OHVs.”

According to the statement of joint objectives/project management plan, partners are expected to decrease the number of resource damage incidents statewide from OHV activities, increase involvement of OHV user groups in trail patrol efforts statewide by 50% by 2017, increase user awareness of authorized riding opportunities statewide by 50% by 2017, and increase user awareness and understanding of the Ride on Designated Routes concept statewide by 50% by 2017.

The grant, which was announced April 5, will close on April 29. The project is expected to run June 1, 2013 to May 31, 2018. Calls to the Bureau of Land Management were not returned at press time.