Access Issues — Archives
- Carson National Forest Released Travel Management Environmental Assessment for 'West-side' Districts
- Cibola National Forest Releases Long-Awaited Mount Taylor Travel Management Environmental Assessment
- Mt Taylor Ranger District (Cibola National Forest) Releases Proposed Action for Managing Motorized Travel
- Mount Taylor Ranger District Travel Management Rule Starting Point Maps Available and Two More Public Meetings
- Comment Period Extended for Travel Planing for the Glade Run Recreation Area (aka Chokecherry Canyon)
- Socorro Proposed Resource Management Plan and Final Environmental Impact Statement Finally Released!
NM State Legislation
- NM ANTI-OHV BILL PROPOSED
Last Updated: January 29, 2009
Wednesday, January 7th, the SJM40 report was released by the New Mexico Energy, Minerals, and Natural Resources Department. It is exactly what we expected. It is an extremely biased and blatant attempt to paint OHV use in New Mexico in the worst possible light. It includes a long list of Recommendations for anti-OHV legislation in the upcoming session. Some of the worst items it proposes are:
1) A speed limit of 10 mph for all ATV and dirt bikes on all trails.
2) No one under age 16 allowed to operate any dirt bike or ATV.
3) Requiring a special Driver's License for operating dirt bikes and ATVs. Like a regular driver's license, this would require a written test and driving test.
There are dozens of others. It should be clear to everyone that we need to work hard to keep these from becoming law in New Mexico.
State Senator Phil Griego made it very clear in the meeting in Santa Fe on Wednesday that THERE WILL BE OHV LEGISLATION introduced in the session that starts January 20th. There is no specific legislation proposed yet. Senator Griego is not yet sure what will be included but promised legislation will be coming.
NMOHVA is working hard to influence the proposed legislation and will keep everyone informed of what is happening. You can read how NMOHVA is responding to the proposed legislation by reading “NMOHVA’s Input to Proposed Legislation” at the below.
In the meantime, here is what YOU CAN DO to protect riding in New Mexico:
1) FORWARD THIS MESSAGE to all of of your riding buddies and 2) Make sure that they read it and then SIGN UP FOR NMOHVA's FREE EMAIL by clicking the “FREE EMAIL LIST” button on the NMOHVA home page. 3) Post this message to any web groups you belong to and where you post messages. HELP US GET THE WORD OUT!
That is it. It is really simple. We are not asking people to join NMOHVA, donate money, or even call their State Senators and State Representatives (just yet). What we are doing is creating the ability to reach as many New Mexico OHV users as we can, as quickly as we can. Twenty-five percent of New Mexicans have OHV's. We probably know most of them.
NMOHVA's Legislative Updates will keep everyone up to date on what is happening and what they can do specifically to stop any anti-OHV law. This year's bill will be aimed squarely at the motorcyclists and ATV riders. If they are successful in choking off ATV and motorcycle use, you can that bet 4WD's and snowmobiles will be the next target. Mountain bikers should be looking over their shoulders because they will be in the sights next. Why wouldn't the Senators add a 10 mph speed limit and licenses for them, too?
So, again, please forward this email to all of your riding partners, family, and friends. Then follow up with them to make sure that they have signed up for NMOHVA's Free Email Updates.
Together, we can keep New Mexico the place we love to live and love to ride.
- They Are At It Again! Congress Trying to Ram Through a 2010 Omnibus Lands Bill that AFFECTS NEW MEXICO OHV Access