Riding responsibly is the best way to protect your access to riding areas in Oregon. Many other users enjoy the same areas as well. Here are a few tips to ensure OHV’s continue to have access:
Riders should never operate their off-road vehicle on private lands unless they have permission from the land owner or the land is posted open for ATV use. Oftentimes, private property or private timberlands are located adjacent or within OHV riding areas. Impacts from OHV use cannot be effectively managed and maintained on private lands, and reflect negatively on the perception of OHV users and the sport in general.
Know where you’re permitted to ride and where you’re not.
Restricted areas should never be entered with a motorized vehicle. These areas are restricted for many reasons, such as protecting wildlife, controlling erosion, aiding reforestation efforts, and protecting fragile vegetation or soil. Riding in these areas can cause permanent harm to the vegetation, damage or destruction to nesting areas for birds, and even create fire hazards. Entering a restricted area has strong penalties including fines and vehicle impoundment.
Respect seasonal closures. They are needed to minimize damage to the trails and allow time for animals to reproduce undisturbed.
Avoid wet areas and waterways. They are a vital resource for many plants and animals.
If you must cross water, ride carefully and only at designated spots.
Cutting switchbacks and taking shortcuts damages trails and causes erosion.
Share the trails and make friends with other trail users. Respect their rights to the trail too.
View animals from a distance. When they flee, they use valuable energy reserves.
Know and respect the sound limits where you ride.
Keep your RPMs and speed down and steady when you are around non-riders.
Always use a spark arrester. It doesn’t sacrifice power, but can save the forest from fires.
Maintain your exhaust system. Remember, noise doesn’t equal horsepower. Too little exhaust back-pressure can actually cause less power and engine damage.
If you “pack it in, pack it out.” Trash is an eyesore and it attracts scavengers that endanger other wildlife. Even biodegradable materials such as food scraps take time to break down.