Contact: Marilyn Krause (406) 533-7617
Date: April 13, 2007
Problems Surface at Clancy OHV Area
Off-highway vehicle riders, especially motorcycle riders, riding in the Bureau of Land Management’s OHV area northwest of Clancy, are sparking complaints from adjacent landowners and creating resource damage. Problems include riders trespassing on posted private property, creating unauthorized trails, re-opening closed trails on both public and private property, and in some cases, accessing the trail system from private property. Legal access to the trail system is through the Ohio Gulch Trailhead and Jackson Creek Trail only.
Riders are reminded that motorized travel on public lands is a privilege, not a right. To help protect this privilege, riders need to be respectful of private and public property while enjoying the designated quadricycle (ATV) and motorcycle trails. “We believe some problems are associated with after school riding, and we encourage parents to talk to their children, and ensure they are aware of and staying on the designated trail system,” commented Pat Zurcher, BLM recreation planner.
“Capital Trail Vehicle Association (CTVA) supports BLM’s efforts to educate riders in the Clancy OHV area,” stated Don Gordon, a spokesperson for the organization. “Riding only on designated routes will protect and keep the trail system open to all users.”
To help maintain riding privileges, BLM is soliciting ATV riders willing to ride in the area and serve as a volunteer patrol especially on afternoons and weekends to share information with recreationists using the area. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Pat Zurcher at the BLM – Butte Field Office, 533-7638.
The Clancy OHV trail system is part of a larger plan approved in 2000, and provides a system of designated roads and trails to ensure a wide variety of motorized and non-motorized recreation opportunities while protecting important resource issues. Trail development began in 2005.
To date, BLM has invested $50,000 in the trail system with more expenditures expected in the future. There are currently about 10 miles of designated trail that traverse approximately 1,000 acres of BLM land. An additional two miles of trail are planned for the future, as well as improvements to the trail head.
Although primarily developed for motorcycles and ATVs, the trails receive use by mountain bikers, horseback riders, and hikers as well. All motorized travel is restricted to the designated trail system (no off road/trail travel allowed).
To access the area, use the Clancy exit from I-15 south of Helena, and drive west for approximately 3 miles to the Sheep Mountain road intersection (located on north side of road), and follow the signs for 3 more miles to the Ohio Gulch Trailhead.