Nevada Northeastern Great Basin Resource Advisory Council (RAC), the
Sierra Front Northwestern Great Basin RAC, and the Mojave-Southern Great
Basin RAC, as chartered by the Department of the Interior, have developed
Guidelines for the administration of Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) use on
public lands within the State of
Encourage OHV use on existing
or designated roads and trails, except in closed areas, prior to land use
plans being updated and road and trail inventories completed.
Locate and manage OHV use to
conserve soil functionality, vegetative cover, and watershed health.
Manage OHV use to minimize the impact on the land, while
maintaining OHV access.
Manage OHV use by type,
season, intensity, distribution, and/or duration to minimize the impact on
plant and animal habitats. If
seasonal closures become appropriate to minimize adverse OHV impact(s) on
public lands resources, managers will strive to preserve public access by
designating alternative routes.
Manage OHV activities to
conserve watershed and water quality.
Monitor the impact(s) of OHV
activities on all public land, water, air and other resources and uses.
Maintain an inventory of
existing road and trail systems.
Manage OHV use to preserve
cultural, historical, archeological, and paleontological resources.
Engineer, locate, and
relocate roads and trails to accommodate OHV activities while minimizing
Encourage cooperation in law
enforcement among all agencies.
OHV use pursuant to a
permitted activity shall be governed by the terms of the permit.
In land use plans or plan
amendments, designate areas as open, limited, or closed to OHV use.
Address OHV management
including land use and/or route designations, monitoring and adaptive
management strategies, such as applying the Limits of Acceptable Change
process, when developing new land use plans or amending existing land use
plans. Work closely with
local, state, tribal, and other affected parties and other resource users
in OHV planning.
Establish and maintain an
inventory of existing routes and trails as part of the land use planning
Provide for other resources
and uses in OHV planning. This
includes livestock grazing, other recreational uses, archeological sites,
wildlife, horses and burros, and mineral extractions and coordinate with
other users of public lands.
Conduct an assessment of
current and future OHV demand, and plan for and balance the demand for
this use with other multiple uses/users when developing all land use
Include in land use plans,
social/economic effects of OHV use, including special recreation events.
Integrate concepts of habitat
connectivity into OHV planning to minimize habitat fragmentation.
local site-specific OHV issues/concerns, use collaborative planning groups
consisting of local representative(s), affected/interested group(s) and
Clearly identify route and
Where land health permits,
develop sustainable OHV use areas to meet current and future demands,
especially for urban interface.
public outreach programs to promote trail etiquette, environmental ethics,
and responsible-use stewardship ethic.
materials from programs such as, but not limited to, “Tread Lightly!”
and “Leave No Trace.”
Provide OHV management
education and training for managers, staff, partners and volunteers.
Training should focus on state of the art practices and be tailored
to meet local needs. Encourage
communication between agencies, managers, staff, partners and volunteers
to share expertise and effective techniques.
Encourage the private sector,
as well as the public sector, to conduct responsible marketing of
activities on public lands while avoiding the promotion of products,
behaviors and services that are inconsistent with existing regulations and
land use plans.
Develop communication and
environmental education plan(s). Assess
all situations where OHV use may require public information and education.
Develop materials and programs appropriate to each situation.
· Utilize high use areas and special events to maximize the dissemination of responsible use education materials and concepts to the public.