Tennessee OHV

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AMA PRESS RELEASE


G00030 Contact: Bill
Kresnak
Sept. 19, 2000
Phone: (614) 856-1900
For Immediate Release
Fax: (614) 856-1920

Tennessee Seeking Comments on Creating OHV Program

PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- Tennessee is considering creating an off-highway

vehicle (OHV) program and is accepting public comments and suggestions online,

the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) reports.

You can share your thoughts on the positive aspects of motorized recreation

by logging on at www.state.tn.us/environment/ohv/index.html.

According to Tennessee officials, a committee of government and public

representatives, including two members of the public who represent motorized

recreation, are studying the use, impact and availability of OHV recreation in

Tennessee.

The committee has a draft goal of creating "a sustainable, managed program

developed through public/private participation that provides quality OHV

opportunities while protecting resources."

Tennessee public land managers and environmental regulators have identified

OHV recreation as a key issue. They believe there is a need for better trail

design, maintenance and management.

Currently there is virtually no off-highway riding allowed in Tennessee. On

July 20, officials banned the off-road use of motorized vehicles in all state

forests under "emergency rules."

Under the rules, motorized vehicles are only allowed on specified roads.

State officials originally said a permanent rule-making process to control OHVs

would follow but they have provided no details since.

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The American Motorcyclist Association is a 270,000-member non-profit

organization. Established in 1924, the Association's purpose is to pursue,

protect and promote the interests of motorcyclists, while serving the needs of

its members. For more information, visit the AMA website at
www.AMADirectlink.com.

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Ken James
AMA Dist.25 Field Rep.
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