Coalition for Recreation Trails "Tom Petri" award
NOHVCC's Great Trails book awarded the Coalition for Recreational Trails "Tom Petri" award for outstanding Education and Communication project.
More information about the award and the Coalition for Recreational Trails (CRT) can be found here.
Best Off-road Advocacy Initiative
Given that the threats to our sport are greater than ever before, the efforts of pro-OHV groups are producing more creative initiatives, stronger engagement tactics and better results than previously seen. The off-road community as a whole is doing a great job of banding together, with numerous local, state, and national groups working hard to preserve the future of two-wheeled recreation. We’ve seen a lot of great projects, but one that sticks out in our heads as deserving a mention is the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservations Council’s new guidebook Great Trails: Providing Quality OHV Trails and Experiences. Developed by NOHVCC using a core team of expert consultants, the book has been written to provide guidance on every phase of creating new trails, from the planning and design of a trail you want to ride to the physical building of water bars, bridges, and trailheads to keeping the trail systems well maintained. The book has a massive amount of information and is most definitely going to become a staple for all off-road motorcycle riders who want to properly and effectively help expand the sport while also working to preserve what we have. Each book costs $30, but you can find all of the content up on the NOHVCC website as well. Kudos to the NOHVCC team on a job well done; the sport is better off with your having done this!
A resource guide for the design, planning, construction, maintenance, and management of quality off-highway vehicle trail systems which are sustainable and fun to ride.
In association with the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC)
Graphics and Illustrations by Pass Designs
Book design and layout by Karen Kilker Designs
Website design and graphics by W Creative
Website layout and development by TnK Enterprises
© 2015 NOHVCC all rights reserved
Reproduction prohibited without permission of NOHVCC.
This book is dedicated to those people who strive to provide, promote, and protect off-highway vehicle recreation opportunities. Thank you for what you do for the OHV community.
Great trails don’t just happen. They are created, managed, and maintained through vision, passion, and sound engineering.
I would like to thank my wife and partner of 40 years, Joani, for her untiring support, guidance, and commitment. She shares the passion of trying to make a difference for the OHV community and has been at my side ready to do whatever had to be done as we put 1,500 miles of OHV trails on the ground. Few women would have endured the heat, cold, rain, snow, mud, dust, bugs, snakes, bears, and miles of hiking on a daily basis. As we sit down every day for lunch in the field, we are blessed to have each other and to have shared our experiences. Her constant smile and active participation has made it all fun.Joani Dufourd
A note from NOHVCC: This book was written by Dick Dufourd with contributions from those listed above. But the tools, processes, practices, etc. included in the book are the result of the cumulative efforts of an untold number of unnamed people. These people are land managers, enthusiasts, industry representatives, and other stakeholders who have worked towards furthering the vision of NOHVCC, creating a positive future for OHV recreation. We wish to thank and acknowledge all of those pioneers who laid the ground work on which this guide was built. And we salute the people who are currently working to improve OHV recreation and those who will do so in the future.
The photographs used in this book are just that; photographs. They are used as an example to clarify text. Unless otherwise noted, the photos do not represent a particular site nor are they intended to reflect on the management, operation, or maintenance of any site. The photos are taken out of context and merely show conditions that can be anywhere and are everywhere.
Any brand names used or depicted do not represent an endorsement of the manufacturer.
|Amateur Riders Motorcycle Association (AMA District 23)||American Motorcyclist Association|
|Arizona State Parks||Bureau of Land Management (BLM)|
|Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council||Federal Highway Administration|
|Golden Eagles Motorcycle Club||Idaho State Parks and Recreation|
|International Off-Highway Vehicle Administrators Association||Kawasaki Corporation|
|Maine Department of Conservation||Maryland State Highway Administration|
|Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation||Michigan Department of Natural Resources|
|Minnesota Department of Natural Resources||Montana State Parks|
|Montana Trail Vehicle Riders Association||Motorcycle Industry Council|
|New Mexico Game and Fish||Ohio Motorized Trail Association|
|Oregon Motorcycle Riders Association||Polaris Foundation|
|Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association||Right Rider Access Fund|
|Specialty Vehicle Institute of America||Texas Parks and Wildlife|
|United Four Wheel Drive Associations||US Forest Service|
|Utah State Parks||Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative|
This guide was produced, in part, with financial support from the Recreational Trails Program of the Federal Highway Administration US Department of Transportation. It would not have happened without the leadership and support of the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC).
In our fast-paced hectic society, it has never been more important to recreate; to immerse ourselves in an activity other than work with our family and friends and plunge ourselves into a different realm. Indeed, recreation is really re-creation: the act of rejuvenating our minds and bodies. Most people who recreate in the great outdoors utilize trails to enhance their experience, and they especially enjoy a great trail. A great off-highway vehicle (OHV) trail offers an outstanding recreation experience, but it can trigger something deeper than that; an emotion, an inspiration; the WOW, that invigorating, re-creating feeling. What made that trail so great and what created that feeling? A multitude of physical, subliminal, and emotional elements triggered that WOW feeling. How can it be re-created?
Now, let’s start down that trail to success. . . .
There are many terms and acronyms used in this book. This glossary defines an number of them. If you find a term that you need a definition to and it is not listed in this glossary, please drop us a note at email@example.com and we will be glad to respond with a definition for you.
There are a number of publications referenced throughout the Great Trails book. These pulications can and often do expand on a topic covered in this book that may be helpful to you.
A great trail lies lightly on the ground and flows and harmonizes with the landscape.
It is the path that takes us into the natural world and the pathway that links that world to our inner selves.