Protecting the Environment
Minimizing Your Impact on Wildlife: To minimize the impact your OHV may have on wildlife:
- Stay on designated routes.
- Be especially sensitive to animals rearing young or suffering from food shortages.
- Keep your engine quiet to help prevent having a frightened animal jump into your path.
- Use designated stream crossings to avoid harming fish.
Preventing Wildfires: To prevent wildfires, follow these guidelines.
- Understand the travel restrictions, rules, and regulations for the area where you are operating.
- Travel only on approved roads and trails.
- Make sure the vehicle's undercarriage and engine compartment are clear of debris.
- Make sure the catalytic converter and spark arrestor are in good working condition.
- Never park an OHV on dry grass or vegetation. Heat from the metal parts can start a fire.
Crossing Streams: If there is no bridge, take extra precautions when crossing a stream to avoid damaging fragile environments.
- Travel directly across from your point on the trail to the trail on the opposite bank.
- Avoid spinning your tires or losing control of your OHV.
Operating Around Campgrounds: When entering or leaving a campground, push your OHV or ride slowly and directly to and from your campsite.
- Operate your OHV at lower RPMs.
- Follow minimal impact camping practices in the backcountry.