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Minimizing Your Impact on Wildlife

To minimize the impact your ATV, ORM, or side-by-side may have on wildlife:

  • Stay on designated routes.
  • Avoid meadows, lakeshores, wetlands, riparian areas, gullies, washouts, and streams.
  • Use designated stream crossings to avoid harming fish.
  • 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.

Preventing Wildfires

To prevent wildfires, follow these guidelines.

  • Understand the travel restrictions, rules, fire regulations, and seasonal trail closures 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 ATV, ORM, or side-by-side 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 ATV, ORM, or side-by-side.

Operating Around Campgrounds

When entering or leaving a campground, push your ATV, ORM, or side-by-side or ride slowly and directly to and from your campsite.

  • Operate your ATV, ORM, or side-by-side at lower RPMs.
  • Follow minimal impact camping practices in the backcountry.

Respecting Artifacts

It is illegal in Oregon to damage or collect artifacts at historical, archeological, or paleontological sites.

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