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