• SEMA REPORTS GOOD AND
bad news about land use. Among the good news is that legislation has been introduced in both the Minnesota House and Senate to help create and protect well-managed ORV trails. The legislation would direct the commissioner of natural resources to establish a master ORV plan that identifies ways to develop a comprehensive trail system to serve regional and tourist destinations, and to better foster economic benefits for local communities. The bills have been assigned to House and Senate committees for consideration.
• MORE GOOD: LEGISLATION
allowing three or more contiguous counties to form regional recreation authorities to establish new recreational trail systems was approved by the West Virginia Senate and sent to the House. The regional recreation authorities would be required to work with private landowners, county officials, community leaders, government agencies, recreational user groups, and recreational entrepreneurs to create programs to manage the trail systems. The bill has been assigned to the House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources.
• NOT GOOD: THE AMOUNT OF
off-road riding areas at Oceano Dunes will be reduced under a settlement agreement reached between the California State Parks Department and the San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District. The agreement is intended to decrease fine particulate matter (PM10) emissions by about 30 percent by 2023. Under the agreement, about 100 acres of riding area would be immediately fenced off, including some within the popular La Grande Tract. State Parks will seek to achieve additional 5 percent PM10 reductions each year for the next four years. The program includes reintroduction of native vegetation within fenced-off areas, deployment of wind fences, and installment of grooved concrete to help remove sand from vehicles as they exit the park.