New Strategic Plan for Colorado OHV Program
The strategic plan for the Colorado Off-Highway Vehicle Program was developed with representatives from the Colorado OHV Coalition, State Trails Committee, USFS, and BLM.
From Colorado State Parks
GOAL 1 -- Maximize quality OHV recreation opportunities in Colorado.
-- Initiate motorized recreation routes database for public lands throughout the state.
-- Retain current miles of motorized recreation routes throughout the state. No net loss without full review/input/analysis by all stakeholders.
-- Market OHV recreation opportunities.
-- Promote consistency within and among agencies in OHV program development and implementation.
-- Support improvements and quality management of OHV recreation opportunities on public lands.
-- Include opportunities and information for motorized recreationists of all skills, abilities, and disabilities.
GOAL 2 &endash; Promote safe & responsible OHV use.
-- Acquire and promote Tread Lightly! and Leave No Trace ethics brochure. All agency offices and 50% of OHV dealerships will have them.
-- Develop a teaching module on safety and ethics for hunter safety program.
-- Publish an article about responsible OHV use as it applies to hunting and fishing. Make it available to the Colorado Division of Wildlife.
-- Promote and support coordination among all agencies to mitigate hunter-ATV problem.
-- Identify and encourage participation in OHV training programs that promote safe and responsible use.
GOAL 3 -- Operate responsive, effective, accountable State OHV program.
-- Improve the financial accountability process for
-- Grants: (a) past grants must be auditable; (b) process for new grants must be clear
-- Contracts: process must be simplified
-- Reporting: financial reporting by the Program
-- Develop an outline of program financial expenditures and accomplishments on an annual basis.
-- Increase number of outlets where OHV registrations can be purchased throughout the state.
-- Develop OHV program manager's responsibility from this plan.
-- Strategic Planning Committee to meet twice a year to formulate annual work plan and monitor progress. Appropriate representation will be supplied by COHVCO, USFS, BLM, and the State Trails Committee.
-- Maximize opportunities for grants, assistance, and partnerships.
-- Monitor policy, regulations, and legislation affecting OHV recreation; convey information as appropriate.
GOAL 4 -- Improve OHV community participation in public land management decisions.
-- Establish a statewide list of key contacts for use by land managers.
-- Establish a statewide list of key agency contacts for use by motorized recreationists.
-- Maintain motorized representation on the BLM Resource Area Councils.
-- Actively participate in federal land management processes.
GOAL 5 -- Address natural resource concerns in a responsible and objective manner.
-- Encourage and promote participation in public land stewardship activities.
-- Cooperate with efforts to identify trail-related environmental concerns.
-- Issue press releases highlighting program accomplishments; e.g. program plans, registration increases, volunteer contributions, and the OHV grants program.
-- Develop a handout for information inquiries. Include common questions not found in the OHV brochure.
-- Provide updates of work being done in the program to members of strategic planning committee.
-- Simplify the OHV registration process and increase the number of registrations.
-- Provide insert explaining hunting registration policy and use of ATVs while hunting.
-- Provide information in registration renewal mailing.
-- Develop a sign with program information for OHV recreational route sites. Require its use at work sites on routes funded by the program.
-- Promote cooperative efforts among State Parks, BLM and USFS field staff to function as ambassadors toward the public.
GOAL 7 -- Identify and maximize "common ground" with others.
-- Promote communication among recreation groups:
-- Encourage motorized and non-motorized recreationists to meet and open a dialogue.
-- Encourage motorized and non-motorized recreationists to cooperate on trail projects and trail grant applications.
For information on the Off-Highway Vehicle Program, contact OHV Program Manager, Colorado State Parks, 1313 Sherman St., Room 618, Denver CO 80203.
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Updated March 15, 2007