Two industry groups are working through legal channels to keep ATV access open for riders in two national parks.
The Motorcycle Industry Council and the Specialty Vehicle Institute of America have acted to preserve ATV use in the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park in Alaska, the largest national park in the United States.
A lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Anchorage, Alaska by the National Parks Conservation Association, the Alaska Center for the Environment and the Wilderness Society earlier this year against the National Park Service seeks to ban recreational use of ATVs in the park.
On Nov. 10, the MIC and SVIA filed a motion to intervene on the side of the National Park Service to defend existing ATV use. MIC and SVIA joined the Alaska Outdoor Council and the BlueRibbon Coalition as co-interveners.
The MIC and SVIA are involved in another national park access issue in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.