National off-road legislation likely to be delayed until at least 2009

A significant piece of public lands legislation that could impact future off-road riding availability is not expected be addressed in the upcoming Congressional session, according to a news release from a recreational access group.

The release, however, said the legislation, HR 5151, is expected to become an early key issue next year.

The bill would create more than a million acres of wilderness while authorizing dozens of studies for potential parks, protected rivers and historical, the news release said. More than 100 conservation/recreation organizations, including Americans for Responsible Recreational Access (ARRA), opposed passage of this measure, the press release stated.

“The next Congress can wrestle with these issues and ARRA will be ready to engage, once again,” Larry Smith, executive director of ARRA, said in the release.

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