Recreation bill heads to president’s desk

A pro off-highway vehicle (OHV) recreation bill, H.R. 689, is on its way to President Obama’s desk. It was passed in the Senate as S. 1328 on May 7 and unanimously passed the U.S. House on July 13, according to the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA).

The bill would place the Chappie-Shasta OHV area in Northern California under the control of the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM), reducing the bureaucracy for OHV enthusiasts recreating on affected public land. ??The release stated the president is expected to sign the bill.??“Because the Chappie-Shasta OHV Area is currently under the dual supervision of the BLM and the U.S. Forest Service, OHV riders must go through a complicated process to legally ride on the land,” Ed Moreland, AMA senior vice president for government relations, stated in the press release. “Public land is just that: public. Responsible riders should not have to endure an onerous process to experience what is rightfully theirs to enjoy.”

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