ROVs and Land Access

Travel responsibly on designated roads and trails or in permitted areas.

Respect the rights of others including private property owners and all recreational trail users, campers and others to allow them to enjoy their recreational activities undisturbed.

Educate yourself prior to your trip by obtaining travel maps and regulations from public agencies, planning for your trip, taking recreation skills classes, and knowing how to use and operate your equipment safely.

Avoid sensitive areas such as meadows, lakeshores, wetlands and streams, unless on designated routes. This protects wildlife habitat and sensitive soils from damage.

Do your part by leaving the area better than you found it, properly disposing of waste, minimizing the use of fire, avoiding the spread of invasive species, restoring degraded areas, and joining a local enthusiast organization.

Position on Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle (ROV) Use on Public Lands

As recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs) become increasingly popular, land managers are considering how to manage their access to public lands for recreational purposes. At both the federal and provincial levels, ROVs are in some cases regarded no differently than ATVs, while in other cases, a particular forest or trail system is moving toward allowing the vehicles only on mixed-use roads. In other cases, public lands officials have yet to attempt to manage the vehicles.

COHV and its member companies support managed trail systems that provide for opportunities for a mix of motorized uses. In some instances managers may choose to designate ATV or off-highway motorcycle only trails as part of the system. COHV supports trails designated for certain classes of vehicle provided that, where appropriate, opportunities are offered for ROV drivers.

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