Wayne National Forest Trail System opens for the season
April 15, 2014
The following is an industry press release...
NELSONVILLE, Ohio (April 15, 2014) –Today, the U.S. Forest Service’s Wayne National Forest in southeastern Ohio announces the opening of more than one-hundred miles of designated motorized trails, the largest trail system of its kind in Ohio.
To celebrate the occasion, the Wayne National Forest and the Pickerington, Ohio based American Motorcyclist Association (AMA)/All-Terrain Vehicle Association (ATVA) renewed a five-year agreement to promote safe and legal use of off-highway vehicles.
“Really the message is to act responsibly, to ride safe and ride responsibly with respect for the environment. Stay on the trail,” said Rob Dingman, President and CEO of AMA/ATVA.
The agreement was signed early this morning in the Dorr Run Off-highway Vehicle Trail Area north of Nelsonville, near Haydenville in Hocking County. Shortly after the signing, Dingman and other members of AMA/ATVA were among the first to ride the Wayne National Forest trails for the season.
Motorized trail riding continues to be one the most popular recreation activities on the Wayne National Forest. In 2013, The Forest sold more than 7,500 trail permits; a large majority of permits sold were to motorized trail riders. Based on 2013 trail permits sales, it is estimated that the Wayne’s motorized trail system receives 20,000 to 30,000 visits annually from motorized trail use.
In addition to motorized trails, the Wayne National Forest also opened 78 miles of horseback and 94 miles of mountain bike trails. Trail permits are required and are available online, or at several participating vendors. Over 92 miles of designated hiking trails are also available without a permit.
The Forest has also opened its developed recreation areas such as campgrounds and picnic areas.
For more information, visit our website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/wayne . Follow the Wayne National Forest on Twitter: @waynenationalfs .
The U.S. Forest Service is an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a mission of sustaining the health, diversity and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The Forest Service’s Eastern Region includes twenty states in the Midwest and East, stretching from Maine, to Maryland, to Missouri, to Minnesota. There are 17 national forests and one national tallgrass prairie in the Eastern Region. For more information, visit www.fs.usda.gov/R9.
The U.S. Forest Service manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world. Public lands the Forest Service manages contribute more than $13 billion to the economy each year through visitor spending alone. Those same lands provide 20 percent of the nation’s clean water supply, a value estimated at $7.2 billion per year. The agency has either a direct or indirect role in stewardship of about 80 percent of the 850 million forested acres within the U.S., of which 100 million acres are urban forests where most Americans live. For more information, visit www.fs.usda.gov/.
About the American Motorcyclist Association
Since 1924, the AMA has protected the future of motorcycling and promoted the motorcycle lifestyle. AMA members come from all walks of life, and they navigate many different routes on their journey to the same destination: freedom on two wheels. As the world's largest motorcycling rights organization, the AMA advocates for motorcyclists' interests in the halls of local, state and federal government, the committees of international governing organizations, and the court of public opinion. Through member clubs, promoters and partners, the AMA sanctions more motorsports competition and motorcycle recreational events than any other organization in the world. AMA members receive money-saving discounts from dozens of well-known suppliers of motorcycle services, gear and apparel, bike rental, transport, hotel stays and more. Through its support of the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum, the AMA preserves the heritage of motorcycling for future generations. For more information, please visit AmericanMotorcyclist.com