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Fighting for our Off Road Privileges
« on: July 31, 2008, 03:27:50 PM »
The Fight is On Folks

The following is an article from the front page of today's paper.

PHOENIX (AP) - Off-roading could become a thing of the past on state trust land that surrounds the Phoenix area.
Because of dust, poor air quality and the potential loss of billions of dollars in federal road building funds, the state is considering restricting or closing a large portion of trust land to motorized vehicles.
If it's approved, the Land Department's actions could effectively ban or limit dirt bikes, quads, Jeeps and ATVs from a wide array of popular trails in Maricopa County and parts of Pinal County.

Some of the areas affected by a possible ban include trails near Lake Pleasant and the White Tank Mountains, as well as Granite Mountain in Scottsdale, the Hassayampa River near Wickenburg and Desert Wells near Apache Junction.

Off-roaders think there are other motives for banning their motorized activities.

"Some of the agencies, you have to wonder if their motive is to eliminate OHVs (off-highway vehicles) and maybe not dust control," said Mike Fissel, whose group, Jeep Expeditions, frequently takes dayslong sightseeing trips into the desert.

"People like myself, the only reason we get outdoors is that we do have the ability to hop in our Jeeps and enjoy what the state, nature and God has given us," Fissel said.

"Without it, we are basically stuck on the freeways."

Off-roading has enjoyed tremendous popularity in Arizona.

According to some estimates, there are as many as 400,000 to 500,000 all-terrain vehicles in the state, and the number of those participating has grown as much as 347 percent in the past decade.

Trying to control dust while allowing off-roaders their fun has proven to be a challenge.

"We recognize that if all our lands were closed, that might be a problem," Deputy Land Commissioner Jamie Hogue said. "We have not come up with a final resolution."

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Information from: The Arizona Republic, www.azcentral.com

It looks to me as if we need to get organized and make our voices heard before there are no more trails open for four wheeling.

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New Off Road Fees
« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2008, 03:29:51 PM »
Less Road and More Fees

State Land Department News & Information
As of July 22, 2008
 
Jamie L. Hogue
Deputy State Land Commissioner
Arizona State Land Department
(602)542-4621
   
Fiscal Year 2009 Fee Increases
(Phoenix, July 22, 2008) -- Balancing the State’s fiscal year 2009 budget was very difficult due to a shortfall of about two billion dollars. The Land Department was not exempt from budget cuts and our budget was reduced by $3,155,500, or about 14%. As part of the Land Department’s budget reduction, the Land Commissioner was instructed to offset $600,000 in reductions with increased fees (Laws 2008, Chapter 291, Section 12). The Department primarily charges application fees for use of State Trust land. These fees have not been adjusted since 1990 and were in need of adjustment. Prior to the passage of the fiscal year 2009 budget, the Department analyzed the fees and the Department’s cost for processing applications, which enabled the Department to quickly enact this new legislation.
The following table lists the new application fees effective August 1, 2008. The new fees will remain effective until June 30, 2009, unless extended by the Legislature. The Department will accept applications with the pre-August 1, 2008 fees if it is postmarked prior to August 1, 2008. Additionally, the Department will accept any fees due after August 1, 2008, that were billed using the old rates.

    
Recreational Annual Use – Individual   $50
Recreational Permits (Group) Less 5 days   $50
Recreational Annual Use – Family   $75

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