Jeff MacE wrote:I don't know whether or not fewer visitors is necessarily a bad thing...
Not sure how they will enforce all of this too....The Arizona Game and Fish Department has a new Web page designed to inform off-highway vehicle (OHV) enthusiasts about new laws that will affect OHV use starting Jan. 1, 2009.Some of the provisions include:
The requirement to purchase an annual OHV decal for any OHV designed by the manufacturer primarily for off-highway use and weighing 1,800 pounds or less, in order to operate that OHV in Arizona. This generally includes all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), side-by-sides (utility vehicles), dirt bikes, and some sand rails. The OHV decal can be purchased through the Arizona Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) after Jan. 1. MVD should announce the cost of the decal soon.
Trucks, 4x4s, sport utility vehicles (SUVs), cars and other recreational vehicles (motor homes) are not required to purchase the OHV decal. You will need to purchase a State Land Recreational Use permit to have your truck/trailer on any state land, the decal only works for the OHVs described.
Travel is limited to roads, trails and areas that are designated open by the land management agency for motorized vehicle use.
Travel by motorized vehicles that causes damage to wildlife habitat, riparian areas, cultural or natural resources, or property or improvements is prohibited.
OHVs generating sound greater than 96 decibels must have a muffler or other noise dissipative device.
Anyone under the age of 18 will be required to wear a properly fitted and fastened USDOT approved helmet when riding any OHV.
The new laws were passed thanks in large part to a joint effort between Arizona sportsmen, conservation groups, OHV user groups, elected officials, and other members of the public.
The goal of the new regulations is to provide better OHV management and protection of natural resources while maintaining access.
Nineteen national parks, monuments and historic sites in Arizona will share in more than $20 million in stimulus funding, officials said Wednesday.
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar released details of more than $750 million in projects paid for with money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
By directing money to the parks, Salazar said, "we are creating a new legacy of stewardship for our national park system while helping our economy stand up again."
Grand Canyon National Park will receive more than half of the $20.4 million set aside for national park sites in Arizona. Among the projects funded by the $10.9 million for the Canyon are repair and upgrade work on the historic trans-Canyon trail, repair work on North Rim trails and structures damaged by wildfire, repair and preservation work on 130 miles of road and the purchase of five alternative-fuel transit buses.
A sampling of other sites receiving money:
• Canyon de Chelly National Monument in northwestern Arizona will get $2.9 million for work on roads, restrooms and trails.
• Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in southern Arizona will get $1 million for work on a visitor's center, campground and roads.
• Saguaro National Park, outside Tucson, will receive $1.5 million to restore landscape and habitat, install gates, repair trails and seal hazardous mine sites.
• Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site at Ganado on the Navajo Reservation will receive $86,000 to rehabilitate the historic picnic area and do farmland preservation work with the Navajo Youth Corps.
• Chiricahua National Monument in southeastern Arizona will get $838,000 for road and trail work and repair work at two historic structures.
• Canyon de Chelly National Monument in northwestern Arizona ....
chumley wrote:• Canyon de Chelly National Monument in northwestern Arizona ....
Perhaps some funding will also go to a geography class or some map-reading skills?
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