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National Forest Service to Tighten Where ATVs Can Be Ridden

There are 17 comments on the 5News KFSM story from Feb 21, 2010, titled National Forest Service to Tighten Where ATVs Can Be Ridden. In it, 5News KFSM reports that:

The National Forest Service is tightening its rules for riders of All-Terrain Vehicles, or ATVs.

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Ozark, AR

#1 Feb 21, 2010
I think this is B.S. Its supposed to be public land, but we the public can't use it! Out of all the millions of acres, we can't even have a few measly miles to ride on! There's plenty of volunteers to help maintain these trails if repairs are needed.
big daddy g

Fayetteville, AR

#2 Feb 21, 2010
hooray maybe we wont have to listen to that bs it should be outlawed all together

Fort Smith, AR

#3 Feb 21, 2010
My advise to Mr. Nichols would be to open up a quick-pick in the national forest(wherever you are wanting to ride atv's) The legislation seems to always be in the favor of lottery tickets and alcohol. So there you go, problem solved
big daddy g

Fayetteville, AR

#4 Feb 22, 2010
stevo where have you been DA the great people of the great state of arkansas voted in the lottery all the smart ones, that is, and that has absolutely nothing to do with loud nasty smelling bikes roaring up and down through the woods.
Rhino Guy

Springdale, AR

#5 Feb 22, 2010
Big Daddy G I bet you drive a prius. There is more harm to be done then there is good if they enforce these new laws. I have been riding in this area for over 10 years and have seen them slowly take away are land that we ride and hunt on and for what reason? Just think about the amount of money that would be lost in the surrounding areas not only in groceries and gas but as well as lodging. There are people from out of state that come here to ride are trails and experience the beautiful Ozarks and river valley. Those people don't always camp out. Way to go Arkansas. The economy cannot survive solely on the RAZORBACK'S and Naturals. What about them? Why don't they do something about all the traffic and noise they create?

Fort Smith, AR

#6 Feb 22, 2010
More of our rites being taken away? isn't the National Forest Ours? i strongly suggest everyone write their congressman. I have tried to get the manufactures (Honda, Polaris) to back the rite to ride but have not had any suscess.

Fort Smith, AR

#7 Feb 22, 2010
Maybe if everyone got together and refused to buy a hunting and fishing license for one year to put a strain on the officials. Could you only imagine the amount of money that would be lost for Arkansas Game and Fish along with National Forest Service. It is our dollars that pay for their services.
big daddy g

Fayetteville, AR

#9 Feb 22, 2010
david , if everyone would quit purchasing license then they could set home and get fatter, what would really help is nature trails . and while you are boycotting license why wont people quit buying anything manufactured outside of the united states and then we could solve all the economic problems of america while we are at it . why dont we charge a 500 per cent fee on any company that moves jobs out of america and tries to sell their products back to the same people they screwed over, no more free trade

Monticello, AR

#10 Feb 22, 2010
Hsd anyone been where they are lobbing? But the
Forest Service is making money off that
Rhino Guy

Springdale, AR

#11 Feb 22, 2010
Well BIG DADDY G, I was not referring to them just taking away our ability to ride in the forest as much as I was them taking our ability to WALK AND HUNT in these so called national forest's.
Cris T

Chicago, IL

#12 Feb 22, 2010
I agree - ban them all together on all public lands. many public places have restrictions - I only wish they would first enforce the rules they have 100% before they make new ones - GET OFF AND WALK or buy your own land and ride the fire out of your atv/ohv's all day and night. Keep the forest quiet and clean.

Fayetteville, AR

#13 Feb 22, 2010
ATV drivers are tearing up the environment and need to be regulated. Some drivers are respectful and use common sense but many have no idea of the havoc they are causing not only on public lands but private as well. Many seem to have no qualms with taking out farm fences, chasing cattle and stealing gas off farm equipment.

Ava, MO

#15 Feb 22, 2010
They should ban ATVs altogether in Parks period!

Clarksville, AR

#16 Feb 22, 2010
What are you guys worried about,if it wasnt for the game and fish there wouldnt be any tickets wrote anyway.Its a matter of timing.dont go in large groups and call attention to yourselves.stay out of high profile areas and you will never see the forest service,people never stopped riding in the forest two or three will never be noticed.Wait till hunting season all the FS people will be out of state hunting.During duck season all Game and Fish will be checking duck hunters.Their are two Game And Fish and a couple of F>S> LEO per county.its not very hard to aviod them ,If you park your truck on the gravel road with 4Wheller ramps sticking out the back they will probably wait on you to come back [DUH]
avid trail user

Fayetteville, AR

#17 Feb 22, 2010
why is it that people think just because its public land they can do whatever they want? the national forest service needs to regulate everything that goes on there from hunting to hiking. with out these regulations our public lands would be destroyed. as far as i know there is only a handful of spots that are open to atv. so it seems to me that most of the atv use is already illegal. why are most of the atv users so unwilling to work with land managers to obtain legal access, like steve. with that said there is a atv multi-use trail being built it berryville that is being paid for by a grant. there will be 8-10 miles of atv multi-use(double track) and 3-4 miles of limited-use hiking,biking, and equestrian(single track). the multi-use will be a mix of fairly level to steep side slope contoured bench cut. lot of epic veiws and 10 minutes from king river. so i hope that atv users become more organized and gain more legal trail accsess. and remember tread lightly and ride with respect.
Smokey Bare

United States

#18 Feb 23, 2010
So let's be fair:

Logging Arkansas's national forests? A-okay.
Gas drilling Arkansas's national forests? Yes indeed.
Burning thousands of acres of Arkansas's forests to supplement local USFS budgetary needs? Most certainly.
Recreation on public land? Restricted.

Here’s to hiking in Arkansas’s bulldozed, logged-out, smoldering national forests.

Fort Smith, AR

#19 Mar 4, 2010
I think this rules is soo stupid. How is that things that the American People love to do is always being taken away from them. It seems to me that the people who thought this up has nothing better to do besides sit around and take the enjoyment away from the people. To some people this is a way to relax and enjoy what our State has to offer and to loose that and not be able to see it is very depressing. Atv's are enjoyment a way to get away from the life you lead all week and something for family and friends to do with the children and a way for them to get knowledge of respect for the forest and wildlife not to destroy or to tear it up but to make it a beautiful place to be. What harm are we doing not a thing. My family and I go riding all year long and it seems to me that what you don't understand is this is the only fun that we have and you want to take it away from all of us for what reason. It beats our children from being on the streets doing drugs and drinking. Think about it this is a sport for all who loves it and you are trying to control it and we have no say so, I think that it wrong of you and all that is involved. You can't stop the people for there is to many of us who have atv's. Why would you do this. It is trouble in the making my opinion. What is it with the people who have to much time to sit around and think of how bad we destroy something that is so beautiful but it all reality look at what is really happening to the forest. Soon there want be one if you keep destroying it with your big land movers and other. Why did you take a job that you can't seem to solve the problem instead of taking it all away. Please let us still ride.

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