Well, February is officially over and March is coming in like a Lion. It has been four weeks since ground hog’s day and two more weeks of his prediction for winter. I hope that in the weeks to come we can finally get out and start riding. I know I am ready to hit the trail and start enjoying the great Idaho outdoors.
There are a couple of bills making their way through the Idaho legislature this session. House Bill 509 is the bill to require non-residents to purchase the OHV Trail Sticker before they can ride on trails in Idaho. Non-residents will pay the same fee as an Idaho resident when purchasing the sticker. The bill will also require rental companies to purchase the OHV Trail Sticker at a fee twice the amount as a private owner. The monies generated will go into the Idaho Off-Highway Vehicle Fund and administered by the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation. It is not known at this time how much funding this program will add to the OHV Fund, but any amount of money is needed to help keep up with the demand for trail maintenance projects and equipment. This bill has left the committee with a due pass recommendation.
The second bill, House Bill 539 makes changes to the Trespass Laws. It more clearly defines terminology in the law and how private landowners posts private land bordering public lands. At the time of this writing, the bill went back to committee for revisions. It appears, this bill has support to pass once it leaves committee and goes to the legislators. Within the bill is Idaho Code 36-1603(b) which reads, “No person shall post, sign, or indicate that any public lands within this state, not held under an exclusive control, lease, are privately owned lands.”
These bills are working their way to the Governor and at the link, you can read the bills and track their progress: https://legislature.idaho.gov/sessioninfo/2018/legislation/
We are still on track to receive funds from the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation for trail work we do. We have some members attending saw training in March and I am working with the Sawtooth National Forest Service on potential projects. I am still in the beginning stages on putting together a Disabled Veterans Ride this summer. I am hoping for the ride to take place in late August or Early September.
Kent Oliver – President