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ATV riders' abuse closes 11,000 acres

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June 13, 2005

Mount Hood National Forest officials closed 11,000 acres on the northeast side of Mount Hood to all-terrain vehicle riding and is warning the public of fines of up to $10,000.

The crackdown comes after all-terrain riders have defied forest-service officials and continued to build and maintain trails in areas where off-road motor vehicles are prohibited.

Construction and maintenance of trails on national forest is allowed by authorized permit or agreement only.

The closure is in the area of Gibson Prairie, where horseback riders recently developed Gibson Prairie Horse Camp.

Motorized-vehicle use is restricted to designated National Forest System roads and to Forest Trail No. 451 only. Access to dispersed camping sites with wheeled motorized vehicles is allowed within 50 feet of those designated routes.

"All-terrain vehicle and motorcycle enthusiasts have illegally constructed more than 20 miles of trail in the area," said Daina Bambe, ranger for the Hood River district.

Many of the trails that user groups have constructed and developed through repeated use are in sensitive areas, she said, and are adversely affecting wildlife, fisheries and soil.

The area is about 17 miles south of Hood River and from Interstate 84.

Kevin Slagle, recreation trails manager for the Hood River district, said that someone riding or doing construction on the closed trails can be fined $5,000, and that the fine could be as high as $10,000 for a club or organization.

"The reason we're closing the area is that there's been deliberate development of a trail system in areas that are affecting water quality and fisheries resources, and when it's uncontrolled like it has been, the environmental impacts are too much for us to bear," Bambe said.

The closure will not affect winter snowmobile use in the area.
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I back up to about 15-20 acres of woods that used to have some great bike/walking trails. In the past year a group of kids in the neighborhood have absolutely destroyed them from riding in the mud, laying down trees to jump over etc, they are rutted up so bad you can't even ride a bike down the trail anymore. On top of that the throw parties back there and leave beer cans and trash everywhere, very sad I'm almost glad they are slowly starting to develope the land just so I don't have to listen to them into the night and watch them fly up and down our street.

DISCLAIMER: I apologize for using the work "they" so much, I am not intended to group atv riders as a whole, just this small group of individuals.
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I have an area like that near where i am, that is slowly getting distroyed by a bunch of yahoo's too. It used to be really nice, with nice trails that you could ride for days on without seeing another soul. Now it's so overcrowded that you really have to pay attention when you ripping through the tight stuff.

Plus, there have now been a bunch of stolen cars and trucks that are being brought down there and torched after the joy ride is done . The big downside to that is that the police are now patroling the area on a regular basis, so much so that we can't even bring a few brews down anymore.

All the locals aren't too thrilled about it either, and i don't blame them. It' used to be a few guys on atv's and dirtbikes, now it's everybody and their brother, even the jeep and 4x4 truck have been in there widening trails. The've made some of the trails so bad that you can't even get through them with an atv anymore unless you have a winch.

Just pisses me off to no end. If me and my buddies ever catch the f**kers that are torching vehicles down there, they won't make it out of there in one peice. Guaranteed

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I dont have the attention span to read all this

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they need to quit the shiot with closing land, i live right at one of the biggest riding areas on the east coast up north, and they tried to close it down and then reopen it and make ppl pay to ride and only in certain areas, well us local ppl just say go F urself and we ride all over the place casue we did b4 they shut it down and we will continue to do it. not like there gonna catch me anyways.

PS-this shiot pisses me off
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i really feel like i need a beer.
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I back up to about 15-20 acres of woods that used to have some great bike/walking trails. In the past year a group of kids in the neighborhood have absolutely destroyed them from riding in the mud, laying down trees to jump over etc, they are rutted up so bad you can't even ride a bike down the trail anymore. On top of that the throw parties back there and leave beer cans and trash everywhere, very sad I'm almost glad they are slowly starting to develope the land just so I don't have to listen to them into the night and watch them fly up and down our street.

DISCLAIMER: I apologize for using the work "they" so much, I am not intended to group atv riders as a whole, just this small group of individuals.
Fat, there was pretty much the same deal going on in this area behind a huge ass trailer park in my town. Cops showed up one day with 4 wheelers of their own and about 4-5 U-haul trucks, corralled a whole bunch of people out there riding, and impounded every single one of their vehicles. My friend lives in there, and he says he hasn't heard anyone out there since. It had been a place to ride for years, but poeple started taking advantage of it and going crazy out there, making new trails, and doing the same things that fatburg mentions. My buddy is pissed because he has ridden out there for years with no problems, and now can't anymore.

He also says he doesn't think any of them have gotten their rides back yet either. Quads, dirt bikes, even a couple sandrails I guess.

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I back up to about 15-20 acres of woods that used to have some great bike/walking trails. In the past year a group of kids in the neighborhood have absolutely destroyed them from riding in the mud, laying down trees to jump over etc, they are rutted up so bad you can't even ride a bike down the trail anymore. On top of that the throw parties back there and leave beer cans and trash everywhere, very sad I'm almost glad they are slowly starting to develope the land just so I don't have to listen to them into the night and watch them fly up and down our street.

DISCLAIMER: I apologize for using the work "they" so much, I am not intended to group atv riders as a whole, just this small group of individuals.

It's disturbing that people don't respect their environment. There are like only two places on Lon Islan, New Yor that you can ride but they also let you ride on most beaches as long as it is not like "the season". There are many wooded areas that kids have made into like BMX bike tracks, but they get trashed for having parties in them also. It's sad, they need to make something that kids can go to to like have a good time. At least if it was like a sanctioned area, then they wouldn't have to worry about tearin' anything else up.
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Fat, there was pretty much the same deal going on in this area behind a huge ass trailer park in my town. Cops showed up one day with 4 wheelers of their own and about 4-5 U-haul trucks, corralled a whole bunch of people out there riding, and impounded every single one of their vehicles. My friend lives in there, and he says he hasn't heard anyone out there since. It had been a place to ride for years, but poeple started taking advantage of it and going crazy out there, making new trails, and doing the same things that fatburg mentions. My buddy is pissed because he has ridden out there for years with no problems, and now can't anymore.

He also says he doesn't think any of them have gotten their rides back yet either. Quads, dirt bikes, even a couple sandrails I guess.

Ah, the days I remember living in Georgia when at Fort Benning, that's all I saw! Wait, and also Alabama, they have nothing but trailer parks from what I've seen, except in like the three major cities.

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