February 3, 2002
Re "Forest Plan: Let It Be," editorial, Jan. 5: How does The Times have the arrogance to infer that off-road vehicles should be excluded from the "people's" forest? Off-road vehicles are the people. These groups are family-oriented and consist of policemen, firemen, business owners and most other professions. They are also taxpayers. Part of this forest plan should include designated and maintained ORV trails for vehicular access to the forest. The forest should be for everyone.
December 26, 2007 |
Off-road vehicles will be banned from part of the Sonoran Desert National Monument early next year because reckless riders have done extensive environmental damage, federal officials say. Kevin Harper of the Bureau of Land Management and other officials said riders had ignored postings, taken their vehicles off designated roads, carved new trails and mangled vegetation. In doing so, they have created ruts and other problems for the desert ecology, the officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 2002 |
Oroville city officials have announced that three sites around Lake Oroville may soon be closed because of damage by off-road vehicles. The areas are Native American burial grounds and sacred sites that were previously covered by water. With lake levels recently dropping, the newly exposed areas are being damaged. "We're seeing people four-wheeling on burial grounds," said Art Angle, tribal legacy coordinator. "The reverence of our sacred sites has not been protected."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 6, 2006 |
Nearly 50,000 acres of the Algodones Dunes will remain closed to off-road motorized recreation while federal agencies comply with a judge's order to rewrite plans for protecting two endangered species -- the desert tortoise and Pierson's milk vetch, a plant. U.S. District Judge Susan Illston has ordered the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and Fish and Wildlife Service to redo the plans, after her March ruling that earlier plans, which would have expanded off-road motoring, violated federal law.
April 1, 2009 |
Yamaha Motor Corp. USA suspended sales of its Rhino off-road vehicles Tuesday and launched a repair program after the Consumer Product Safety Commission determined that they had been involved in more than 50 accidents resulting in 46 deaths and hundreds of injuries. About 145,000 Rhinos have been sold since the two-seat "side-by-side" vehicle, which looks like a small dune buggy, was introduced in 2003.