The Bureau of Land Management kicks off October by celebrating the 50th anniversary of the California State Parks, Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division’s work to create high-quality outdoor recreation opportunities while preserving the extraordinary. biodiversity of the State and protecting its most valuable natural and cultural sites. Resources.
In participation with the division and the California Outdoor Recreation Foundation (CORF), the BLM encourages the public to support the “Know Before You Go” campaign and Safety Awareness Week which runs October 16-24 and the celebration of the Oct. 9 division at the Quail Canyon Motocross Trail adjacent to the Hungry Valley State Vehicle Recreation Area, 36000 Quail Canyon Road, Lebec. This year’s event will feature a keynote address by Director Armando Quintero of California State Parks.
There will also be free safety training courses for recreational all-terrain vehicles, all-terrain vehicles and off-road motorcycles during the off-road vehicle (OHV) safety awareness week from October 16 to 24. . For more information and to register for the free safety training courses, please visit the CORF website (places are limited).
The Division has donated over $ 530 million to support OHV recreation since 1971, awarding nearly $ 8 million to BLM-California’s OHV programs during the last grant cycle. Projects funded include ground operations, catering, education and safety, planning and law enforcement projects that benefit the 25,000 miles of OHV opportunities the BLM has to offer in the state. from California.
“California sees 5.2 million OHV recreationists visit public lands managed by BLM each year,” said Briana Halstead, travel management and OHV manager for BLM California. “Whether it is a novice or a seasoned ORV enthusiast, safety education is essential to the ORV experience and that is why the BLM fully supports the ‘Know Before You Go’ campaign. with key points to ensure safety, while recreating on public lands. “
Whether you are a new driver or an experienced driver, consider these off-road motor vehicle safety tips while enjoying your leisure time on public lands:
Learn the Rules of Driving: There are laws specific to driving off-road vehicles on public lands. Find out about them by visiting your outdoor destination webpage before you leave home and take training.
Scout Your Route: Each vehicle recreation area has a vast and diverse mix of geology for bikers exploring their motorcycle, ATV, buggy or 4×4; Learn about the different levels of trail and terrain experience to avoid emergencies.
Be ready : Know what supplies you need to have for a successful hike. Prepare with a first aid kit, extra food and water, maps, toolkit, and extra fuel.
Submit a conduct plan: Tell a responsible person at the camp or home where you are going and when you plan to return. Ask this person to notify local law enforcement if you do not return on time.
Use the required safety equipment: Know what equipment is required for your type of recreation to avoid injury. Always wear protective gear, including a secure, well-fitting helmet.
Never go alone: Always ride with at least one other person, but preferably in a group of three. If a rider is injured, someone can stay with them while the other gets help. Never move an injured cyclist.
Ride lightly: Know where to ride and only ride on designated routes and trails. Be sure to check the open trails ahead of time. Remember that wildlife has the right of way.
Know your limits: Know the rules, your skill level and how to maintain your vehicle. Only work at speeds you can control at all times. Do not drive faster than your skill and never drive a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Keep your speed below 15 mph when riding near campsites or groups of people.
Visitors to BLM-managed off-road vehicle lots can learn more about locations, regulations, fees, safety tips and planning, by visiting the BLM’s off-road vehicle on public lands website here . Also receive more information on BLM motorized leisure opportunities by clicking on this interactive map.