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Feb 12, 2019

Save the ATV Trail System!


SAVE THE ATV TRAILS!

 

Did you know?: Our ATV trails are in danger of being closed! This is a very real threat being presented by your Repesentatives of New Hampshire. The bills proposed will impact a major amount of the ATV trails/access in the North Country and all of New Hampshire. With proposed bills specifically attacking OHRV operation on Class V roads and opening up the opportunity for major lawsuits against the towns will result in ATV/OHRV riding to be shut down. Not only do the trails provide a great soource of adventure and family fun but are a major factor to the economic growth for the North Country. 

 

The impact that ATV/OHRV has on local businesses and continued growth economically for the North Country is very apparent and with the loss of the trail system would be detrimental to the future of the area.

 

OHRV Impact Stats
 
Room & Meals Comparison
  • From 2012 to 2017 Room & Meals increased 34.39% annually
  • That equals $2,613,908.98  
  • From May to Oct (ATV season) Rooms & Meals increased 37.78%
    • That equals $1,742,572.98
 
Land Sales - 2018 MLS (Multiple Listing Service) Land Sold in Northern Coos County
  • 43 parcels sold (stats for 2018 up to October)
  • 34 parcels sold because of Motorized Trail Access
    • That equals 79% of the sales
  • An informal survey of prominent Real Estate Agents in the area agreed on 75-85% of all sales are relative to Motorized Trail Access.
 
Registrations
  • 2011-2017 20,400 registrations to 34,000 registrations in 2017
    • That's a 66% increase
 
Results from the club incentive bill
  • This was the first year Grant & Aid fund increased 100%
  • Club memberships increased from 2,000 to over 9,000 in one year
    • 350% increase

 

Bill 1:

Bill HB498: Prohibiting OHRV operation on Class V ways

The State should not dictate  town road use. This is a local issue .

Click Here for HB 498 as introduced full text:

What action can you take?: Send Letters, email and/or Call the following representatives--

Sponsor:

Representative Wayne Moynihan (D)
Coos - District 2
138 Plain Road
Dummer, NH  03588-5110
wayne.moynihan@leg.state.nh.us
603.449.2058
Committee : House Transportation

Officers of Committee:

Chairman:Representative George Sykes (D) Grafton - District 13

3 Avon Avenue
Lebanon, NH  03766-2601
George.Sykes@leg.state.nh.us
603.448.0319

Vice Chairman: Representative Michael O'Brien (D) Hillsborough - District 36

4 Woodfield Street
Nashua, NH  03062-2056
Michael.O'Brien@leg.state.nh.us
603.888.8051

Clerk: Representative Laura Telerski (D) Hillsborough - District 35

5 Shakespeare Road
Nashua, NH  03062-2430
Laura.Telerski@leg.state.nh.us
603.320.3957

Secretary: Dianna Maffucci

Researcher: Jennifer Foor
Location: LOB Room 203
Phone: 603-271-3565

Representatives For Coos County

 John J. Fothergill: 
 37 Colby St  
Colebrook,  NH  03576-3045 
john.Fothergill@leg.state.nh.us 
603.915.1220
 
  
Michael E. Furbush:  
24 Bear Rock Road  
Colebrook,  NH  03576
Mike.Furbush@leg.state.nh.us 
603.237.4685
 
 State Senator Distict 1
Senator David Starr
Senator Starr Legislative Office Building
Room 5
33 North State Street Concord NH  03301
603.271.7875
 

Bill 2:

Bill HB683: relative to the rights of property owners abutting certain highways and rail trails.

NHOVA Strongly Opposes. Bill will shut down riding and result in Lawsuits and other chaos!

Click Here for HB 683 as introduced

What action can you take?: Send Letters, email and/or Call to the following representatives--

Sponsor: Representative Wayne Moynihan (D)

Coos - District 2
138 Plain Road
Dummer, NH  03588-5110
wayne.moynihan@leg.state.nh.us
603.449.2058
Committee : Resources, Recreation and Development

Officers of Committee:

Chairman: Representative Suzanne Smith (D) Grafton - District 8

20 Brookside Lane
Hebron, NH  03241-7200
suzanne.smith@leg.state.nh.us
603.715.0086

Vice Chairman: Representative Kevin Maes (D) Grafton - District 6

PO Box 205
Rumney, NH  03266-0205
Kevin.Maes@leg.state.nh.us
603.786.9705

Clerk: Representative Rosemarie Rung (D) Hillsborough - District 21

21 Ministerial Drive
Merrimack, NH  03054
Rosemarie.Rung@leg.state.nh.us

Representatives For Coos County

 John J. Fothergill: 
 37 Colby St  
Colebrook,  NH  03576-3045 
john.Fothergill@leg.state.nh.us 
603.915.1220
 
  
Michael E. Furbush:  
24 Bear Rock Road  
Colebrook,  NH  03576
Mike.Furbush@leg.state.nh.us 
603.237.4685
 
 State Senator Distict 1
Senator David Starr
Senator Starr Legislative Office Building
Room 5
33 North State Street Concord NH  03301
603.271.7875
 

Take Action Now.

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