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Friday, June 26, 2015

Causer Snowmobile-ATV Funding Bill Earns House Approval

HARRISBURG – The state House has approved legislation, sponsored by Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint), to require the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) to maintain separate ATV and snowmobile management accounts.

“This bill is all about bringing fairness and accountability to the collection and distribution of funds for ATV- and snowmobile-riding opportunities in the Commonwealth,” Causer said. “People paying registration fees for their ATVs expect those funds to be used to maintain and develop trails for their use. Separating the accounts will help to ensure that is happening.”

Currently, the number of trail miles on public lands for snowmobiles outnumbers those for ATVs by a 10-to-1 ratio.

At a public hearing on the legislation last year, Causer pointed to an example in Cameron County where people are paying their ATV registration fees but have no opportunities to ride on public lands in the county. “On more than 131,000 acres of forests, there is not one single trail on which people can legally ride their ATVs. It simply doesn’t make sense,” he said.

House Bill 970 now goes to the Senate for consideration.


Anonymous said...

It's about time for this legislation. The old Kinzua bridge railroad tracks would be perfect for an ATV trail and it would bring tourist dollars to Kane, Mt. Jewett and other communities. People would ride their ATV's to the new tourist center and those coming in to the bridge who don't know of the ATV trail would see the signs and bring their ATV's next time. As we all know and if you ask any local merchant they will tell you that tourist dollars are important to the local economy hence the new tourist center. It's really sad when there are more miles of walking trails in this section of our state than there are of legal ATV trails and walking trails do not bring any tourist dollars to the area nor do feet have to be registered. Thank You Mr. Causer, it's about time.

Anonymous said...

walking trails bring tourists the same as motorized trails.
ATVs near the park will just chase people away.

Go to Lyman Run and listen to the ATVs; they can ruin your day.

Snowmobiles are out when most people are indoors, so they don't annoy the public. People ride ATVs year round and they tend to be more a nuisance than anything.

don't register them so Marty can stop all his whining; he won't have to worry about the fees.