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ATV's

All-terrain Vehicles have become a growing nuisance in the Allegheny National Forest. Even with an extensive trail system, illegal riding is out of control. This is causing unacceptable disturbances and watershed degradation. It has even resulted in a rise of riding-related injuries with at least one mortality in each of the last two years.

Due to the lack of appropriate trail maintenance, control of illegal ATV riding, the rise of ATV facilities on private lands, the inability to enforce more stringent safety and health precautions, and the ongoing impacts to the environment the Allegheny Defense Project has called for a moratorium on new ATV trails.

This is not an easy issue to succeed on. The U.S. Forest Service has decided internally, and illegally, to make ATV trails the feature of its recreation management. This, despite the well documented problems associated with ATV use in the Allegheny National Forest.

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