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10 tips for OHV safety

10 Tips for safe, responsible OHV riding during Labor Day weekend Off-highway vehicle operators, passengers to ride safely

With the Labor Day weekend days away, the Arizona Game and Fish Department reminds residents and visitors looking to head outdoors on their off-highway vehicle (OHV) to do so safely and responsibly.

AZGFD officers and partner agencies will be seeking unsafe and reckless OHV operators this holiday weekend to ensure the safety of those riding responsibly.

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10 tips for safe, responsible OHV riding during July 4th weekend

AZGFD encourages off-highway vehicle operators, passengers to ride safely

With the Fourth of July weekend upon us, many Arizona residents and visitors are planning to hop on their off highway vehicle (OHV). Before hitting the trail, the Arizona Game and Fish Department reminds operators and passengers to do so safely and responsibly by following these 10 tips:

Always wear a helmet. Whether riding in a side-by-side, all-terrain vehicle (ATV) or dirt bike, helmets are strongly recommended for all riders. However, those who are younger than18 years old are legally required to wear a Department of Transportation-approved helmet.

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Off-highway vehicle rollover a reminder to practice OHV safety

Arizona F=Game and Fish DeptApril 27, 2016 – The Arizona Game and Fish Department reminds all off-highway vehicle (OHV) drivers and passengers to ensure they are riding safely by carrying only the number of passengers for which their vehicle is designed.

The reminder comes after a Mohave County couple was injured when their single-rider all-terrain vehicle (ATV) flipped recently while on a difficult roadway in the Hualapai Mountains, according to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office. Most ATVs are only designed to carry a single rider.

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Arizona Game and Fish files to intervene in lead ammunition lawsuit for condors

Litigants fail to recognize the consequences and threat their reckless lawsuit immediately poses to condor conservation

Nov 6, 2012 - The Arizona Game and Fish Department today filed a motion to intervene in a lawsuit recently filed against the Kaibab National Forest by the Sierra Club, Grand Canyon Wildlands Council and Center for Biological Diversity. The groups want the U.S. Forest Service to place a mandatory ban on hunting with lead ammunition in northern Arizona.

The authority governing hunting regulations rests only with the state and Arizona Game and Fish believes that voluntary, cooperative efforts to reduce lead available to condors is the best approach for long-term success of the condor program. The department also believes that a mandatory ban could create a backlash against condor conservation and hinder future endangered species’ reintroductions if the original condor reintroduction agreements are changed by court order.

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OHV Fight for Truckhaven Wins in Court

OFF HIGHWAY VEHICLE GROUP WINS HISTORIC CALIFORNIA ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY ACT  LAWSUIT AGAINST STATE PARKS: TRUCKHAVEN TRAILS STAY OPEN

After nearly 18 months of hard-fought litigation, EcoLogic Partners, Inc. ("EcoLogic") has prevailed in its California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) lawsuit against the California Department of Parks and Recreation ("State Parks") over the closure of recreational vehicle routes in Truckhaven (also known as the "Freeman Property").  On October 16, 2012, Judge Jeffrey Jones of the Imperial County Superior Court issued his final Judgment in the action, finding that State Parks violated CEQA when it approved a "boundary signage and fencing" project without first analyzing whether and to what extent the project would have adverse impacts on natural and recreational resources.  As a result of the Court's ruling, State Parks' decision to approve the boundary signage and fencing project has been set aside.

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