"All trail-access decisions are political decisions"

The Trail Political Action Committee (TPAC) was founded as the first national non-partisan political action committee dedicated solely to championing responsible off-highway vehicle recreation on designated roads, trails, and areas on public lands through the electoral and legislative processes.
The TPAC tactical goal is to target key races using state-of-the art real-time analysis where there is a tough election and the pro-access candidate needs some extra support to help to defeat their opponent.
TPAC is needed to counter the anti-access special interests in Washington DC who have long ago figured that contributing to closure-oriented politicians is how they will accomplish their goal of restricting OHV access on federal lands.
TPAC is ready to stand in that political breach to stop the flow of anti-access politicians into the Capital. TPAC will work hard to reverse that trend so that pro-access legislators will exist as the majority in Congress and the White House.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Govt. Shutdown - OHV Caught in DC Political Fight

TPAC Founder, Don Amador, at OR Dunes NRA 
This area is reported as being closed by the shutdown

Dear OHV Voter,

Throughout the West, federal land managers are announcing OHV related closures today in response to the government shutdown.
There does not appear to be any consistency between agencies and units on what recreation facilities and trails will be open.  
For example, the Cleveland National Forest in Southern California has closed the Corral Canyon OHV Area.  In Northern California, it appears the BLM's Ukiah Field Office will close the entrance gates to the South Cow Mountain OHV Recreation Area. 
Closure Sign at FS Staging Area at OR Dunes
*Photo thanks to Save the Riders Dunes
On the other hand in Colorado, it looks like public land trails on the White River National Forest and the BLM's Colorado River Valley Field Office will be open.
TPAC believes that Congress is acutely aware of the shutdown's impact to recreation activities via the House's introduction of a bill today to fund the National Park Service during the shutdown.
TPAC also believes the long lasting impact of the shutdown on multiple-use recreation is logarithmically related to the length of the impasse.
This is a massive political battle between opposing ideologies and public land recreation is but a small player on the scene.   TPAC urges recreationists to be advised their recreational experience may be severely impacted by the shutdown.
Best regards,
Don Amador, Founder
The TrailPAC


  1. I have a report that the Sierra NF has cancelled all volunteer work projects until further notice.

  2. Sand dune access has been closed off at the Oregon Dunes NRA parking lot gates are closed.

  3. Wow, this shutdown is hitting OHVers all over the West

  4. The dunes themselves are NOT CLOSED!!! Only the staging areas and campgrounds!!! You can still use the entrances for entering and leaving the dunes only but you can STILL RIDE THE DUNES!!!!!!!

  5. Hauser entrance is still open and will be...Horsefall beach entrance at the sea wall road/coast guard road is still open and will be....

  6. Robert, thanks for the update that it is just the federal campgrounds and staging areas that are closed to the public.