Colville National Forest Info

Colville National Forest OHV Ambassador Program:greendotprogram1

The USFS has established the OHV Ambassador Program in the Colville National Forest, an innovative system of volunteers who assist the Forest Service in maintaining roads, trails, and signage for OHV-legal roads within the forest.

Another important mission for the OHV Ambassadors is providing public education regarding safe and legal OHV use within the Colville National Forest.  Part of the South End Project, the OHV Ambassador Program is part of the motor vehicle management program to increase opportunities for motorized recreationists to enjoy National Forest System lands in a manner compatible with the natural and cultural resources in the Project area.  An expanded OHV route system is being designed to provide longer rides, create loops, connect communities through use of County roads open to OHV use, and to provide OHV routes accessed directly from campsites.  Integral to this program are steps to reduce off-road travel, including increased education, increased enforcement, increased signing, physically blocking off-road access, and possible blocking of damaged areas from OHV use.  OHV Ambassadors are key players in these program requirements.

Setting up outdoor booths near popular campsites during the recreation season, OHV Ambassadors hand out Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUMs), provide OHV use and safety information, educate forest visitors on the Avenza mapping/GPS app, and provide education on the South End Project.

OHV Ambassador activities have proven to be extremely effective ways to educate the public regarding safe and legal forest recreation, both motorized and non-motorized.  In addition, OHV Ambassadors frequently lead guided rides within the Colville National Forest to assist motorized recreation enthusiasts in locating legal OHV roads and trails.  OHV Ambassador activity days are also scheduled throughout the season to maintain trails and signage and assess any off-road damage to the forest.

The OHV Ambassador Program requires volunteers to attend safety, First Aid/CPR, and radio training upon acceptance into the program.  Program volunteers use their personal OHVs to inspect and maintain OHV-legal roads and trails under USFS Recreation Ranger guidance.  USFS Recreation Rangers also issue permits as required for OHV Ambassador volunteers to legally access some of the more remote Jeep trails within the Colville National Forest for trail maintenance activities.  Volunteers operate the OHV Ambassador program from May – October each year.

OHV Ambassadors also provide OHV orientation and winch training for seasonal USFS Recreation Rangers, providing safety briefings and training, and lead orientation rides on OHV-legal roads and trails in the Colville National Forest.  USFS Recreation Rangers take input from OHV Ambassador activities to help guide their year-round programs of road and trail construction, maintenance, and mapping.

If you’re interested in joining the OHV Ambassador Program in the Colville National Forest, please contact:

USFS, Three Rivers Ranger District

255 W. 11th Ave, Kettle Falls, WA 99141

(509) 738-7700, Extension 7761

Attn:  Carmen Nielsen

E-mail:  cnielsen@fs.fed.us

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Colville National Forest South End Project OHV Roads & Trails & Green Dot Road Sign Program:

 The Forest Service has opened many roads and trails in the Colville National Forest for use by Off-Highway Vehicles (OHVs), with the South End Project leading the way in providing motorized recreation enthusiasts with a wide variety of opportunities to use both highway legal vehicles (such as trucks, cars, street-legal motorcycles, bicycles, and 4WD Jeeps), and OHVs (dirt bikes, ATVs, and side-by-sides).  With hundreds of miles of roads now open to OHVs, and more challenging trails being planned for future OHV use, the South End Project offers fantastic recreation opportunities for all visitors to the Colville National Forest. The South End Project was established in 2014 as part of the USFS Motor Vehicle Management Program, to increase opportunities for motorized recreationists to enjoy National Forest System lands in a manner compatible with the natural and cultural resources in the Project area.  An expanded OHV route system is designed to provide longer rides, create loops, connect communities through use of County roads open to OHV use, and to provide OHV routes accessed directly from campsites.  Integral to this program are steps to reduce off-road travel, including increased education, increased enforcement, increased road and trail signage, and physically blocking unauthorized off-road access with gates, berms, and fencing.

 USFS Rangers and OHV Ambassador volunteers assist in managing the South End Project’s roads and trails, providing visitor education on safe and legal OHV use, leading guided rides in the Colville National Forest, and providing trail maintenance on roads and trails authorized for OHV use.

The South End Project is currently limited to parts of the Southeast region of the Colville National Forest – to learn which roads and trails are open to OHV use, please refer to the current Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM).  Copies are available online at www.fs.usda.gov/main/colville/home, and through the free Avenza mapping system (look for “PDF Maps” in your preferred app store).

Green Dot Road Sign System:

Roads in the South End Project that are open to all motor vehicles, including OHVs,  are marked with a 3” diameter reflective green dot on a brown fiberglass road marker in order to simplify your recreation experience in the Colville National Forest’s Southeast section.  Carry your Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) or get the Avenza mapping app for your smartphone or tablet to help you plan your trip, then use the Green Dot Sign system as you travel to help you verify that you’re on an authorized road.  Since intersections aren’t always marked with the USFS road number, having a simple visual cue, like a reflective green dot, makes it much easier to ensure you only ride or drive on authorized roads.

The Avenza mapping app also turns your smartphone or tablet into a GPS that shows your location on the MVUM – simply download the app (“PDF Maps”) from your App Store and then download the free USFS maps for the regions of the Colville National forest that you wish to visit.  This ensures you’ll always have a current MVUM to guide your travels in the forest, as the South End Project’s future plans will offer new roads and trails for your OHV adventures – downloading new maps each year will ensure you know which areas are open for OHV use.

Please remember that county roads connecting to USFS roads may also be open to OHV travel, depending on county regulations – in Stevens County, all county roads are open to OHVs year-round; for information on current OHV road use regulations in Pend Oreille County, call the Commissioner’s office:  (509) 447-4119.

If you need further information, please contact:

USFS, Three Rivers Ranger District

255 W. 11th Ave, Kettle Falls, WA 99141

(509) 738-7700