TCMRA developed the OHV Ambassador Program for the Colville National Forest, and for the past 3 years we’ve been hosting informational events and guided rides/road patrols throughout the Southeast and Northeast quadrants of the forest. 2020 will be our first foray into the Northwest quadrant with at least one event planned in the Swan Lake area. Our efforts to assist USFS personnel with managing motorized recreation has directly led to enhanced recreational opportunities, with many miles of USFS roads newly-opened to OHV travel over the last few years! And, our efforts have limited off-road travel and road damage as we continue to educate the public on safe and legal motorized recreation.
Working under the guidance of USFS Recreation Ranger Carmen Nielsen of the Three Rivers Ranger District, TCMRA OHV Ambassadors host a variety of events, such as winch training, map training, road patrols and trash clean-up, sign maintenance, and are responsible for the Green Dot OHV Sign program which marks roads open to OHVs with a 3″ reflective green dot on the standard USFS brown “carsonite” road signs. The Green Dot program is complete in the Southeast portion of the forest, and we’ve begun marking roads in the Northeast section in 2019 – we hope to have the entire forest marked with Green Dots in the next year.
Road patrols are performed year-round by OHV Ambassadors, using OHVs when possible – we monitor road and trail conditions, maintain road and trail signs, clean up trash on trails, clear roads and trails, assist forest visitors with information on safe and legal motorized recreation in the Colville National Forest, and provide maps and mapping information.
OHV Ambassadors also set up informational booths and kiosks on key weekends, such as holidays and during hunting seasons, providing forest and general recreation information, motorized recreation information, and maps (both digital and paper copies of the Motorized Vehicle Use Map, or MVUM, for the Colville National Forest). These events feature a guided trail ride/road patrol to help visitors find more recreational opportunities in the National Forest!