New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development acquired
an easement on 146,000 acres of land in northern New Hampshire.
This is part of
a 26 million acre area stretching from Maine through New
Hampshire and Vermont across northern New York almost to Lake Ontario
contiguous land. Historically ATV use has not been allowed
on this land. ATV trail proponents are pressuring DRED * to open
this land to ATV use. It should be noted that DRED receives
dedicated funding directly from ATV registration fees. The
more ATVs registered, the more funding DRED receives.
DRED is not in the
process of adopting a management plan for the Forest. This plan
will address the potential use of ATVs.
excerpts are from documents obtained from the DRED website.
...Development of ATV trails will be addressed in
the next recreation plan. Vince Judd said ATV clubs would like to
work with Parks to create a good trail system, assist with
education, and problem-solving. Director McLean was supportive of
this proposed partnership between Parks and the local ATV club. The
final recreation plan will be approved by Lyme Timber after gaining
...... ATV use is almost certain to continue growing
at a rapid pace in the region around the Connecticut Lakes
Headwaters, and although this use is not presently allowed on the
former IP lands, there will be interest in using the existing roads
and trails for ATVs in the future.