UPDATE: Southern Legislative Conference Committee Endorses Interstate OHV Trail
West Virginia, more good news! Earlier this year, SAN-supported companion resolutions (H.R. 22/ S.R. 43) calling for the creation of a semi-contiguous off-highway vehicle (OHV) trail that would run parallel to the Appalachian Hiking Trail were approved by the West Virginia State Legislature. Further, the Economic Development, Transportation and Cultural Affairs Committee of the Southern Legislative Conference (SLC) recently adopted a supporting policy position at the SLC's 75th Anniversary Annual Meeting. The policy will remain a position of the SLC through July 9, 2022, encouraging its member states to devise a cooperative plan for establishing a nationally licensed OHV trail system.
This pro-hobby action is a result of the efforts of State Automotive Enthusiast Leadership Caucus Chairman Del. Gary Howell and Sen. Mark Maynard. It is part of an effort to create an interstate OHV trail system that would allow enthusiasts to drive from Alabama to Maine via OHV. If built, it would connect with existing OHV trails and off-road parks to help stimulate additional outdoor recreation activities.
With approval, copies of the resolutions will be sent to the legislatures of the states home to the Appalachian Trail: Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine with the addition of Alabama which lies to the west of Georgia and the trail. The approved resolutions count West Virginia as being among states seeking to promote the growth of off-road recreation and the marketplace it supports.
Once again, congratulations and thank you to those who supported this effort!