OHV Monitoring, Analysis, and Report

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Status

Prior to 2017, Y2U collected over 100 days of sound data on snowmobiles, ATVs, dirt bikes and other vehicles.  Over two thousand records of observations were entered into the database to date.   In summer of 2016, there was a large  increase in traffic with sound levels recorded at over 100 dB, so we decided to delay our sound report to allow for additional data collection in 2017.  In summer 2017, we worked with Dr. Randy Martin from Utah State University, as well as an undergraduate intern, who helped us collect both air quality and sound level data. Currently we are:

  • Adding additional sound data records to the database and preparing a final report.
  • Analyzing opportunities to expand our data collection in 2018 and generate a map of Bear River Range Corridor to show areas impacted by sound from OHVs.
  • Distributing the updated sound report once it is complete to Forest Service staff on the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest.
  • Presenting the report to the  local County Commission to propose changes to their speed limits, road maintenance and law enforcement.
  • Continue leasing equipment for monitoring air quality (particulates), video with stereo sound, speed radar, and sound (decibel levels).   

Expected Outcome

By exposing the excessive OHV usage - including excessive speeds, dust and noise - we hope to encourage action by the Forest Service. The resulting data set from this project will help with ongoing efforts to create summer and winter travel plans for OHVs that reflect the recent increase in traffic. The project is an important element of protecting wildlife in the corridor and providing opportunities for quiet recreation. In 2018, we hope to use the sound and air quality data to generate a map of areas negatively affected by OHVs.