OHV Monitoring, Analysis, and Report

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Status

Y2U currently has over 100 days of data collected on snowmobiles, OHVs, dirt bikes and other vehicles. Two thousand records of observations have been entered into a database to date.  A huge increase in traffic this past summer will delay our report so we can capture data during 2017. The Forest has become nearly as loud as an airport during the summer OHV period. Y2U will be working on the following during 2017:

  • Add additional sound data records to database.
  • Analyze data, generate map of Bear River Range Corridor to show areas impacted by sound from OHVs.
  • Complete report and distribute (delayed in order to capture additional data during the summer 2017 season).
  • Due to an order of magnitude increase in OHV traffic this past summer, increasing dust, noise, and safety issues, we have met with the local County Commission to propose changes to their speed limits, road maintenance and law enforcement. They are non-responsive, so we will be consulting with an attorney over causes of action against the County.
  • Also, we will be obtaining equipment for monitoring air quality (particulates), video with stereo sound, speed radar, and sound (decibel levels) to have a mobile station to monitor selected locations in the Uinta Wasatch Cache Forest and adjacent lands.
  • Working with BLM, we have succeeded in closing illegal OHV trails adjacent to Keisha’s Preserve and the Uinta Wasatch Cache National Forest, thereby protecting additional sage grouse lekking, nesting and brood-rearing habitat.

Expected Outcome

We hope by exposing the outlaw behavior, including excessive speeds, dust and noise, we will promote action by the Forest Service and County. In any event the information will then be available for others to use to fight these issues. This will provide a new set of data to ongoing efforts for requiring Summer and Winter Travel Planning, protecting core and corridor areas for wildlife, and providing opportunities for quiet recreation. We will use the sound data and travel-ways to generate a map of areas negatively affected by sound levels from OHVs and a report that will provide this foundation of information going forward.