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SB 250: Off-Highway Vehicle Program Reforms Become Law

SACRAMENTO, CA – Legislation authored by Senator Ben Allen (D – Santa Monica) to reauthorize and reform the state’s Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) program was signed into law today by Governor Jerry Brown. The program was set to expire at the end of 2017 absent legislative action. The legislation, Senate Bill 249, will strengthen environmental protection measures within the OHV program.

“The reforms signed into law today represent a fair approach that strengthens protections for natural resources and habitat that are degraded by OHV riding, while still allowing OHV enthusiasts to enjoy this recreational activity,” Senator Allen said.

The bill was the product of months of stakeholder negotiations involving representatives of the OHV rider community, environmental organizations and state agencies responsible for overseeing the program.

“SB 249 was always about finding a win-win for California,” says Greg Suba, Conservation Director for the California Native Plant Society. “With its enactment, we’ve made good progress in improving conservation standards without penalizing responsible riders. Nobody wants to see California’s natural beauty destroyed, so we’ve got to keep working together to protect the places where we have fun.”

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