The newsletter of AMERICAN TRAILS -- SPRING 1997

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College course on OHV recreation ready

The first of three college-level courses covering off-highway vehicle recreation is ready for students. Colorado State University is now offering "Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation in America" as a correspondence course for college credit. Two additional courses, on planning and managing OHV recreation will be available early in 1998.

The OHV curriculum project was initiated by Colorado State Parks through the OHV Recreation Fund to address a long-standing need: up-to-date college courses to help land managers do a better job of dealing with motorized recreation.

The first course covers the diversity of recreation vehicles, the motivations of users, who provides OHV recreation, and how it is funded. Also included are environmental and economic impacts, user conflicts, public land access, land use ethics, and safety. Readings include research papers and articles from many perspectives to ensure that students are challenged to think through the issues.

The project was sponsored by Colorado's OHV Program with additional funding by Montana State Parks and major contributions from Bureau of Land Management and American Honda Motor Co., Inc. Assistance with course development was provided by Colorado OHV Coalition, USDA Forest Service, and the National OHV Conservation Council.

For information on taking the course, contact Correspondence Study Program, Aylesworth Hall NW, Colorado State University, Fort Collins CO 80523; (970) 498-1320.