SB1100 passed the AZ House of Representatives and was vetoed by Governor Hobbs
Senate Bill 1100, that would have increased the Off Highway Vehicle weight to 3,500 lbs passed the Arizona House of Representatives on May 15th 2023 and was transmitted to Governor Katie Hobbs, where she quickly vetoed the bill. Although we understand her decision is purely political, this is a massive win for the 4×4 community!
U.S. Fish and Wildlife releases biological opinion on the use of fire retardants on National Forest lands
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released a Biological Opinion on February 15, 2023 as part of a Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) regarding the use of aerial fire retardant on National Forest lands. If finalized, the Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement will establish additional “avoidance areas” that prohibit the use of fire retardant within Endangered Species Act threatened, endangered, proposed, or candidate species habitat.
RED ALERT | New BLM rule will decimate multiple use mandate and end public participation requirements
A new proposed rule published in the Federal Register on April 3, 2023 seeks to realign the Bureaus’ objective by placing environmental protection on a level playing field with the bureaus’ multiple use mandate. According to the Bureau, the new regulation will establish conservation “on par” with the Bureaus multiple use mandate established by the Federal Land Policy Management Act (FLPMA).
SB1100 Moves ahead in House Committees
The new bill in the Arizona Legislature that will refine Arizona’s definition of OHV is moving forward through House committees with the full support of House Republicans. The bill will increase the state’s threshold weight that defines an OHV from 2,500 lbs to 3,500 lbs. Arizona Backcountry Explorers is concerned that OHV regulations designed for UTVs will be applied to Jeeps and Pickup trucks that weigh under 3,500 lbs.
SB1393 | Reallocating the OHV fund to establish County Sheriff OHV Safety Fund
Republican Senator Sine Kerr has introduced a bill that will reallocate the Arizona Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) fund. As it is, 30% of the OHV fund goes to the Arizona Highway User Revenue Fund administered by the Arizona Department of Transportation. The new bill will add ARS 28-1182 to reallocate this 30% and establish the Off Highway Vehicle Law Enforcement Safety Fund.
Arizona Backcountry Explorers files FOIA request seeking information on USFS & BLM Employees
We have filed a Freedom of Information Act request seeking information on U.S. Forest Service employees in Arizona. We are requesting the first and last name, year hired, professional title, position of employment, job description, yearly salary including bonuses and tips, Forest Service employee phone number, and Forest Service employee email address.
ACTION ALERT | SB1100 increases OHV weight limit to 3,500 lbs
Republican Senator Frank Carroll from district 23 has introduced a Bill that will increase the OHV weight limit requiring motorized vehicles under 3,500 lbs to acquire an Arizona Off Highway Vehicle sticker. The bill simply amends Arizona Revised Statutes 28.101, 28.1177, and 28.5801 to change the weight limits from 2,500 to 3,500 lbs.
Yuma County Sheriff speaks about the Arizona Border Crisis
The incredible Peter Santenello rides along with the Yuma County Sheriff Wilmot and gives us an inside look at the southern border crisis.
SPECIAL REPORT | Desalination: A monopoly on western water
Lake Powell and Mead are at the lowest point since their construction. The water, too many folks in the west, especially the farmers, is a serious concern. Now a resolution is starting to emerge in the mainstream that, on the surface, appears will provide us with an abundance of water and forever secure Arizona’s water future. According to politicians, government institutions, and environmental groups, desalination in the Sea Of Cortez and Porto Libertad, Mexico will provide abundant water and is the cure-all solution to our current water issues.