December 21st, 2009 by Peggy Farabaugh
Thanks in part to a number of Vermont Woods Studios readers who sent emails and letters, a Vermont state legislative committee unanimously rejected a proposal to open up state-owned lands to ATVs. Currently, all state lands in Vermont — nearly 350,000 acres — are closed to the destructive vehicles, a fact that was somehow overlooked by the Agency of Natural Resources that decided to approve an ATV expansion. It was not overlooked by the public, which commented 4-to-1 to keep the ban in place. Nearly 2,000 comments were sent in on the plan.
Unfortunately, Vermont Governor Jim Douglas says his administration will overrule the committee's decision and give ATVs access to state parks, forests and wetlands regardless of the public's wishes.
So we still have more feedback to give. Whether you live in Vermont or not, please contact Governor Jim Douglas and respectfully ask him to keep ATV's out of state forests. It takes only 60 seconds to send a message to the Governor. Thanks!