|Cross-Border OHV MOU Signed|
|Tuesday, 25 November 2008 08:43|
USA AND CANADA SIGN AGREEMENT TO PROMOTE AND PROTECT OHV RECREATION IN NORTH AMERICA
"The mission of NOHVCC and the aims and goals of COHV are parallel, and a strong OHV community in both the United States and Canada is mutually beneficial," said Russ Ehnes, Executive Director of the NOHVCC. "Together, the NOHVCC and the COHV and its partners, the AQCC and the MCC, enter into this Memorandum of Understanding to mutually strengthen responsible OHV recreation in both countries."
"The aims and goals of COHV are to promote the safe and responsible use of off-highway vehicles and to develop and expand communication and cooperation among all levels of the OHV community," stated Bob Ramsay, President of the COHV. Ramsay added, "The NOHVCC's expertise in OHV development will contribute greatly to COHV's ongoing endeavours to promote and protect responsible recreational opportunities for OHV riders across Canada and with this partnership, into the United States."
The MOU, signed during the All Terrain Quad Council of Canada's annual general meeting in September, allows the AQCC and the MCC to appoint one "NOHVCC Partner" for each Canadian province and territory who will in turn work with their NOHVCC counterparts, fulfilling those duties agreed upon by the NOHVCC and the COHV.The AQCC, MCC and NOHVCC will work cooperatively to share and distribute existing NOHVCC/COHV information, materials, products, and programs in Canada and the USA, while approaching the development of new information and programs in a manner that is adaptable and useful in both the United States and Canada.
Canadian OHV activists have had an increasing presence at NOHVCCs Annual Conferences over the past several years and that trend is expected to continue following the signing of this agreement. In addition, this past fall the NOHVCC held an OHV Management workshop in Alberta in conjunction with a meeting of Alberta's Sustainable Resource Development Lands Division.