NCW — A new state law and ordinances in some counties allowing ATVs on county roads do not change the status of ATV use on U.S. Forest Service roads, the agency says.
State lawmakers passed a law allowing licensed all terrain vehicles to use county roads, which went into effect on July 28. Okanogan County Commissioners voted last week to open of miles of county roads to ATV use.
“We’ve had a bunch of calls from folks wondering what this means for Forest Service roads,” said Aaron Pratt, team leader for a travel management plan on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.
The law does not change the current status of ATV use on forest roads, he said. Roads that were previously open are open, and roads that were closed remain closed.
Pratt said the Forest is planning to release a new travel management plan this fall that will include plans for ATV use on roads across the forest. Changes will not occur until the plan is adopted, he said.