The OHV sticker program is paid into by users of Dirt bikes, quads and side by sides under the 1800lb threshold.
Why would you be allowed to use any of those funds for JEEP type OHV use that is not part of the OHV sticker program?
ARS 28-1176 dictates how the OHV Decal money is split up and what it may be spent on. Here's the link
AZ State Parks uses decal money and Federal Recreational Trails (RTP/Gas Tax) money to create trails for all OHV users. Plenty of dirt bikes, side by sides, and ATVs use "JEEP type OHV use" as part of their recreational experience or to access other trail systems. The vast majority of the projects we have funded from our combined revenue sources have been OHV specific. Here are just a few...
Kelly Canyon - Flag - first trail construction day was this past weekend
Maverick Trail - Alpine Ranger District - SxS, ATV, moto trail system
Table Mesa - 50" trails and OHV training area for youth and beginners
Boulders - multi use area
Alto Pit - Prescott - Designated OHV area w/a variety of features
Hayfield Draw - Verde Valley - Designated OHV area
We need more agencies and organizations to step up and use this money for on the ground projects. Getting people involved is one of my main jobs.
The OHV sticker program grants access to BLM and state trust land. It does not require to you also purchase a state trust land permit. A portion of these funds need to be paid to the state trust or the OHV sticker program is sealing from our schools (Our Schools are the owners of state trust land revenue).
Can you clarify.
The OHV sticker does not grant "access" to Forest or BLM lands. Federal lands, unless managed by special permit (think Bulldog Canyon east of Mesa), is open to properly registered vehicles on approved roads and trails.
The OHV decal does allow you to cross Arizona State Trust land on existing roads and trails, but not recreational use such as camping, hiking, etc. If you stage or leave a vehicle behind, you have to have a permit for that vehicle. A portion of the OHV decal (5%) is given
to the State Land Department per legislation linked above. Schools are not the "owners" of state trust land or it's revenue, they are one of 13 beneficiaries of a trust. You can read about that here:
Stealing from Schools? It would be interesting to know which revenue source makes more money for the land department...OHV decal % or individual rec permits. I don't know the answer, but I can tell you they are getting more money now then they did without the decal. Besides, they have told me that the rec permit money goes into the land department's operating fund, not the Trust. I was told to think of OHV and rec permit funds at ASLD as money to help the land department operate rather than a revenue source for the Trust.
Let me know if I can clear up any other misunderstandings.