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***Posted on another Forum trying to organize off road enthusiasts..

There are supposedly over one million OHV enthusiasts in Arizona.

In an effort and experiment to see if it is possible to tap into this large community of off-road enthusiasts, a couple of us have set up a website and online petition at www.arizonaoffroaders.org.

Please visit the website and sign the petition if you agree that state trust land should remain open to OHV use.

The real challenge here is to drive a meaningful percentage of the OHV community to this site. If only 5% of the community signed this petition, that's 50,000 names and addresses. On the one hand, that's a big number. On the other hand, it may not be big enough.

In order to get a large number of people to sign up, every one of us needs to urge anyone and everyone we see at the staging area, on the trails and roads, at the OHV dealer or shop -- anyone who rides or drives any kind of OHV truck, quad or bike -- to stand up and be counted. And we need to keep at it for the next couple of months or this effort will just die away.

The ultimate goal, I believe, is to have enough of the OHV community banded together so that we can influence the outcomes of elections. We could help elect more politicians who are friendly to our interests and oppose the elections of those who aren't. We would want our influence to extend to all levels of government: municipal, county and state.

If we can get a meaningful number of individuals to "sign" the petition, then we could organize those signatures according to state electoral districts, counties, and municipalities.

Then, perhaps, AZOHVC could use the results of this petition effort to demonstrate in concrete terms to agencies and politicians that there is an active base of OHV voters that cannot be ignored. In turn, perhaps AZOHVC could let us all know exactly who has been friendly to our interests and who has been opposed, so that we can take that knowledge to the voting booth. If we could defeat just one politician who has been unfriendly to OHV use and elect one on a platform of continued OHV access to state land, maybe we wouldn't be taken for granted anymore.

But first things first: we need to build our numbers so we can act in a coordinated manner. We hope to obtain some publicity about this petition drive to coincide with the first of October and the seasonal start of OHV activity around the Valley. That's when I (and hopefully many others) will be visiting the popular OHV staging areas and handing out flyers.

If you can think of anything that would help build this concrete expression of our numbers, please let me know at [email protected].
 
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