Target: Representative Patsy French, Chair of the Vermont Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules
Goal: Don’t allow all-terrain vehicle use on sensitive state land.
All-terrain vehicles (ATVs) may soon be allowed to operate on state land, thanks to a proposal by the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources. This suggestion by the ANR represents an extreme shift from past policy decisions and seriously threatens the fragile environments of Vermont’s pristine natural landscapes. Vermont’s legislators must intervene and reject this proposal.
ATV use on state land is destined to create problems. First and foremost, the current proposal contains no means for authorities to enforce the rule and ensure compliance. ATV users who wish to take advantage of regulations will face no repercussions, as it will be almost impossible to prove any wrongdoing.
ATV use is extremely detrimental to the environment. ATVs rely on gasoline and other fossil fuels, meaning emissions from these vehicles will create further pollution. ATVs have also been known to cause soil erosion, block waterways with debris, damage forests and wetlands, destroy vegetation, and disrupt wildlife.
In addition to environmental concerns, ATVs are a source of noise pollution, ruining the outdoor experience for hunters, fisherman, campers, and hikers. The constant noise irritates animals as well, and may risk disrupting the delicate ecosystems in which they live.
Such a rash and poorly-conceived proposal offers little benefit while posing multiple risks. The Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules (LCAR) has the power to reject this suggested rule, and must wield its authority to protect Vermont’s precious forests and natural landscapes.
Dear Representative French,
The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources recently proposed a rule that would allow the use of all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) on state land. This suggestion by the ANR represents an extreme shift from past policy decisions and seriously threatens the fragile environments of Vermont’s pristine natural landscapes. ATVs have been known to cause soil erosion, block waterways with debris, damage forests and wetlands, destroy vegetation, and disrupt wildlife.
The proposal also contains no enforcement measures, meaning violators will not be held accountable if they choose to break this law. In your upcoming meeting, I urge you and the rest of your committee to strike down this proposal and protect the natural landscapes of your state.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Kaibab National Forest