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- H.C.R. 70 calls for the creation of a semi-contiguous off highway vehicle (OHV) trail that would run parallel to the Appalachian Hiking Trail. This new trail would enter West Virginia in the southern part of the state and exit in the Potomac Highlands.
- H.C.R. 70 is part of an effort to create an interstate OHV trail system that would allow enthusiasts to drive from Alabama to Maine via OHV.
- H.C.R. 70 recognizes the importance of the outdoor recreation industry, which has contributed $1.5 billion to the state’s economy.
- H.C.R. 70 would help stimulate additional outdoor recreation activities by connecting with existing OHV trails and off-road parks where possible.
- H.C.R. 70 would bring West Virginia in line with other states seeking to promote the growth of off-road recreation and the marketplace it supports.
Overview: A SAN-supported resolution (H.C.R. 70) has been introduced in West Virginia that calls for the creation of a semi-contiguous off-highway vehicle (OHV) trail that would run parallel to the Appalachian Hiking Trail. If built, it would connect with existing OHV trails and off-road parks to help stimulate additional outdoor recreation activities. If passed, copies of the resolution would be sent to the legislatures of the states home to the Appalachian Trail: Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine with the addition of Alabama which lies to the west of Georgia and the trail. The resolution passed the House and awaits consideration in the Senate Natural Resources Committee.
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