Off-roader is cited for driving in meadow |

Off-roader is cited for driving in meadow

David Bunker

TRUCKEE – A Jeep driver who tried to plow his vehicle through a wet meadow north of Prosser Reservoir late last month now has an appointment in federal court in Sacramento.

Justin Barnhill of Carson City was issued a violation notice May 28 for the offense on the Tahoe National Forest.

Off highway vehicle use is limited to Forest Service roads and designated off-highway vehicle routes. Use is prohibited within developed recreation areas, like Jackson Meadows Recreation Area, and on paved roads or highways.

Off-road vehicles are required to have either a California green sticker or valid state off highway vehicle registration, or a non-resident user permit. The vehicles also must have a Forest Service approved spark arrestor year round.

Helmets are required and no passengers are allowed for All Terrain Vehicles.

There are 658 miles of OHV trails managed by Tahoe National Forest.

Currently, the forest service is in the middle of a lengthy process of consolidating, improving and rerouting trails to avoid environmental damage and provide safety for the steady increase in users.

Because of dwindling funds from the forest service in recent years, volunteer groups are essential for keeping trails in good working order. Green sticker funds also supply a big chunk for improving trails.

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