Adventure Trails clears another hurdle

Inyo Adventure Trails extension moves forward

Statement from Tom Berryhill
May 24, 2016

Sacramento – Senator Tom Berryhill (R-Twain Harte) announces that Senate Bill 1345, a measure to extend the sunset date of Inyo County’s Off Highway Vehicle Adventure Trails pilot program has passed the Senate by a vote of 25 to 7.

“I am very glad to report the Senate has agreed on the need to extend this pilot program for three more years. It deserves every opportunity to continue,” said Berryhill. “Linking up segments of existing OHV trails so that folks have easy access to the trails makes sense in rural communities and will prevent people from illegally driving on non-trails or private property.”

SB 1345 will extend a pilot program enacted by Assembly Bill 628 (Conway) in 2011. AB 628 established a five-year pilot program that allowed Inyo County to designate specific county streets and roads as combined-use routes for off-highway vehicle uses.  These combine-use highways are used to link existing OHV trails and trailheads or allow drivers to use these trails for easier access to in-town goods and services.

The original pilot program was caught up in an extensive environmental review and public input process.  As a result, only about six- months of data was collected on the three combined-use routes authorized under the program. SB 1345 extends the original program for an additional three years.

The bill now moves to the Assembly.

Cover photo by Gary Young