ORV restrictions stave off extinction

March 15, 2019

On March 15, Guardians and allies filed a motion to intervene in a lawsuit from off-road vehicle groups. The off-road vehicle groups object to protections for bi-state sage grouse in the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest of Nevada and California that limit racing in the birds’ habitat.

The Sierra Trail Dogs object to shifting their 250-mile dirt bike rally from June to July to comply with Forest Service seasonal protections for the grouse. The protections safeguard the grouse for six extra weeks during the breeding season and provide an extra mile of buffer around the birds. Bikers roar through some of the best remaining sage grouse habitat in the Mono Basin region during the rally event.

“We want to defend the grouse and the Forest Service from the selfish interests of a user group that is showing a prominent lack of respect for the native wildlife,” said Guardians’ Taylor Jones.

Read the press release.

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