Fish and off highway vehicles have a relationship. Currently there are so many millions of dollars in backlogged road maintenance on public lands, many people have stopped counting.And those are just designated routes. It doesn't count the thousands of miles of user-created routes. But agencies need funding and in most locales they cant even get the dollars to maintain main roads. When these roads are poorly made or poorly maintained they cause sedimentation in local streams which is essentially like paving the river bottom. As sediment builds up it fills the nooks and crannies where insects used to live and covers important spawning gravel fish used to utilize. The next time you think OHV's don't impact you because you don't ride an ATV, think about someone putting a parking lot at the bottom of your favorite fishing spot and maybe you will change your mind. For more information.
Why Roads MatterWritten by Stan Backlund
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