Trails, Not ORVs in Washington State
April 1, 2004
In January 2004, the Superior Court of Washington for Kittitas County handed down a victorious ruling that upholds a trail-friendly state law. The lawsuit, which was brought by an off-road vehicle (ORV) group, sought to overturn a law that reallocated a percentage of the state’s gas tax from ORV trail upkeep to other “nonhighway road recreation facilities” such as hiker, horse, and bicycle trail maintenance projects. Sierra Club stepped in to defend the wise state law last year, and now the decision means that there will be more trails, not ORVs, in Washington.
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