Archive for February 22nd, 2008

Off Highway Vehicle Program, Part 1 of 2

Friday, February 22nd, 2008

Passport to Texas from Texas Parks and Wildlife

An OHV is an off highway vehicle.

It’s a motorized vehicle and it’s mainly used off road on trails. In general, they’re not street legal. They include three classes of vehicles: motorcycles, ATV’s and full sized vehicles like jeeps.

Steven Thompson manages the off highway vehicle program for Texas Parks and Wildlife.

Texas is unique in that it has more off road vehicles than any state other than California.

OHVs appeal to a variety of users

I got my first motorcycle in 1968. I’ve owned them ever since. I’ve always enjoyed the thrill of riding motorcycles. I enjoy practicing mechanical skills, but while I was in Vietnam I was wounded and my right knee doesn’t work as well as it used too. And in fact, the surgeon told me in 1972 that I would get x number of steps out of that knee before I needed a titanium replacement. So it’s hard for me to get into the back country anymore and to walk there and carry all my supplies and there are many people that are like me. But over and above the folks that have some mobility impairment, riding off road vehicles is fun.

With 97% of Texas land privately owned, Texans have very little space to ride open to the public More information on one program that is trying to create more trails for OHV riders to explore – tomorrow.

For more information on OHVs, visit

That’s our show…with research and writing help from Kate Lipinski… For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.