Other FAQs - MVUM

Glossary of Terms

 

What is the definition of a road?
Road ~ A motor vehicle route over 50-inches wide, unless identified and managed as a trail (36 CFR 212.1).

 

What is the definition of a trail?
Trail ~ A route 50 inches or less in width or a route over 50 inches wide that is identified and managed as a trail (36 CFR 212.1).

 

What is an UTV?
Utility-Terrain Vehicle (UTV) or Side-by-Side ~ A type of off-highway vehicle that travels on 4 or more low-pressure tires, has a steering wheel or tiller, provides side-by-side seating, and is of various widths.

 

Will trails be designated stating what width vehicles are allowed and will that be signed out in the field in that manner?
Trails are signed in the field, however, vehicle widths are not displayed on the signs. The MVUM indicates appropriate vehicle designations and widths.

 

Will dirt bike trails be designated?
Motorcycle ~ A two-wheeled motor vehicle on which the two wheels are not side-by-side but in line (FSM 7700). Yes. See Motor vehicle use maps.

 

What are licensing requirements for South Dakota residents and out of state visitors?
 

What are the permit requirements for South Dakota?
 In the South Dakota portion of the Forest, a motor vehicle using a designated motorized trail or an unlicensed vehicle using a Forest System road designated as open to all vehicles, as shown on the current Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM), must display a valid BHNF Motorized Trail Permit. Vehicles with a valid state license plate using a designated open road as shown on the MVUM are not required to display a motorized trail permit.

South Dakota's permit requirements:

 

What are some of the opportunities for OHV's, ATV's, jeep and dirt bikes?
See the Motor Vehicle Use Map for your area of interest. Ask at your local Forest Service office of specific opportunities or visit our web site at www.fs/usda/gov/blackhills.


How can I tell the degree of difficulty for rock crawling, jeeping, or scenic driving?
We do not currently show levels of difficulty. Ask at your local Forest Service office for specific opportunities or visit our web site at www.fs/usda/gov/blackhills.

 

Where can I camp and park my ATV or UTV and ride from a campground?
See Record of Decision p. 6 for a list of trailheads or find the designated trail heads on the Motor Vehicle Use Map. Ask at your local Forest Service office for specific opportunities or visit our web site at www.fs/usda/gov/blackhills.

 

Where are parking lots or trail heads on map to unload ATV's or UTVs?
See the Motor Vehicle Use Map for your area of interest. Ask at your local Forest Service office for specific opportunities or visit our web site at www.fs/usda/gov/blackhills.


Will there be any special allowances for hunting for disabled hunters with special permits from State of South Dakota?
Persons with Disabilities (Record of Decision p. 18)
I believe my decision makes a sufficient number of diverse routes available to motorized recreationists and that no particular provision is necessary for people with disabilities who depend on motorized transportation to enjoy the Forest. Under section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, no person with a disability can be denied participation in a Federal program that is available to all other people solely because of his or her disability. However, there is no legal requirement to allow people with disabilities to use OHVs or other motor vehicles on roads, trails, and areas closed to motor vehicle use because such an exemption could fundamentally alter the nature of the Forest Service’s travel management program (7 CFR 15e.103). Reasonable restrictions on motor vehicle use, applied consistently to everyone, are not discriminatory (also see EIS Chapter 3, “Recreation” section).

 

Can fire wood be gathered greater than 300 feet from a road or trail? Downed and standing dead?
See specific provisions of the firewood permit and ask at Forest Service offices for specific information.

 

What type of vehicle should I purchase so I will meet the requirements of the new MVUM?
See definitions of specific vehicles and Motor Vehicle Map Legends and information.

 

Could pictures of type of vehicles be included with user information such as pictures of ATV's, UTVs, Jeep, and other vehicles?
Yes. We will include photos of various vehicles on our website and in other public information materials about the Motorized Trail System.

 

I want to collect special forest products such as pine cones, teepee poles, limbs or boughs or stumps. What are the guidelines for retrieving them with a motor vehicle?
See specific provisions of the special forest product permit and ask at Forest Service offices for specific information.

 

What website address contains more information?
www.fs.usda.gov/blackhills
 





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