them loose. If you’re not comfortable with strangers taking off on your
precious vehicle alone, guide their
ride. Mike “Goose” Gosselaar, Chad
Reed’s team manager, is setting up
an ATV rental and tour company
on his Idaho ranch. Or, think about
becoming an ATV Safety Institute
(ASI) instructor. Check out www.
atvsafety.org for a list of areas where
they’re hurting for instructors, or call
( 5) GET PAID THROUGH A GRANT!
(NGOs) often partner with the gov-
ernment to provide grants for all
sorts of projects, from creating maps
and educational materials to building
and maintaining OHV trails. In fact,
the BlueRibbon Coalition website (www.
sharetrails.org) has a link for building
an OHV park with RTP funding! Former
BRC president Clark Collins worked with
former Senator Steve Symms (R-ID) to
create the Recreational Trails Program
(RTP), which has diverted gasoline tax
revenue to us off-road folk since 1991.
California’s Off-Highway Motor Vehicle
Recreation Division (OHMVR) of the
State Parks Department has passed
out $330 million in grants since 1982.
Recently, the California Trail Users
Coalition was awarded $75,000 to
produce three OHV maps, and another
$51,000 went to produce an OHV tour-
ing guide. California’s OHMVR even has
an RTP motorized grant representative
( email@example.com or  324-
3741). Arizona, Colorado, Utah, New
Mexico, North Dakota, Texas, Oregon,
Illinois, Minnesota, Montana, Florida,
New York and even Massachusetts
have OHV registration programs that
issue grants for trail projects, kiosks,
bridges and the like. If you had to buy a
green sticker or any other state-registra-
tion decal, there’s a slush fund some-
where that you can tap; however, most
states only award grants to nonprofit
clubs, NGOs or government agencies.
If there’s no ATV club in your area, the
AMA/ATVA, BRC and NOHVCC will help
you organize your own.
Yamaha has its own GRANT
(Guaranteeing Responsible Access to
our Nation’s Trails) program, and, over
the last five years, Yamaha has awarded
200 grants and $2 million in funding and
equipment to enthusiasts in 37 states.
Polaris has TRAILS, which stands for
“Trail development, Responsible riding,
Access, Initiatives, Lobbying, Safety,”
so you could be paid to lobby for OHV
access in your area! Polaris awards
up to $10,000 per grant (two grants
per entity per year) and only donates
its ATVs and UTVs for emergency
response if they are used for the sole
purpose of supporting an OHV area.
In other words, start your own Search
and Rescue squad for your local riding
area and you could get a free Rhino,
RZR 570 or 4x4 ATV! ❑
You don’t need a badge to get Polaris or
Yamaha to donate a vehicle for patrolling an
OHV area and responding to emergencies
involving other riders. California’s Hungry Valley
OHV SVRA even has a program for volunteer
and paid Rangers on wheels.
There’s a brand-new opportunity to make money
teaching owners how to safely operate their ATVs
and UTVs, as the Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle
Association (ROHVA) has created the UTV Basic
Driver Course (see “Inside Scoop”).
Put all of your GoPro video skills to work and create
your own job by applying for an RTP, Yamaha or
Polaris grant to create OHV
education and safety videos.
Gold prospectors use their ATVs to haul
panning equipment to the gold claim, but
AccurateLocators.com has a 3D-imaging system that’s towed by an OHV and can detect
treasure up to 14 feet underground. It’s easier
on your feet, legs and back than swinging a
metal detector, so call (877) 808-6200.
Recyclers can use a quad cycle or UTV to collect
ditch treasure without leaving the saddle. Make this
handy retriever with a broom handle, file, nail and