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Director’s Message

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We are privileged here in the Granite State to have beautiful scenery and thousands of miles of trails for OHRV riders to enjoy. Whether you prefer snowmobiling through fresh powder or a summer ride on an ATV, with over 7,000 miles of snowmobile and 1,300 miles of OHRV trails, there is something for everyone.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department works in collaboration with the New Hampshire Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, State Parks Division, Trails Bureau to ensure an extensive, safe, and enjoyable trail system. We are continually working together on ways to improve safety as well as to show respect for the landowners who are generous enough to permit riding on their property.

The number of riders in New Hampshire continues to increase. Unfortunately, the number of accidents remains high as well, especially among inexperienced riders. It is therefore essential that everyone obey the rules, ride with courtesy, and use proper safety equipment. Some trails now include authorized roadways, where safety is even more crucial because riders are sharing the roads with cars and trucks. Be sure to review the rules, which can also change mid-year, by visiting our website www.wildnh.com/ohrv for the most up-to-date information.

Accidents can happen to anyone with no warning, but inexperience is a big factor in many accidents. The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department strongly recommends that all riders participate in a Safety Education Class. State law requires that all operators 12 years of age and over must possess either a valid motor vehicle driver’s license or have successfully completed an approved OHRV or Snowmobile Safety Education Class.

Please respect the rights of the landowners who permit riding on their property. While most riders follow the rules, illegal off-trail riding, speeding, and modified exhaust systems damage the reputation of all riders and threaten the essential partnership with landowners that make the sport possible. It is their generosity that allows us to have so many miles of great trails. Most importantly, be safe out there.

For maps and information on trail conditions, visit the NH Trails Bureau at https://www.nhstateparks.org/activities/snowmobiling/trail-conditions. For more information including how to take a safety class, how to register your OHRV, and open snowmobile weekend visit www.wildnh.com/ohrv. Also consider joining a local snowmobile or OHRV club. These organizations and their volunteers are a valuable asset and work to obtain landowner permission, maintain trails, and educate riders. So get outside, be safe, and enjoy the great outdoors!

Scott R. Mason

Executive Director

NH Fish and Game Department

Sarah L. Stewart

Commissioner

NH Department of Natural and Cultural Resources

N.H. Fish and Game — Our Mission

As the guardian of the state’s fish, wildlife and marine resources, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department works in partnership with the public to:

  • Conserve, manage and protect these resources and their habitats;
  • Inform and educate the public about these resources; and
  • Provide the public with opportunities to use and appreciate these resources.

The NH Fish and Game Department receives Federal Assistance from the US Fish & Wildlife Service, and thus prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, age and sex, pursuant to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975. If you believe you have been discriminated against in any program, activity or service, please contact or write the US Fish & Wildlife Service, Division of Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration, 4001 N. Fairfax Drive, Mail Stop: WSFR – 4020, Arlington, Virginia 22203, Attention: Civil Rights Coordinator for Public Programs.