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All-Terrain Vehicle Association of Minnesota

The non-profit, All-Terrain Vehicle Association of Minnesota (ATVAM) works to help Minnesota’s ATV riders enjoy hundreds of miles of the state’s ATV trails and to promote ATV use as a positive outdoor activity. ATVAM has been instrumental in getting legislation passed favorable to ATV users, such as the use of ATVs on frozen lakes, ditch lines, and select trails and forest roads. This organization promotes responsible ATV use and education, develops and maintains ATV trails, and provides people an opportunity to express their ideas and concerns of ATV use.

Polaris Industries
Since manufacturing their first snowmobile in 1954, Polaris has designed, engineered, and marketed ATVs, Victory motorcycles, personal watercraft, and the Polaris RANGER for recreational and utility use for more than 50 years. The company distributes their machines across the country and through 32 international distributors worldwide. Polaris, headquartered in Medina, Minn., introduced their ATVs in 1985 and hit a milestone in 2005 with their 2 millionth ATV to roll off the assembly line. The company promotes environmental stewardship and supports the protection and expansion of trails.

Arctic Cat
Arctic Cat, Inc., based in Thief River Falls, Minn., designs and manufactures snowmobiles, ATVs, and Arctic Cat parts, clothing and accessories. The company has been in the industry for more than 40 years and markets its products through a network of independent dealers throughout the United States, Canada, and other parts of the world. Arctic Cat also promotes safety education and responsible ATV use

Tourism Center
ATV profile and economic impact
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A study by the University of Minnesota examined the economic impact of Minnesota ATV consumers. The study looked at the economic impacts of ATVs related to tourism, consumer purchases, state manufacturing, government activities, and the motivations and preferences of registered Minnesota ATV riders.

Minnesota DNR
Study of Annual Recreational Fuel Consumption by All-Terrain Vehicles
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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ web site lists information for off-highway vehicles (OHVs), which include ATVs, off-highway motorcycles, and off-road vehicles, such as 4x4 trucks or Jeeps. The site provides information on Minnesota regulations, trails, safety, and proposals and planning concerning the use of OHVs. The web site provides users a place to search for Minnesota trails and shows a map detailing Minnesota OHV and ATV trails.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources studied the percentage of highway taxable gasoline used by ATV riders. The 2005 study found the amount of gallons of gasoline bought for ATV recreation use and determined that the average ATV used about 30 gallons of gasoline annually for recreation purposes.

The not-for-profit organization Tread Lightly! was started in 1985 by the United States’ Forest Service as a means of addressing concerns of the impacts of the increasing number of people using the outdoors for recreational purposes. The organization’s mission is “to empower generations to enjoy the outdoors responsibly through education and restoration.” Tread Lightly! has programs such as its Restoration for Recreation, which works to restore and enhance recreation sites around the country. The organization’s efforts in education and restoration promote responsible recreation with the goal of finding a balance between humans and nature.

Blue Ribbon Coalition
The BlueRibbon Coalition is a national coalition of organizations, businesses and individuals that promote resource conservation and provide leadership in responsible recreational use of public land. The coalition works to protect and share outdoor recreation access, educate people on environmental issues, promote land management, and encourage appropriate enforcement of the law.

National Off Highway Vehicle Conservation Council
The National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC) is a publicly supported, education foundation that works to develop and provide programs, materials and information promoting responsible OHV recreation and natural resource protection. The organization’s programs provide education, safety, ethics, environment and character-building information for all OHV users. The NOHVCC consists of a network of selected volunteer State Representatives and Alternates that are OHV advocates committed to promoting responsible OHV use. The group also raises awareness on the impacts of irresponsible recreation activities.