What we do & who we are:
The Trails Preservation Alliance (TPA) is dedicated to preserving and protecting OHV use on public lands in Colorado and surrounding areas. The TPA’s primary goal is focused on preserving motorized single-track trail riding. However, all forms of OHV recreation—ATVs, 4WDs, and snowmobiles—will be supported by the TPA.
This is accomplished through working with federal agencies (the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management), educating user groups on appropriate trail etiquette, and supporting likeminded organizations such as COHVCO and the BlueRibbon Coalition.
Purpose of the TPA
The Trails Preservation Alliance is the successor to the Colorado 500 Legal Defense Fund (C500 LDF). After seven years of operation, the LDF became a 501c3 organization, totally staffed and controlled by volunteers. The newly-formed TPA is focused on preserving motorized, single-track trail riding. This does not mean that the TPA will ignore other forms of off-highway vehicle (OHV) recreation. All forms of OHV recreation—ATV’s, 4WD’s, snowmobiles—will be supported by the TPA. However, its primary goal is to preserve single-track trail riding.
The TPA is a 100 percent volunteer organization whose intention is to be a viable partner, working with the United States Forest Service (USFS) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to preserve the sport of trail riding.
The TPA will act as an advocate of the sport and take the necessary action to insure that the USFS and BLM allocate to trail riding a fair and equitable percentage of access to public lands.
To accomplish its primary goal, the TPA will
- Attend meetings and provide written responses to the Travel Management Plans, Resource Management Plans throughout Colorado and Rocky Mountain Region.
- Vigorously represent motorized recreation on the wide range of legislative issues that arise including Wilderness Proposals and Monument designations.
- Assist in the development and implementation of operations for local, Colorado off-road motorcycle clubs.
- Assist the USFS and BLM with selected trail maintenance, either through volunteer work or paid, professional trail construction companies.
- Coordinate with state and local elected officials to develop and preserve motorized vehicle recreation.
- Hire consultants who are well qualified in motorized vehicle recreation planning and travel management to assist in TPA’s responses to the USFS and BLM.
- Embrace all appropriate actions that will “Protect Your Right to Ride the Trails.”
Why it matters
If you review the last 25 years of USFS and BLM travel management planning, you can see their focused effort to reduce or eliminate the OHV recreation areas on public lands.
– over half of which includes OHV use.
When you combine these actions with the significant increase in wilderness designation, unlimited ski area expansion, and commercial enterprises on public land, every form of leisure time activity has received its fair and equitable share of access to public resources, with the exception of motorized vehicle recreation.