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jhwentworth

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Today's Union Leader has a story about the coming retirement of F&G's Lt. Wayne Saunders, who's current assignment is Coos County. After he leaves F&G he will "take a part-time position with Coos County to oversee its OHRV enforcement effort."

Are the counties taking on OHRV law enforcement? There's been a program where F&G has been providing additional enforcement for Coos County due to the public roads being opened to wheeled OHRVs, but I think it's being delivered by F&G people. Also, the story doesn't make clear what vehicles are included in "OHRV"; might snowmobiles be included or is this just wheeled vehicles?  

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I find this interesting given the fact that Lt. Saunders teamed up with the Stark Town Constable Bill Joyce in February to try and close down the Corridor D ATV trail that runs along town roads in Stark. Read more about that here: https://www.milantrailhuggers.com/page-18092/5981197

Fish and Game has a grant program that allows local police departments (and Sheriff's departments) to apply for grant funding to do OHRV patrols.  (OHRV means Off Highway Recreational Vehicles which includes ATV's, Side-by-Sides and dirt bikes but does not include snowmobiles).  Since some of the local towns do not have their own Police Departments, the Coos County Sheriff applies for grants to patrol in these towns.

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I think the local PD/sheriff grants are part of the NH Fish and Game OHRV Wheeled Vehicle Grant program., and PDs from all over the state can apply. There's also another program where F&G receives NH Highway Safety grants "to provide dedicated funding for targeted road-based OHRV enforcement and overall traffic safety. Keep in mind that these funds are for road-based enforcement. We can also cover trails connected to road systems during the patrols, but the focus is on the public roadways to qualify for the funding which is provided to help reduce alcohol related OHRV/motor vehicle issues." This program seems to be active in Coos County and a part of Grafton County.

It appears that that the focus of these programs is wheeled OHRVs, at least at present.

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