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    Tread Lightly! "RIDE ON Utah"

    Tread Lightly! celebrated the second anniversary of the “RIDE ON Utah” campaign on National Public Lands Day this past Saturday, Sept. 27. Working closely with campaign partners, Tread Lightly! has worked to keep nearly 4,000 miles of motorized trails (across 1.8 million acres) in Utah open to the public.

    The RIDE ON Utah campaign was officially launched in 2012 – in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Utah’s Division of State Parks and Recreation, Division of Wildlife Resources, Utah’s School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration, and Tread Lightly! – to communicate consistent messaging across boundaries promoting ethical and legal use of motorized vehicles on public lands.

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      Two Up ATVs

      The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is gathering information from the public regarding passengers on ATVs.

      Specifically, the CPSC has issued a Request for Information (RFI) on the matter, seeing information on the prevalence of carrying passengers on ATVs and the feasibility of a performance requirement that would prevent passengers from being carried on ATVs.

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        Rattlesnake Bay OHV Ribbon Cutting

        Photo credit: Dale Tallman Jr.

        Approximately 25 riders and supporters were on hand Saturday to celebrate the reopening of phase one of the Rattlesnake Bay OHV Trails in Mississippi’s DeSoto National Forest, according to a report from the American Motorcyclist Association.

        Prior to Satorday’s reopening, these trails had been “temporarily” closed for more than 11 years. The Friends of Rattlesnake Bay off-highway-vehicle group joined U.S. Forest Service officials for a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the 9.5-mile section of trails.

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          Polaris Opole Poland Factory

          Polaris has announced the grand opening of its new manufacturing facility in Opole, Poland. The 345,000-square-foot facility is the first Polaris plant dedicated to manufacturing Off-Road Vehicles outside of North America.

          Employee training has already begun at the Opole facility, which will employ 300 people in 2015 and should begin shipments to customers in the first quarter of 2015. The plant will produce approximately 35 different ORV vehicle models in 2015 and ship them to six subsidiaries and over thirty distributors in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (“EMEA”) region. Opole will also house research and design for the Europe, Middle East and Africa markets allowing vehicles to be tailored to local needs.

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            Polaris MB Quart Waterproof Speaker

            MB Quart, a brand of Maxxsonics USA, has entered an agreement with Polaris to offer new audio accessories for select Polaris off-road vehicles.

            MB Quart has been designing audio products for use in home, mobile and marine for more than 50 years. Audio accessories such as a jointly-developed wireless, waterproof Bluetooth audio system will be available at nationwide Polaris dealerships for select vehicles starting this September.

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