The Woodtick Wheelers ATV/OHM Club of Hackensack has received national recognition for its work promoting safe and responsible riding of ATVs and other off-highway vehicles (OHVs) The National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC) named the Woodtick Wheelers “Club Of The Year” at its annual conference in mid-October.
“They continually are working,” said Dan Kleen, NOHVCC president, while presenting the award. “The list of things they’ve done is too long to even read, and I don’t care where you go in Minnesota or anywhere, they are ‘world renowned’ for their work on ATV safety.”
NOHVCC is a national service organization that provides a wide spectrum of programs, materials and informational “tools” to OHV clubs, associations and state agencies in order to build sustainable trails that protect natural resources, and create a positive future for safe and responsible OHV recreation.
The Woodtick Wheelers used the organization’s “Club Startup Kit” when it formed in 2009, and since then has used other NOHVCC “tools” to promote ATV safety and responsible riding at events across Cass County and the state of Minnesota. This year, thanks to a monetary donation from the Hackensack Lions Club and American Legion Post 202, the club purchased 2,000 “Adventure Trail” activity books and crayon boxes and distributed them to families in the Hackensack/Longville area, through local restaurants, businesses, chambers of commerce and the Cass County Sheriff’s Department. The coloring book and crayons were created by NOHVCC to help educate children and their parents about the importance of riding the proper size ATV, wearing a helmet, trail etiquette when meeting hikers and horseback riders, and other “golden rules” of OHV recreation. The Woodtick Wheelers also hold youth ATV safety classes in the area, completing its latest class on Oct. 19 at the Walker Area Community Center, instructing and testing 20 local youths ages 11-15 so they could obtain their Minnesota DNR ATV certification. The club has a dozen DNR-certified Trail Ambassadors who monitor local trails on the weekends, and has an ATV Safety Education trailer it brings to club and community events, as well as local trailheads.
The Woodtick Wheelers ATV/OHM Club now has over 350 members, including 28 local business sponsors. For more information on the club, visit WoodtickWheelers.com. To learn more about NOHVCC and the ATV safety-education materials it makes available to clubs, schools and youth organizations, visit nohvcc.org.