Taking a look at the current stats, there is a remarkable increase in the number of people who takes to ATV riding as a recreational sport today. That's no surprise at all since ATV riding is an extremely healthy outdoor sport for an individual AND as a family. Visit a local ATV park or a trail and you can see many young kids, youths and adults riding around in the park together as a form of family or friendly activity. The rising interest in the sport has also given the industry a extraordinary boost too. That's the good side.
The bad side is that many people are worried that with the growing number of people taking up the sport, more and more parts of the natural heritage in the form of forests and land will end up being damaged by wayward ATV riders. While there are some quad riders who don't heed the calls of authorities to take care of the trails and parks that they ride on, MANY do! as a result of these errant ATV riders, land has been eroded and/or destroyed. Countless number of animal species finds their habitat closing in on them. Many ATV enthusiasts are ashamed of the behaviors of these few irresponsible people but there's still something we can do about it. And it all starts from within.
We can take the initiative to volunteer at a local ATV park or trail that we often ride in. If you can contribute financially, that's even better but many just contribute their energy and effort. It's important to have people like us volunteering to keep the ATV trails and parks in good condition so that there are still places for our future generation to ride in. Educating the kids about ways on how to preserve the trails and parks and teaching them about being responsible towards nature is important. What goes around, comes around.
In the meantime, people like us can always do, in whatever way we can, our bit by spreading the word about using ATV trails and parks properly.
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