|Posted by nationalforestlawblog at 08:31 PM on May 11, 2009|
Virginia - Mudbogging. Ok, I admit I was not familiar with this term, but apparently the Forest Service is looking to crack down on those engaging in it. Loosely, it refers to the practice of ATVs and OHVs ripping up wet, muddy forest trails. The Roanoke Times reports:
More and more four-wheelers are driving their souped-up rigs into the woods these days, creating a conflict between recreational and environmental interests in the national forest.
Mud bogging is causing serious ecological damage, and authorities have decided that beefed-up law enforcement alone can't solve the problem.
So, what's the penalty?
When a mud bogger came to federal court last week to plead guilty, Magistrate Judge Michael Urbanski laid down the law: The punishment is up to six months in jail, or a fine of up to $5,000.