On 9/13/2023, the Maryland OHV Alliance was named an Outdoor Recreation Ambassador by Maryland Department of Natural Resources. During a ceremony held at Wolf Den Run State Park, DNR Secretary Josh Kurtz and Executive Director of the Office of Outdoor Recreation Daryl Anthony, presented MDOHVA with the Outdoor Recreation Ambassador award. This award is given to groups and individuals who represent key segments of Maryland’s Outdoor Recreational Economy.
In attendance were Maryland State Delegate Jim Hinebaugh, County Commissioner Paul Edwards, Kitzmiller Mayor Robert Reckart, as well as senior DNR staff. Speakers used the opportunity to highlight MDOHVA’s successful advocacy efforts for the Economic and Recreational opportunities that come from OHV use, as well as MDOHVA’s work in the passage of the expanded On Road ATV/SnowMobile law. Speakers also thanked DNR for their investment in OHV Recreation and their continued relationship with local leaders.
During the ceremony MDOHVA President, James Ratino, thanked everyone who got us here today. He emphasized the nearly 12,000 users and 2,000 campers of Wolf Den Run State Park in 5 short years, and their nearly 8.5 Million Dollar economic impact. President Ratino also used the opportunity to call for more access throughout the State and to continue developing existing facilities.
The ceremony concluded with handshakes and the desire to continue building on this foundation. DNR staff then geared up and hit the trails, exploring Potomac River and North Hill Properties. Enjoying the many terrain features, views, and obstacles along the way.
The Outdoor Recreation Ambassador award is a key step to the mainstreaming of OHV recreation in Maryland. This award will help ensure MDOHVA has a seat at future policy decisions with regards to OHV recreation within the State. It also provides the opportunity for Wolf Den Run State Park to be a model for future facilities within the State. For more on the award, click here.