Off Road Vehicles (ORVs)

“Small, highly maneuverable, 4-wheel-drive ORVs [off-road vehicles] are a significant evolution in hunting methods and means during the snow-free season. The number of hunters using ORVs has increased in many areas; however, heaviest use extends from the road systems which connect urban areas in southcentral and interior Alaska. At low levels of use, ORVs may be advantageous to hunters and wildlife managers by enhancing ability to harvest and retrieve meat and trophies in remote areas and dispersing hunting pressure away from roads. However, several factors combine to concentrate ORV use. Terrain features tend to funnel ORV use, and hunters attempt to hunt in the most productive areas. At high use levels, this can adversely affect wildlife populations and the public’s perception of ORVs. In states with many ORVs, their use has damaged soils and vegetation; stressed, displaced, and killed wildlife; and conflicted with other outdoor uses. Increasing public complaints and observations of resource managers indicate that Alaska is no exception.” (Off Road Vehicle and Snowmachine Use in Alaska—A Report to the Alaska Board of Game, 1996).

ORV Information and Restrictions
Wrangell St. Elias National Park
Chugach National Forest
Bureau of Land Management
Alaska State Lands
Documents on the Impacts of ORVs
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