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8 THE SHOP FEBRUARY 2019 enforcement agencies. The general public often misunderstands what outdoor recre- ation, and particularly 4x4 fun, is all about. "There's this perception about big tires," says Granat, "where people think that means you want to tread all over nature. In reality, larger tires that have been properly deflated for the trail will actually cover a greater surface area more gently, making less of an impact." CORVA LEADING THE PACK Perceptions can and do spark challenges for those who participate in off-roading. For the community at large, a great amount of concern and ambiguity is associated with restrictive legislation. Organizations like CORVA are providing ample support and guidance in these situ- ations. "What (off-roaders) love to do is some- times unfairly targeted," says Granat. "We can all live and enjoy public land together." A bipartisan organization that ensures sustainable off-road recreation opportuni- ties for generations to come, CORVA also promotes best-practice standards on the trail and educates enthusiasts, regulatory enforcers and the public alike. "Approximately 11 percent of all off- roaders in the U.S. live or recreate in the state of California. That is more than most Off-road enthusiasts often build close bonds with the shops that work on their rigs. (Photos cour- tesy Superlift/Truck Hero) Off-roaders like this group in Colorado are often the first to sign up for trail maintenance and enhancement efforts. For example, the California Off-Road Vehicle Association reports that trail riders make up about 80 percent of the forest service volunteer workforce in the state of California. (Photos by Wendy Miles) RESPONSIBLE F-ROADG 8 THE SHOP FEBRUARY 2019

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