Faculty Advisor

Crusberg, Theodore C.


This project, driven by a personal desire for further explanation, set out to analyze the reasons for the recent implementation of rules, restrictions, enforcement, and limitations of our public lands to Off-Highway Vehicle user groups. In recent years I personally witnessed the elimination, and what I thought to be the excessive enforcement of many existing public trail systems. This project analyzes the cause of all this attention from an environmental perspective, with a realistic outlook on the actual effects of Off-highway Vehicles on the environment, and how these effects compare to other public land users. The project concludes that the future of OHV use is primarily in the hands of the users themselves, and years of abuse has lead officials to react in a movement to preserve the environment.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2002

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Biology and Biotechnology