The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection must protect New Jersey's Public Lands from off-road vehicles. The DEP must strongly enforce the existing laws to prevent ecological damage. Lawless off-road vehicle users damage sensitive habitat, public access, and scenic views in our parks and the DEP has not fulfilled its duty to protect the public’s land.
I ask you to immediately implement the Wharton State Forest Visitor Map for and direct Park Police to prioritize off-road vehicle enforcement.
I ask the Department of Environmental Protection to immediately:
1. Install off-road vehicle barriers at all sensitive areas being damaged by off-road vehicle use.
2. Create enforceable routes by implementing the Wharton State Forest Visitor Map
3. Direct Park Police and Conservation Officers to prioritize off-trail vehicle enforcement and to cite the maximum possible fine under state code 13:1L-23/B
“A person who knowingly violates, or who solicits or employs any other person to violate, the provisions of subsection a. of section 10 of P.L.1983, c.324 (C.13:1L-10) shall be subject to the following penalties: a fine of not less than $750 nor more than $1,500 for the first offense; a fine of not less than $1,500 nor more than $3,000 for the second offense; and a fine of not less than $3,000 nor more than $5,000 for any subsequent offense."
We need forest lovers like you to sign and share this petition to Governor Murphy to ensure that the Park Service understands that most people want to preserve our great natural wonders for the future.