Booklet will educate off-highway riders
A new guidebook will educate how to operate off-highway vehicles safely and legally and prevent costly damage to Island agriculture.
The booklet was developed in response to multiple instances of crop damage on farms across Prince Edward Island due to snowmobiles and ATVs. It is a joint effort of the PEI Federation of Agriculture and the provincial departments of Agriculture and Fisheries, Communities Land and Environment, and Justice and Public Safety together with the PEI ATV Federation and the PEI Snowmobile Federation.
“There was a need to ensure the information was out there for riders – as well as landowners –so they know the law especially as it relates to operating off-highway vehicles around the farming community,” said Executive Director Robert Godfrey of the Federation of Agriculture, which is leading the initiative.
“The federation certainly commends the provincial government for joining this effort, as well as the off-highway vehicle community that has stepped in and helped design this educational book.”
Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Alan McIsaac agrees that this initiative will be beneficial to Island farmers.
"The farming community is an integral part of our rural communities and our Island economy,” Minister MacIsaac said. “Ensuring farms are protected from crop damage -- and off-highway vehicle operators have proper knowledge of the laws – is an effort this government has been happy to collaborate on.”
The free booklet is available at all Access PEI locations and at the PEI Federation of Agriculture in Charlottetown. The snowmobile and ATV federations will also provide a copy to all trail pass holders this winter.
Now that the booklet has been released, government will step-up enforcement in the coming months to prevent damage to agricultural land.
The PEI Federation of Agriculture is an industry association that speaks as a united voice for Island farmers. The membership consists of 600 producers, drawn from all commodities. It exists to help improve the sustainability of Island farmers and farm families.
Department of Agriculture and Fisheries