State cracking down on ATV riding

SOUTHWICK, Mass. (WWLP) – The State Division of Fisheries and Wildlife has a message for people who drive off-road vehicles:  stay out of Southwick’s Wildlife Management Areas.

About 30 people attended a public meeting where Environmental Police and Wildlife officials outlined the dangers dirt bikes and ATV’s pose to sensitive habitats.

Southwick is one of two communities in the state that are home to rare grassland habitats where two threatened bird species thrive.

Off-road vehicles are not allowed there.

“So we’re out tonight as an informational meeting to tell people we’re gonna crack down on this.  We don’t want to get them fined.  We just rather they go somewhere else.  Somewhere where it’s legal to use them.  Rather than where it’s not legal,” Robert Deblinger said,

Deblinger told 22News the other rare grassland habitat where they’re cracking down on off-road vehicles is on Cape Cod.

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