Monument to curb off-road vehicles

From Times Wire Reports

Off-road vehicles will be banned from part of the Sonoran Desert National Monument early next year because reckless riders have done extensive environmental damage, federal officials say.

Kevin Harper of the Bureau of Land Management and other officials said riders had ignored postings, taken their vehicles off designated roads, carved new trails and mangled vegetation. In doing so, they have created ruts and other problems for the desert ecology, the officials said.

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