IFW Committee approves hike in ATV registration fees

The legislature’s Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee voted unanimously on July 10 to approve a hefty fee increase for ATV registrations to pay for trail maintenance.

The committee also added a provision to allow the state and landowners to restrict ATV sizes on trails.

The ATV fees will go up $25 across the board, meaning for every type of registration, the resident will go from $45 to $70, NR 7-day from $75 to $100 and NR annual from $90 to $115 to go into effect on May 1, 2021 in time for when folks can begin registering for the 21-22 season.



George Smith

About George Smith

George stepped down at the end of 2010 after 18 years as the executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine to write full time. He writes a weekly editorial page column in the Kennebec Journal and Waterville Morning Sentinel, a weekly travel column in those same newspapers (with his wife Linda), monthly columns in The Maine Sportsman magazine, two outdoor news blogs (one on his website, georgesmithmaine.com, and one on the website of the Bangor Daily News), and special columns for many publications and newsletters. Islandport Press published a book of George's favorite columns, "A Life Lived Outdoors" in 2014. In 2014, George also won a Maine Press Association award for writing the state's bet sports blog. In 2016, Down East Books published George's book, Maine Sporting Camps, and Islandport Press published George and his wife Linda's travel book, Take It From ME, about their favorite Maine inns and restaurants.