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Babcock-Webb WMA ORV Issues

Babcock-Webb Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is a 75,000-acre area established to conserve wildlife populations for us and future generations to enjoy. Visitors to Babcock-Webb can take part in a range of activities such as seasonal hunting, fishing and wildlife viewing.

Off-Road Vehicle Concerns

Historically, the impacts of off-road vehicle use on Babcock-Webb WMA were relatively minor. Use and related damage has increased sharply over the past 10 years. The images on this page show damage over time of the WMA.

The tight circles seen in these photos are caused by modified trucks and side-by-side sport utility vehicles. Swamp buggies used for hunting also have increased in size and speed over the years. Inappropriate use can result in other patterns of damage, such as rings around wetlands.

Fire and water shape this landscape. Many animals are adapted to the habitats created by these natural forces. Over time, the rutting and erosion caused by off-road vehicles can permanently damage vegetation and inhibit the natural flow of water. The influence of the damage extends beyond the immediate footprint of the scar. Bare ground interrupts fires that maintain healthy wildlife habitat.

Proposed Solutions

"No Vehicles Beyond This Point" signs that has been ignored and stands in front of vehicle tracks in a wetland

"No Vehicles Beyond This Point" signs are often ignored.

The FWC is reaching out to WMA visitors to create awareness of this problem. This will include outreach tools, meetings with user groups and an increased law enforcement presence to encourage compliance with off-road vehicle regulations. We encourage everyone who values and enjoys Babcock-Webb WMA to become part of the solution.

What Can I Do?

Stay on the road. See a map of roads open for public vehicle use year-round at Babcock-Webb.

When participating in a hunting season that allows off-road vehicle use, follow all applicable rules.

Report violations by calling the FWC's Wildlife Alert Hotline at 1-888-404-FWCC(3922) or visiting MyFWC.com/WildlifeAlert.

Spread the word by sharing the information on this web page or the Babcock-Webb ORV Use Flyer.

If you have questions about responsible off-road vehicle use, contact us at BabcockWebbORV@MyFWC.com.