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.
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. When participating in a hunting season that allows off-road vehicle use, follow all applicable rules.
Persons who damage or destroy habitat, state property, gates or fences are subject to arrest.
If you have questions about responsible off-road vehicle use, contact us at BabcockWebbORV@MyFWC.com.