Less than a month away from the 16 year old off-road event that he helped found, NOHVCC Tennessee announces the return of David Lotz back to the statewide OHV leadership team. Lotz brings a great deal of experience to the table.
Apparently his love of the outdoors began in West Virginia at an early age, he says he has been enjoying riding off-road motorcycles in the woods since 1966. In the late 1980's, due to this love for his off-road hobby, he became concerned with all the OHV public land closures in the west and could see it eventually coming to Tennessee and the south east (which it did). He started actively campaigning for a statewide OHV organization through the Blue Ribbon Coalition, the American Motorcyclist Association and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.
During this time, Lotz was asked by Bob Richards with Department of Environment and Conservation to be the Off Highway Representative on the Recreational Trails Program Advisory Board He was also asked by Eric Lundquist, American Motorcyclist Association Legislative Affairs Officer to be the NOHVCC State Partner for Tennessee.
It was also at this point that Lotz was approached by the regional sales representative for Polaris ATV to form a state ATV association. Lotz' reply was GREAT but it will not work unless you include all forms of OHV recreation. The Volunteer State Trailriders Association (VSTA) was born and Lotz became the first president.
Although now defunct, VSTA started the movement that was responsible for OHV4TN, the 2004 TN OHV Act and the 16 year old Fall Trail Ride at Loretta Lynn’s (this year Oct 18, 19, 20), put on by Tom Stotler, President of Southern Woods Rider, that attracts over a 1000 participants, ages 3-80, to Loretta Lynn's Tennessee ranch which also holds the AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship every year.
Along the way, Lotz also helped form a local off-road motorcycle club named Middle Tennessee Dirt Riders which exists to this day and has a Spring Trail ride at Loretta Lynn’s as well. Although still in "retirement" from OHV leadership, he continued to support the statewide OHV cause. In 2008, Lotz became the first charter member of the Tennessee Off Highway Vehicle Association (TOHVA), the organization that replaced VSTA.
When asked why he came out of OHV leadership retirement, Lotz chuckled "I chose to back away from a leadership roll in the OHV community and let new blood with new ideas continue the quest, now that I have been away for a few years I feel the need to rejoin the mission and help the team create the statewide system of OHV trails that we envisioned so long ago, this part of the journey should be fun and I want to be there to enjoy the last legs of the ride".