Non-highway and Off-Road Vehicle Activities Program (NOVA)

The Non-highway and Off-Road Vehicle Activities (NOVA) Program helps develop and manage recreation opportunities for such activities as cross-country skiing, hiking, horseback riding, mountain bicycling, hunting, fishing, sightseeing, motorcycling, and riding all-terrain and four-wheel drive vehicles.

By statute, activities supported by the NOVA Program must be accessed via a "Non-highway Road" (NHR). These are roads open to the public but not constructed with gasoline tax revenues. NHRs are found in National Forests and National Parks and include such popular routes as those leading to Paradise and Sunrise in Mt. Rainier National Park, Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park, and Windy Ridge in the Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. Across the state, NHRs are used by recreationists to access rivers and forest lands.

Funds that support IAC's NOVA grant program are from two sources. First, is a portion of the motor vehicle gasoline tax paid by users of off-road vehicles (ORVs) and non-highway roads. Second, is the amount paid for ORV use permits.

Eligible grant recipients include municipalities, state and federal agencies, and tribal governments. Eligible projects include planning, maintenance and operation, and ORV education and enforcement.

Administering Agency
Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO)

Funded Projects and Applications
A complete list of current grant applications and all projects funded in this program can be accessed at:

WDFW first received funding under NOVA in 2004. Two projects were funded: Connors to Forde Lake Trail ($100,000 grant) and Sprague Lake Trail ($61,319 grant).