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  1. 400 KTM Pilot

    400 KTM Pilot Limited User

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    This is edited version of the minutes:
    MINUTES OF THE GANARASKA FOREST
    RECREATION USERS COMMITTEE
    JUNE 1, 2006


    1. Welcome and Call to Order

    The Chair called the meeting to order at 7 p.m. Members of the committee were welcomed.

    MEMBERS PRESENT: Ian Tate, Brian Hedney, Paul Mooney, Tony Fanara, Marie Toon, Marianne McBride, Bob Short, Ulla Elliott,

    ALSO PRESENT: Steve McMullen, Forest Recreation Technician

    4. Adoption of Agenda

    UC 4/06
    MOVED BY: Brain Hedney
    SECONDED BY: Bob Short

    THAT the agenda be adopted. CARRIED.

    5. Delegations

    none

    6. Business arising from Minutes

    (a) Enforcement update – verbal report

    Staff informed the members that they were still trying to arrange paid duty patrols for this season. The staff sergeant from the Northumberland detachment of the O.P.P. had recently informed staff that they were extremely busy but that they were looking into arranging to have ATVs available for patrols. Staff informed the O.P.P. that using single officers with cruisers was also of interest.

    Staff also commented that they have ordered notice of trespass ticket books, similar to those used by the OFSC in their enforcement program. The notices provide a formal way of advising forest users that they are trespassing. The notices can be given personally to forest users who do not have a valid day pass or membership or can be placed on the windshield of cars that are not displaying a forest parking permit. The notices are printed in duplicate so a record of all those issued can be kept on file.




    (b) Horse trailer parking area improvements – verbal report

    Staff commented that they had taken a look at the horse trailer parking area and that the cost to expand the area was estimated to be $2000-$2500. The majority of the cost would be for the purchase and trucking of fill. Staff stated that they are still waiting to hear from Susan Gambling on the contributions that will be made by various horse clubs, but felt confident that the project could be completed this year.

    (c) Lookout Hill barrier – verbal report

    Staff stated that they had met with Paul Mooney and a representative from the Great Pine Trail Riders in order to develop a plan for the construction of a barrier at the top of Lookout Hill. Two options were discussed at the meeting. Paul Mooney mentioned that he might have access to used utility poles that could be used to construct a sturdy barrier. Staff discussed the possibility of obtaining steel railings from the Municipality of Port Hope, which the Municipality will be removing from the channelized section of the Ganaraska River. Although use of the railings would require concrete footings and therefore more labour than some of the other options, the end product would be very durable and aesthetically pleasing. Staff will not know if the railings will be available for another year.

    Paul Mooney provided an update for the committee, stating that the only utility poles that would be available are of a very large size and would be very difficult to transport and to use to construct a barrier.

    Staff will continue to pursue the steel railing idea and other options will continue to be considered.

    (d) Harvesting update – verbal report

    Staff mentioned that as yet none of the contractors had reported start dates for harvesting operations to the GRCA forester. The contractor responsible for red pine plantation thinning had informed the staff forester that he would not likely start his operations until later in the summer. This includes a stand of red pine located on the ski trail network in the Central Forest.

    8. New Business

    (a) Concerns regarding mini dirt bikes and ATVs – verbal report

    Staff commented that there seemed to be a large number of retailers selling mini dirt bikes and ATVs and asked the members if they thought this might contribute to problems with illegal motorized use in the forest. The members agreed that these small vehicles were widely available and at relatively low prices. They did not seem to think that this had led to any increased use in the forest and said that small ATVs and dirt bikes designed for children had always been available through off-road vehicle dealers.


    Other items

    Marie Toon voiced concerns about the number of off-road vehicles, particularly ATVs, using Boundary Road, resulting residents having to deal with a great deal of dust and noise. Staff commented that the conservation authority had been stepping up their enforcement efforts over the past several years but that off-road vehicle use of maintained municipal roads was something that would have to be dealt with primarily by the police and the municipality. Marie said that she had contacted the police on many occasions but that they were not able to respond in most cases. She also mentioned that she had asked the municipality about applying calcium to the road to keep the dust down, but was told that it would not be done until July. Staff suggested that police have to prioritise their workload, but that by continuing to make them aware of the problem there is more likelihood that resources will be made available to control off-road vehicle use.

    The members and staff stated that ATV use of roads was becoming a bigger problem throughout rural southern Ontario and was something that needed to be dealt with at the provincial level. Staff commented that the Durham Region ATV Safety Coalition, a committee of which both the GRCA and Outback ATV Club are members, were working towards moving forward a resolution to have the province address concerns regarding ATV use.

    9. Adjourn

    The meeting adjourned at 8 p.m. on a motion by Paul Mooney.


    ______________________________________
    CHAIR FOREST RECREATION TECHNICIAN
  2. Neil Edmunds

    Neil Edmunds ODSC Executive

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    Hi Paul,
    Thanks for posting the report. I've had some weekday forest users ask where I got my forest maps. When I tell them the maps were purchased from the kiosk in the forest center parking lot, they are interested in getting some. This doesn't work because the attendant is only there on weekends. Could you please ask if the maps might be sold at the PetroCanada Station?
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    Ganaraska Forest maps are also available at Noons (Petro Can on 115),
    and Ganaraska Leathercraft on Wilcox Rd.
  5. Neil Edmunds

    Neil Edmunds ODSC Executive

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    Thanks Paul. Much more convenient.