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  1. amuzme

    amuzme Limited User

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    Northumberland Trail Ride Friday, April 28, 2006

    Proposed Moratorium on Motorized Vehicles

    Warren Thaxter had an issue arise on Monday morning regarding the NTR Trail Ride scheduled for May 21.

    NTR had submitted an application for a permit to hold the Northumberland Trail Ride and received a report from the staff of Northumberland County that proposed a moratorium on motorized vehicles rather than the approval they were seeking. It was a very strong attempt by staff to use the political process to sneak in a ban on motorized use.

    Experiences with council meetings in others areas allowed the OFTR to provide some suggestions as to how to approach the Northumberland County Council.

    Warren was invited to speak to council and presented a very strong case against the moratorium. He was successful is getting the motion deferred. I think the councilors were wise to the strategy of the staff and almost said “Shame on you” to the staff. The motion was almost completely defeated!

    The councilors in Northumberland are pro-stewardship and responsible use. They seem to have a better understanding than other politicians.

    The second problem was the permit was not on the agenda so I passed a note to one of the mayors reminding them to propose a motion to approve the permits. They probably would have figured it out but I thought a little reminder would not hurt.

    The issue made the front page of Cobourg Daily Star yesterday. Here is the last paragraph:
    "In the end, the motion, prepared by Mr. Macmillian and Brighton Mayor Christine Herrington and passed unanimously, called for events to go ahead, and for a forest master plan to be completed by Dec. 31, 2007.

    For those of you that are not aware, Warren is a founding member of the OFTR and his signature is on the OFTR incorporation documents from 1992. His personal efforts have paid off after 14 years!


    Ken

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  2. Bill

    Bill Limited User

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    Thanks for the update. I was out today helping clear single track for the upcoming trailride..no one rides this stuff. The trails are so over grown that at times you can barely see them. All day it was riders blasting up and down the "trail" that is 20 feet wide. Don't these guys know there are trails to ride? Same thing at the Ganny. If these riders would get off the really wide stuff they would disappear into the woods and we would at least reduce the number of complaints from the locals who have every right to be angry. I attended the OFTR meeting recently and was very impressed with all the hard work and effort being put into resolving trail usage issues. It was a long meeting but it sure was worth it. I learned alot. Somehow the message has to get out to all riders everywhere or it's going to be impossible to ride anywhere.
  3. dirtbill

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    Bill:

    I was out in the Ganny on Saturday, doing some pre-ride and cleanup for the Mini-pine and you're absolutely right, no users on single track, but I could hear plenty of guys tearing up and down the fire roads.

    It's a shame to see all Warren's past efforts being ignored, we have to get the yahoo's out of the forest, so the rest of us protect our riding areas.

    Single track motorcycle tails nearly disappear after one or two seasons of non-use, we can't let that happen.
  4. BillO

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    Actually, I’m all for keeping the yahoos off the single track, so that’s good. It makes it safer for people that like to ride. I’m with you on keeping them out of the woods altogether too. This is why we need a trail pass system. It will support our riding areas and the patrols will keep the yahoos away.

    The same thing happens in my neck of the woods. Near my place in Bracebridge is a big pit and attached to that is about 50 acres of woods. There’s a short single-track loop through the woods (~2.5km) that no one uses. The yahoos stay out in the open running into each other. My son practices for his HS races there in complete privacy. Well, except for me, but I’m just there so that he can pass me every 4 or 5 laps. That’s good practice too, right?
  5. Gary Graham

    Gary Graham Ride Organizer

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    Even more interesting is that the Ganni isn't open to motor vehicles until May 1st. Hope you weren't in there on your bike.
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    Gary is absolutely correct. Interesting point.
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    Ganny

    I wasn't in the Ganny. I was in Northumberland. :D
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    The horse may have gone and run on this one aleady, but the comment on how quickly the unused trails grow in should be followed up on with a little documented evidense/pics/etc where an overgrown-in trail is seen "cleared" "used" and "grown back in". I personally saw trail I helped clear day-of, and then a year or something down the road where it hadn't been used, and I couldn't actually follow the whole thing, even though I knew where it was. It had just merged back into forest. However, I'll bet that trails worn out to two-track status don't grow in nearly as well - perhaps another point for pondering and discussion.

    Maybe there's still a few unused trails available this year for examples of forest re-growth capability.

    Bart