Hello SVTR Members,
While our trails remain closed, we have been cleared to start working on getting them ready to open for the season. We are planning a work party weekend for Sat 5/21 and Sun 5/22. We will also have a pot luck cookout after the work party on Sunday afternoon.
Lloyd and I toured the trails with the land owner this weekend to find out what needed to be done. For the most part, things are in okay shape. Lots of culverts that need to be cleaned out, water bars to be fixed up and some but not too much deadfall to be cleared.
In addition, there are some changes that the land owner has requested. A section of trail 7 needs to be closed and re-routed down trail 12. The steep rough section of trail 6 is being closed and a bypass has been cut to connect the large trail 1 – 6 loop. This new section will need a fair amount of work to clean up and smooth out. Another bypass for a washed out section of trail 1 has been marked but not yet cut.
The plan for this weekend will be to clean culverts, fix water bars and cleanup deadfall. Tools required: Chain saw, rakes, shovels, tater diggers, loppers. Once we get this done, we can move on to the other projects. The land owner has asked that we be more aggressive about cutting back the brush this year so many of the upcoming work parties will focus on that.
Per the landowners request, we are asked that all 4×4 machines stay in four wheel drive while on his trails and that any 2 wheel drive machines should use tire chains to help prevent tire spin when climbing over the ledgy hill climbs.
Bring a lunch for yourself on Sat and bring a dish to share for the pot luck cookout on Sunday. As usual, the club will provide the burgers, dogs and buns.
PLEASE NOTE: The trails are not yet open for riding. We have permission to hold the organized work party this weekend. Depending the outcome of this effort will help determine if we can open for the riding season. While Lloyd and I were out with the landowner this weekend, we encountered 3 riders on the trails with expired TADs. This did not look good for VASA or our club. We need to respect our land owner’s wishes or we won’t have a place to ride. Not to mention, instances of illegal riding go a long way to work against VASA’s efforts to open up riding opportunities on state lands. At the club meeting coming up this Thursday 5/19, we will be discussing how we as a club handle incidents like this in the future. If you have any thoughts on this subject, we’d be happy to hear them at the meeting.
MEETING REMINDER: This Thursday 5/19 is the May SVTR club meeting at the Newbrook fire station, 7Pm. We will be signing up memberships after the meeting is adjourned. If joining, please bring your valid ATV registration (Any state accepted) and cash or check.
Some agenda items in no specific order:
- Work party details, work to be done, planning.
- Illegal riding, how to handle.
- Cookout planning.
- T-Shirt/Sweatshirt committee, reassignment of duties.
- Trail signage / trail map updates.
We look forward to seeing you at the meeting and the work party.
VP & Webmaster, SVTR