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Old August 23rd, 2011, 07:08 PM   #1
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Default PLEASE Help GLFWDA Save 56th Ave Near Silver Lake!

* Who: Four wheelers and those willing to help save this road

* What: Bobcats and Kubota type tractors would be a BIG help, saws, shovels, hard tined rakes. sledge hammers, post-hole diggers, leather palmed work gloves, and eye protection

* When: 9:00 AM on Saturday, September 17th
RAIN DATE 9:00 AM Saturday, October 1st

* Where: We'll meet at the Park-N-Ride lot on the north east corner of US-31 and M-20 then travel to the site together.

* WHY: Great Lakes Four Wheel Drive Association has partnered with adjacent residents and the Oceana County Road Commission to provide some badly needed maintenance to 56th Ave immediately north of Marshville Dam Road. This is one of the few Seasonal Roads in the Silver Lake area that provide an easy trail ride for those seeking an alternative to the Dunes while they're in the area. Through the years some parts of the road have become overgrown while the hill it traverses has recently begun to erode. The erosion is happening startlingly fast and needs to be addressed ASAP. Adjoining land owners were going to petition the OCRC to have it abandoned, and the OCRC would probably have done so since they lack the funding to make effective repairs. We see this attitude quite frequently. But, through the intervention of GLFWDA, a compromise plan was developed that will benefit all parties. The adjoining land owners don't have to worry about the erosion, or having the road's path shift onto their land. The OCRC won't be asked to supply labor they can not afford for such a little traveled road. We get to continue to use it. There are a handful of other Seasonal Roads that provide a nice trail ride with some minor 4wd use on hills and in sandy areas. The OCRC is willing to drop the gravel we will need to fill the erosion, but the labor is up to those of us who would like to continue to have access.


PLEASE HELP US SAVE THIS RUSTIC ROAD!

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Old August 23rd, 2011, 09:13 PM   #2
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In with tractor. Thanks for setting this up Pat.
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Old August 23rd, 2011, 09:18 PM   #3
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17th is doable for me. Already had vacation planned for that date and event I planned to attend got rescheduled on me so I am free for it
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Old August 23rd, 2011, 09:20 PM   #4
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Yeah, that works for me............see you there Pat.
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Old August 23rd, 2011, 09:20 PM   #5
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If I don't have to work I am in as well .
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i just put the date in front of the boss and it's on the calendar. I can show up with chainsaw, shovels, hard tined rake, sledge hammer, leather palmed work gloves, and eye protection.

I'm thinking I'll bring the Wag or TJ out and play at the dunes on sunday before heading home...
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Old August 23rd, 2011, 09:35 PM   #7
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I will bring a chain saw and some shovels and a rake also. I have gloves too. Are we gonna do lunch after wards.
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Old August 23rd, 2011, 09:39 PM   #8
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I will bring a chain saw and some shovels and a rake also. I have gloves too. Are we gonna do lunch after wards.
Always thinking about eating......
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Always thinking about eating......

Well ya' know,......its not too far to the Brown Bear from there.
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Old August 23rd, 2011, 09:48 PM   #10
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In. How many tractors do we need? I might be able to score another one if need be.
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Old August 23rd, 2011, 09:48 PM   #11
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I will help out however I can.
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Old August 23rd, 2011, 09:51 PM   #12
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I'll try to get work off. Close to me, need a day trip anyways!
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Old August 23rd, 2011, 09:56 PM   #13
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This sounds like a great cause, let me see If im working that weekend.
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I will be there with tractor in tow.
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I bet we could use every tractor we could get our hands on. It's a pretty long hill. There's also some grading work on the south end that needs to be taken care of.

Lunch AFTERWORDS? We can talk about it in the morning, but I think we'll be lucky to get the project done in a day. Maybe we can send someone out to pick something up? Best bet would be to pack a cooler with plenty of non-alcoholic beverages, lunch and snacks.

THANK YOU folks!
If this one goes well, it should make it easier to get OCRC approval to do a few others that need help. This could result in a pretty nice little loop of trails right near SL! Maybe even a loop leading out to the NFS lands in the NE corner of the county too.
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if i have that weekend off ill come give a hand, but i have no tools or tracots or anything. just a pair of gloves and my body. will anyone have extra shit we can use?
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Yes we will. Dont worry there will be plenty to do.
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Old August 24th, 2011, 04:24 PM   #18
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I'm in if you guys think there's anything I can do to help.... I can do minor grading with the quad and blade, but nothing really large or heavy. Also I can pull materials/branches/shrubs on the trailer behind the quad too- but none of those are things that you big boy Kabotas can't handle in 1/2 the time.

Just let me know!
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Actually a quad just might be the ticket for pulling logs. We're trying to gain permission from adjoining land owners to take a couple of trees to cut up and use for retaining structures under the surface, as well as fill. I don't know how maneuverable the tractors would be on the side of the hill or out in the woods. I can't guarantee it would end up being needed, but if you're willing to bring it, it just might be the prefect tool for some situations.

Thanks for the offer!

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Old August 24th, 2011, 04:33 PM   #20
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