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Old November 4th, 2010, 10:10 PM   #1
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Default GLFWDA Land Use Report - Oct 11th - 31st

The end of October (after the Quarterly) was BUSY!

I've told all of you many times that I am a poor typist at best, so I won't go into all the details and background conversations and will probably skip over a few of the lesser projects, but here are the highlights:

Savanna Ecosystem Restoration Project:

Oct. 14th - I was asked to speak about the Savanna Ecosystem Restoration Project at the Otto Twp Meeting. There was an article in the local paper about it and it was on TV13 out of Grand Rapids, so attendance was VERY high. The locals are NOT happy about the NFS' desire to cut 4500 acres of 120 year old trees and close the last 10 miles of roads in the area for the Karner Blue Butterfly.

Oct. 17th - Discussion with the Otto Twp Supervisor led to agreement that the Supervisor would begin to form a "Friends of the White River" Non-Profit group so that donations could be sought to pay for legal representation to oppose the Savanna Project.

Oct. 18th - Met with the Otto Twp Supervisor and their Attorney to discuss the attorney's willingness to represent the "Friends of the White River" to oppose the Savanna Project. He is willing and we also discussed the project's process and attributes.

Oct. 23rd - Met with the Otto Twp Supervisor and others to review the Project's Environmental Assessment and formulate ideas for everyone's Comments to the Project.

Oct. 24th and 25th - wrote and delivered the GLFWDA/UFWDA Comments to the Project.

56th St Abandonment:

Oct. 11th - I received word that abutting land owners were considering petitioning the Oceana CRC for Abandonment of 56th St Seasonal Road because of erosion and 4x4 damage to the hillside.

Oct. 16th - Inspected the roadway with the neighbors. We have come up with a plan to repair the damage and put the road back on its original line. It is badly eroded on a large hill and has become overgrown on its south end - forcing traffic to use the adjacent farmer's field access road for the first quarter mile (much to the farmer's distaste).

Oct. 26th - Contacted the OCRC Managing Director to ask if he thought our plan would be acceptable to the Commission. We would need 3 things from the OCRC:
1) A Permit to conduct activities
2) Move the Seasonal Road Sign back to the original easement
3) Provide us with 1 or 2 dump-trucks of large size gravel for us to place on the hillside to repair the damage and prevent it from eroding again.

He found the plan acceptable and offered several hints on how to fill out the Permit Application to get it approved more easily. Work will occur in the spring.

Region 9 Review of the Baldwin Ranger District:

Oct. 20th - Bob DeVore and I along with the President and LUC Chairman of the Two Trackers attended the Review at the request of District Ranger Les Russell. Not much was really accomplished, but we did strengthen our relationships with Les, and several others in the NFS as well as Lynn Boyde (DNRE's Director of FMFM) who were all in attendance.

Trans UP ORV Trail/Route:

Oct. 21st - Attended a combined meeting of MiTrale, SORVA and DNRE to discuss progress of the Trans UP Trail/Route that has been in the works for several years now. Progress is being made, but there are still several hurdles to overcome. Lack of public ownership in several places is a big one. The NFS is another. Most of this project WILL be ORV Route available for 4x4 use. Primarily on old RR Grades, but at least it establishes motorized travel corridors in many new areas that can be added to later if we wish. I have maps if anyone would like copies of them.

MSTAC ORV Advisory Work-group (ORVAW):

Oct. 23rd - Received confirmation that I will be allowed to represent GLFWDA on the ORVAW. The ORVAW will handle the day to day operational items in much the same way the former ORV Advisory Board did. The only difference is that they will report to the MSTAC instead of directly to the DNRE. MSTAC will have a work-group dedicated to each trail discipline; ORVs, Equestrian, Snowmobile, and Non-Motorized (Hiking and Biking).

ORV Safety Education Manual Development Work-group:

Oct. 26th - Received a Draft copy of the 2011 ORV Safety Education Manual. GLFWDA submitted 4x4 and extraction information to be included several months ago. The Draft still had a few things that needed correction. These have been submitted and will be corrected before printing.

Lower Peninsula Citizen's Advisory Councils:

Oct. 13th - Submitted Application and Resume for consideration to be named a member of the Western LP Citizen's Advisory Council.

Bob DeVore and Pat Kinne are also working feverishly on other Projects on behalf of GLFWDA.


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