April 12th, 2006, 08:19 PM
Get Up and Go
Join Date: 11-05-05
Location: Oak Park, Michigan
Your Favorite Trail Could Now Be Legal
Posted on glfwda.org
As of last Sundays quarterly meeting there has been very low response to this request. Get out your maps and contact Jim (e-mail below) he will send carrier pigeons if that is required.
[quote name='kb8ymf' date='Mar 13 2006, 07:39 AM' post='11943']
There has rarely, if ever been an opportunity presented to us that will ever be better! These are once in a lifetime!
The short version is as follows: The DNR has been instructed to develop an additional ~724 miles in Michigan for ORV usage. This will be divided up between single track, ATV, and Full size vehicles. The DNR has no idea what any of the users groups want or where to start to begin identifying these new trails.
Great Lakes is part the MMRC, (Michigan Motorized Recreation Council) which is a group the user based organizations in Michigan of which we are the ONLY full sized group represented! This group will be proposing to the DNR where these new trail should be located.
This is where we cone in. We need to identify all the new routes we would like to be added to the inventory of ORV trails in Michigan.
So........here's our opportunity. My plan right now is to ask everyone to use the DNR maps of the state ORV trails as a starting point to identify the additional routes.
Connecting the routes to existings one's will make the nomination process more successful. But don't limit the suggestions based on that fact. If you need other maps to define the routes, do it! I'll take what ever you have.
Additionally we will ask for more 'rock courses' and 'challenging play areas' in lieu of trail miles also.
Copying and pasting those maps into a .ppt file or making them a Bitmap and using paintbrush may also be a valid way to communicate the new routes. any way you can get the info to me works just fine.
We will also be requesting improvements to use areas we already have. The only drawback to this type of suggestion is that we have no method to communicate what this should look like. For eaxmple, a 'log field' consisting of 18" to 24" diameter logs laid, (or tied) down. How do we tie them down? How many do we want? How long? how wide? Spacing? On a hill or not? all things the DNR will need to properly describe and submit to be able to build such an area. Same goes for the 'rock course'. We still have no[u] method, i.e. video, to show the DNR what a 'rock course' even looks like.
Deadline, as we know it today, to submit the routes is April 8th.
This will be the last chance we'll ever have to get something a little more in Michigan for us to play on.
Send the info to my firstname.lastname@example.org acct.