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Unread 03-22-2011, 04:45 PM   #1
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Maryland DNR recs to close Greenridge !!!

From today's Frederick News Post
Md. eyes ATV trail closures, tighter enforcement
HAGERSTOWN (AP) — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources says it’s considering closing the state’s most popular off-road vehicle trail as part of a plan to curb environmental damage and illegal riding.
The agency released the recommendations Tuesday.
They include closing the 18-mile loop in western Maryland’s Green Ridge State Forest.
It is one of 41 trails, both legal and illegal, where the DNR found natural resources highly impacted. The factors include damage to rare, threatened and endangered species or sensitive habitats.
The agency also is considering tighter enforcement and higher fees for off-road vehicle use statewide.
The DNR is accepting public comments on the recommendations through April 30.
The agency says it will discuss the report with stakeholders and all-terrain vehicle users at a meeting Wednesday in Owings Mills.

Md DNR Press release

http://www.dnr.state.md.us/dnrnews/p...011/032211.asp

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Unread 03-22-2011, 04:51 PM   #2
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Hope you guys have a huge turnout to voice your displeasure with this.
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Unread 03-22-2011, 05:47 PM   #3
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Good luck keeping the trails open!

This should also serve as a slap to all the morons riding illegally and/or straying off the trail.
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Unread 03-23-2011, 02:38 PM   #4
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This is horrible. I haven't even managed to get down there yet!
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Unread 03-23-2011, 03:07 PM   #5
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I plan on going down there on the 2nd. Hopefully I can make a run before it closes..
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Unread 03-23-2011, 04:26 PM   #6
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Now they say they're considering closing the trails. Read the link, it actually sounds like good news:

"DNR will meet with stakeholders and ORV enthusiasts to start a dialogue, and along with the department’s findings, take the actions necessary to close or reconfigure trails, as well as identify possible new trail opportunities. The results of the studies and the meeting dialogue will have a direct impact on the future use of ORV trails on DNR lands."

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"The Statewide Off-Road Vehicle Trail Assessment indicates there may be potential opportunities for designating new trails on DNR lands.

“The assessment provides a starting point for dialogue with ORV trail users to explore possible options for future Off-Road Trail sites,” said Paul Peditto, director of DNR-Wildlife and Heritage Service.
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Maybe I'm just an optimist . . .
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Unread 03-24-2011, 07:42 AM   #7
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HUB, as much as I'd like to hope you're right... I dunno.
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Unread 03-24-2011, 05:13 PM   #8
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hope you guys fight like heck to keep it open. i'd imagine it's a lot easier to keep it open, that try to reopen them after their closed.
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Unread 04-27-2011, 04:36 PM   #9
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that sux for the people that are stock. but if your lifted im sure you would rather go to rausch creek anyway. i did greenridge once and it was nice but i never planned on going back. theres just no obstacles or challenges to drive and thats what i like.
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Unread 04-29-2011, 05:13 PM   #10
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I'm lifted and I enjoyed it. There are trails, campsites, drinking, and a range.

RC is good if you're going for the trails and leaving, but we went to grsf for a weekend at a time.
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i usualy camp at rausch. last time we were there for 4 days
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