My only involvement is in regards to the Cherry Tree Lane property that I discussed in an earlier post. As I mentioned, a local man submitted a proposal to DNR to turn an unused parcel of land (roughly 100 acres of hilly terrain about 1/2 mile from the nearest dwelling) into a public use OHV park for Jeeps, dirtbikes, etc. A group of people including myself put in some initial work on the property after the DNR agreed to work with the group (specifically the gentleman who had organized and submitted the proposal) to open up the land for OHV use. After allowing us to waste time cleaning up the area the DNR then decided to post no-OHV signs around the property and informed the gentleman who had submitted the proposal and organized the work group that the property would be for equestrian trails only.
This is only one example so forgive me if my "track record of broken promises" comment was a bit of a blanket statement. I'm sure, however, that this is not the only instance of the State saying one thing and doing another with regards to OHV use. In the dozen or so years that I have been involved with OHV's I have seen only reductions and closures of legal riding areas and nothing to substantially convince me that the DNR intends to do otherwise in the future.
I appreciate any work you've done on behalf of the OHV community and I'd like to see things change as much as anyone; from what I've read in your earlier posts things sound somewhat hopeful. Frankly, however, I think unless a drastic political realignment occurs in this state (another thread for another forum, perhaps) most of our work to open riding areas will be for naught.
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