Greeting fellow trail enthusiasts! There is a lot going on:
·In case you hadn’t heard about it, National Trails Day is this Saturday - June 4, 2011. To see a list of Events in Maryland - go to the American Hiking Society’s Webpage and check out 35 events being held in Maryland. http://www.americanhiking.org/NTD.aspx
·From the Boating Services group in DNR Water Trails Newsletter – Don’t miss the boat! See list of events on the water commemorating National Trails Day.
·June 11th 2011 is National Go Outdoors Day checkout their Website which supports First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move Outside” campaign.
·Need some more good ideas? Check out DNR Online’s Calendar anytime
·Off-Road Vehicle Update: DNR had to close three popular ORV Trails due to damage to the adjacent resources. However, the Department is forming an ORV Stakeholder Workgroup to assist in the identification of new trail opportunities and has launched a new Webpage to simplify access to ORV information on DNR lands. Read the Latest Press Release
·Help Maryland Plant Trees! Last year, thanks to your help our State was third in the United States and raised over $17,000 for our Parks. Please continue to Vote to plant a tree in Maryland. It’s free! http://odwalla.com/plantatree/
·Maryland Trails is planning to host another round of Regional Roundtable meetings this Fall. We are looking for host sights and sponsors. If you want to help or host, please email us with your ideas.
I received that as well. The update is . . .well, no update.
"The Department recognizes that ORV trails and riding are an important part of the Maryland outdoor recreation community and pledges to identify new and improved trail locations. Options include several privately owned sites with ‘ready to ride’ trail systems in place that could be purchased or leased by DNR and/or our partners to provide public ORV trail access. DNR is also considering several existing public land locations for inclusion in this new trail evaluation process."
Test rides anyone? It's a long shot, but I'm sending an email . . .
The leader of the 'stakeholders' group is Paul Peditto:
Paul A. Peditto, (410) 260-8549
Director, DNR Wildlife and Heritage Service,
Tawes State Office Building E-1, Annapolis, MD, 21401,
If you get a response from him that would make you think that he read/would read your email let us know because i'll send one too.
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Originally Posted by Paul Peditto, DNR Manager/ ORV Stakeholder Workgroup
" . . . members have been named members for the ORV Stakeholder Workgroup. This group will guide us in determining possible locations for new ORV trails in MD. As mentioned in our last message, we intend to meet quarterly with a goal of identifying at least one new trail system in the next twelve months. This will require several on-site meetings in the field at locations worthy of consideration.
This workgroup will include non-riders but our focus will be on development of new ORV trail riding opportunities so please keep that in mind as it will mean a majority of members will be trail riders (including larger street-legal 4x4's, atvs, side-by-sides, dirt bikes -- dual-purpose and otherwise; and snowmobiles).
Thank you one and all of your input and patience thus far; and thank you in advance to our workgroup members for their time and attention. I anticipate our first meeting will occur in July so please reply by the end of this week so we can begin planning for our first visit."
There's about 18 people from all different ends of the offroad spectrum making up this committee. I'll keep you guys updated as far as the next step, whether it be labor while cutting trails or answering polls and writing letters.
Thanks for everything you have done so far. Hopefully we'll see on OHV park in Md soon.
Effective immediately, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
has permanently closed three of the State's off-road vehicle (ORV) trails;
the Green Ridge Trail at Green Ridge State Forest, Chandler Trail at
Pocomoke State Forest, and Poplar Lick Trail at Savage River State Forest.
These trails had been temporarily closed pending the results of a forest
certification audit. The decision is based on the results of environmental
assessments conducted by the Department and the results of our recent forest certification audit. That audit completed last week is part of the State's
effort to receive dual certification for all three western Maryland State
Forests - a move that will protect the $950 million western Maryland forest
products industry, which employs 9,200 people.