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Old 01-25-2010, 07:26 AM   #1
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ATV trails closed in Botetourt County, VA

ATV trails closed in Botetourt County
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Published: January 24, 2010


FINCASTLE -- The U.S. Forest Service has closed a trail system in Botetourt County, where erosion caused by four-wheeling has created high levels of sediment in nearby streams.
After completing water-quality monitoring, the Forest Service decided to close the Patterson Mountain ATV Trail System, a 16-mile network that consists of a main route and 10 side trails.
Regular use by all-terrain vehicles has reduced some the trails to shallow trenches, routing dirt and mud into the waterways during times of heavy rain and snow. Testing found that trail conditions didn't comply with the Jefferson National Forest plan.
The Patterson Mountain trail system is one of four such attractions in the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests.



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Old 01-25-2010, 08:03 AM   #2
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Old 01-25-2010, 10:39 AM   #3
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Geez.... Another taken away, just like Tellico
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Old 01-25-2010, 02:34 PM   #4
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It is my understanding that this might not be permanent .... I also thought an ATV club raised money for repairs ??? I will ask a friend of mine that works in the Forest Service to be sure.

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Old 01-25-2010, 03:52 PM   #5
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Do any of the clubs participate in "work days"?
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Old 01-25-2010, 06:16 PM   #6
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I have a 4x4 tractor with loader etc and I could help with trail repair.


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Old 01-25-2010, 08:25 PM   #7
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I have a 4x4 tractor with loader etc and I could help with trail repair.
I have a truck with lawn chairs and a cooler in the back. I'll watch you work Chris!

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Old 11-15-2012, 04:10 PM   #8
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Anyone know if this has been re-opened yet?
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Old 11-16-2012, 05:30 AM   #9
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I can confirm that Patterson Creek Rd is open. 10-ish miles of forest road with several creek crossings. As for the ORV trails I dunno.
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Old 11-16-2012, 05:52 AM   #10
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My 2 cents.........

This type of closings will continue , the problem is the OHV areas are too small by design.
The people writing the rules intentionally use a small area to amplify the effects of OHV use. For example ....how many miles of trails and roads are in the GW & TJ national forests? How are they used.......bicycles, horses, hiking and OHV. I would be willing to bet the OHV is the smallest amount of trails.
AS a friend of mine once said " Ya caint grow grass in a feed lot! ", and there is the problem......too little area leads to overuse, which leads to closure.
Just sayin.........
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