Ct police state pushing through plans to degrade Pachaug State Forest

Discussion in 'Northeast - Greater Flugistan and home of the carp' started by KeithC, Nov 7, 2017.

  1. Moto Jimmy

    Moto Jimmy Making the transition

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    Just to make it somewhat clear for everyone on the potential footprint impact, I highlighted the range parcels in question (yellow) against the aerial mapping with the Pachaug loop (red w/ balloons). A short section of 'trail' will abut the site but shouldn't be impacted other than aesthetics. However, what their plans for Lee Road may be, would likely be the biggest impact to the loop. I would think they'll want paved access. Is Breakneck Hill Road currently paved? If so, they'll definitely pave Lee, just how far south would be the question...

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    Also, during my reading of various articles, I found it interesting that the owner of the land works for the State's Attorney General's office.
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  2. gks

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    Please don't get me wrong, I am not a supporter of the proposed C.S.P. shooting range in Griswold, but would like to point out that if it were to happen, it may not be so disastrous for the motorcycle trail as some think.
    Using the "Keep Griswold Quiet" website map, I have indicated the current route with a red line and a possible go around with a black line.
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    Currently, at the end of the Voluntown "powerline" trail we take a right on trail 2 (dirt road), go up the hill and take a left on Lee Rd.. Down Lee Rd. a couple of tenths and then right on a trail which comes out on Lawrence Rd. (barely visible on the map) We take a left here, go a ways and right into the "babyhead hill" section.
    For the go around, we would go straight on Lee Rd. rather than left. Continue on Lee & Edwards Mill Rds. to the intersection of Lawrence Rd. ( at the 1 mile radius red line). Left on Lawrence Rd. and we rejoin the trail 1/4 to 1/2 mile further (current trail comes in from the left). Mileage should be about equal, but we would lose maybe 1/2 mile of single track.
    As a member of Central Cycle Club, I have been riding the Pachaug trail since it's inception and know Pachaug S.F. very well. I have spent many hours working on the trail and I am the co-creator of the dual sport route used at the turkey run. It has been many years since I needed a route sheet, so I can't give exact mileages off the top of my head.
    So, should the range happen, I don't think we are in bad shape.
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  3. KeithC

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    Good accurate post, and as far as not being so disastrous for the loop I have to agree. In my mind there is a lot more to it than loss of part of the enduro loop which is why I'm trying to get the word out. Its encouraging to see people take an interest. Thanks to you and your club for the support over the years, I think it means a lot to a bunch of people.
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  4. Oilhed

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    The state does need more police ranges. But for all the police not just the state police. The one in simsbury is in a flood plain and become unusable at times. The one in Meriden is booked solid. Most local ranges are substandard. The big problem is NIMBY. But I agree it should not be in or adjacent to State Parks or Forests. How about PLUM ISLAND?
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  5. gks

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    Because Plum Island is part of New York, not Connecticut.
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  6. KeithC

    KeithC Been here awhile

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    Need is a strong word. Simsbury may flood occasionally, but isnt one the points of the new facility for "real world" training? a place that floods every few years sounds perfect...the big problem is Ct is B R O K E not NIMBY...we didnt even have money to open Green falls campgrounds, and Mt Mis CG was open only from Memorial Day thru Labor day (most other CGs in state were also closed due to budget constraints)... the range is a special interest project we cannot afford. Icing on cake is that its also being built to accommodate retired troopers, and who knows who else ( maybe families and friends of troopers?) does the state also plan to provide them with ammo, food, and showers when they visit???? who knows because the state is being so secretive about the whole thing.
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  7. Rusty Rocket

    Rusty Rocket Life behind "Bars"

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    no mention of the 1 mile safety buffer. That will extend exactly one mile into the forest (since the land abuts) and no use will be allowed within that zone.
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  8. BMgreenmt

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    Sorry guys, but it’s just a matter of time before CT ruins the last piece of forest available to riding. If not the shooting range, it will be something else....IMO. Good luck.
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  10. sjc56

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    I live in East Windsor very near one of the first sites. One of the things that was brought up it would be more then a target range, there would be SWAT training, explosives , helicopters ,offer training to out of state police ,so more then just a range.
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