More MD DNR Trails Meetings!

Discussion in 'Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge' started by Kyler, Feb 7, 2013.

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    :clap Thanks Dorito for the link to the survey.:clap
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  3. Dorito

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    Best first post...ever :thumb I will try to keep the information updated as I get it. Also, you can find us on facebook or the website MDOHValliance.org

    Welcome to ADV!
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    I will keep an eye on this thread. I also liked on FB.
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  5. Dorito

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    Time is running short. Please get your responses in to the survey soonest!
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    Sidecar Jockey Been here awhile

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    Completed the survey.

    It would be great if they opened more OHV trails!

    PA has started to restrict the use of motorcycles/dirt bikes on their OHV trails... hopefully MD does not follow suit.
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  7. Kyler

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    We expect a State Forest and a WMA to be opened this year. We are working with a county about 600 acres they have and we are working reclaimed coal mines in Allengany Co. Things are looking up!
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  8. Dorito

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    The summer sun rises on western Maryland, and promised to deliver a new start. DNR extended an invitation to the members of Maryland’s new Offroad Vehicle Stakeholder Workgroup. The group was invited to evaluate the St. John’s Rock Trail in Savage River State Forest as a potential new OHV trail! PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS TRAIL IS NOT OPENED TO THE PUBLIC AT THIS TIME!

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    Recently improved and relocated to avoid sensitive environmental areas, including a globally rare tiger beetle, the trail is comprised of a crushed rock base. The staging area boasts a 10-rig parking lot which can accommodate longer tow vehicles with trailers. Space for additional parking is available and a primitive campsite is proposed beside the parking/staging area. While nobody expects a single trail to fulfill every niche from technical riding to beginner friendly, the trail will certainly make an excellent feeder road. Novice and Intermediate OHVers could be enjoying the wilds of Maryland nature shortly, when the trail marking and final vetting is complete.

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    By all accounts though, the St. John’s Rock-Red Dog Trail represents DNR’s commitment to reopen OHVing in Maryland. DNR staff included managers from Savage River and Green Ridge State Forests, the MD. Natural Resource Police, Land Acquisition and Planning and the DNR Trails Manager joined in the evaluation ride. DNR has committed not only personnel today, but countless hours in trail construction which certainly hasn’t gone unnoticed.

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    This trail is not the end of the journey, but a mere milestone. The administration’s budget includes $150K in FY14 for phase II design work. Phase II will likely consist of additional “loops” for intermediate/advanced OHVers as the terrain gets rockier and steeper.

    The day ended with the MD Alliance understanding the proposed next-steps for this project. The DNR will be soliciting public input on the proposed trail. This is required by state regulations governing OHV trail proposals. The timeline includes two weeks to prepare the public notice, 30-45 days to receive input, and two additional weeks to review the results of the public input process and summarize those results. The closing thoughts for the day were management of resources once the property is functional, as well as, volunteer opportunities during the phase II expansion. Continued success of this project is not possible without you; the stakeholder group, DNR and all the associations that the MD OHV Alliance represents.
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  9. badguy

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    Awesome!

    Sorry I've missed this thread, but I did participate in the survey back when it was open if that counts for anything...

    Good job folks!
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  10. Dorito

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    Maryland Department of Natural Resources Proposed Off-Road Vehicle Trail System Expansion

    Public comments will be taken at the September 4th starting at 1900 at New Germany State Park meeting following a presentation by DNR staff.

    Comments will also be received via email or hardcopy through October 4, 2013.
    Comments may be sent to:

    Jack Perdue
    Maryland DNR
    Tawes State Office Building, E-1
    580 Taylor Avenue
    Annapolis, MD 21401

    Or by email to: jperdue@dnr.state.md.us


    http://www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/orv_Projects.asp
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  12. Dorito

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    It's been a while since the Maryland OHV Alliance has reached out to you. The forward momentum has been incredible this year, as we've now have three potential ORV trails pending final adjudication with Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR). As much as we'd like to think this tough part is over, the truth is we still need your voice to be heard!

    Three new ORV Trails being considered are: (1) one ORV Trail in Garrett County on the Savage River State Forest, in the general vicinity of St. John's Rock-Red Dog Road, (2) two ORV Trails in Washington County, on DNR managed lands on Sideling Hill north and south.

    Collectively, we all realize that these initial trails can't be the "end solution" to Maryland ORVers. However, they do represent DNRs commitment to reinvigorate the ORV trails within Maryland. The Alliance sees them a pivotal point and a clean slate to build a top-notch trail system.

    There are only three stages remaining before the trails could be opened. However, this stage needs you! DNR has begun the public notification stage, which solicits opinions and concerns from any and all of Maryland's public. Maryland ORVers need to send a note and support these trails.

    Please take a moment and respond to (deadline for comments is October 4,
    2013)

    Jack Perdue
    Maryland DNR
    Tawes State Office Building, E-1
    580 Taylor Avenue
    Annapolis, MD 21401

    Or by email to: jperdue@dnr.state.md.us

    The entire trail plan can be viewed here:
    http://www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/orv_Projects.asp

    Of course we know most folks aren't writers. This isn't a poetry contest; the most important thing is that you send a note/email to DNR expressing your continued interest in Maryland's ORV trails. Even if all you have time to say is "I support the proposed ORV trails".

    Alternatively if you prefer, here is a template response which we welcome you to personalize (change OHV to motorcycle, ATV, Jeep ) and submit to DNR:

    Mr. Purdue,
    As an off-highway vehicle user and a resident of Maryland, I strongly support opening the Savage River State Forest and Sideling Hill areas to responsible, sustainable OHV use. The previous closure of Green Ridge State Forest to OHV users was most unfortunate, resulting in my family spending our OHV time in neighboring states and supporting their economies.
    The trail proposal provides a sound beginning. However, just a like a ski resort can't serve their entire clientele with a single slope, we encourage DNR to consider broadening the ORV system to include more technically challenging jeep, ATV, and bike trails.

    I recognize that labor to create and maintain any trail system becomes a driving financial factor. To help defray the burden to DNR, I would like to offer to volunteer to support such a great venture between ORVers and the
    State of Maryland.

    Lastly, I would like to encourage DNR to establish sound metrics to objectively quantify condition of the trail. This will allow a consistent method to monitor the trails, and predict when the trail will need remediation work. Nobody wants to see trails closed abruptly, in a repeat of Green Ridge State Forest. As responsible OHV users, we are all conservationists and want to protect the resources we use.

    {signed}
    {include city & State}
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