Wisconsin OHM/DS Motorcyclists - Trail and Legislative Issues

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  1. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Super Moderator

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    State economic development officials have awarded a grant to help plan an all-terrain vehicle park that would have thousands of acres of trails for motorcycles and pickup trucks.

    Covering 10,000 acres in Forest County, it would be one of the largest parks of its kind in the Midwest, according to off-road vehicle enthusiasts and public officials backing the project.

    Land would be acquired in various ways including purchases, leases, easements and land swaps.

    The park proposal has support from Forest County officials and business groups. They have spent several years working on it, and now Forest County has a $10,750 grant from Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. to help fund the second phase of a feasibility study.

    The $43,000 study also is being funded by the county and the nonprofit Wisconsin Off-Road Vehicle Park Inc.

    The study will focus on a specific site for the park and will continue work on a business plan and economic impact analysis. It also will an include an assessment of the site, located in the Towns of Caswell and Ross, and the creation of conceptual drawings.

    "We are pleased to be able to help Forest County in taking the first steps toward a project that has the potential to significantly increase tourism and bring new jobs and millions of dollars to the local economy," Reed Hall, secretary and chief executive of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. said in a statement.
  2. Cannonshot

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    Routine meeting with the USFS today. Their Rec Spec noted that dual sport motorcycling seemed to be a growing interest. All said in a positive light. Good for us to be recognized.

    Got a message back from Eau Claire County that after conferring with their Corporation Counsel they didn't think they would be amending the code prohibiting all motorcycles. I'll be following up on this issue to make sure the problem and resolution are both clear so we can get this squared away.
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    Good news.
    :huh Thanks for keeping on it!
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    More discussion with Eau Claire County. Made some gains by carefully going through the issue to gain a better understanding and mutual agreement. Issue is going back to the corporation council but with more information that will give a clearer picture of what and why things need to be fixed. It is important to take on issues like this with an attitude to work together to arrive at the proper end state rather than rattling sabers right off the bat.
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    Thanks again David for ALL your work, we are well represented via your tact and knowledge. Bonus check (well praise, I guess) is due.
    :clap:freaky:D:clap:clap:clap
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    Thank you Cannonshot! :clap
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    Some think my name is Dave because some of my tracks are hosted on the Dave's World server that belongs to my helpful friend Dave.

    "Dave's not here!" :D
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    Ahhh :lol3
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    On another note, some may remember some issues with a certain ATV club essentially wanting to kick motorcycle riders off the Marinette County ATV trail system. Some stories may have been reported here. Whole separate issue I don't want to get into right now.

    However, I mapped all the sections of the trail that have been signed closed to motorcycles. The idea may have been to break up the trail with closed sections enough to discourage other users. Of the 213 miles of trail only about 14 have been signed closed. Some of the signing may not be legit and I am taking that up with the county to resolve. One sign I questioned that I casually mentioned to a county rep when I started this project has already been removed. The closures are concentrated in an area associated with the club involved above.

    So, now that I have visibility of the closed sections, I can complete a project of publishing some dual sport routes in that area that maximize the use of the good parts of the ATV trail and county forest roads while avoiding sections of the ATV trail that are signed closed.

    I also cleared up some confusion in adjoining Florence County where the ATV trails are not open to motorcycles. Seems like some of the signed trail includes seasonal gas tax roads that are open to licensed motor vehicles. I already published some dual sport tracks there that take in some of the scenic waterfalls. Working on some other initiatives there as well.

    Please do not practice the unproductive behavior of bashing ATV people. I ride an ATV myself. There are a few issues to deal with, but overall we have a good relationship and need to continue to foster that for the future.
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    I 'knock' corrected, thanks Mr Cannonshot.
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    Jackson County trails closed due to flooding.
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    Some of you may remember that I was approached by someone from Boulder Junction who was interested in adding dual sporting to the town's catalog of recreational opportunities.

    I gave two briefings to some business leaders in the town to explain our recreational interest and what they would need to do to become a dual sport destination. I also told them they needed to start a local dual sport club.

    This spring a couple of people in the area worked hard to derail this initiative and incite controversy. There were three meetings that I know of where they expressed their discontent. Some of the controversy was reported in the newspaper (I was mentioned by name).

    The Town Chairman called me to ask about things. After we talked he was satisfied there was no problem and that the town government really didn't have much to say about it anyway. Finally the Chamber of Commerce overwhelmingly voted to actively promote dual sporting in Boulder Junction.

    I provided a catalog of tracks based out of Boulder Junction that people can ride when they visit there.

    Since that time I steered a few small groups that way. I heard of a group from Illinois that wanted to informally meet-up for some dual sporting. I contacted them and set them up with contacts in Boulder Junction that could help them with their needs (lodging, camping, food, etc). About 40-50 riders showed up there this weekend and rode a variety of the tracks. Some got as far as Lake Superior. People had a great time and some excellent rides.

    The local dual sport club (which immediately started off with 20 members) provided us cards to identify us as dual sport riders. They wanted us to leave them at businesses where we spent money. Leaving these cards worked well. I got some nice comments back from business people about supporting us.

    One business person told me that he initially was against bringing dual sporting to the area but now that he has seen things for himself he heartily supports it. People went out of their way to make us feel welcome. The Town Chairman stopped by the "base camp" and spent quite a while chatting with people and seeing what goes on first hand. He made us feel very welcome.

    So, this is a success story where within a year we were able to partner with a community to expand opportunities to enjoy our recreational interest. It is also a clear example of how important it is to help people understand the facts about who we are and what we do instead of forming judgments based on what they imagine things are like.
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    Awesome!
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    I love to read good news, Way to go Brian, would love to go there.
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    Wondered where all the bikes came from around here this weekend! Brian, does the Boulder DS club have a website, or how is the best way to contact and join them? Would be interested in helping the cause.
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    I'll PM you a guy to get hold off once I get back home.
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    Ok, thanks much.
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    Great job! :clap