WOHVA Update June, 2011
Since our last update, WOHVA has diligently assuring that environmentally responsible OHV recreational opportunities remain available nationwide and are expanded here the Badger State. Just a few of the things WOHVA has been up to recently include:
WOHVA contacted the US Forest Service (USFS) and urged Chief Tidwell to extend the public comment period expiring on May 16, 2011, for the Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) and proposed rule for the Forest Planning Rule. On May 4, 2011, Chief Tidwell responded to our request, denying an extension of the public comment period.
With the denial of our request, it becomes vital that all WOHVA Individual Members contact their Representative and both State Senators and ask them to do what they can to stop this bureaucratic nightmare before it becomes policy.
Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest (CNNF) staffers from the Laona/Lakewood Ranger District and WOHVA met, toured and discussed areas of concern on Forest Road #55552 (The Pipeline). Discussion centered around trail erosion, trail closures, current and future grants, fire dangers, wet areas, standing water, recreationists disregarding closed areas, our Joint Memo of Understanding (MOU), our pending 4WD Sticker Program Legislation and future updates to the Motorized Vehicle Use Map (MVUM).
The MOU should be signed later this summer. Additionally, later this summer the CNNF & WOHVA will begin working on the Phase Two Grant for The Pipeline. It’s anticipated that this Grant will be much larger in scope addressing the long term sustainability of area and the ability of it remaining a viable motorized recreational opportunity for future generations.
WOHVA was contacted by CNNF staff and offered our assistance in extending the then Voluntary 10 Day Recreational Trail Opening Delay. We encouraged all motorized trail users to delay starting their trail riding season until such time that the trails had dried and firmed. As always, WOHVA urges trail riders to always follow the Tread Lightly! Principles and avoid wet trails, standing water, mud and wetlands. Respected/Responsible Access is Open Access! Forest County Forestry/Recreation Department WOHVA met to discuss trail projects in and around Crandon, Wisconsin.
WOHVA participated in the 1st Wolf River Tourism Conference. Due to wet conditions, the CNNF & WOHVA agreed to cancel WOHVA’s Annual Spring Pipeline Trail Day which had been scheduled to take place on Saturday, May 14th.
WOHVA plans to reschedule WOHVA’s Annual Spring Pipeline Trail Day for a weekend in June. Please watch the WOHVA Forums for updates on this event.
WOHVA met with the Forest County Chamber of Commerce to discuss moving ahead with a Motorized Recreation Area (MRA) without assistance from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Motorized recreationists are well aware of the snails pace at which the DNR has moved on this project since receiving a mandate from the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board (NRB) to explore the potential of this project in June of 2006.
The Crandon International Off-Road Raceway and WOHVA met to discuss possible trail riding opportunities on a small parcel of land adjacent to the track complex. Discussion centered on responsible trail development, liability issues, wetland concerns and day-to-day business operationshould the project move ahead.
WOHVA met with the Forest County Sheriff to discuss responsible and safe, recreational opportunities on trails and properties in Forest County. WOHVA had the opportunity to meet with and discuss issues of vital importance tomotorized recreation enthusiasts with the following elected officials; Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, Wisconsin State Senator Jim Holperin and Wisconsin State Assembly Representative Jeffrey Mursau. The WOHVA Board of Directors held their regular bi-monthly meeting in Fredonia, Wisconsin.
WOHVA Individual Members can review the agenda, minutes, financial reports and other documents pertaining to all Board Meetings in the WOHVA Updates Forum located in the Forums Section of the WOHVA website.
Volunteers from WOHVA spent an entire Sunday removing trash and debris from the stream bed and shoreline of Rangeline Creek in southern Forest County. WOHVA’s team of Mole Lake Trails Coordinators met with the Sokaogon/Chippewa Forestry Department to discuss and inspect trails and potential trail sites on the Tribal holdings near Mole Lake, Wisconsin.
As a result of a meeting earlier in the month between the Crandon International
Off-Road Raceway (The Track) and WOHVA, the WOHVA Board of Directors formally expressed their interest in assisting The Track in developing and operating trail riding opportunities on their property on select weekends throughout the 2012 trail riding season. WOHVA’s past experience with The Track (WOHVA Volunteers have worked events at The Track for the past 8 years and also partnered with The Track to co-host the 40th Anniversary Brush Run 101 Trail Ride) prompted The Track to contact WOHVA on this project.
WOHVA Volunteers gathered for the first Mole Lake Trails Day of the 2011 trail riding season. This first outing was focused on the development of full-size trails for larger 4WD vehicles. If you’re interested in joining us in Mole Lake and becoming a WOHVA trail volunteer, visit our forums for information on getting involved. A complete listing of all WOHVA’s scheduled events for 2011 (including Mole Lake Trails Days) are available under the WOHVA Events tab on our web site “Remember, join and advocate (that’s) the two most important things that you can do!”
Del Albright (April, 2009)
Mission Statement The Wisconsin Off-Highway Vehicle Association promotes Education, Safety Training and Environmental Awareness to assure that public and private off-highway motorized vehicular recreational opportunities are expanded in Wisconsin for Responsible Use by this and future generations.
Michelle Tester, Promotions Chair
Wisconsin Off-Highway Vehicle Association (WOHVA)
P.O. Box 1865
Fond du Lac, WI 54936-1865