Thursday, December 19, 2013

Trail Highlights at Christmas - It's a Team Effort

Trail Santa at QWR with 2014 Trail Workshop Kawasaki Teryx

As 2013 comes to a close, I want to just express my heartfelt thanks to my colleagues in the OHV community.  Those extended family members include OHV clubs, land management agencies, user groups, industry, dealers, media, aftermarket, legislators, and conservation organizations.

This year certainly has had its challenges, but for today, I want to highlight some of our collective (team effort) positive accomplishments in 2013.

Old trails that have been overgrown and unused are being reopened for OHV use in some areas using modern trail reconstruction techniques to address soil erosion and protect water quality.

New Companion Trail at BLM's Chappie-Shasta OHV Area 

Some units are securing OHV corridors for more looped opportunities.  These efforts are important for both casual use and permitted events.

New Bypass for OHV Corridor on Mendocino NF

Land agency line-officers are taking time to come out in the field to better understand their managed OHV recreation programs.  This is a good trend and QWR hopes to help facilitate more field-oriented trail workshops and outreach programs with our county, state, and federal partners in 2014.

Regional Forester Inspects Trail Armor Project

OHMVRD Dep. Director, Chris Conlin, Takes Dirt Bike School Class
at 2013 Trail Workshop (Chris is on Blue Yamaha TTR230)

QWR is also thankful for agency efforts to continue motorized access to some of our beaches on the North Coast of California.  Those wave-slope opportunities are a highly valued treasure to local recreationists and tourists who want a coastal beach experience.

OHV Access to South Jetty at Humboldt Bay

Volunteer projects are an important part of OHV management and those partnerships between user groups and agency staff create value to the resource and instill a sense of pride and ownership for the participants.

Post Mill Fire Trail Rehab 

As many of you prepare to enjoy some time with family and friends, QWR wants to once again say thank you to all members of the OHV community that we have had the pleasure to work with and serve in 2013.

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