May 2018 NOHVCC Newsletter - race-deZert.com

May 2018 NOHVCC Newsletter

NOHVCC Could Use Your Trail Pictures!

NOHVCC is always on the lookout for high-quality OHV pictures. If you are an amateur photographer (or, better yet, a pro), please share some of your favorite pictures with NOHVCC.

Specifically, we are looking for shots that promote NOHVCC’s safe and responsible ethic and portray riders wearing appropriate safety gear. If you have pics of yourself, friends or family responsibly riding ATVs or dirt bikes, or driving ROVs (side-by-sides) or full-sized 4WD vehicles please send them along. Shots of enthusiasts with machines in the background are also useful.

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Neither Snow nor Mud Can Delay a Great Trails Workshop

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A week before the scheduled Great Trails Workshop the trail system near Onamia, Minnesota was under twelve inches of snow. The All-Terrain Vehicle Association of Minnesota (ATVAM) secured a Recreational Trails Program grant to fund the workshop and contracted with NOHVCC to conduct the workshop April 26-28. Luckily the snow melted, but the trails turned to mud. So, field sessions were conducted on foot.

Approximately forty OHV enthusiasts, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources managers and staff, and staff of three local counties participated in the 3-day workshop.

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Anger or Opportunity?

Perry May

For every Trail Manager there comes a time when off-trail travel is observed, the trail is damaged due to irresponsible riders, or from a rider type you did not plan for. What to Do? Anger is typically the first emotion that takes place, maybe some cussing, then disappointment, then unplanned actions such as more signs, more barriers, and eventually trail closure. The trail that you and your volunteers designed and maintain for responsible riders has been compromised by a few. The trail reopens, the rider behavior does not change, and the angry cycle begins again.

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Trail Evaluation: Last Of The “4 Es” May Be The Most Important

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Engineering, Education, Enforcement and Evaluation.

The “4 Es” are the guiding principles to building and maintaining a successful off-highway vehicle (OHV) trail system. This article focuses on the Fourth E — Evaluation — the last and perhaps the most important to ensure continued success.

Building the trail is just the beginning. After the kiosks are in place, the signs have been posted, the trail has been opened and compliance is encouraged and enforced, everything must be evaluated to know what is happening on the trail.

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Upcoming Events

Grand Rapids Michigan

June 22-24, 2018– Colorado Off Highway Vehicle Great Trails Workshop- Canon City

Canon City Website

July 13-15, 2018Colorado Off Highway Vehicle Great Trails Workshop- Breckenridge

Breckenridge Website

August 14-18, 2018– NOHVCC and INOHVAA Annual Meeting

Grand Rapids, Michigan
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