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Trip Reports / 2014 Earth Day Cleanup - Trip Report
« on: May 05, 2014, 11:57:03 am »
This is a placeholder until I can write a complete report.

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Upcoming Trail Runs / Re: 2014 Earth Day Cleanup
« on: April 02, 2014, 10:33:44 pm »
went up today to do a site survey and finalize details.  Campground looks great.

This entire site is very accessible and can easily be done if we get the turnout.

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Agree with comments regarding GWNF.

Check out campgrounds at Sherando Lake (USFS) and Natural Chimneys (Augusta County)
Both are reasonably priced, offer hot water showers, flush toilets, and electrical/sewer hookups.
Those campgrounds are within easy driving distance of a number of good, scenic trails.

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Upcoming Trail Runs / 2014 Earth Day Cleanup
« on: March 28, 2014, 03:18:35 pm »

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This is what happens when wheelers misbehave and try to cut new trails on Public lands: You can slam the door shut on the people who come after you on the trail.

Here is the text description of a project the Ranger of this District is preparing for this trail:

"Whitmore, David -FS

Phil,

Since the winter has been real this year with lots of precipitation, we have not been able to accomplish any work to date on the Big Levels/Bald Mtn. Trail.  We hope to start some work over the summer.  The work is planned to accomplish several things:

1)      Block illegally opened and travelled roads
2)      Designate the legal roads for vehicular travel
3)      Improve the condition of the legal routes for conventional 4x4s
4)      Correct any drainage deficiencies
5)      Mark the legal routes through a combination of tree blazing and/or signage
6)      Erect small information boards at both ends of the road (near Blue Ridge Parkway intersection and near Coal Road intersection)

For a volunteer project,  I feel that your organization and member clubs could help us with items #5 and #6 at a minimum.  As part of the grant through the Recreational Trails Fund (motorized portion) through the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, we (the Forest Service) have to have a certain percentage of the work accomplished through non-federal funds.  This could be through material donations from private entities, or through the value of volunteer labor from groups like yours. 

Another possibility that would benefit everyone would be to have a trail cleanup day, much like the one outlined below.

I really appreciate your willingness to work with us and apologize that I don’t have anything concrete in the works yet.  As a starting point, maybe you can gauge interest from this weekend’s meeting and get back to me about the above possibilities.  If interest is there, then I will be glad to provide some more definitive projects and timelines.  Thanks again,

David"

If your Club would like to take on some of these projects, please reply here on VA4WDA Forums or email to me:  Landuse@VA4WDA.org

THANKS!

-Phil Wolf
Land Use Coordinator

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Thanks, Bryan.

Give me a call when you get back to give me a rundown of your observations. You are saving me a trip up solely to get an eyeball on the cleanup site. 

I have used your email regarding your trip this week to stir up the USFS Rangers and show that we are in this for the long term.  OCC RULES!

-Phil

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Received the following from TreadLightly soliciting funds to protect and improve trails outside Moab.

http://treadlightly.thankyou4caring.org/emailviewonwebpage.aspx?erid=468477&trid=6b93bb26-48bb-4b8f-85c7-96cbaa94d0cf

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Latest News From Our Land use Chair / Trail Improvement Reimbursement Funds
« on: February 06, 2014, 11:43:52 pm »
Virginia 4-Wheel Drive Association uses a portion of your dues to keep a Trail Improvement Fund for the express purpose of paying costs associated with maintaining and improving your trails. 

Folks, through meeting with U.S. Forest Service Rangers and driving many trails, I have collected a few small projects suitable for Clubs to tackle with a day's work to make improvements.  Please contact me if you want to know if there is a project near you.  Some of the projects so far include repairing fences, placing signs and markers.

This fund is also authorized to reimburse YOUR CLUB for any expenses you incur for trail improvements.  Please ask me how to tap this money, but it basically means requesting reimbursement IN ADVANCE to the VA4WDA Board, and then documenting your work to unlock the reimbursement.

Thanks!
-Phil

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If anyone should be planning run up to Second Mountain Trail outside Harrisonburg anytime soon, I need an on-site eyeball report of a cleanup site the Ranger suggested we tackle next.

Thanks!
-Phil

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Land Use General Discussion Board / Keeping Public Access roads open
« on: October 28, 2013, 07:34:01 pm »
Please note the appearance of Youtube videos which *really* harm our cause. This is exactly what Ranger Anne Downey of the Glenwood-Pedlar Forest District was trying to explain to me.

Another interesting article, I am *really* beginning to admire this blog!

http://www.driveoffroad.com/blog/2012/07/23/keeping-our-trails-open/

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Land Use General Discussion Board / Interactive USFS Trail Map - USA
« on: October 28, 2013, 07:29:24 pm »
Interesting ... I have not checked this out yet but the concept is promising ...

http://www.driveoffroad.com/blog/2012/08/14/interactive-us-forest-service-map/

Map link: http://maps.fs.fed.us/TravelAccess/

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Another good blog post ... Gregg Mumm attended and spoke at our last (2012) Annual Trail Ride at Oak Ridge.

http://www.driveoffroad.com/blog/2012/08/14/recreation-groups-join-efforts-to-challenge-new-usfs-planning-regulations/

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Land Use General Discussion Board / Tellico - one sad precautionary tale
« on: October 28, 2013, 07:22:50 pm »
I found this article of interest.  Please note that it is a blog post, and as such, it may be factual or it may just be opinion.  But it tells me I have to work harder with the USFS here in Virginia!

http://www.driveoffroad.com/blog/2012/09/21/rip-tellico/

-Phil

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I had the great pleasure of speaking tonight to members of the HRJC at their monthly gathering at Uno Grill at the intersection of VA Beach Blvd and Military Highway.  HRJC is unique in my experience, in that they are organized under "Meetup" online gatherings and collect no dues. Only requirement for membership is owning a Jeep.

HRJC organizer Ron Flagg specifically asked me to speak about Shoe Creek and private/public property, as well as camping restrictions. They plan a Fall Wheeling Trip up there next week.

Please invite me to one of YOUR off-road club meetings!
I never fail to learn something worthwhile every time I visit a club.
Any questions you can post here, or email to:  landuse@va4wda.org

Thanks, HRJC!
-Phil

Here as promised are the electronic versions of the handouts I had with me:



MVUM of Shoe Creek. Note the "Louisiana-shaped" boot next to the Priest Wilderness Area.
Private lands are shaded grey and marked with "P"


Diagram of Shoe Creek

The Glenwood-Pedlar Ranger told me in no uncertain terms that the bottom entrance is a public right-of-way.
The troublesome part of Shoe Creek Trail is the half-mile in the center where it crosses public land. Also, trails leading off the main trail head into private property and are off-limits.  Please stick to the main trail and you should be fine.


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Trip Reports / Second Mountain Trail cleanup
« on: September 27, 2013, 12:12:47 pm »
After the Virginia 4-Wheel Drive Assn. Annual Trailride myself and another retired member of Middle Penninsula Jeep Association, Inc. (MPJAI) continue for a few days from Oak Ridge since our rigs are already packed and we are up in the mountains.  This year, we took care of a little unfinished business from my Labor Day cleanup of Second Mountain.

MPJAI member doing what MPJAI members do:


Disgusting abuse of Public lands (before):


Some natural beauty restored to Public lands (after):


Thanks to MPJAI Immediate Past President Charles Sikes for offering the use of his trailer to haul dumped trash off the Second Mountain Trail!

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