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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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I wanted to extend a HUGE "THANK YOU" to Bryan and all the OCC Gang!

I want to under-promise and over-deliver to the USFS to demonstrate we are committed to protecting our trails and keeping our access. This was a very productive afternoon and I am grateful that your members were willing to give up more trail riding in order to pick up other users careless trash.

Photos of this Labor Day cleanup are available on my Google album at the following link; https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/103728412388815120284/albums/5915158930507772001

Thank you again, OCC!  You guys ROCK!
Phil Wolf MPJAI Trail Cmte. Chair
VA4WDA Land Use Coordinator
Yorktown

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Land Use General Discussion Board / Land Use - Volunteering in the GWNF
« on: August 30, 2013, 10:45:41 pm »
Brochure with information on GWNF volunteers




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The Ranger had some ideas including educational patrols on the trails.  I am trying to get hold of Shenandoah 4-Wheelers because I live about 250 miles away in Tidewater. The Flagpole trail is actually closed because of this kind of activity. I thought about placing environmentally degradable signs but the Ranger said they all just get torn down anyway.

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Member Club Hot Spot / Re: Off-Camber Crawlers
« on: August 23, 2013, 12:21:43 am »
You dudes flat ROCK!!!

I first wheeled the Cove last year at your OCC Offroad 101/102

I met some damn fine wheelers in your Club, and I am honored to be in Virginia with all y'all.

-Phil
MPJAI

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Member Club Hot Spot / Middle Penninsula Jeep Association, Inc.
« on: August 23, 2013, 12:20:09 am »
We recently launched a huge initiative to mark the trails and create new, accurate maps of the Cove Campground in Gore, Virginia, the site of all Big Dogs Offroad Events.

Hopefully I can figure out how to attach some photos to this post ... we had one heck of a time doing this and there will be a long, long line of hardcore wheelers who will benefit from the heavy labors of my Club.

Yer Welcome  ;)








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Member Club Hot Spot / Middle Penninsula Jeep Association, Inc.
« on: August 23, 2013, 12:14:31 am »
Initially begun a dozen years ago in Gloucester, Virginia (the TRUE Middle Penninsula) this Club has since grown and expanded South a bit into the general Tidewater area of Virginia.  Most members today live in Hampton, Newport News, Yorktown, as well as Gloucester and parts North.

There are only three requirements to join MPJAI:
1) Own a Jeep
2) Complete the Tread Lightly Course
3) Pay yer dues

Most of us get a *lot* more than that out of our membership, though.
Just ask Starr Motors for my maintenance and upgrade records sometime.

-Phil Wolf
man out standing in his field
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Here is an exchange I had with the Off-Camber Crawlers regarding trail cleanup.
I changed the dates since they already had a ride planned. Oct 12-14 looks pretty busy as well.
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From: Off-CamberCrawlers@yahoogroups.com
[mailto:Off-CamberCrawlers@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Phillip
Sent: Tuesday, August 20, 2013 3:08 PM
To: Off-CamberCrawlers@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [OCC] Re: Labor Day Weekend Camping Wheeling

Greetings, Bryan and OCC!

I visited Ranger Burge of the North River District in Harrisonburg to
introduce myself as Gregg Jackson's relief in the position of Virginia
4-Wheel Drive Assn. Land Use Coordinator. We had a wide-ranging discussion
regarding the challenges he sees in his forest district, which includes the
areas you mentioned for this trip.

First and foremost: Ranger Burge would greatly appreciate a trail cleanup
effort on the Second Mountain Trail. I have asked VA4WDA to designate the
Columbus Day holiday weekend, but there are NUMEROUS other events taking
place October 12-13.

Would all participants in this OCC Labor Day event consider joining me on
Second Mountain Trail one day of this weekend? If so, I will adjust the date
and inform any other participants who have expressed an interest in the
cleanup. This looks to me like a WIN-WIN-WIN opportunity and I hope you will
consider it.

As you know ... Second Mountain is not a lengthy trail, and a dozen rigs
could probably hit the whole thing in a matter of hours. There is a
horse/ATV loading ramp at the top of the trail, and all we need do is pile
our trash collection there and inform the Ranger Office which will drive up
and load our trash.

I have the USFS paperwork to collect and document wheeler hours and effort,
and I have also a substantial fund courtesy of VA4WDA to cover any expenses
this cleanup would occur.

I am attempting to become and activist Land Use manager, and this initial
trash cleanup would GO A VERY LONG WAY toward re-establishing a working
relationship with the North River Ranger District. I will gladly brief any
OCC members on-site if we can get this going.

(Sorry to break in on your Yahoo Group! I only lurk usually!)
Sincerely,
Phillip Wolf
Middle Penninsula Jeep Assn.
VA4WDA Land Use Coordinator
Yorktown, VA
__________________
-Phil

Man out standing in his field

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2b. Re: Labor Day Weekend Camping Wheeling
Posted by: "Bryan" lynskynbnd@comcast.net bryanfolts
Date: Tue Aug 20, 2013 6:34 pm ((PDT))

Hi Phillip,

We should be arriving at the loading ramp area before Noon. I'm guessing
about 10-11 AM. OCC often removes trash from the trail. We would be glad to
make an extra effort on Second Mountain Trail, Sunday September 1st. We have
5 rigs going so far, but I expect a couple more. I appreciate your activism
to support open lands for off-roading! Let me know if there's anything else
I need to know about the clean-up.

Happy Motoring,

Bryan Folts
Off-Camber Crawlers Member At Large
<http://www.offcambercrawlers.com> www.offcambercrawlers.com
<mailto:lynskynbnd@comcast.net> lynskynbnd@comcast.net






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In my sit-down interview with U. S. Forest Service Ranger Burge, of the North River District of the GWNF, he mentioned a number of popular trails that are off-limits and illegal to run. Got any idea why?

Check out this picture of what I am sure was a pristine piece of Wilderness. See those trails some yuck-yuck-yucks in pick'em-up trucks tore doing yee-haw brodies on the rocks?

The same thing is happening in the GWNF.
This is why we can't have nice things.

TREAD LIGHTLY is not just a saying

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Parts, Wheels, Tires / Rubicon stock rocker guards
« on: April 20, 2013, 07:43:11 pm »
Just pulled these, no dents or dings, just seven years of weathering.  Include mounting hardware.
Asking $100 or make offer

-Phil

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Parts, Wheels, Tires / JKS adjustable TJ Wranger front trackbar
« on: March 24, 2013, 11:32:17 pm »
JKS model OGS126 completely new and uninstalled in original packing.  For TJs with 0"-4" lift.
Reasonable offer

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Upcoming Trail Runs / GWNF 28-29 December
« on: December 13, 2012, 06:51:17 pm »
Coupla us guys gonna try camping and a run at Flagpole.  Leaving Newport News around 6:30am Friday

-Phil

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Introductions / Re: Introduce Yourself
« on: December 13, 2012, 06:47:05 pm »
Regular guy trying to live in an irregular world

-Phil

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