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Introductions / Re: Introduce Yourself
« Last post by IronMan on April 10, 2014, 10:09:12 am »
well that's an intro!! welcome aboard. sure hope to meet you at the Earth Day Trail Clean up. Please check the land use forums to get details.

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Introductions / Re: Introduce Yourself
« Last post by finnd1 on April 04, 2014, 08:46:34 am »
Greetings and salutations.  The details of my life are quite inconsequential... very well, where do I begin? My father was a relentlessly self-improving boulangerie owner from Belgium with low grade narcolepsy and a penchant for buggery. My mother was a fifteen year old French prostitute named Chloe with webbed feet. My father would womanize, he would drink. He would make outrageous claims like he invented the question mark. Sometimes he would accuse chestnuts of being lazy. The sort of general malaise that only the genius possess and the insane lament. My childhood was typical. Summers in Rangoon, luge lessons. In the spring we'd make meat helmets. When I was insolent I was placed in a burlap bag and beaten with reeds- pretty standard really. At the age of twelve I received my first scribe. At the age of fourteen a Zoroastrian named Vilma ritualistically shaved my testicles. There really is nothing like a shorn scrotum... it's breathtaking- I highly suggest you try it.

But I digest.  Names Dan, though on the Facebooks you will see me as Finn MacCumhaill. I'm on most of the JK forums, JKOwners, JKFreaks, JK-Forum as finnd1.  As with Mr Will, I was directed here by Brad Boyd after I started a thread on DMVJeepers about cleaning up the fire road on the reddish knob side to get to Flagpole.  My Step father has told me it is no longer passable to normal sedans and that keeps his group from being able to get up there and enjoy the views and toss radio waves around th world. 
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Introductions / Re: Introduce Yourself
« Last post by JoshWill on April 03, 2014, 11:17:47 pm »
 joined a discussion earlier about a badly damaged trail on flagpole and how some of the guys would like to fix it,  Brad Boyd  stepped in with some insight and mentioned this group.  I'm all about tread lightly  so figured I'd membership up with you guys.

 name is Josh,  live in Woodbridge,  va,  and I brought a Toyota  twist to what seems  like a group dominated  by the Jeepers.
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Upcoming Trail Runs / Re: 2014 Earth Day Cleanup
« Last post by JEMO on April 03, 2014, 04:06:29 am »
Is this where we RSVP or is there another place to do this?  If this is it, please add my name to the list.
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Upcoming Trail Runs / Re: 2014 Earth Day Cleanup
« Last post by pcwolf 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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General Discussion / Re: Need help to identify a location in VA for a club event.
« Last post by pcwolf on March 28, 2014, 05:36:19 pm »
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
« Last post by pcwolf 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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I'll be out there to check it out this Saturday!!
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