« Last post by pcwolf on June 13, 2015, 02:28:59 pm »
- The abuse on the private property is not as severe as I once thought. I recall two, perhaps three, clearly illegal trails.
I believe these trails could be permanently blocked by a handful of our volunteers placing barricades or guardrails across them in a weekend or two of work.
- There is NO right-of-way held by the Forest Service across the private property. Passage is ENTIRELY based on the goodwill of the property owners.
- We have finally received the official posture of the USFS on the issue of Shoe Creek.
I have heard nothing but rumor and hearsay for years, most of which was wrong
- There is NO legal overnight camping along the creek. Day use is welcome.
Some of the camping clearings are expanding into virgin vegetation and have grown noticeably over the past few years.
- The Ranger is not terribly optimistic about keeping the trail open for wheeling. Shoe Creek access is being held by a slender thread.
If the private property is closed, the USFS will most likely close the ENTIRE trail to motor vehicles rather than keep both ends open.
- YouTube is NOT a friend of Shoe Creek. Rangers and VA4WDA both note greatly increased abuse with this video exposure.
- Slick Rock is now on USFS property. It was private, but due to a land swap the USFS now owns that trail.
- During our survey we drove up to the "double dip" and walked up to Slick Rock.
The trail cutting left across the stream and up to The Lookout is also USFS property. This entire trail from the barricade is CLOSED.
- Locks on barricades are OFTEN vandalized and destroyed in order to get vehicle access.
This is a federal misdemeanor offense, punishable by a fine of up to $500, six months imprisonment, or both. That penalty is provided in 18 U.S.C. 1863
Rangers have found locks booby trapped to cause harm and have learned to examine the locks before reaching in. WHAT IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE?