All Terrain Vehicle Association, Inc
P.O. Box 571
La Grande, Oregon 97850
Message Phone: 541-805-0172
EOATVA OFFICERS AND BOARD MEMBERS
President– Chris Hedden 786-5675
Vice President– Larry Cribbs 963-4521
Sec/Treas– Mark Barber 963-8147 email@example.com
Ray Clements 910-6708
Next meeting: MAY 09 2017, 7 P.M., Island City, City Hall
If anyone has been looking at this site it is obvious I have been neglecting it. I hope to do a better job of keeping things up to date this year. I would still like to find someone to revamp our website though. It is old and stale. It just needs updated. If anyone knows of someone that could help out with that, please let me know.
There are, as always, things going on up on MERA. Over the winter they finished up the logging to remove mistletoe infested trees. As the snow is coming off we have found there is quite a mess up there in places. In the long run this should make the forest much healthier than it was.
Rob and I have been cleaning up the single track and opening things back up to ride. The snow is still pretty low and with the cooler temps and night time snow things aren’t melting very fast. We have 327 open all the way. 317 is open most of the way up to the spine trail. There is a new slash pile in the middle of the trail next to 201 across from 405 and a tree across just a little further up. As soon as a little more snow comes off we get that taken care of.
Our next project is to flag more trail so that we can start building again. We are going to bring 327 on across the ridge above F.S. Rd 3120 then parallel the east side of 3120 going north across 208 then east to cross 208. It is a big undertaking, but with some help from the prison work crew and some volunteers we hope to get it so it can be ridden by sometime this summer. It will take more than just Rob and I to do this project.
The ATV trails are open as far as you want to take them. Shaun will have to get up there and clear out some of the logging mess when the snow comes off. If you are riding up there and find things across the trail, please don’t be afraid to stop and throw if off to the side.
MERA WORK DAY
We are having our annual MERA work day on June 3 this year. It has been kind of hit and miss as far as numbers of people that show up from year to year. This year we will focus on building trail. There will be opportunities to work on single track, ATV or jeep trail. It will just depend on how many people show up and what they want to do. Hopefully with this much lead time people can mark the date on their calendar and plan to come help.
Group rides were kind of a bust last year. I don’t know if we will try again this year or not. That will come up for discussion at the meeting.
Breshears is snowed in and it looks like it will be quite a while till we even try to get up that way.
We are going to set up some evaluations again this year. OMRA has obtained permission for us to evaluate ATV’s this year, to go along with motorcycles. As with motorcycles this will not be a training, but an evaluation to show that the kids know how to ride. Dates will be posted on the rideATVoregon.org website.
We need to keep better track of our volunteer hours. This applies to both MERA and Forest Service lands. Anytime you do any trail or road clearing on the F.S., keep track of the time you spent and the road/trail number. This all counts toward club volunteer hours, and has the added benefit of letting the F.S. know what roads are being used, giving them more reason to keep them open. You can report them to me at any time. Contact info is below, in box on the left.
I will try to post works days on here and on facebook, if I know a couple of days in advance what my plans are. We will be following the snow as it melts, as well as laying out some new single track trail. Help is always appreciated.
Last update, 04/17/2017
Working on 317, getting the hillside cut in.