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: July 12 2016, 7 P.M., Island City, City Hall
There has been quite a bit going on since I last updated this page. May 14 we had our 3rd annual MERA motorized work day. We had 10 people participate. Sean, Dick, Kelley, Chris, Patty and one other person all worked on cleaning up an ATV trail that was roughed in last fall. It sounds like they made some good progress on it.
Rob, Chris, Marty and Mark spent the day working on a couple of sidehills on 317. Where 317 crosses 407 and heads north, with the exception of one rocky section, it is now in really good shape and open to ride. The north end comes out on an unmarked old road. If you go right on that road and keep going about a 1/4 mile you will run into an ATV trail that you can ride out so you don’t have to back track. Eventually we will have to extend 317 off of the knob, but that isn’t a priority right now. We are also hoping to extend the trail system off MERA and onto Forest Service land and tie into Evans Trail and also allowing easier access to get to Long Ridge trail.
The other section we worked on is back down the hill between 201 and the jeep 222. It was/is really overgrown with brush and the roots make it very difficult to cut the trail wider along the hillside. We got quite a bit of the brush cut back and much of the sidehill cut in. We will need to find more time to finish this section up. It isn’t signed yet (the carsonites are in, but no numbers yet), but if you can find it you are welcome to ride it. Rob, Marty and I have since then gone back and finished cutting the hillside in as well as brushing on across 206 and back to 206. Rob and I rode this July 2 and it is a really good section of trail, but like most of the single track, it needs more people to ride it.
There is quite a bit more single track that we got roughed in last fall that still needs finished up and we will get back to it when we get the time and some help.
Earlier this year we made a pass through the lower sections on 317 and 327 and removed literally hundreds of rocks and boulders from the trails. If you have been on these trails before and did not like the rocks, give them another try, I think you will be pleasantly surprised. I have heard that on some sections the brush has grown up over the trail, but there shouldn’t as many hidden obstacles as there used to be. Cutting back brush is another project that needs done, but without more help it is just going to take time to get it done.
The logging is done and most of the cleanup has been taken care of.
If you are familiar with the trails on MERA and have any suggestions for trail names please let me know your ideas. We are looking to name the trails and possibly make them easier to identify.
We have decided to try again this year to see if we can get some members together and have a monthly ride. We will try to plan them a month ahead and go the weekend after each meeting. The June ride was rained out. We will try again next month. Call Chris for more info. 541 786-5675
Breshears is open. Depending on how you get there, there is logging going on on the Hanckock lands and it may cause issues with getting to the trail system.
We had our first evaluation May 21. There were 7 kids that showed up and received there cards. Four 7 year olds and 3 12 year olds. The weather looked ominous and rain was predicted, but it actually turned out pretty decent. We set July 28 for our next evaluation. This is a Thursday evening and will be at 6:30 PM at the MERA training area.
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 have a big push to get maintenance done on MERA before things dry out too much. Help is always appreciated.
Last update, 07/10/2016
Working on 317, getting the hillside cut in.