All Terrain Vehicle Association, Inc
P.O. Box 571
La Grande, Oregon 97850
Message Phone: 541-805-0172
EOATVA OFFICERS AND BOARD MEMBERS
President– Rob Williamson
Vice President– Larry Cribbs 963-4521
Sec/Treas– Mark Barber 963-8147 firstname.lastname@example.org
Next meeting: Spring 2019, 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.
The objection period is over. Now all we can do is wait and see what comes out of it.
MERA is open again. You still need to be careful though, even with the little bit of rain we are getting things are still really dry.
Work is progressing on the continuation of the North Knob Trail. The first section is cut open and roughed in. It will need more work as time goes on and it gets some tracks on it. We have flagged the next section but it is on a very steep and brush covered hill side. This may be another section that will have to be built with the Kabota. There is so much brush it would take a long time to cut it out by hand and the ground work would still need done. My hope is that Sean can get through with the Kabota, then narrow up the trail behind him so that we don’t have an ATV width trail. Once this section is open it will connect with the east section of North Knob that right now ends where it hits Jeepers Creepers.
The extension of Dead Bull that Blake built is open. I only rode it once, before it was finished, but it looks like it will be fun trail. I will have to get back up there and check it out and see how it is looking after it has some tracks on it.
Dead Bull and Snag are now complete and come together on 208/ Easy Out where the trail becomes into North Knob. I think our main goal next year will be to get a trail around the Falcon nest exclusion area. We had a good trail already but it is now closed due to what is, in my opinion, a very poor decision that was made when we applied for grants to purchase the property and the continued refusal of the controlling parties to make any concessions. I am not sure that we have any options left other than to work around it for now.
If you haven’t been up to MERA recently it looks to me like there is at least one new ATV trail up near Jeepers Creepers. At least they aren’t on the map yet. Also, if you haven’t been out to the view point up there you should check it out.
BRESHEARS FALL CLEAN UP
September 13 will be our day to go up on the mountain and clean things up for the winter and spring run off. We could really use some bodies to help out this year. We haven’t been able to get the whole system cleaned up in 3 or 4 years due to inclement weather. As of right now the forecast looks good, and as you know weather forcasts are never wrong. Let’s meet on Island Avenue where the John Deere store was and head for the mountain at 9am on Saturday.
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.
The Forest Service has taken a look at the Bridge on Bell Cr. Trail and decided it is safe to use for now. The will, or have, braced the broken string to get the bridge through the year. They looked at the possibility of rerouting the trail and moving the bridge, but decided the current location is the best option. They think that by doing a little in stream work and lengthening the bridge the current location will be fine. The plan for now is to locate, fall and peel the new stringers and let them set over the winter. Next summer they will be ready to go with a full bridge removal and replacement as soon as the in-stream work window opens up. I will keep you informed as the plan moves forward. I have no new info on this. Will check it out on the 13th.
We had three Y.S.E.P. classes this year and got about 60 kids evaluated. I was happy with that. We will do it again next year and see what happens.
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.
I added some new photos on a couple of pages.
I posted a copy of the club comments to the Forest Plan, at the bottom of the current newsletter page.
Last update, 10/06/2018
We put some more blocks in 327 near Haywire Creek. Should take care of the worst of the mud but could still go a little higher.