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July 2018

 

Time is our most valuable asset, yet we tend to waste it, kill it and spend it rather than invest it.

 

Jim Rohn

 

 

MERA

              Rob and I have been working at getting some of the single track brushed out. We are working a section at a time when we can. With the new trail work and trying to maintain the older trails there is only so much 2 guys can do.        

              Work has started on the trail to extend Dead Bull (308) towards the North Knob trail and eventually connect them. There is grant funding to build this section of trail, so it will give Rob and I a break there.

              Blake Frost is building a section of trail as his Senior Project for High School. It will extend Dead Bull from 206 over to 208. The layout of the trail looks like it will be fun to ride and will have some great views.

              MERA has a new stand alone website. It is meetmera.org. Check it out if you haven’t already.

Y.S.E.P.

            We had our second Y.S.E.P. evaluation on June 28 and had 23 kids there, 3 that did both motorcycle and ATV.  That is the largest group we have had so far. The next evaluation will probably be early August at the MERA Training Area. We are doing both motorcycles and ATV’s again this year. These are evaluations, so the kids need to have experience riding. They need to have taken the online course at http://www.rideatvoregon.org/ and have their card. To sign up for the evaluations and for more information on what is needed and what to expect, go to http://ysep.omraoffroad.com/. If these links say motorcycle only, but you need an ATV evaluation, go ahead and follow the link and it should still let you register for a Class I evaluation. You must designate the correct Class, I or III to be properly certified. If they are going to ride ATV’s and motorcycles they need to have a card for each. Spread the word to anyone you know that needs this.

Breshears

              Unless something new has fallen across a trail, the Breshears system is open. We are still waiting to see what can be done with the bridge that is leaning pretty bad. It has a broken stringer on one side. That bridge could be replaced if we could redirect the flow of water in the creek. If not, I think the best option is to reroute the trail and build a new bridge down stream. There would only need to be one bridge then.

Forest Plan

              Forest Plan is out. Go to “www.fs.usda.gov/goto/BlueMountainsPlanRevision” to see it. There is only a 60 day window to comment on the Plan. I haven’t had a chance to look at it yet, but have heard comments from others that it isn’t real friendly to motorized recreation. If you want to see a hard copy of the Plan you will need to go to a public library, as that is the only place they are available.

              This will be the main topic of discussion at this months meeting, so take a look and see what you think and help us decide what to do as a club.

Dues

              I want to thank everyone that renewed their dues last month. There are still quite a few people that are past due. If you are not planning on renewing, please let me know and I will remove you from the mailing list. Otherwise please renew soon. Your expiration date should be on the mailing label of the newsletter. If the “Exp” number is smaller than 19 your membership will expire soon. Renewal sooner than later makes things easier for me. Thank you.

          

          Removing rocks from 317

      We got to the point we had to start filling things back in.

 Looks a lot different than when we started. Hopefully it will be easier to ride and last a while.