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"Vision without action is daydream.
Action without vision is nightmare."

 

óJapanese Proverb

 

 

 

 

BARBERS BLURB†††† JULY 2018

 

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 havenít 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 ATVís 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 ATVís 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 ďwww.fs.usda.gov/goto/BlueMountainsPlanRevisionĒ to see it. There is only a 60 day window to comment on the Plan. I havenít had a chance to look at it yet, but have heard comments from others that it isnít 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 ďExpĒ number is smaller than 19 your membership will expire soon. Renewal sooner than later makes things easier for me. Thank you.

BARBERíS BLURB †††AUGUST 2018

 

MERA

††††††††††††† As of this time most of the trails on MERA are closed due to the high fire danger. Roads that donít have vegetation growing in them will remain open. Those are 201, 202, 203 & 208. Visit meetmera.org. to check closure details.

††††††††††††† Despite the closure, some work has been going on. Sean and Howard have started work on what I think will be the south end of North Knob trail ( the name hasnít been determined yet). It starts at 208 where Snag and Dead Bull connect. I think the plan is still to get the prison crew in to do the ground work. Iím not sure of the time line for that to happen.† Also, Blake is about to wrap up work on his extension of Dead Bull from 206 to 208. When the weather changes and we can get back on the trails it should be ready to ride. It looks like it will be a fun addition with a great view point.

 

Y.S.E.P.

††††††††††† We were going to have another Y.S.E.P. class in August, but with the fire restrictions we are not able to have it in a grass covered area. We will try to hold one more class this† year, but that will depend on the weather and when we can use the training area again.

 

Breshears

††††††††††††† The Forest Service has taken a look at the Bridge on Bell Cr. Trail and decided it is safe to use for now. They 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.

 

Forest Plan

††††††††††††† We are now more than halfway through the objection-filing period, which is scheduled to end on August 28, 2018.  If you would like to file an objection, please carefully follow the instructions provided in the Federal Register Notice and the Objection Process Brochure, both available at (https://www.fs.usda.gov/detailfull/r6/landmanagement/planning/?cid=fseprd584707&width=full). Or find it by starting at https://www.fs.fed.us/. It is the responsibility of Objectors to demonstrate their standing on specific issues based on their previous substantive formal comments submitted during the 2010 formal scoping period (March 29 - May 25, 2010) or the 2014 formal comment period (March 14 - August 15, 2014). The next step after the objection-filing period will be a 90-day resolution period overseen by a Washington, DC-based Reviewing Official. 

††††††††††††† At this months meeting we will try to discuss what we want to do as a club. It makes it hard when there are no printed copies to look at while having the discussion. I do have copies of the clubs objections from 2014. If you would like to read the club comments, then find the places in the final FP revision that they apply to, I posted our comments on the website, www.eoatva.org, on the bottom of the ďCurrent NewsletterĒ page. If you could make a copy of what you find in the FP and bring it to the meeting that would be helpful too.

 

BARBERíS BLURB†† SEPTEMBER 2018††††

 

MERA

††††††††††††† As of this time most of the trails on MERA are still closed due to the high fire danger. The cooler weather has helped things, but we still need some moisture. Roads that donít have vegetation growing in them will remain open. Those are 201, 202, 203 & 208. Visit meetmera.org. to check closure details.

††††††††††††† Once we get some moisture Sean will be able to get back to work on constructing some more new trail. I have walked what he has done so far and it looks like it is going to be a good addition. I have also checked out Blakeís extension of Dead Bull. I think people will really enjoy that trail, especially the view point at the north end above 208. When we are able to get some tracks on it I think it will come together nice.

Y.S.E.P.

††††††††††† We are going to have another Y.S.E.P. class on Saturday September 22 at 10 am. I am rolling the dice and hoping fire restrictions will be lifted by then. This will be our last class of the year so let anyone you know that needs their hands on evaluation that there is one more chance to get it this year. They can go to http://ysep.omraoffroad.com/ to sign up. This is for motorcycles and ATVís. There is also a motorcycle only evaluation in Wallowa County on September 9. Info can be found on the same web site.

 

Breshears

††††††††††††† I havenít been up to Breshears lately to see if the bridge has been braced yet but Iím assuming things are still in place.

††††††††††††† We will have our annual Breshears clean up day the weekend of October 13, 14. Let me know if you prefer Saturday or Sunday. We have done both in the past and the day doesnít seem to affect the number of people that show up. Between bad weather and lack of bodies we havenít been able to do a real good job cleaning things up the last few years. Hopefully the weather will cooperate this year and we will have a good turn out for a change.

Forest Plan

††††††††††††† The Forest Plan objection deadline has come and gone. I hope everyone took the time to send in their objections. Unfortunately for motorized recreation there were some things in the plan that were not good for us. All we can do right now is wait and see what comes out. There probably isnít anything that can be done to change the Plan, because what they are doing is most likely legal. But just because it is legal does not mean it is the right thing to do. Forcing people off of their (the peoples) land into smaller and smaller areas will only create problems.

††††††††††††† The next battle will be the Travel Management Plan which will get into the specifics of where we can go and what we can do. The Forest Plan made it pretty clear that they are going to a closed unless designated open system. If I understand it correctly this will involve having maps that will show what roads are open. Signing on the ground will mean nothing. Everything will be based on the maps. If you donít read the map right and are on a closed road you could be subject to a fine.

 

BARBERíS BLURB††††††††† October 2018

 

 

October Meeting

††††††††††† We have decided, since we really have nothing on the agenda, that we will NOT be having a meeting this month. We will start meetings again in the spring, probably May unless something with the Travel Management Plan comes up before then.

 

MERA

††††††††††† MERA is back open, but things are still extremely dry, so be extra careful out there. I believe you are still required to have a shovel and a gallon of water or a fire extinguisher with you when riding.

††††††††††† Sean and the prison crew have been busy roughing in the new section of North Knob trail. They have cut through from where it starts at 208 and have made it to 207 just below the switchback. Rob and I have been up and flagged the rest of it up to the top of the hill where the east side of North Knob comes out and ends at Jeepers Creepers. Sean is hoping to get it cut out by the end of October. I think they are going to be hard pressed to do that because that whole hill is one big brush patch and there is next to no flat ground along with plenty of rock. Walking through it tore up Robs pants and my shins. We just hope it turns out to be a fun trail, but we wonít know until it gets cut out.

††††††††††† Blakeís trail, which is the last section of Dead Bull, between 206 and 208, is now open to ride. It looks like a nice addition to the system. Iím sure, like any new trail, that it will get better as people ride it. Go check it out when you get a chance.

 

Y.S.E.P.

††††††††††† We had our last Y.S.E.P. class for this year on Saturday September 22. We put nine kids through the course, 5 ATVís and 4 bikes. It was a good year for us considering we only held 3 evaluations due to the fire restrictions, but we put through about 60 kids. We plan to do it again next year, starting in May, weather permitting.

 

Breshears

††††††††††††† We will have our annual Breshears clean up day on October 13. Between bad weather and lack of bodies we havenít been able to do a real good job cleaning things up the last few years. Iím hoping we have a good turnout this year so we can get the whole system prepared from winter and spring run off. If you havenít helped before, or ridden the trails up there, this is a good opportunity to learn the trail system. If we have enough bodies we are usually done early afternoon and have time to go for a ride after. Anyone and everyone is welcome to come along.†

 

††††††††††††† BARBERS BLURB†††† June 2018

 

 

MERA

††††††††††††† We had our annual MERA motorized trail work day on June 2, with the usual lack of turnout. Rob, Brian, Chris and I cut open a new section of singletrack trail on the north side of 208. This is an extension of what we worked on late last summer. We did very little actual work on the ground and are going to see how well it gets ridden in over the next couple of weeks to evaluate what else needs done.

††††††††††††† Sean took Colton and Jamie (from NEO 4wheelers in Hermiston), Lonni, Kelley and Ray to the Spine Trail (222) and started extending it to the north and looping back to the south. It looks like it will be a nice addition with some rocky technical options.

††††††††††††† We have flagged more 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 havenít already.

 

Y.S.E.P.

††††††††††† We had our first Y.S.E.P. evaluation on May 19 and had 22 kids there.† That is the largest group we have had so far. The next evaluation will be June 28, 7 pm at the MERA Training Area. We are doing both motorcycles and ATVís 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 ATVís and motorcycles they need to have a card for each. Spread the word to anyone you know that needs this.

Breshears

††††††††††††† By the time you get this I should have made it up to Breshears to see what things look like and start opening things up. I havenít heard if anyone has been up there or where the snow level is, but I should have more info at the meeting. I am hoping we can get to the bridges and see what we can do to resolve that situation before we lose the upper one. If anyone makes it up there please let me know what you find and how far you get.

Forest Plan

††††††††††††† The latest information I had was that the Forest Plan was due out in May. It is now June and I still havenít seen anything. I guess we will just wait and see what happens. When it comes out we will have, I think, 90 days to read, evaluate and comment on it. I will relay more information as I get it.

 

Dues

††††††††††††† Dues are once again due this month, for the year. Your expiration date should be on the mailing label of the newsletter. If the ďExpĒ number is smaller than 19 your membership will expire soon. Renewal sooner than later makes things easier for me. Thank you.

 

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