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"Desire is the key to motivation, but itís determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal - a commitment to excellence - that will enable you to attain the success you seek.Ē

Mario Andretti

 

 

 

 

BARBERíS† BLURB††† November 2016

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Next meeting, will be in the spring of 2017. April or May.

Breshears clean up

††††††††††††† We had a real good turnout for this years clean up. There were 10 of us and we were able to make it around the whole system for the first time in several years. The weather was pretty good and there was a little moisture in the ground. It looks like there has been more rain since then to set things up for winter. Thanks to the Haggertyís, the Rayís, Dick, Joe and Ray for taking the time to come out and help.

 

MERA

††††††††††† There is nothing new going on on MERA right now. Still waiting on grant money to come in before starting any new construction. It is late enough in the year now that it will probably be spring before we do any more work.††††††††

††††††††††† The MERA advisory committee is having its first meeting this fall, on November 2. The committee has meetings through the winter into early summer for the purpose of making plans for development and maintenance of MERA. The public is always welcome. There is generally a notification in the Observer of the date and time. I also try to post that information on the EOATVA facebook page.

 

Y.S.E.P.

††††††††††† There is the possibility that OMRA is going to take on evaluations for youth ATV riders. I donít have much information yet, but I assume this is something we can take on, and hopefully do in conjunction with the motorcycle evaluations. The course is the same basic layout, but the dimensions are a little different, so that will take some figuring out how to make 2 courses overlap in the same space. I assume I will get more information before spring.

 

Forest Plan

Once again the Record of Decision has been pushed back. It was scheduled to come out in April of 2017, but has been delayed. When I have more information I will let you know. ††††††

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††††††††††† On the monthly drawing Eldon Slippy missed out on $50, but Chester Smith was at the meeting and took home $25.

 

I hope everyone has a great winter. See you again Spring of 2017.

 

 

 

††††††††††††† BARBERíS† BLURB††† May 2017††††

 

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†††††††††† Well the weather looks like it might be starting to change and looking more favorable to getting out into the great outdoors and recreating. It also means we will start having meetings again and will be working to open and expand our riding opportunities.

 

MERA

††††††††††† We have already been working on cleaning up the trails on MERA from the ravages of the winter and the logging that occurred over the winter. This is a slow process and the snow is taking its time to come off. As of this writing, most of the north end of MERA still has a good deal of snow on it. 4X4ís and ATVís are getting around on the main roads if they can stay on top of the snow. Motorcycles are having a harder time of it.

††††††††††††† We are going to build another section of single track trail this year. It will be above F.S. 3120 and below MERA 206, from near the MERA boundary, north across 208 to near the Forest Service boundary. Rob and I are in the process of getting this laid out and will start work on it as soon as we get approval to do so. There is a grant that will fund some of the work on this trail, but there will still be plenty of need for volunteer labor.† This will be an ongoing project that could take most of the summer to complete, but the best conditions to build are in the early spring when there is still moisture in the ground. I will be putting out help requests on our facebook page or you can contact/text me at 541 805-0172 if you can come help.

††††††††††††† I think Sean has plans to add some more ATV trail this year also, but I am not sure how much or where. Plans are to finish the motocross track this year also.

††††††††††††† This brings me to our annual MERA work day on June 3. I think this will be the fourth year we have done this, with varying degrees of success. There will be opportunities to help out on single track or ATV trails. We can find something for you to help with. You just have to show up.

††††††††††††† There are also new maps of MERA and the trails available at http://union-county.org/. They are pretty nice. You can also scan the QR code with your smartphone to have a map with you and not have to have a paper copy.

 

 

Y.S.E.P.

††††††††††††† There has been a change to the Y.S.E.P. program this year and we are going to start evaluating ATVís also. This should add to the number of kids attending as well as make the club a little more money. 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/. Our first evaluation will be May 20, 9:30 am at the MERA training area.

 

Forest Plan

††††††††††††† The final Environmental Impact Statement for Blue Mountains Forest Plan is due out this summer. Of course this will mean another round of comments will be needed. We will try to keep you updated as we get more information.

 

††††††††††††† BARBERíS BLURB†††† June 2017††

 

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MERA

††††††††††† We had our 4th annual MERA work day on June 3. We had another small turnout this year. A couple people with ATVís showed and helped work on the kids track, that has been in need of work for a while now, as well as relocate some of the track that was displaced by the motocross track parking area and a new road. The rest of us worked on the new motorcycle trail along the western border above the F.S. 3120 road. If you know where 306 (Dead Bull) trail ends on 206 (Hawk Eye), this new trail (Snag) takes off from there. We spent the last three Saturdays trying to get it ready to do work on the ground. We made some major progress towards completion this Saturday. It is where it can be ridden, but there are still some sections of sidehill that need cut in. We had some help this weekend in the form of a super tiller that Mark L. is developing. It is a prototype machine that really churns up the ground. This could really help us speed up the trail building process in areas with the right kinds of soil. Right now Iím hoping Sean can get the prison crew in to do most of the rest of the work on this trail. We have grant funding to use them and I am more than happy to let them do some digging for us.

††††††††††††† Next up, we have another section of trail that will extend Snag across 208 (Easy Out) and run east up the draw and come out on 208 again. This is flagged and ready to build. We just need time and bodies. We are also looking to add a short section of trail near 222 Spine trail to connect 2 other sections of single track together so we donít have to jump on and off 201.

††††††††††††† There was a trail construction workshop on MERA a couple of weeks ago and some of the participants took time to ride some of our trails. Here is some of the feedback we received. ď I did get a group of 5 other dirt bikers to ride the single track loop on Thursday evening. It was AWESOME. They really loved what you have built so far.Ē ďWe were all having a blast.Ē ďthis is what Single Track in Oregon should beĒ. ďThen we got out to the ridgeline meadow and all the plants were flowering and the sun was shining from a low angle in the late evening. It was a real WOW moment. We all got back to the staging area and everyone was griming from ear to ear. We had some riders and some land managers and they could not stop talking about how great the single track trails were and how much fun they just had.Ē ďYou should truly be proud of this trail system.Ē Feedback like that helps validate all of the hard work we have put into those trails.

††††††††††††† If you are interested there are new maps of MERA and the trails available at http://union-county.org/. They are pretty nice. You can also scan the QR code with your smartphone to have a map with you and not have to have a paper copy.

Y.S.E.P.

††††††††††††† There has been a change to the Y.S.E.P. program this year and we are going to start evaluating ATVís also. This should add to the number of kids attending as well as make the club a little more money. 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/. Our next evaluation will be July 15, 9:30 am at the MERA training area.

Breshears

†††††††††† I havenít been up to Breshears yet, but hope to get there soon. If anyone has been there and can let me know what the conditions are like I would appreciate it.

 

 

† BARBERS BLURB†††† July 2017 †††††

 

MERA

††††††††††††† There hasnít been a lot going on up at MERA lately. The prison crew came in and did a little work on the new single track Snag trail. They cleaned up some of the side hill sections. I rode it recently, for the first time, and I think it is one of the better sections of trail we have up there. It still needs a little work, but that will have to wait till there is some moisture back in the ground.

††††††††††††† Rob and I did some more brush work. There is more that needs done, but we are trying to keep up with the worst of it. We have a short section near the Spine Trail that we want to build to tie two sections of trail together so we donít need to hop on and off the road. We also still need to cut out the next section of the Snag trail. After spending at least one day a week working up there, from the first of April till the middle of June, we have backed off a little. We will get back up there as life and weather permits.

††††††††††††† There has been some work going on at the motocross track. The parking area and access road have been improved. There is a lot of work that still needs to be done on the track itself, but as usual I think it is a matter of finding the bodies to volunteer to do the work.

Y.S.E.P.

††††††††††††† There has been a change to the Y.S.E.P. program this year and we are going to start evaluating ATVís also. This should add to the number of kids attending as well as make the club a little more money. 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/. Our next evaluation will be July 15, 9:30 am at the MERA training area.

Breshears

†††††††††† Finally made it up to Breshears a few weeks ago. The trails were in good shape as far as I went. The bridge on Bell Cr. Trail is hanging in there, but is in trouble. The work that was done to shore up the bank has helped, but the water has worked its way behind things again and is eroding the bank further under the east end of the bridge. Iím not sure what the plan is going to be to save it.

††††††††††††† Since I was up there, I know there has been more work done. The motorcycle only trail is open and the trail to that junction is OK. Upper Breshears was still snowed in at the south end, but there didnít appear to be anything down across the trail. Havenít had any reports on if anyone made it all of the way through Bell Cr. Trail yet. Things may be cut open, but there is still a lot of brush and limbs that need cut back.

Union County Fair Parade

††††††††††††† As usual we will be riding in the Union County Fair Parade, which I believe will be on August 4. There wonít be another newsletter before then, so check the date to make sure. We generally line up near 8th and O. Get there between 6 and 6:30. If anyone has kids that can participate, please bring them.

Dues/Elections

††††††††††††† It is membership dues time again. Look on your address label. If the EXP date is 17 or older your dues are due. If 18 or higher, you are paid up.

††††††††††††† It is also time to nominate people for next months election. We need to elect new or re-elect a Vise President and 2 board members. If you are interested let me know. Preferably at the meeting.

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BARBERíS† BLURB††† October 2016

 

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Breshears clean up

††††††††††††† Since we have had such poor turnout the last 3 years for the fall Breshears trail clean up day, we have decided to move it up a week and hold it on October 8. I know this is† still deer season, but we thought the weather might be better and hopefully we can get a few more bodies to show up this year. Between bad weather and not having enough people show up the last three years the system hasnít been cleaned up like it should be.

††††††††††† We will meet at the old ESD parking lot in Island City (across from Billís Quick Mart and D&B) on Saturday the 8th. Plan on leaving there at 9 AM.

††††††††††† If enough people show, we are usually done by around 1 PM. That leaves time for anyone wanting to get a ride in time to do so. All we really need is six to eight people to get this done. Bring a lunch, something to drink and a polaski/mattock if you have one. I have a few extras if you need to borrow one. Hope to see some of you there.

 

MERA

††††††††††† Due to the change in weather, forest restrictions have been lifted. We have had a little moisture but things are still dry and dusty. All of the trails are open though and there are some new ones that need more riding on them to get them broken in better. If you havenít been up there since earlier this summer there are some new trails to check out.

††††††††††† Some of the new things to check out are the new viewpoint on top of the knob at the north end of MERA. I havenít made it up there yet but I hear it is a really great view. There is a new ATV/UTV trail on the west side of 201 across from the 220 trail. I have walked part of it and it looks like it may make a loop. It looks like a nice easy trail and it didnít look like it had had any traffic on it. As for single track, we finished up a trail that starts on 201 a little north of 222, the Spine trail. It heads south from there, crosses 222 then goes north and west, crosses 206 then comes out on 206 again. This is a fairly easy trail. It has a section of sidehill that is a little narrow and some real short rocky sections, but nothing too difficult. Extending this trail down to F.S. Rd 3120 then north to 208 is our next big project for this fall and next spring. Also, for those of you that donít like the sidehill section of 327 right out of the parking lot, we put in a bypass that leaves 201 right a the top of the first hill out of the parking lot and is across from 212. It has a few rocks in it (that will be removed when we get some moisture in the ground) but is an easy ride over to 327 just above Haywire Cr.

††††††††††† As has always been the case, signage is a work in progress. There are a few carsonites up with no numbers on them. Sean is trying to come up with names to go with the numbers, hoping that will make it easier to remember what is what. As he gets names figured out the signs will be updated.

††††††††††† On the monthly drawing Alex Becker missed out on $50, but Rob Williamson was at the meeting and took home $25.