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Jim Rohn

 

 

 

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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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.

 

BARBERS BLURB†††† May 2018

WEíRE BACK!

††††††††††††† It looks like winter is mostly over, spring is here and itís time to get back out on the trails. Letís hope for a year filled with fun adventures.

MERA

††††††††††††† We have started doing work on the MERA singletrack trails. The lower elevation trails are open and in good shape. There are places that are still soft due to all of the rain we have been getting, but they should dry out soon. I have seen quite a few people on ATVís riding, but donít have any reports on trail conditions. I know there is still quite a bit of snow on the north end of the property, so be aware of that.

††††††††††††† We have plans to finish up a few pieces of trail we started last year as well as develop more singletrack trail again this year. How much we accomplish will depend on how much help we can get. We also have a young man from Imbler that is going to build some trail as his Senior Project for high school. As usual Iím sure Sean has plans for ATV/UTV trail improvement/development too.

††††††††††††† MERA also has a new stand alone website. It is meetmera.org. Check it out if you havenít already.

 

WORK DAY

††††††††††††† We are having our MERA motorized trail work day again this year. It will be on June 2. We havenít made specific plans for what we will be doing, but there is always work to be done. We will meet at the Fox Hill parking lot and head out at 8AM. Everyone is welcome to come along and help out. We are† thinking about going for a ride after we are done working and showing people around that may not be familiar with where all of the trails are.†

 

Y.S.E.P.

††††††††††† We are going to have our first Y.S.E.P. evaluation on May 19. It will be at MERA starting at 9:30 AM. 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.

 

Breshears

††††††††††††† It looks like it will be a while before we can get to the trails due to snow. Maybe the first part of June we can get close. If you have been up there the last couple of years you probably noticed one of the bridges is having a little problem. Our plan is to get in there as soon as possible, with the F.S., and evaluate the situation and come up with a plan to repair, replace or relocate the bridge. Iím hoping we can make this happen with little to no down time as far as closing the trail.

 

Forest Plan

††††††††††††† The latest information I have is that the Forest Plan is due out in May. 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.

 

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