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Old 05-17-2013, 03:18 PM   #391
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I went over to the Wisconsin Outdoor Education Expo at the Dodge County Fairgrounds near Beaver Dam yesterday. This event has been running for a number of years now and is doing well.

The purpose of the event is to provide a "see-touch-do" experience for school kids to introduce them to outdoor recreation. A study has shown that if kids aren't introduced to these activities by the time they are twelve, they are far less likely to take them up later in life.

I wanted to talk to the head honcho and evaluate whether this would be a good event for off-highway motorcycling to participate in. I met with the head guy and toured the event. About 1,500 school kids are bussed in each of the two days. They come from as far away as Wausau. With sponsors and chaperones the total exposure is to about 3,000 kids and 600 adults.

Snowmobiles and ATVs are currently represented from motorized recreation. Beyond that they have a wide variety of activities going include flushing birds with dogs, shooting BB guns, casting flies, cleaning fish, skinning muskrats, etc.

Since most DS/OHM clubs are non-profits and as such they likely have in their mission statement that they are there to promote the sport, this may be a good opportunity for some to do so. Not only is it good to introduce the recreational interest to children, but the exposure to adults goes to our benefit as well.

It might be good to partner with the other motorized people to share an area. The cost of an exhibit would probably be around $400-$500. Sharing this between a couple of clubs minimizes the expense.

Potentially we could have a variety of types and sizes of motorcycles on display (child OHM, OHM, DS, ADV packed for a trip). Perhaps we could get a trials rider or two to offer minor exhibitions during the event.

I think this event is worth participating in to promote our recreational interest. I put together some more info and share it with the clubs to see if a couple might participate.
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Old 05-17-2013, 07:01 PM   #392
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I'd be happy to bring the Adventure sidecar, Kids love it
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Old 05-17-2013, 07:42 PM   #393
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I'd be happy to bring the Adventure sidecar, Kids love it
Thanks, I'm dropping that offer into the planning file!
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Old 05-19-2013, 08:19 PM   #394
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I mentioned that I was working on the prospect of getting access to horse trails for a weekend OHM event here in Wisconsin.

Toward that end, I have been interviewing key club members and DNR officials from other places to get the ins and outs of this type of thing.

One of the events I have been interviewing people about is the Thielman Trail Ride the Golden Eagles put on over at Zumbro Bottoms in MN.

To follow up on the interviews I went up there Saturday to spend a few hours talking to more people and taking some pictures to capture some visual information about the event. Lots of positive information from both the DNR and the club (not to mention the riders).

I was also able to capture a ton of pix that help show that OHM riding is a family event and that it involves men and women of a wide range of ages. Good material that I will be able to put to use in several places. Often a picture says more than you or I can.

Couple of minor shots . . .





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Old 05-20-2013, 04:11 AM   #395
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That's awesome to see young one's getting it!
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Old 05-20-2013, 12:24 PM   #396
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Thielman Trail Ride

Cannon you were right - "700 riders, 45 miles of trails. People like it.". I spent the weekend there and was amazed at the amount of kids, young people and family's present.

Here is a little clip of some of the fun.

http://youtu.be/bx3cWLPS-uk
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Old 05-20-2013, 12:44 PM   #397
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Thielman

I'm guessing the Golden Eagle MC club had to do a lot of work cutting fallen trees for this year's event. The last big snow storm took down a lot of trees. I tried to do a loop through that area on the road along the river a couple of weeks ago and finally had to give up and back track because of all the deadfalls.

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Old 05-20-2013, 07:39 PM   #398
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Old 06-05-2013, 09:17 AM   #399
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Wisconsin receives national awards for recreational and trail planning

MADISON -- Wisconsin recently received two national awards recognizing recreational planning and trails efforts.

The National Park Service and the Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals presented the Wisconsin the Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan Excellence Award on May 23 at the 2013 National Outdoor Recreation Conference in Traverse City, Mich.

The National Association of State Park Directors selected Wisconsin State Trails Council as the winner of the Coalition for Recreational Trails’ Achievement Award for outstanding use of Recreational Trails Program funds by a state recreational trails advisory committee. The award was presented June 4 at the 2013 Recreational Trails Program Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C.

The federal Land and Water Conservation Fund Act requires states to evaluate the demand for and supply of outdoor recreation resources and to develop an implementation program to produce a Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan, or SCORP, every five years. The Wisconsin SCORP is compiled by the Department of Natural Resources Bureau of Parks and Recreation.

The National Park Service and the Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals created the annual SCORP Excellence Award to recognize a state SCORP process and product that exemplifies the spirit and intent of by planning for outdoor recreation places and opportunities to strengthen the health and vitality of citizens.

The Wisconsin SCORP highlights the growing demand for urban community gardens, the connection of urban recreational opportunities for a healthy population and outdoor recreational preferences and trends. It was developed with the assistance and support of a diverse array of outdoor recreation stakeholders representing local, state, and federal agencies; non-profit groups; outdoor industry groups; and other organizations directly linked to outdoor recreation.

“This award exemplifies the strong Wisconsin tradition of providing access to the many types of outdoor recreation choices” says DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp.
The Wisconsin State Trails Council is made up of 11 voting members appointed by the governor to four-year terms who are knowledgeable in various recreational uses of trails and serve as an advocate for trails. The council is responsible for providing counsel in administering Federal Recreational Trails Program funds.

Among the achievements recognized in the award is that the council recently established a maximum grant amount for the state’s Recreational Trails Program funding awards that has enabled smaller trail groups or projects to participate in the grant program. This enabled the apportioning of the available funding to be spread throughout the state. In 2012 the number of local grants awarded increased from eight in the previous grant cycle to 75.

“The Wisconsin State Trails Council is comprised of highly passionate representatives of the state’s diverse recreational trail user groups,” Stepp said. “Council members are deeply active in their respective associations, and bring an intimate knowledge of the individual, and often quite localized, issues facing their respective member groups and communities.”
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Glad to see my northern neighbors having there priorities straight.
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Old 06-11-2013, 07:15 PM   #401
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When I brought up this issue the first time, it dead ended.

The USFS has signs that restrict motorcycles from some ATV trails in the forest. Those in the know understand that the ATV trails are for motorized 50" of less. Someone on the trail (including ATV riders) might mistakenly be misled because these signs say all but ATVs and snowmobiles are prohibited.

This time the forest superintendent said he would get motorcycle stickers for the signs to straighten things out. Looks like it will be up to us to locate all the offending signs and put the stickers up ourselves. No problem - I'm retired.

I also got the opportunity to explain the motorcycle and ATV trail NF rules to some area ATV club officers as a few were not quite clear on it.

So, for the Lakewood district (same district as Wabeno dual sport events), things are getting better for us.

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Old 06-11-2013, 08:57 PM   #402
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Old 06-13-2013, 09:22 PM   #403
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Old 06-15-2013, 02:51 PM   #404
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the same here if you would like some extra hands and wheels to help some weekend look me up I'm game
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