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Old 02-07-2013, 04:36 PM   #1
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More MD DNR Trails Meetings!

Please mark your calendars! We need ALL MD OHV (bike, ATV, UTV, etc) enthusiast to come and attend the meetings! MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD!

Here's the official announcement

http://news.maryland.gov/dnr/2013/02/06 ... formation/

and I have attached a PDF with their agenda and the questions they will ask

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The Land Preservation and Recreation Plan Stakeholders’ meetings are scheduled as follows:

Western Region: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Greenbrier State Park, 21843 National Pike, Boonsboro 21713

Eastern Region: Wednesday, March 6, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Talbot County Community Recreation Center, 10028 Ocean Gateway (Rt. 50), Easton 21601

Central Region: Wednesday, March 6, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Howard County Robinson Nature Center, 6692 Cedar Lane, Columbia 21044


Thank you for all of your assistance in promoting the LPRP meetings with the news media and outreach! If you need anything else please let me know.

John F. Wilson
Associate Director, Stewardship
Land Acquisition & Planning
Tawes State Office Building E-4
Annapolis, Maryland 21401
(410) 260-8412
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Old 02-07-2013, 05:16 PM   #2
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You can download a copy of the agenda and the questions they will ask here -> http://www.damnriders.org/documents/...ngs-Agenda.pdf
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Old 02-12-2013, 05:04 AM   #3
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Old 02-12-2013, 05:13 AM   #4
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All righty folks, we have a little creative writing assignment.

1) The Maryland DNR has extended the comment period until this FRI (15 Feb) on their Annual work plans.

FY14 Workplans Linky

2) If you read the Green Ridge plan, it is 32 pages. Basically, I will sum it up:
  • OHV is not a user group
  • No mention of OHV trails be re-opened
  • Logging is permissible, and no mention of the environmental damage it causes
  • $550K to improve 13.8 miles of fire roads (but only fixes 1/2 of the OHV trail (East Valley)

3) I encourage you to write an email to : JPERDUE@dnr.state.md.us
Let him you know you want have a recreational need for OHV trails in Maryland.

It doesn't have to be long email, just that you would like OHV access to be part of their plan. If you really want to send an email, but can't think of a word to say, PM me. I will do my best to ghostwrite something you can send.

4) Kindergartener rules apply: Be civil and use manners in the email Keep public lands for the public!
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Old 02-14-2013, 05:52 PM   #5
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Updated Location for Western MD Stakeholder Session

The OHV community had a really great turnout at the first session in SoMD. Let's continue to provide Maryland with a OHV voice.

There has been a location/time change from post #1, to better accommodate work schedules.

UPDATE!!

Here is the updated schedule regional stakeholder sessions to get public input for the Maryland Land Preservation and Recreation Plan.

NOTE CHANGE: The location and time of Western stakeholder session on March 5 changed to 4-6 pm at Allegany College, 12401 Willowbrook Rd., Cumberland, MD.

http://news.maryland.gov/dnr/2013/02...n-information/
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Old 02-15-2013, 04:28 AM   #6
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thanks for posting this! And if you dirt loving people want to ride off road in your own State, participate!
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Old 02-19-2013, 05:04 PM   #7
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A little good news!

Folks, a neat article below. Keep up the good work attending the stakeholder meetings...they were cited in the article

Riding trails a possibility in Allegany County Article
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Old 02-19-2013, 06:09 PM   #8
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Old 02-24-2013, 05:53 AM   #9
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Agenda

Below is the agenda...I've also thought about some answers which might help you.

AGENDA
I. Welcome and introduction
II. Project Overview
III. Discussion/Input on Outdoor Recreation Issues
IV. Summary & Next Steps

INPUT QUESTIONS
Individual Questions (choose three to answer individually)
1. How can our outdoor recreation areas become the best places for everyone to experience the natural beauty of Maryland?
Ensure that all user groups have access to Maryland’s open space which include OHV users
• Designing trails for multi user groups
• By managing the resource for sustainability; ensuring it will be there for our children


2. How can different uses of outdoor recreation areas be managed to assure equal access and enjoyment (e.g., hiking or hunting, bird watching or off-road vehicle use?)
Gathering like-user groups on same trails (e.g Mountain bikes, OHVs, horses)
• Consider a season/rotation schedule for activities which might need separation
• Having short, near and long term plans for the trails system. For instance, once logging vehicles cut new access paths to harvest lumber, reutilize those trails as OHV trails once logging is completed.


3. How can people who don’t often use our outdoor recreation areas be encouraged to take advantage of them?
Continue to provide a wide breadth of activities such as OHVs
• Continue to instill tolerance in all user groups by not alienating any users including OHVs
• DNR can start grass roots efforts within communities to synergize users with projects they can be involved in (such as hosting OHV trail work days, requesting scouts riders for new trails, etc)


4. What groups of people seem to you to be least likely to use outdoor recreation areas including state parks? Why?
Maryland has not only failed to quantify the OHV need, but also failed to adequately provide access. While DNR owns nearly million acres, there is only a paltry 67 miles of OHV accessbile trails.
• The current OHV 67 miles trails occur in the pan handle of Maryland only, leaving most residents a 3+hr drive to access them
• Maryland does not capitalize on lessons learned by partnering with known companies which can design sustainable OHV trails
• Perception that the OHV trails cannot been sustainably managed, and are therefore better off closed
• Maryland has been unable to balance the needs of all its’ tax paying residents
• Maryland does not partner with the OHV community to leverage partnerships of trail maintenance
5. Think of a park or recreation area that you have especially enjoyed. What was it about that place that should be copied in other parks and outdoor recreation areas?
Parks which are able to provide different trail complexities to accommodate the novice to skilled OHV participant
• Trails that have variations including elevation changes, terrain (rocks, sandy, clay footing, etc), single track, etc
• Parks which large enough that spending a weekend in the forest never runs out of things to see, places to camp or areas for OHVs to explore
• GreenRidge was fun (before it was closed)


6. What do you think are the most important parts of outdoor recreation areas to preserve?
Access spots such as waterfalls & landmarks

7. How can outdoor recreation areas be designed to serve specific groups such as people with disabilities, youth, seniors, and low-income families?
Ensure that trails can accommodate OHV traffic so that disabled persons can get to same overlooks and see the same grand features
• Musculoskeletal problems can prevent persons from hiking, but OHVs provide open access to enjoy nature
• The OHV community serves folks from all socio-economic classes
• OHV is a multi-generational experience from teens to grandparents as family units


8. How should we encourage Maryland’s youth to explore the outdoors?
Exploring nature throughout formidable years, beginning as a passengers in OHVs
• Continuing to providing opportunities for young adults to enjoy their chosen out door past-time such as riding OHVs with parents
• By providing OHV training specifically about responsible riding and not abusing the resources


9. What kinds of services or facilities would you be willing to pay (more) for, and what would you not pay (more) for?
Would be willing to buy a pass for a trail system such as Hatfield-McCoy (West Virginia), which has 500 miles of connected trails
• Would be willing to buy a pass for a well maintained motocross track


Key Issues Identification
10. What are the strengths of Maryland’s outdoor recreation resources? What works?
DNR owns 5% of the state, and continues to acquire purpose land should include the needs of the OHV enthusiast
• DNR strives to serve all Marylanders, and that should include users such as OHVs


11. What improvements could be made to enhance outdoor recreation experiences? For youth? Underserved? Special populations?
OHV continues to be an underserved compared the user group size
• Additionally, OHV access is only in western MD and needs to be expanded to other MD regions (Southern, Eastern, Central)
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Old 03-02-2013, 04:59 PM   #10
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Hey everyone! The next series of meeting starts this coming week. Please pencil this in!
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Old 03-05-2013, 03:45 AM   #11
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Last Call

Stakeholder meetings for Western Region are this PM

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The location and time of Western stakeholder session on March 5 changed to 4-6 pm at Allegany College, 12401 Willowbrook Rd., Cumberland, MD.
Also, for those planning to attend the 6 March meetings. Should the county offices be closed due to inclement weather, the meetings are cancelled and will be rescheduled.

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Old 03-05-2013, 07:23 PM   #12
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Lots of news tonight!

First, the public recreation and trails meeting was once again dominated by OHV people. Kyler (our OHV stakeholder) thought it went very well and our needs are getting documented.

Secondly, the Stakeholders' meeting was a seismic event. First, DNR is moving to the next phase leading to the opening of Savage River State Forest and the Sideling Hill Wildlife Management Area for OHV riding. Yes, you heard that correctly! It isn't a done deal yet. The next step is in April DNR will conduct a 2-day field review which will included selected OHV participants to evaluate the proposed trails (read that to ride them), then a public comment period. If that goes well, then the State will award a contract for construction of parking, primitive camping, some trail extension, etc.
Volunteers will be a large part of trail construction. This all could lead to public riding starting in 2014.

Thanks to all that are chipping in to join this grass roots efforts!
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Old 03-05-2013, 07:37 PM   #13
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Old 03-06-2013, 05:36 PM   #14
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It looks like the only meeting to get rescheduled was Howard County. Again, the reports continue to be positive, and OHVers are attending

Please continue to watch the thread, because as soon as the last meeting occurs, DNR will be posting a user survey on the website. The purpose of the survey is to help quantify users and needs.

Additionally, DNR will be doing random phone sampling. So, if you get a call in the coming months re: trails just keeping saying "there is no place like OHV trails"
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Old 03-21-2013, 03:38 PM   #15
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The Survey is here!

Folks, please take 7 minutes and complete the DNR survey! OHV users have been storming the meetings and we need the momentum to continue.

DNR has consistently indicated they don't know how many OHV users their are....so let's get a vote in YOUR state lands.

Don't forget to mention in the comment you support more OHV access!

Direct Link to survey

More info here

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he Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) encourages Marylanders to share their thoughts on State parks and lands through a quick and easy online survey.

The survey asks a variety of multiple choice and open ended questions that will help DNR determine which outdoor recreation facilities, programs and services do and do not meet the needs of the community. Areas include State parks, forests, wildlife areas and trails.

Public input will help guide the update of the Maryland Land Preservation and Recreation Plan, which will serve as a roadmap for future State outdoor recreation facilities and services.

The Department has hired a nationally-known parks and recreation management consulting firm, GreenPlay, LLC, to oversee the Recreation Component of this planning process.

To take the online survey, visit http://survey.rrcresearch.com/s3/Maryland
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