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Brewing At Red Creek Off-Road Park In Mississippi
The park doesn't seem to be making to many friends with their neighbors on Vestry Road, as the neighbors say the 1,000-acre off-road park has brought noise, litter and possible damage to the environment along the tranquil and protected Red Creek, and it is ruining their quality of life. The park typically draws up to 500 riders on a normal weekend. According to county officials' estimates, a large rally held there on Labor Day weekend, known as Mud Fest, drew approximately 4,000 people. Riders are allowed to use the park on their ATVs throughout the night, and residents would like to see the park's management put a stop to this. But the park's management has said they don't intend to do so. Local residents that live near the park said they got very little sleep the weekend of Mud Fest as thousands of ATV riders backed up traffic along Vestry Road, drank beer, and rode with loud mufflers through the early morning over the three-day weekend.
The neighbors said the problems caused by riders at the park aren't limited to the handful of weekends each year when they hold large rallies. One neighbor was quoted as saying "We don't need these people in this neighborhood." The residents have collected 132 signatures on a petition that asks for the park to close, or that there be a noise ordinance put in place to limit the park's hours of operation. Residents brought the petition to the supervisors, who have not taken action on it yet, but the park is on the agenda of their next meeting.
Another issue is alcohol. George County, where the park is located, is dry, but many of the park's clients drink beer according to the residents. The park's management was reported to say that they do their best to enforce the alcohol ban, but they do not search coolers. They reported that they advise customers who come from other counties and states that George County is dry. The use of alcohol at the park looks to have come to an end as a County Supervisor has said that current alcohol laws would be enforced. After receiving complaints about the widespread drinking in the park, deputies were dispatched and wrote dozens of tickets for alcohol during Mud Fest. A County Supervisor was quoted as saying "We told the owner that he is going to have to deal with the alcohol situation."
The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality communications director Robbie Wilbur said his agency has received a complaint and is testing to see if the park's riders have damaged the environment. The park's management has handed out fliers that specify driving ATVs or trucks on the sand bars or in the water at Red Creek could result in a $1,000 fine and possible vehicle confiscation under federal law. Of all of the complaints against the park, we feel the environmental claims are the most serious. There are Federal and State standards which must be met, and these are what threaten the park the most in our eyes. The State Department of Environmental Quality has taken samples and is awaiting the results, which should be returned in a few weeks.
Oklahoma ATV Laws In November
Park rangers and other peace officers in Oklahoma’s state parks and ATV areas on the Ouachita National Forest will educate people about the new laws for the next few months before strictly enforcing the new regs, according to a spokesman r the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department.
About This Unauthorized Trail Nonsense!
The truth about the unrestricted or open motorized cross-country travel rules that were used for all of these national ands where you are taking trails from us is all over the place. Here is a link to an article where it is mentioned briefly when the article quotes "The retiring chief of the US Forest Service's Intermountain Region says the days of unrestricted cross-country travel on public lands are quickly coming to an end." Well, my question is how can it come to an end if it was never used?
All of the trails that were made in these forests, grasslands and parks where there was an open or unrestricted cross-country travel rule are legal and authorized, and as such, when you close them down you are taking something away from us that we were using for years!
Restricts OHV Use In Indian Creek Canyon (UT)
ATV Park Might Be Coming To Kentucky
During the ninth annual Tellico ORV area stakeholders meeting on August 24th, the US Forest Service announced its strategy for restoring water quality in the Tellico River. They identified immediate projects and future plans to counter sedimentation issues allegedly caused by the mismanagement of the Upper Tellico ORV area. All of this was in response to claims made by the Southern Environmental Law Center on behalf of the NC and Tennessee Councils of Trout Unlimited, the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility and the Southern Appalachian Biodiversity Project stating that the US Forest Service is violating environmental laws. These environmental organizations filed a “notice of intent to sue” on June 28 if the US Forest Service did not effectively change its management of the ORV area in order to comply with it's own rules and the Clean Water Act. The conservationist groups requested that the Forest Service take immediate action to remedy the significant and ongoing violations of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (also referred to as the Clean Water Act) and other various federal and state water laws.
A US Forestry supervisor, Bill Champion, said complete condition surveys will be performed on all trail segments within 100 feet of streams in the ORV area, covering an estimated 6-7 miles of the trail system. All necessary repairs and modifications to crossings, silt traps and other maintenance needs will be made to these trail areas where needed. Condition surveys also will be conducted throughout the entire trail system. Relying on the results from National Environmental Policy Act analysis, the Forest Service will then consider proposals for a seasonal closure of the ORV area as well as permanent closure and rehabilitation of the 2, 7 and 9 Trails, which many believe cause much of the sedimentation issues. The seasonal closure would most likely occur between January and March.
This is not good folks. The first act of the US Forest Service is a major rollover to the conservation groups. We can only go down from here. The conservation groups have already won major concessions without having to take any legal action. They will surely use this as a stepping stone to gain more trail closures and stricter requirements. We're already down two scores in this critical game and the enviro-groups haven't even had to use their big weapons. I don't like the looks of this one bit.
City records indicate that McClendon offered a package totaling $5 million for most of the 6,131-acre Cross Bar ranch. The offer was $3.85 million for the outright purchase of the property, plus $200,000 in donations over five years to be used at the city's discretion. The offer also included $150,000 to move the vintage ranch house from the property. The city purchased the land in 1996 for $1 million according to Sandra Webb, the interim city manager. The city markets the Cross Bar as a back-to-nature destination for camping, biking, motorcycling, ATV riding, horseback riding and photography. According to Webb, Cross Bar Ranch is not paying for itself, and if the city were to retain it, they would have to come up with ideas for further development.
The city of Davis has not responded to Mr. McClendon's offer, but it is more than likely that the offer and the city's view on it will be on the city council's agenda at the September 10th meeting. It has been reported that Webb will recommend that the council put the purchase proposal to a vote by the citizens of Davis. Webb went on to say that the original purchase of the Cross Bar Ranch was very controversial a decade ago and that officials are concerned with upsetting residents with another major transaction.
Forest ORV Travel Management Proposals To Be Presented
The Mercer Island meeting will take place
National Forest ORV Plan Protesters Get Some Press
"Off-road riders are worried the government will block access to a big chunk of roads and trails in the Eldorado National Forest by early next year. "I drive motorcycles and quads. My whole family does," said protester Dennis Maloney. "They've threatened to close, right now, over half the trails and roads that we use and have access in the forest.""
Where are the facts on how many trails they want to close? Where is the details of our side of the story? Nowhere, that's where. The jerks in the press will not give us any due discourse for pleading our case. It is BS! Look at the press they give our enemies! It is extremely obvious that the press is biased and who they side with. Don't expect any help from these vermin.
Joe State Park (MO) Under Scrutiny of EPA
Soil and dust samplings taken in 2002 showed lead levels as high as 4,638 parts per million in the beach area where children play and swim, and up to 1,563 parts per million in the riding area, according to government reports. Both are above levels that would trigger an EPA cleanup if they were found in a residential yard. State and US EPA officials are expected to meet in October and the EPA will have the final say on how the mine waste is cleaned up. State officials prefer to create a trail network in the riding area, seed and fertilize some of the areas, and cover other spots with graded rock. EPA officials say the plan lacks sufficient detail to evaluate how it would prevent exposure to mine waste and lead, and protect people. Federal regulators say they don't want to close the park, but ATV enthusiasts aren't so sure.
Hills National Forest ORV Management Plans In The Works
The meetings are scheduled from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. with a slide presentation on the proposal starting at 7:00 p.m. followed by public comments in small groups from 7:30 -8:30 p.m. Written comments concerning the the proposals must be received 60 days after the Notice of Intent (proposal) is published in the Federal Register, which is expected to take place in early September and be posted here.
Cod National Seashore Lifts ORV Restrictions
Lookout National Seashore in North Carolina Next For ORV Management Plans
You can submit your comments to:
Cape Lookout Park Planning or mail them to:
Lookout National Seashore
Bernadino County Board of Supervisors Votes To Keep Controversial Off-Road Ordinance
The biggest issue among the off-roaders was the staging clause in the ordinance, which requires off-roaders gathered in groups of 10 or more to apply for a special $155 permit which can take four to six weeks to obtain. One landowner said that this past spring was the first one that he didn’t have an Easter vacation on his property because of having to obtain a permit for his relatives to join him. The Chief of Code Enforcement, Randy Rogers, told the board that the ordinance was a success and that since it had been implemented they have handed out over 200 warning citations, 98 court citations and made 7,890 educational contacts, where they try to educate riders on the ordinance. After four hours of public comment from both sides of the issue, the board voted 3-0 to keep the ordinance in place without any changes. Two board members were absent from the vote. Look for litigation to begin challenging this ordinance.
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