NEWSLETTER – September/October 2016
What a great time of the year. The colours are magnificent, the dust is finally reduced and the weather although chilly in the am, is warm in the afternoon. A great time to hit the trails.
There have been some developments of note:
Cody Zorn has spent time getting our Facebook page up and current. There have been many great comments on the site and it does seem to be a great way to get the news, events, and discussions out to members and the public. If you have trouble with figuring out how to access the Club’s Facebook page just go to our website (google GFATV) and click on the big F in the top left corner. Have a look and if you have any questions let us know. Our Vice President, Rob Vere, continues to keep our web site current and if you have a posting please get the information to him.
The North Fork Trails are hard to access this year due to logging: Monday to Friday there are approximately 50 loads a day coming out of Gable, Boulder, and top of the Burrell. Dust is a big problem at 28 Mile Bridge Rec Site. All of our rec sites have had an increase in use this year. 28 Mile Bridge has had the most. Located 44 km up the North Fork and being on the paved road folks find this location most enjoyable. This year with the additional logging trucks the dust was “BAD”. We have talked with Ministry of Highways and Interfor. They both have been great partners and it looks like we will
have dust control in place for next year. We have also managed to get a priority designation on the road to Bluejoint rec site, so hopefully the road condition will improve. If you were travelling on the Burrell near the long weekend in September you know firsthand how bad the road was washboarded. It is great now, seems we need to work on the grading time – before the long weekend would have been much better for tourists.
The Grand Forks Christina Multi-Use Trails (ATV BC funded) project is underway and there was a well attended ride (work party) on Sept. 15. We travelled on all the trails and gathered damaged signs and made notes on where signs were needed and condition of trails. The signs have been ordered and should be ready to be put up soon.
The GFATV Club was called to clean up at 28 Mile Rec Site after hunters decided to toss the remains of several deer over the bank. It was an ugly job but we managed to prevent any more bears showing up. Big thanks to Cathy for letting us know there was a problem. It is so amazing to have folks who care and clean up the sites!
Feb. 17, 2017: Member Appreciation Night will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion. If you would like to help with the event please let us know.
If you have not taken a Safety course please do. Ken Gresley-Jones (250-447-6197) is a great instructor. For everyone’s safety please call him and arrange to take a course. Safety is a concern for all riders!
If your membership renewal is due and you plan on renewing, please drop into B & F Sales or Victorian Motel.