No doubt as snow is blanketing the Washington DC area today, the work for the OHV community has yet to grind to a halt. Making a snowman is not easy work, especially at the beginning. Somewhere in the beginning of making the first snowball, it’s a lot of work. However as the snowball gets bigger, the work gets easier and the snowball making is fun!
February was marked by many encouraging metrics for the OHV community. And that small OHV snowball is beginning to actually look like it will flourish! First off, did you happen to see this news article on 18 February?
Riding Trails a Possibility in Allegany County
To summarize the high points of the article:
A recreational developer wants to bring a series of legal off-road riding areas to Allegany County for use by all-terrain and other vehicles. Key to any trail system would be cooperation between the state and developers involving liability issues and the use of reclaimed strip mine lands.
Secondly, this past week, the Stakeholders’ meeting was a seismic event. 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.
And as all good things come in packages of 3’s, we have also completed 3 of the 4 DNR meetings. The last meeting for Central Region/Howard County Robinson Nature Center has been postponed due to inclement weather.