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Washington New Trails News at Jones Creek (WA) for April 2014

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To All Off-Road Enthusiasts in SW Washington:

 

As you may have heard there is good news brewing in the Yacolt Burn State Forest. After nearly seven years of planning we are finally going to begin building new 4x4, ATV, and Dirt Bike trails as part of the first phase of the DNR's ten year recreation plan for the Yacolt Burn.

 

Yes, it's true - it's actually going to happen!

 

Leadership from the Jones Creek Trail Riders Association (JCTRA), and Piston’s Wild Motorsports as well as other supporting organizations has already engaged in several meetings with the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to discuss the “nuts and bolts” of implementing the trail building process.

 

Throughout the month of May, our groups will be working on the ground with the DNR finalizing trail layout and roughing in the first sections of new trails. Much of the roughing in process will be handled using heavy equipment, so the need for volunteers will be minimal during the month of May.

 

Once a portion of the trails has been roughed-in, we will need an outpouring of volunteer support to complete the trail building process. Toward the end of May, dates will be announced for work parties in June and beyond and that is when we will need the off-road community to join in and help build the new trails!

 

To put it simply, JCTRA will take the lead on building most of the ATV and Dirt Bike (single-track) trails and Piston’s Wild Motorsports will take the lead on building the 4X4 trails. Both groups will be working in cooperation with the DNR and in accordance with the approved plan. In most cases there will be separate operations going on in the forest for these projects although it will not be uncommon to share resources to promote building trails at the least cost and the highest rate of efficiency. In some cases volunteers may be asked to help out with either type of trail building project as the need arises.

 

Please remember that it is in all of our best interests to see both groups succeed as the trail projects are linked together. If one group falls too far behind, the other will not be allowed to proceed. This will be a team effort to bring additional motorized recreation to the Yacolt Burn!

 

So how can you help?

 

The best way to stay informed about the progress of the new trail building and what you can do to help is to register on the http://www.jctra.org website (ATV/MC) or http://www.pistonswild.com forum (4x4). Registering on these internet sites will add you to the respective clubs email address list which means you'll get up to date emails letting you know what's is going on, when there are work parties planned, and how you can get involved in the process. It is 100% free and you do not have to join or become a member of either club to be added to the email list(s). Registering is easy and you can have your name removed from the list(s) at any time.

 

To register and add yourself to the JCTRA.org mailing list please click HERE to begin the registration process.

 

We will also be posting periodic news and calls for volunteers on some of the local forums such as Thumpertalk, PNW4WDA and OMRA forums . . . but adding your name to these email lists is the only way to ensure that you will receive the most up to date and accurate information.

 

We thank you for your patience and we look forward to seeing you on the trails ! ! !

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UPDATE 5/22/2014: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR THE MAY 29th TO MAY 31st  WEEKEND!

We are working on finishing up the first section of new trails. We'll be out working on the new trail from Thursday, May 29th till Saturday May 31st.

On Thursday we plan to haul in blocks and harden a short, steep section of trail. Friday we need to being hauling in and installing three culverts and continue with the necessary brushing out of the last third of this section.

On Saturday we plan to be hauling in rock and gravel to the sections of trail that need it. Of course the JCTRA 6x6's will do most of the hauling, but we will need lots of volunteers to spread rock, do some of the smaller shovel work that the machines can't do, and continue with the brushing and other tasks as necessary.

We have approximately 25 miles of ATV width and 10 miles of single-track trail to build over the next several years and volunteer help is crucial to making this happen.

We'll be meeting at the Jones Creek staging area Thursday thru Saturday mornings between 8:30 and 9:00 AM, departing the staging area at 9:00 to go to the job site. The work day will end around 4:00-5:00 PM however no one is obligated to stay any longer than they wish.

If you need to arrive later, or are only available on Thursday or Friday, please email me in advance at mike.ames@jctra.org so arrangements can be made to get you where you need to go.

Please bring work gloves, water, lunch, and come dressed for the weather. An ATV or dirt bike is not required, but you are welcome to bring one for transportation. In this case the job site is within walking distance from a road that you will be able to drive to.

JCTRA and/or the DNR will supply all necessary tools although you are welcome to bring your favorite shovel or rake if you like. Please do not bring personal chainsaws or power tools.

All volunteers will receive a free $10 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC gift card for each day you participate in the work party donated by Rocky Mountain ATV's Racegas program.

This work party is open to the public and will qualify as volunteer hours toward a free Discovery Pass.

For questions or more information email mike.ames@jctra.org

We will also be posting periodic news and calls for volunteers on some of the local forums such as Thumpertalk, PNW4WDA and OMRA forums . . . but adding your name to these email lists is the only way to ensure that you will receive the most up to date and accurate information.

We thank you for your patience and we look forward to seeing you on the trails ! ! !

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