There is a push to (re)open more trials at URE. CNC4X4 and triad4WD are both talking to Janet, Lea and Mike(?) about them...problem is money, it is in short supply now. Even with the trail fees (which they estimate only about 1/2 of the trail riders pay) and Gov't money they run a short fall every year.
There are some changes in the works for how fees will be paid. One of the ideas on the block now, and will likely be implimented for '04 is the elimination of the "pay boxes" at the trail head (they were getting broken into a lot anyway). You will now have to order a sticker (for seasonal use) or a mirror hanger (for daily use) from selected clubs, (CNC4X4 is likely to be one of them, watch their site at CNC.4X4.org
for more info) or at Eldorado Outpost. This should help the Forest Service actually get the money they are supposed to be getting. And as we saw last year there will be more trailhead checks for who has paid. With the seasonal sticker or the mirror hangers the Rangers can more easily police who has and who has not paid.
Doing some of our own trail "policing" will also help, taking pictures of and getting licence plates of vehicles going off trail, cutting trees, or doing other general damage, and getting this info to the rangers helps them prosecute the small percentage of the trail riders that do the most damage.
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BTW, first weekend in April, the local club is planning a trip. Anyone wanna come?
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I think every local club is planning a ride that weekend...
Who is left in the area from all the great gatherings last year...Mobdawg is gone, Elusive is gone, Infantry is leaving soon, Jeepgod's taking off for the big beach soon...Who else?