National Monument Designaton News
ORV riders, it is the Upper Peninsula ORV Trail Development Association that laid the groundwork on MANY legislative issues that ORV Riders will be taking advantage of for years. No one has been more PROACTIVE in keeping ORV Riders aware of State and Federal Issues. It was President Clinton that used an early 1900 “Antiquities Act,” by unilaterally (without Congressional approval) shut MANY recreational uses from PUBLIC land by calling this land National Monument land..ie, …Wilderness.
President Obama has designated 553 million acres of land and water as national monuments during his presidency, far more than any other president. Further, in Congressional testimony Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell, acknowledged that more designations may be forthcoming before the end of Obama’s second term. President Clinton famously designated nearly 2 million acres in Utah as a National Monument in the closing days of his Administration. These sorts of designations have long lasting impacts and will ultimately lead to restrictions on even the most responsible recreational uses.
it doesn’t matter what you’re political views are, you or your children may someday want to enjoy this PUBLIC Land….either by motorized recreation, mountain biking, or even horseback riding…and you will NOT be allowed access. The ONLY access to National Monument land is via Hiking.
Tell me how many of you are going to be able to hike hundreds of miles into a National Monument area when you are older? Sure some of you will be able too, but do you really think it is fair to shut the majority of the public out of PUBLIC LAND?
It is difficult to do this through Wilderness Designation as that has to go through Congress…but the ‘end around’ to getting PUBLIC LAND shut off from the public is through National Monument Designation. I wish I had the answer as to what we can do, but one thing you can be assured of is that your UP ORV TDA will keep you informed.
UP ORV TDA President
610 Greenland Road
Ontonagon, MI 49953
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Fall meeting/convention will be held at the Wintergreen Resort and Conference Center October 14 – 16, 2016. This is located in Wisconsin Dells so there is plenty of things to do when not in meetings. Rooms are $79.00 per night with choice of 2-queen beds or 1-king with sofa and whirlpool. There is only 12 rooms blocked so please reserve soon so more rooms can be added if needed. To reserve rooms call (800)-648-4765 press 1 and ask for MW4WDA block. I am not planning a dinner unless there is enough requests for one. Contact Sam Vandenberg with any questions (920)-268-6869 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
TRAIL NEWS – AUG 4th 2016
|Hikers enjoy the North Country National Scenic Trail.
Next Meeting of the Governor’s State Trails Council: Friday, August 12
The next meeting of the Governor’s State Trails Council will be held at the Town of Rib Mountain Town Hall in Wausau on Friday, August 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Town Hall is located at 3700 North Mountain Rd.
The State Trails Council is appointed by the Governor to provide state trail user groups and individuals a voice in the statewide trails program.
Agenda items include council member updates, DNR report and other trail issues. Information about the STC, along with August meeting materials, is available online on the STC page.
Please RSVP by August 10 (email@example.com) if you are planning to attend the meeting in Wausau.
Watch out! Wild parsnip prevalent this year
Wild parsnip is especially bad this year, due to favorable spring growing conditions. Large yellow rosettes at the top of the plant often bow into trail tread space, and contact with the plant’s sap can cause severe rash and blisters when exposed to the sun. Think poison ivy only potentially worse. It’s a good idea for trail users and volunteers to be able to identify the plant and alert others to its presence.
The DNR website and UW Extension fact sheet [pdf] for the plant provide identification and control info for this troublesome invasive. Be sure to work with the property manager on any pesticide use on public lands.
Don’t let wild parsnip come in contact with your skin.
Old Abe debate put to rest: eagle was male
The 150-year old debate is over: Old Abe, the Wisconsin bald eagle which became a symbol of strength and patriotism during the Civil War, was male. While the spirit and pride that the bird encouraged was definite regardless of its gender, conflicting 19th century accounts fueled the dispute until this year when DNA sequencing finally put the debate to rest. More information on Old Abe, which has a State Trail named after him, can be found here.