President’s Report September 2017

Good day everyone!

Just to bring everyone up to speed. The fire and OHV ban is still in place, so we have decided to move the season windup to the weekend of October 14-15. More to follow. There are a number of us, Joe and Jean, Gary and Delores, Jordan and Faye, Barb and myself are going up to the Drayton Valley area for the Brazeau Poker Run which is on Saturday Sept 16th. There is random camping at the staging area. We will be leaving on Sept 14th and returning Sept 17 or 18. All are welcome to join us. They are expecting 200-300 participants and we have been invited to sell our raffle tickets there. Please let the office know if you wish to join us. Google Brazeau ATV for more details. There are not any fire or OHV bans in that area.

Since, we decided we would not be placing any bridges in until the PLUTZ for Porcupine/Livingston is completed and we know which trails we will be able to ride in, we still wish to help out in the backcountry and there are a number of fall projects which we can help with.

Heather DAVIS from the Backcountry Flood Rehabilitation Program attended our board meeting and advised the following: They have been busy putting in new vehicle wide bridges (to accommodate 4X4’s and the snow groomer) on the McGillivray trail heading to Spoon Valley. This trail is closed until Oct while this work is being done. They have done a great job in redoing this trail the last couple of years and will be decking the bridges Oct 10-14th, so we need volunteers to help with this event. Also, they will be doing willow plantings in the Lost Creek area (South Shelter) September 18th-28th, so again we will need volunteers to help. It is very important that we show that we are still doing work to support the environment. Heather also advised that contracts have gone out to install proper washroom facilities at both the Atlas and McGillivray staging areas. They will also be doing bridge work in the Vicary area.

Cows and Fish and the OWC will be doing willow planting and fence posts in the Dutch Creek area Oct 14 or 21st, so again we will need volunteers for these projects. We also need post hole augers (bobcat etc.) to plant the fence posts like last year when Rugged Tanks of Taber supplied a bobcat and did a tremendous job, so if you have any equipment that can help, please let us know.

Again, our raffle tickets are down this year so the big push is on to make a profit. Please, give that extra effort and sell more books.

Hopefully, the bans will be lifted soon, but it is extremely dry so we need some rain for that to happen. I wish to thank everyone for abiding by the OHV bans. We were at the McGillivray staging area over the long weekend and did not see one OHV (QUAD/SIDEBYS) but we saw a constant stream of 4X4’s heading up the pipeline. Funny how they don’t seem to think the rules apply to them. There were a dozen trailers camping. (More cows than campers.) That area is usually packed with OHV use. Who says that OHV’S do not bring in valuable income to the Crowsnest Pass?

Let us hope that next season is a banner year. Ride safe (when we can again)

Thanks to all the volunteers that have attended the shows to sell raffle tickets and the people responsible for taking the trailer to ESSO everyday.

The first pic is Atlas staging area August long weekend, the second is McGillivray September long weekend

Gary Clark, President CNP QUAD SQUAD.