March 2003

Bureau of Land Management Travel Plan Appeal
    On February 20" a special meeting was held involving the members of the Club that lives in Emery County with an open invitation in the newspaper for any other citizens of the County that were interested. The purpose of the meeting was to prepare individual lists of concerns that each had about the Bureau of Land Management's Travel Plan and the closures it involved. These lists were then delivered to the Emery County Commissioners and Public Lands Director in hopes that it would assist them in preparing an appeal. Sorry to report that there was no appeal generated by them. However, the SouthEastern Utah OHV Club did place an appeal. We cannot give up the fight for multiple use. Thank you very much for putting forth the effort by coming and participating.
Wild and Scenic Rivers Designation
    Now there is another concern involving "Wild and Scenic Rivers". Go into the BLM website at www.nps.gov/rivers and check out www.pricermp.com . Will it never end?!
SouthEastern Utah OHV Club Meeting
    We will be holding our next meeting on Wednesday, March 19th at 7:00 p.m. at the Workforce Services Building on 550 West Hwy 29 (near Emery Animal Health). A representative from the Bureau of Land Management will be attending to speak to the Club and answer any questions we may have about the Travel Plan. It looks like we will have some questions on the "Wild and Scenic Rivers" designations. The BLM will also be asking our assistance in placing signs on the open trails. This will be a lot better than placing "closed" signs.
A Swell Cure For Cabin Fever
    The Swell Cure For Cabin Fever poker ride is March 29th. Let's have a great turnout again this year. Jane Rasmussen and Betty Kunze are in charge of things. They need volunteers !! Don't hesitate to call them and offer your services. Plans are that even if you are volunteering to help with the event, it will still be worked out so that you can participate in the poker ride. We don't want anyone to miss out. Call Jane at 435-384-2991. Thank You!
Arapeen ATV Jamboree
   Remember to set August 13-16 aside on your calendar. There will be an Arapeen ATV Jamboree on those dates. Watch the newsletter and the club website for more information. There will also be a website for this event very soon.
Club Membership
    I'm happy to report that we are gaining a lot of new members this year. Some are from outside of Carbon and Emery County. This goes to show you that we are gleaning support from other parts of the state.They are interested in the SEUOHV Club and what we stand for. Any land users can join the club. Owning an ATV is not a prerequisite. However, we still have some current members that have not paid their dues. Please remember that it is only $20.00 per year per family and that it needs to be sent in as soon as possible. Mail your dues to:
    Mary Lue Bentley, PO Box 93, Ferron, Utah 84523
Good Will Riders Needed
    Good Will Riders is a volunteer trail patrol organization based out of the Manti-LaSal National Forest. The objective of this organization is to increase visitor safety and reduce resource impacts on National Forest lands. GWR volunteers talk with fellow visitors, hand out maps and remind visitors to ride in areas open for use. They encourage Leave No Trace and Tread Lightly principles. GWR also promote good trail manners and help visitors in need, hence their name.
GWR has four main goals:
1. Increase rider safety
2. Decrease user damage to natural resources.
3. Promote trail manners between all users.
4. Provide feedback to the Forest Service.
    They are asking you to "sacrifice" your time riding theArapeen Trail System only two days per year. This shouldn't be too painful for anyone.
    The Forest Service will have four full time patrol men this year for the Arapeen Trail System. They would like GWR to accompany these patrolmen (especially on weekends and holidays) so they can be more effective.
    Information and sign up meeting will be March 27,2003 at the Courthouse in Castle Dale at 6:30 p.m. Please help so that we can improve our trail system for our future enjoyment