September 7 Reeder Canyon Bridge Proj. Joe's Valley
September 9 ATV Poker Ride Ferron Peach Days
Signup from 9 to 11 a.m.
Ferron Mayors Park
September 12 SEUOHV Club Meeting Castle Dale Courthouse
7 p.m. Open to the public
September 23 Natíl Public Lands Day Wedge Overlook
9 a.m. (see attached flyer)
Let's top last years Club attendance
REPORT ON RECENT EVENTS:
August 19: Reeder Canyon Bridge Project, Joe's Valley
See report included in this newsletter
August 26 Willow Lake Club Ride
There were 15 bikes that showed up for this great ride. All that attended said they had a great day - no rain - and the event was enjoyed by all. The report was that it was well worth doing again soon.
August 25, 26 ATV Safety Course
There were 11 students that registered for this class for Friday night and Saturday morning. The instructor was Mark H Williams. There were 10 boys and 1 girl and they all passed the class. A temporary permit was given to all of them and they will receive their certificate from the State of Utah. They can now ride legally.
August 29, 2000 Recognition Award from BLM
The officers of SEUOHV Club were invited to Provo to attend a special awards meeting. Sally Wise, State Bureau of Land Management Director, presented the award to the Club for its contribution to the protection and conservation of Utah's public lands. Those attending were Mark H and Terry Lyn Williams, Bert and Mary Lue Bentley, Lee Swasey and Wade Allinson.(Read the press release)
MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT:
I WOULD LIKE TO THANK ALL OF YOU THAT HAVE PARTICIPATED IN THE DIFFERENT EVENTS AND WORK PROJECTS THIS YEAR. WE COULDN'T HAVE BEEN MORE PROUD THAN WE WERE TUESDAY NIGHT WHEN WE ACCEPTED THE AWARD IN THE NAME OF THE CLUB. THIS WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE WITHOUT A LOT OF HARD WORK. IT PLEASES ME THAT YOU HAVE CONTINUED TO BE INVOLVED IN PARTICIPATING IN ANY WAY THAT YOU CAN TO WORK WITH THE LAND MANAGERS, TO RIDE SAFELY AND RESPONSIBLY AND PROTECT OUR ENVIRONMENT.
Mark H Williams
ALERT! Would you please pass the word on to your family, friends andneighbors at home or out of state to contact their Congressional Representatives and ask for them to support the San Rafael Swell Bill instead of the Red Rock Wilderness Bill when it comes up again.
National Public Lands Day 2000
Date: September 23, 2000
Buck and Pole Fence (est. 600+feet);
Building forms and pouring cement for fire rings and sidewalk to pit toilet;
Setting large rocks along side of road;
Cleaning up garbage in various areas;
Dutch Oven BBQ by the Emery County Search and Rescue
Songs, Poetry, and Awards
The participation of the OHV Club in last years event was recognized and appreciated by all. The club had more participants than any other group that came out. I am hoping that this year we can count on all of you to come out again and support us in this project.
We will be hosting some important officials at this years event and I believe strongly that another large showing by Our Local Off Highway Vehicle Club will go a long way in getting out the message of what we stand for.
All participants will receive a Public Lands Day T-Shirt, etc. We have ordered an ample amount this year in sizes from med. to XXL.
Thanks again for all your support in our efforts,
Co-Chair Recreation Sub-Committee\Emery County Public Lands
All Volunteers must RSVP before September 18th so that we can plan for the Amount of food needed for the BBQ.
To RSVP or for more information please call:
Margaret Swasey; Emery County Site Coordinator;
at 435-384-2704 or 435-381-5225
Wayne Lundington; Price BLM Site Coordinator;
Reeder Canyon Bridge Project
First of all, let me thank each and everyone of you who have donated your time and energy to the bridge project in Reeder Canyon. This has been another fantastic cooperative project between the Manti Lasal National Forest and the SEUOHV Club. In addition, this project has received over 200 hours of labor from the Division of Wildlife's Dedicated Hunters Program. These 'Dedicated Hunters" are your friends, family and neighbors who have signed on with the Fish & Game to donate a minimum of (8) hours of labor each year to projects that enhance opportunities for hunters and/or wildlife. One note of Frustration that I should pass on to everyone is that when the Forest Service personnel and SEUOHV Club members arrived at the bridge site on Saturday, August 19th, they were disappointed to find that someone had stolen the roof-bolts, nuts, washers and nails from the job site. This sort of theft/vandalism is very frustrating and DAMN STUPID! Who do these idiots think they are hurting when they steal from a project that is providing them with access to a fantastic place like Reeder Canyon? If any of you know about this theft would you please contact Rob Perrin at the Forest Service Ferron office (435) 384-2372. 1 asked Rob for some facts and figures on the project and following is the information supplied to me.
Reeder Bridge Details:
Approximate cost of materials to complete the bridge -$2800
We received 176 hours of Dedicated Hunter service project time to haul the initial load of materials in. 22 hunters with ATVs showed up 7/8 and hauled 96- 3"x12"x6í and 60-6"x6"x8í boards 8 miles up to the bridge site from the trailhead on U-29.. Since then we have received 36 hours of Dedicated Hunter tiny and about 72 hours of SEUOHV Club time on the construction of the bridge. This is in addition to about I 10 hours of Forest Service crew time devoted to this project so far
80 % of the bridge is almost complete and when finished it will be 104' long. The purpose of the bridge is to improve rider safety by eliminating a muddy and very slick area. In addition, the bridge will raise the trail above a stream and poorly drained spring seep area reducing erosion and sedimentation of Reeder Canyon Creek
As you know, the rapidly increasing OHV use on the Wasatch Plateau is being cited as a cause of additional erosion and sedimentation of streams and reservoirs. I have not seen any tangible research showing just how much of an impact this increasing use has had on this mountain. Research elsewhere has shown that unmanaged recreational use (ATV or otherwise) can increase sediment rates in streams (mainly by user created trails and roads and increased use through unimproved stream crossings and wet areas.) With that in mind we are trying to reduce the amount of contact water has with the trail surface (or wheels or feet have with wet areas) in an effort to reduce any impact AT\/s or any other trail users have on the mountain's water resources. To see the amount of sedimentation going on, just look at a stream or spring after riding through or how much of the trail has eroded after a rainstorm. Examples of watershed restoration projects relating to trails include rerouting steep or un-drainable segments of trail, making sure that drainage dips and water bars are working to reduce the amount of runoff from the trail installing culvert and building bridges. Another important part of this effort is to convince people to stay on existing trails (which have or are receiving the above improvements). We all have seen many examples of user created trails going straight up the fall line of a slope that are eroding badly There are many contributors to the stream sedimentation going on up on the Wasatch Plateau. Everybody needs to do his or her part. The above are some of the things recreational trail users need to be aware of and help with to allow for continued access to this very unique place.
The next workday for the Reeder Bridge is planned for September 7th (Thursday) to haulmore lumber and supplies to the site. Don Keele mentioned that September 8 (Friday) might also be a Construction day at the bridge. For more information, or to volunteer, please contact Don @ (435) 384-2749
We all owe a big THANK YOU to Rob Perrin and Crockett Dumas at the Ferron Office. Please take time to call, write or e-mail these gentlemen and express your appreciation for their efforts.
See you on the trail (with tools),
Alan J. Peterson
Rob Perrin & Crockett Dumas, E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Manti-Lasal National Forest
P 0 Box 310
Ferron, Utah 84523 phone 384-2372