Dear Fellow OHV Enthusiast
I want to update you on the latest meeting that I attended with the Coconino Forest Department and Stakeholders that took place 10-23-2018 in Sedona. The meeting was to move forward on the decisions related to Fossil Creek usage and the access via Forest Road 708 from Strawberry. The permit system has worked to reduce the litter and the over crowding that was damaging the beautiful and pristine scenery.
When APS stopped maintaining the road no one stepped in to keep the road open. Rock slides and wash outs have damaged the road extensively.
As an OHV rider myself, I always loved being able to ride Forest Rd 708, through the Fossil Creek corridor and continue to the Verde River for lunch. Our club has been the major advocated opening Forest Road 708 along with PS Fire Department Chief Gary Morris. Chief Morris has travel to Washington DC and has Senator Gosar on our side.
One of the options that the Forest Department has presented is to open 708 to motorized OHV travel only. This option has not met much objection and has had some support from the other stakeholders. I am confident that we have a real good chance of this happening.
A few more steps are going to have to happen, but it will be worth it.
The fight to re-open Old County Road continues. We are continuing our law
suit against the Reeds for closing Old County Road illegally. The next
required step is to have the road surveyed. The surveyor sent us a 1934 map
of Old County Road (attached). This verifies that Old County Road was the
way into Pine before the completion of Highway 87, therefore proving this
has always been a public road.
I will keep you updated as this issue progresses.
Cindy, Bernie, & Sharon Nuding met with Dennis Smith, a trail blazer from Northwest Woodland Services, Inc. on May 5, 2016. Cindy, Bernie & Dennis rode their OHV’s down the new Tonto Bridge Loop Trail. Dennis surveyed the work that needed to be done to make the trail from Pine to the Tonto Bridge ridable. The cost will be around $40,000.00 to do this.
Our next step is to hire a “grant writer” to write the grant for the money necessary to complete this task.
Before we can submit the grant, the Tonto National Forest Service Supervisor must approve and sign the Travel Management Plan that is sitting on his desk. The Tonto Bridge Loop Trail is on the Plan.
We realize that this has been a slow process, but when it is necessary to get approval from government entities, the process can drag-on for quite sometime. We all have had to be patient.
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1. Old Country Rd. is again OK for use. Gate is unlocked. This was one of our main access points to local Trails.
Property owner was not the one who blocked off. You may have to ride around debris pile, til it’s removed
2. FR708 to Fossil Creek. Cindy Maack had a BIG meeting with the Forest Service, Major Politicians, Tribal Council, Etc.
She proposed making this (currently closed) route an ATV trail. There was absolutely no opposition to the proposal!!!
There are other obstacles and there is still a Long way to go on this, but this is a very positive step!
Club would be responsible for trash cleanup, etc. Wouldn’t this be just Awesome!
3. Big Event Coming! Full Weekend Ride Event – Punkin’ Center to Young, thru the Mountains, with a “Shoot ‘n Scoot”-
A Shooting & Riding event thru the Young area, hosted by Cherry Creek Lodge. This will be our big overnite event.
Lodge, Hotels and RV sites are avail. Date to be announced- for this Summer.
4. Your Board is working on our 2016 Calendar. Please email us with any input & new ride ideas !