Forestry Works Plan looking for Comments

Please take the time to share the following with any riders and groups you know. We would like you to read and provide comments to DNR’s 2023 forestry plans. https://dnr.maryland.gov/forests/Pages/workplans.aspx Take note Savage Forest’s St. John’s Rock will be receiving nearly 8% trail growth starting late spring with an additional mile of trail being added, which is huge. While Potomac-Garrett state forest will be receiving erosion repairs to their existing trails and bridges. With Green Ridge, and the Eastern Shore being left out for OHV use.
Compared to several years ago, before SB606 created specific funding for OHV trails, this is a massive improvement and there is still more to go. But in order for us to continue to get our money’s worth we need your help to demonstrate the user demand, and the direction in which it should go. And don’t think they do not read it, as comments end up in the final draft of their works plan.
Since we at MDOHVA have been working hard to advocate for OHV access, the State has added nearly 65 miles of trails with more growth slated and under review!

If you do not want to create your own email to Forestry, please copy the below and let them know where you are from.

“Thank you for investing in OHV trail development. SB606 was passed to not just maintain existing OHV trails, but to create new ones as well. Saint John’s Rock new trail development is exciting and will appeal to, and generate more users. This should be a trend to be continued at Savage Forest to further develop a desirable OHV trail system for its desired end users.

The repairs within Potomac-Garrett Forest to the bridges and erosion controls are important and necessary, but will be incomplete without expanding the OHV’s accessible to these existing trails, and growing them as well.

With trails returning to Western MD, it is time to create and reopen trails on the Eastern Shore as well. Please utilize SB 606 funding to fund a sustainability study for OHV recreation.
Thank you,”

2021 Coming To An End

With 2021 coming to an end, we would like to take the time to thank all our donors, members, and followers. It is your encouragement and support that helps fuel our fire to continue to advocate for OHV access. In 2021 we have continued to strengthen our partnership with Maryland’s Department of Natural Resource Parks and Forestry Divisions, we have also helped support the town and businesses of Kitzmiller who have been very supportive our work out at Wolf Den Run State Park. We have also worked to develop a network stakeholder outside of Maryland who may one day help realize the Southern Legislative Conference’s vision of an East Cost semi continuous trail system. This progress has led to sustained and long term growth of our access within the State.

All this work takes a dedicate board of volunteers, and over time these members come and go, each leaving a unique and lasting impact. However, sometimes these impacts are so grand they require special recognition when that person steps down for new leaders to come forward. On that note, we would like to give special recognition, and a lifetime achievement award, to retiring board member, Chris Borger.

Chris Borger has been a pivotal member for OHV advocacy in and around Maryland for nearly 20 years. Chris has helped organize and run enduros through the Green Marble Enduro Riders, secure access to lands for the Frederick R&T motorcycle club and ran an annual charity trail ride that has raised nearly One hundred thousand dollars for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. He has been a true statesman for the industry, helping change the way the public perceives our sport. We only hope his new home in the Sunshine State does not convince him to trade in his dirtbike for a golf cart.

Please join us in thanking Chris for his many years of service!

WDRSP and MDOHVA on MPT

Did you see us on Maryland Public Television?

That’s right. MPT had a segment on Maryland Department of Natural Resources only OHV catered park. We were there to help explain the benefits and the usage of the park that we have worked hard to assist in creating. Not only was the recreational opportunities explored, but the ecological habitat conservation for the native wood rat was highlighted as well.

This was an excellent opportunity to show how our community supports sustainable trails, environmental conversation, and habitat restoration.
And when out visiting, don’t forget to support the ATV friendly town that supports you by visiting The Coal Bucket Restaurant, The Miners Vault convenience store, or the towns atv repair shop – Off Road Repair.

The segment on WDRSP runs from minute mark 1:20-9:30

https://video.mpt.tv/video/episode-3303-fvanke/

WOLF DEN RUN STATE PARK UPDATE 12/15/2020

Wolf Den Run State Park is now fully open, WITH CAMPING!!! All three parcels are now available to be ridden! So like this post, share this posts, tell your buddies, and go ride! Wolf Den now consists of approximately 40 miles of trail, and most are full size vehicle rated. One of the best trails is 2103 on Potomac due to the scenery, as well as 1102 on North Hills where you can get a good view of a waterfall.

Here is how it works. You need to call Herrington Manor State Park for your reservation. Your reservation allows you to park at any of the 3 parcels Huckleberry Rocks, North Hills, or Potomac. You can change riding locations as you please within the park as you please. You will also need to call Herrington Manor for camping reservations. Please keep parking lot crowding and social distance in mind given the current times. Also note, the North Hills parking lot does not allow trailers due to its size limitations. If you have a trailer you will need to park at Huckleberry Rocks or the Potomac River lots. Camping is extremely primitive at the moment with NO HOOKUPS, just a port-a-jon. Sites are limited to 6 people, with 6 sites currently available (don’t worry, plan for further development are in the works.)

To travel between the parcels on the road with your atv/sxs, you need a county permit https://www.garrettcounty.org/ride. Please make sure you follow all the rules! And if you get hungry and want a hot meal?! Head on down into the ATV friendly town of Kitzmiller and stop by the “Coal Bucket Restaurant.”

We want to stress how grateful we are of DNR’s hard work and dedication to this project. This project presented many challenges throughout development that are new to Maryland’s Park Services, and yet they used each challenge as an opportunity to excel! We at MDOHVA look forward our bright future working together!