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May 26, 2017 – CAUTION: BN Route – there is a bad/rough section of BN Route between M38 & M26 crossings and north of the trestle bridges (4) as shown on the map where logging took place and there was damage to the Route please use caution and try not to damage the trail any more when traveling through this area. Thank you

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EXCITING NEWS!! MI-TRALE just got word we were awarded a $10,000 Polaris Trails Grant!! Thank you Polaris!!

MI-TRALE’s ORV safety education includes participating at Camp Nesbit which is a four-day outdoor educational experience for all 6th grade students within Ontonagon, Gogebic and Baraga Counties of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. MI-TRALE teaches each year over 100 students the Michigan ORV Safety Training Course so they can receive their permits to ride. We requested funds to purchase much needed safety equipment for these youth ORV safety training classes. The major items are: Helmets, eye protection, 2 youth ATV’s and various equipment for making the field training course.

The final area we requested funding for is trail counters. To properly maintain the trails we need to understand trail usage. The trail counts will provide the data required to properly schedule future maintenance projects. A secondary use for this data will be to promote our recreational sport by being able to publicize the numbers of riders that visit the area. This would help educate people on the important role that the ORV riders have in the tourist economy.

THANK YOU again Polaris!

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Copperfest

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Sinkhole On Trail #3 Filled

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*** CAUTION*** BN (Bill Nichols) Route is closed in between Painsdale and South Range. Due to a water main break that caused a large washout. Please stay clear of this area until further notice, Thank you!

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September 24th 2015 It’s that time of the year again! 8th Annual Senior Fall Color Tour Ride! We could use your help if you have a Side X Side and would like to volunteer your time to give a Senior a ride please give Kim at the number below  It will be a day you’ll never forget!

MI-TRALE invites Seniors to join us on the 8th Annual Fall Color Tour Ride

Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015 

MI-TRALE would like to take you on a ride in a Side by Side from Greenland to Twin Lakes so you can enjoy the Fall Colors

The RIDE is FREE and includes a Pasty Lunch

We will be providing Bus transportation to and from Cane Court, Ontonagon with 2 departure times.

Limited space Available You MUST make RESERVATIONS to go on the ride please CALL Kim before Monday, Sept. 21, 2015at   863-528-5256 or 906-482-0656 & leave a message

Kim can answer any questions you may have too

We hope you will Join Us on this amazing Fall ride!

TOUR #1 – Departing at 8:30am ET from Cane Court in Ontonagon the bus will take to the Fairgrounds in Greenland where you will get in a Side by Side and head to Twin Lakes State Park for lunch and after lunch around 1pm the bus will take you back to Cane Court in Ontonagon

TOUR #2 – Departing at 11:30am ET from Cane Court in Ontonagon. The bus will take you to Twin Lakes State Park for lunch. After lunch you will get in a Side by Side and head for the Fairgrounds in Greenland to arrive there around 3:30 pm ET where you will take the bus back to Cane Court in Ontonagon.

If you have your own ATV or Side by Side bring it and join us Or ask a friend or family member to join us and take you on this tour in their Side by Side. You will still need to make reservations even when bringing your own machine!

 

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MI-TRALE invites you to participate in the fourth annual State Park Off-Road Trek (S.P.O.R.T.) Ride

Saturday, June 13, 2015 Twin Lakes State Park, Twin Lakes Michigan

The ride – offered by MI-TRALE and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources will depart at 10 a.m. from the day-use parking area at Twin Lakes State Park. For more information about this park, including a detailed map, visit www.michigan.gov/twinlakes.

The S.P.O.R.T. Ride will bring riders down the Bill Nicholls Trail, connecting to the proposed new multiuse route between Ontonagon and Rockland (known as the OR Route). The route will pass by old mining sites in Greenland and Rockland and provide spectacular views of Ontonagon County. As the ride reaches its destination, riders will have views of the Ontonagon River, passing through the village of Ontonagon and arriving at Ontonagon Township Park, which is the only ORV access point on the western shores of Lake Superior.

Before the ride, attendees can enjoy a social hour at 9 a.m. with coffee and snacks at Twin Lakes State Park’s enclosed picnic shelter. Post-ride activities also will be held at the township park. At the conclusion of the main S.P.O.R.T. Ride, event sponsors will provide information on additional ride options, both guided and self-guided. Twin Lakes State Park is located less than 35 miles from Baraga State Park, so riders can easily travel the connector route between the two parks before or after the S.P.O.R.T. Ride. Maps of the route between Baraga State Park and Twin Lakes will be available at various locations.

Event registration is recommended. Please call Rich Pirhonen at 906-288-3321 or Kelly Somero at 906-353-6558 to register.

The S.P.O.R.T. Ride is a partnership event between MI-TRALE and the DNR. Other sponsors this year include the village of Ontonagon, Ontonagon Township, Ontonagon Township Park, the Ontonagon County Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. Forest Service.

There is no charge to participate in the ride, but a Recreation Passport is required for vehicle entry to Twin Lakes and Baraga state parks. It’s to be a GREAT DAY!! Please come join us!!

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Polaris Industries has approved a $10,000 T.R.A.I.L.S grant to MI-TRALE
Don Helsel, the president of MI-TRALE stated that “These funds will be used to purchase much needed equipment to ensure that our ORV trails located in 5 western UP counties will be maintained in the safest condition possible.” Helsel further stated that “Without the strong support of the MI-TRALE board, our members, and our supporters this grant would not have been possible.”
“Being able to purchase this equipment will allow us to be much more efficient with our trail projects, and precious volunteer hours” stated Linda Schulz MI-TRALE secretary and wife of Trails Manager Mike Schulz. “Having everything you need on the jobsite and not needing to return because you didn’t have the right equipment for the job is priceless when your covering 5 counties and hundreds of miles of trails” “We are truly grateful for this wonderful grant from Polaris”
It feels great that Polaris Industries recognizes the work that MI-TRALE has accomplished along with the partnerships that have been created the last few years, and is able to support us with this grant so that we can continue to maintain and grow our trail system.

MI-TRALE extends our “Thank You” to Polaris Industries for their continued and generous support of our trail system.
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This would be great for trail riding… Please share.

Back Country Horsemen of America
Big news and we need your help!!!

Last week, Representatives Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) and Tim Walz (D-MN) introduced into Congress our much-anticipated “trails bil…l,” the National Forest System Trails Stewardship Act. The bill is essentially the same as the trails bill they introduced in June 2014 (H.R. 4886), but now has a new number: H.R. 845.

It was reintroduced at the request of BCHA, The Wilderness Society and the American Horse Council.

The bill, if enacted into law, would direct the U.S. Forest Service to:
– Develop a volunteer strategy specific to trail maintenance;
– Study the feasibility of including fire crews and outfitters & guides in the efforts to address the agency’s trail maintenance backlog; and
– Fix a problem regarding volunteer liability and workers compensation should a volunteer be injured while performing trail maintenance.

We believe the bill would remove some existing bureaucratic barriers that prevent volunteers and partners from conducting trail maintenance on some national forests. Importantly, the work of BCHA-TWS-AHC on this issue over the past few years has done much to raise awareness and prompt a search for solutions to the growing trail maintenance backlog on our national forests. Congress has again weighed in with this bill to address volunteer-oriented solutions.

Please monitor BCHA’s website this week for more information about the bill and our request that you write your members of Congress to ask that they sign-on as co-sponsors of this important bill.

http://www.bcha.org/

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