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    Dufferin Forest Management Plan Update

    Hi there everyone, just an update on the Dufferin Forest Management Plan proceedings. So far so good, due to the response they are now creating a Recreation Plan as well which Mountain Biking is included in.
    You can read the Draft Recreation plan here:

    Welcome to the Dufferin County Forest Website

    Here's a note that I've sent to others with regards to it and the items we would like to see altered. Wondering if you could pass it along, and feel free to add on to it as well.


    Notes regarding the Dufferin Forest Recreation Draft Plan:

    The current proceedings are going very well with respect to mountain biking in the main track at Dufferin Forest. Lots of positive things are being accomplished which should benefit the mountain bike community. I thank everyone who has completed surveys, sent e-mails and shown their support. All that has been accomplished so far is because of your support.
    The next step is in place: I urge everyone to read the draft plan and please show up at the Draft Plan "open house" in Orangeville or Mansfield and make it known that you are part of the mountain bike community. Please fill out the comment form before you go and please e-mail with your opinions. All the e-mails have made an impact.
    The main points in the Draft we would like to see modified are:

    With reference to the Dufferin County Recreation Draft Plan I have the following comments:

    1. Under "General Rules of Etiquette" we would like see the omission of the "most trails experience problems in the spring". The justification for this is that trail conditions vary year round and should always be respected, not just in the spring.

    2. Under the "Separating Trail Uses" section we would like to see the omission of the "where trail uses are separated, trails will be designated for a particular use, but this shall not be construed as granting exclusive use." The justification for this is that the main reason for separating trail users is to avoid dangerous situations, user conflicts and trail damage occuring on trails that are not designed for multi use but are user specifically build trail. We believe it is extremely important to have completely separate trail networks between cyclists/hikers and equestrians.

    Feel free to cut and paste the above and send it to :

    forestmanager@dufferinmuseum.com

    Thanks so much again for everyone's support in this endeavour and please continue to push forward as your help is essential.

    See you on the trails, Johnny

    For more info check up on us at Team Van Go and look under "trail info".

    Another note, the trails in Dufferin are cleaned up, dry and ready to ride! Only one section of logged forest left to rebuild.
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    Good stuff, this is needed badly for duff.

    Quote Originally Posted by Hekler View Post
    Hi there everyone, just an update on the Dufferin Forest Management Plan proceedings. So far so good, due to the response they are now creating a Recreation Plan as well which Mountain Biking is included in.
    You can read the Draft Recreation plan here:

    Welcome to the Dufferin County Forest Website

    Here's a note that I've sent to others with regards to it and the items we would like to see altered. Wondering if you could pass it along, and feel free to add on to it as well.


    Notes regarding the Dufferin Forest Recreation Draft Plan:

    The current proceedings are going very well with respect to mountain biking in the main track at Dufferin Forest. Lots of positive things are being accomplished which should benefit the mountain bike community. I thank everyone who has completed surveys, sent e-mails and shown their support. All that has been accomplished so far is because of your support.
    The next step is in place: I urge everyone to read the draft plan and please show up at the Draft Plan "open house" in Orangeville or Mansfield and make it known that you are part of the mountain bike community. Please fill out the comment form before you go and please e-mail with your opinions. All the e-mails have made an impact.
    The main points in the Draft we would like to see modified are:

    With reference to the Dufferin County Recreation Draft Plan I have the following comments:

    1. Under "General Rules of Etiquette" we would like see the omission of the "most trails experience problems in the spring". The justification for this is that trail conditions vary year round and should always be respected, not just in the spring.

    2. Under the "Separating Trail Uses" section we would like to see the omission of the "where trail uses are separated, trails will be designated for a particular use, but this shall not be construed as granting exclusive use." The justification for this is that the main reason for separating trail users is to avoid dangerous situations, user conflicts and trail damage occuring on trails that are not designed for multi use but are user specifically build trail. We believe it is extremely important to have completely separate trail networks between cyclists/hikers and equestrians.

    Feel free to cut and paste the above and send it to :

    forestmanager@dufferinmuseum.com

    Thanks so much again for everyone's support in this endeavour and please continue to push forward as your help is essential.

    See you on the trails, Johnny

    For more info check up on us at Team Van Go and look under "trail info".

    Another note, the trails in Dufferin are cleaned up, dry and ready to ride! Only one section of logged forest left to rebuild.
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    Hi All,

    Today and Tomorrow are the meetings for the Dufferin Forest Management Plan. Below are the dates and times.

    Date: Friday May 9th, 2014
    Location: 55 Zina St. Orangeville. Sutton Room
    Time: 3pm to 8pm


    Date: Saturday May 10th, 2014
    Location: Duferin County Museum - Corner of 89 and Airport Rd.
    Time: 10am to 4pm

    Hopefully we get a great turnout. You don't have to be there the whole time, it is an open house, drop in say hi, let them know what you use the forest for, any ideas you have.

    Come on out and support the future of biking in Dufferin.

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    If you are part of another group or club, can you please copy the below and pass it through to anyone and everyone you know.


    You are invited to attend a public meeting on the development of a new twenty-year management plan for the 2,600 acre Dufferin County Forest:
    Tuesday, June 17 at 7:00 p.m.
    Mel Lloyd Centre - Auditorium
    167 Centre Street (Entrance D)
    Shelburne, Ontario
    The County Forest is made up of thirteen tracts located throughout Dufferin County. The plan will guide the use and management of the Dufferin County Forest over the next twenty years (2015-2035) to ensure the health and viability of this community resource.

    The Forest Plan Advisory Team, which has been advising the County throughout the development of the draft plan, is holding this open public meeting to hear input regarding the draft forest management plan, draft recreation policy, and the OFTR proposal for access to the Forest by off-road motorcycles. This is an additional opportunity for any members of the public to have input on the recreational and other uses of the forest.

    Documents relating to the Dufferin County Forest Management Plan are found here.

    Written input regarding any of the items mentioned above can be provided to the County Forest Manager at any time between now and July 31, 2014:
    By email: forestmanager@dufferinmuseum.com
    By mail: Dufferin County Forest (c/o DCMA)
    936029 Airport Road, Mulmur, Ontario L9V 0L3
    By fax: 705-435-9876
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    Quote Originally Posted by tyh83 View Post
    Tuesday, June 17 at 7:00 p.m.
    Mel Lloyd Centre - Auditorium
    167 Centre Street (Entrance D)
    Shelburne, Ontario
    Completely un-related but I didn't know they re-named the Oaks after Mel. I grew up knowing Mel fairly well and he was a great guy doing good things for the community of Shelburne.

    Hopefully the new management plan is able to resolve the horse and bike conflicts in the main tract. Things have come a long ways since just riding the old moto trails to Ken actually talking to someone at Dufferin to ask about building new trails.

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    Bringing this back up.
    The meeting is tomorrow in Shelburne,
    Hope to have a lot of the Mountain bike community out to support!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by tyh83 View Post
    Bringing this back up.
    The meeting is tomorrow in Shelburne,
    Hope to have a lot of the Mountain bike community out to support!!!
    going to try to make this one
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    drat, have a meeting conflict with the humber trca committee. though will be submitting in writing to the forest manager...
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    Quote Originally Posted by singlesprocket View Post
    drat, have a meeting conflict with the humber trca committee. though will be submitting in writing to the forest manager...
    Thanks for the support, Caroline is accepting emails up to the end of July, so if you can't make it, please send an email to her.

    We will see you on the trails soon!!!!
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    Just wanted to thank all the mountain bikers that showed up last night for the meeting.
    Jeff from Cycling Elements in Orangeville probably had the best comment/suggestion out of the whole meeting.
    Long story short, the main problem currently is Equestrians do not want Ontario Trail Riders (Motorbikes) to be allowed access to the Dufferin Main Tract.
    All in all, I think a step in the positive direction for mountain biking.
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    I like the way the meeting went also.
    the only real issue between the equestrian group and mtb users was wether we should have multi use trails or segregated trails.
    there were no definitive answers yet on that though.
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