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    Mansfield trails need your help

    Hey fellow riders! Tough weekend on the trails in Mansfield (aka Dufferin Forest). The horse usage of the single track was the highest that I've ever seen...likely 20 or so horses over two days. The extent of the trail network that is now being ridden on has also increased.

    Now for the help part...Dufferin County has presented a survey on their web site that is to aid in the new management plan for the forest that will be formulated in 2014. We are trying to encourage Dufferin to model what Bruce County has done and begin to have separate trail networks for Mountain Bike/Pedestrian use from that of equestrian use. We are by no means trying to exclude the equestrians from using the forest trails, just have a separate network. There is currently approx. 25-30km of single track which is maintained by mountain bikers and the same amount of marked horse trail by OCTRA (Ontario Competitive Trail Riding Assoc.) in the forest. Members of OCTRA have been wonderful to deal with. We have helped them GPS their trail network and helped build a short road bypass trail. We need to try and inform Dufferin County that there are a large number of mountain bikers that value this trail network. Please find the time to fill out the survey which can be found at:

    https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DVGS75J

    Numbers could matter...even if you haven't ridden there yet, you may someday, fill out the survey. This may be the only opportunity that we will be given to have our say. If we don't try then we will definitely lose.

    Thank you for your time and help. Heckler....

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    Also done. Thanks for posting!
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    Done, now where is the survey about opening up lower Manfeild?!

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    Done - thanks for your work in the forest as well as trail ownership. Let me know if I can help in any other way.
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    Thanks for taking the time. All we can do is try. 143 members have viewed this thread, 8 have acknowledged that they have helped. If the other 135 viewers complete this survey the County may have to listen. I forgot to ask that if everyone could pass the survey link on to their friends, local club, kids, ect... that would be great. The more the better. Thanks again and I'll keep updating when things happen.

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    Filled it out.

    Sad that the horse users have not recognized the damage to the trails. So much land in there and room for two networks. Hopefully you guys can work out a solution. I look forward to getting a ride in on the old trails when I am back in September for a visit.

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    Again a thank you goes out to everyone who has completed the survey. That's 19 more confirmed than I had before I had posted this tread and every bit is going to count. I will try to make the most of everyone's efforts and continue to help this along. Please keep this moving and pass the survey on and ask others to complete it. I'm going to try and meet with the Forest Manager at the end of August and see how she is feeling about the responses....keep them coming! I'll keep updating as we go along. See you on the trails! P.S. If you want to check out some of the trails we talking about at night, check out:

    Night Train

    We will all be there with "music" on and plan on having a BBQ and Hoppy refreshments after...please join us!

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    Done. Posted the link to the survey to our club as well...

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    Done, and thanks.
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