DCR Visitors Survey Batchelor St , Mt Tom & Earl's Trails
DCR is conducting a visitor usage survey as part of the Resource Management Plan for the Mount Holyoke Range Planning Unit, including Mount Holyoke Range State Park, Joseph Allen Skinner State Park, Mt. Tom State Reservation, and Holyoke Heritage State Park
Since many of us ride in those parks, let's make sure we take the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RMPPsurvey
Be aware that each box you check will be read as an individual partaking in that activity. Since it is in NEMBA’s best interest to show a higher percentage of MTB users, selecting Cycling as the only activity is preferred.
Since DCR is using the same survey for several planning units, select other for the Park and itemize those you are commenting on.
Last edited by hado_pv; 08-18-2012 at 04:53 PM.
CanEdit the title of this thread to include 'Batchelor st and Earl's' so folks know that is exactly the area under the gun. As is, it looks like just another formal dcr survey.
Good point on the selecting Cycling as only activity.
I didn't because there are 3 RMPs being done with a single survey.
Originally Posted by SuperbMan
Regions on this one survey include Harold Parker, Great Brook, Mt Holyoke planning units... I've emailed DCR to see if they can create surveys that are region or park specific. We'll see!
I chose Mt Skinner to reflect B.St. ... I hope that is correct
Also, this may be a good forum to advocate for more bike use options at Mt Tom, perhaps in the notes.
Speaking of that, is NEMBA involved in outreach efforts regarding Mt. Tom.?
Skinner= Earl's Trails
Holyoke Range SF= Batchelor St.
NEMBA is, and has been active in reaching out to Mt Tom....though that has proven to be a tough nut to crack. It's present designation as Parkland by the DCR, however, could open new avenues for riding there.
DCR found a mechanism for folks to respond if they have interest in more than one property. Print the attached PDF and return it to them.
If you would like to submit a survey for additional properties, please print out the attached survey form, fill it out by hand, and either scan/email it to DCR.Updates@state.ma.us or mail it to the Department of Conservation and Recreation, Office of Public Outreach, 251 Causeway Street, Suite 600, Boston, MA 02114.
That second one should be:
Originally Posted by SuperbMan
"Mount Holyoke Range SF= Batchelor St."
so no one gets confused and picks Holyoke Heritage State Park.
Next step in this process has just been announced by DCR. They'll be presenting their first Draft Resource Management Plan for these properties on Thursday evening Feb 21 at the Notch Visitor's Center. Since Mountain Bikers are looking to preserve trails in the Batchelor Street area (which is designated as Reserve) and enable access to the trails on Mount Tom, where mountain bikes are now prohibited, it is important that we attend and make sure our needs are met.
Regional and PV NEMBA officials will be present, but it is important for all non-members to speak up as well and be represented in the court of public opinion.
I just received a tip that DCR and/or land owning partners have progressed to actively exploring closing elements of Earl's to mtb use. The source is unimpeachable.
I do not know the scope of the potential closure, but clearly opponents of trail biking at Earl's and the greater park are organized and have high-level support.
Earl's is such a gem, and most of the network owes its existence to the biking crowd. I am willing to add my active effort to vocalizing on the behalf of bike access to these lands. I am new to the area, so please help me connect if possible!!
Boo... thanks for the update and advocacy. I've yet to ride Earls, but have spent some time over at Bachelor St. Earl's is on the agenda for this summer.