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:
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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