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    Last Chance for input to the Dufferin Forest Trails (aka Mansfield)

    The County of Dufferin is closing out their options for the public to comment on the Draft Plan for the Forest Management Plan for 2015-2035. They have done a great job in our opinion so far as they have created a recreation plan for the Main Tract which never existed before.
    If you have not read the Draft Plan here is the link to it:

    Welcome to the Dufferin County Forest Website

    We are quite happy with what is there and are trying to have two things altered which we hope fellow riders out there could e-mail comments regarding this.

    1. As of now there is talk of trail separation for different user groups (top of page 2) which is great except that it is stated as:

    "but this shall not be construed as exclusive use"

    2. The other point is under General Rules of Etiquette which states:

    "Most trails experience problems in the spring. Check the trail conditions. If you are leaving tracks over 1/2Ē deep donít use the trail"


    We would like to convince the Committee that separate trail usage should mean exclusive use and encourage the idea of exclusive trail networks for different user groups to avoid trail damage and user conflicts.

    On the second point, trail conditions in our opinion should be respected year round, not just in the spring so we would like to have "Most trails experience problems in the spring" omitted.


    It would be helpful to send an e-mail to:

    [email protected]

    regarding these suggested changes and any other comments you may have.

    Thank you to everyone who has helped on this project, so much has been accomplished thus far that could not of happened with out so much input from the mountain bike community. It's been great to see that we can influence land managers and make a change.

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    Email sent to Caroline!
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    Also, if anyone would like more info regarding the Draft plan or on the Dufferin trails in general you can always reach me through the team van go website...the "Contact" tab will reach me directly. We are planning a trail maintenance day soon to rebuild a logged section so if you have interest in helping out let me know or keep an eye on the "Events" calendar. Thanks, Johnny

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    If makes life easier for everyone these are the things we would like to comment on:


    Two comments to be made on the draft plan that would further benefit the mountain bike community are:

    1. Under "General Rules of Etiquette" (Page 3) I believe that the statement "most trails experience problems in the spring" could be omitted as trail sensitivity should be regarded and respected year round, not just in the spring.


    2. Under "Separating Trail Uses" (Pages 2&3) it states; "Where trails uses are separated, trails will be designated for a particular use, but this shall not be construed as granting exclusive use." I would like to see that if trail networks are designated for different user groups then those trails should be for exclusive use for the particular user group stated.


    If you are interested and can find the time, please e-mail your comments to Caroline at:

    [email protected]

    Feel free to cut and paste the above comments if it makes it easier.
    The draft plan can be found here if you would like to read it...
    http://www.dufferinmuseum.com/forest...y%20review.pdf
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    Done!

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