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    Merli updates

    4-24-06
    We had our meeting last night. We're trying to work with the equestrians and imba as to how the trails should be made. We're going to have to do everything officially. We can't just show up and cut what we want. One thing we're working TOGETHER on, is that the side loops aren't for the horses. This is for saftey. As Merli riders know, it's tight and twisty. We both agreed that it's unsafe to come around a cliff or a sharp turn and startle the horses. IF the timbering continues, the equine's want to do the exporting! Less skid steering roads! That's "IF". Hubbard has 7-8 people on the steering comittee that represent different sports, snowshoeing, biking, trail running, hiking...We're the messengers for the outdoor enthusiast. Our next meeting will be in june. Any info we get, I'll try to post. For this meeting, we just wanted to see what we're dealing with. The meeting lasted about 1 1/2 hrs.
    Things that were talked about:
    -The playground will go in down by the lake. The forest will not be disturbed. This was handled in 5 minutes.
    -It's understood that the equines and bikers want to work together on the trails. (Further ?'s, Will we do the work , and then have them timber over it? If so why do the work?)
    -They're talking about puting in a boat launch area made with concrete = less erosion, BUT, Next meeting, we will stress that they need to do the research that was recommended by Ernie Keller. (highly respectable and on our side) Why do the dammage and fix it 10 years later? It's called prevention.
    -Holding a meeting between IMBA and the equine's.
    -Camping...To be or not to be? That is the question! They're talking about rustic camping. No showers. Specific campsites off in the distance of the park. This is up in the air and there are pros and cons to this. There would be only 15 or so, sites.

    Realize, we can't adress just the bikers concerns. BUT, if we can work well with other user groups, they can help us in the long run... One hand washes the other. LarryFahn.

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    If you have any questions or comments, please click on the link. It takes you to the PA forums. I want to post this in the IMBA forum to let people know we're working with IMBA, but I want to avoid cross threading the same questions. Since people in and around PA are concerned and hang out in that forum more, it will get more attn there. Thanks, LarryFahn

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