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    Uwharrie OHV Trail System Future - 2015 -

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    Continued disregard for USFS rules and regulations coupled with a lack of education has combined with many new archaeological discoveries to put the OHV trail system in a tight spot!

    While the Uwharrie district, under Ranger Walker’s leadership, is committed to working with OHV enthusiasts to find a solution that will allow the trails to remain open, several serious problems will need to be addressed if the trail system is to remain open!

    The Uwharries are one of the oldest mountain ranges in North America (http://nc4x4.com/forum/index.php?thr.../#post-1077500) and as such have many historic archaeological sites that must be preserved.
    Damage to these sites from proximity to OHV trails and from illegal spider trails and bypasses has already caused the closure of several sections of the trail system. Continued damage, if not arrested, could even result in system wide closure!

    What can we, as 4wd enthusiasts, do to ensure that this system will be available for future generations to enjoy?

    1. It appears that the only way to preserve some of the sensitive archaeological sites in nearest proximity to trails is to line both sides of the section with guardrail. While this might not be the best solution aesthetically, it may be the only solution for now. Attend one of the 2015 off season Forest Service workdays and help accomplish this goal. These will be held January 20, February 21 and March 21 2015. Meet at the Hunt Camp at 9 a.m. each workday.

    2. Do your best to stay on designated, marked trails. Avoid bypassing trail blockages or taking illegal spider trails. Help educate others on the necessity of following Forest Service rules and regulations while on the OHV trails!

    3. The Forest Service is in the process of forming a new “Plan” for managing outdoor recreation in our national forests. Take an active role in this process by attending one of the upcoming planning meetings. Details can be found on NC4x4.com or on the Friends Of Uwharrie facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/FriendsOfUwharrie, or website, http://friendsofuwharrie.org

    4. Friends Of Uwharrie depends on you, the 4wd enthusiast, to provide funds to finance our mission. FOU raises funds throughout the year for specific projects or emergency situations and the 4wd community has always supported these efforts generously! FOU does however have a need for sustaining funding and you can help us by becoming a “Friend” annually for $25.

    Donations can be made at http://friendsofuwharrie.org/donate-2.
    --Brooks

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    I attended the work day last weekend. The best thing we as wheelers can do is support the last public trail system close to us and go work on the trials.

    2015 Work Day Schedule

    1/24
    2/21
    3/21
    4/18
    5/16
    6/13
    7/18
    8/15
    9/19
    10/24
    11/21

    No December Work Day.


    The Hours we volunteer translate into grant money for the Forrest service. We are lucky that the Ranger there sees our benefit to the community and is fighting hard to keep the trails open.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ghost View Post
    I attended the work day last weekend. The best thing we as wheelers can do is support the last public trail system close to us and go work on the trials.

    2015 Work Day Schedule

    1/24
    2/21
    3/21
    4/18
    5/16
    6/13
    7/18
    8/15
    9/19
    10/24
    11/21

    No December Work Day.


    The Hours we volunteer translate into grant money for the Forrest service. We are lucky that the Ranger there sees our benefit to the community and is fighting hard to keep the trails open.
    good info to know on the work days, how do you sign up?
    --Brooks

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    Quote Originally Posted by 97TJGUZZY View Post
    good info to know on the work days, how do you sign up?
    This is something I'd like to do this year as a club. Maybe either May or fall.
    '04 LJ Sleeper

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    Quote Originally Posted by 97TJGUZZY View Post
    good info to know on the work days, how do you sign up?
    Generally you just add your name to the sigh up sheet the day of the work. If you want to get on Terry's email list let her know.


    Theresa Stevens Savery (Terry),
    MS Forest Resources / Watershed Management
    District Recreation Staff Supervisor
    Forest Service
    National Forests in North Carolina, Uwharrie National Forest
    p: 910-576-6391 x102
    c: 910-975-0274
    f: 910-576-4171
    tsavery@fs.fed.us

    789 NC Hwy 24/27 East
    Troy, NC 27371
    www.fs.fed.us


    Caring for the land and serving people


    Quote Originally Posted by LBarr2002 View Post
    This is something I'd like to do this year as a club. Maybe either May or fall.
    Remember trail volunteers get free day passes on the days they work and I believe free camping unless that has changed.

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