Iron River Blueberry Festival ~ 2018
TRAILS NORTH ATV CLUB HOLDS FIFTH ANNUAL
“MEET AND GREET FOR SAFETY” May 26, 2018
By: Eileen Bentzen ~ "The Connection Newspaper"
Trails North ATV club held its 5th annual “Meet and Greet for Safety” event on May 26 to promote ATV/UTV safety. Adjacent to one of our member sponsors, the Other Place Bar & Grill in Iron River, members were on hand to answer questions, and give advice and/or directions. Information on safety was available, prizes handed out, and trail maintenance equipment available for inspection.
Speaking of the trail maintenance equipment, on display were two awesome machines; my favorite was the New Holland T6 165, 135 hp tractor, pictured. The machines have two drivers, Rod Abbas and Dan Stephans. Two new, heavy duty, brush hog 8’ blades were purchased this year, and both drivers like them because it makes it easier to make a crown on the trail, and easier to clean out water shoots due to the problems of erosion we have in this area. Dan Zak and Frank Stone, along with many club members, work on the trails as well, doing upkeep, signing and brushing around signs. All the trails and Forest Service trails, 85 miles in Bayfield County, from Barnes to Valhalla, are worked on at least once a year, some trails more than others – to keep the berms down so ATV’s can meet safely. The club works a lot in the fall to prep as many trails as possible for the snowmobiles before freeze up.
Besides the 78 ATVs and UTVs that stopped by the Meet & Greet, two National Forest employees were there to visit: Sam Wiggins, Recreational Technician for the Forest Service, and Jen Maziasz, Forest Service acting Recreational Supervisor. Sam has worked very closely for 5 years with the Trails North ATV club, to “keep everything up and running”. He works halftime with campgrounds, halftime with trail work on Federal land; for example, anything too big for our tractor to repair, he can get a dozer out to do so. Jen has worked closely with our group too, and said, “We have a great connection with this community, and would not be able to do all the work we do to keep the trails safe without the trail club”. There were several conversations with members and visitors about the changing usage of the trails to include UTVs, and Jen said the designations needed will be a priority for the Forest Service this summer.
Visit our website, http://www.trailsnorthatv.org, to find out more about the trail club, become a member and/or volunteer, information on our trails, monthly meetings, etc. The annual Trails North ATV Club Equipment Fundraiser will be held Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, at The Other Place Bar & Grill, Iron River. We look forward to seeing you there and on the trails!
** Above Photo: Jim Bender, President North Trails ATV Club, Jen Maziasz and Sam Wiggins, National Forest Service, and Rod Abbas, Club Trail Captain.
Saturday May 26 the Club will be holding the annual Safety Stop in front of the OP from 9-4. Stop in for information, water and pop and snacks, register to win prizes donated from our local sponsors . New this year is a Poker Run starting Friday and ending with cards being drawn from 5-7 on Sunday. Have a safe Memorial weekend
Congratulations Trails North Atver's! You are the final winner of the 2017 Team Winnebagoland Off-Road Trail Grant! With 100 miles of trails and even more active members, maintaining and improving trail conditions is a full time job for Trails North. This $1,000 will go towards a much needed equipment update, meaning more smiles on the faces of trail riders like us! We are stoked to get to help out and even more excited to watch as your vision for your trail system becomes a reality!
Happy trail riding!
-Team Winnebagoland: Wisconsin's Off-Road Headquarters
Please also look at the “new” version of the “Why Join Trails North” video. Look for its link under the Hot Topics section of our website.
Click "here" to view a short video of
a real workhorse for our ATV trails maintenance program.
One of the presentations at our recent meeting was to introduce a smart phone and tablet App called Avenza Maps. This free mapping program will show your location on the trail and also leave a “track” highlighting your direction of travel. For those who may need just a little help in locating your position, this is one addition to your mobile device that you may want to consider. Did I mention that all the maps saved to your device are in a pdf format that do NOT require an Internet connection? You only need a mobile device that has a GPS location function and your set to go.
The Trails North ATV website now provides information regarding the Avenza Map App and instructions on how to download specific maps like the "Bayfield County ATV" map and to record GPS tracks as you travel. Do you have any questions? If so, please contact our website coordinator Frank Stone.
Check it out: http://www.trailsnorthatv.org/avenzaMaps.html