PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release                          

For information, contact:

David Halsey, President

Woodtick Wheelers ATV/OHM Club

763-550-1987 

Email: dvhalsey@aol.com

 

 

NEW ATV CLUB WORKING

TO REOPEN WOODTICK TRAIL. 

 

    Hackensack, MN, August 1, 2009 -- Last fall, when the Chippewa National Forest closed hundreds of miles of Forest Service roads and trails to ATVs and other Off-Highway Vehicles, local residents and cabin owners protested loudly. In late July, many of those same ATV owners organized and formed the Woodtick Wheelers ATV/OHM Club. They are now working to regain access and rebuild trail loops on and around the Woodtick Trail, a 14-mile gravel road that runs from State Hwy. 371 just north of Hackensack to Longville.

   

In its first week as a club, over 70 owners of ATVs and Off-Highway Motorcycles from the Hackensack/Longville area joined the new club, whose Mission Statement is “To bring together ATV and OHM enthusiasts to enjoy, promote and protect responsible riding in the Chippewa National Forest and surrounding area.”

 

The Woodtick Wheelers club is partnering with the Chippewa NF on trail development, management, repair, clean-up and safety issues related to OHV activity within the National Forest. It also plans to provide ATV Safety Training Classes, and partner with the Minnesota DNR, Cass County, local townships, city councils and businesses to promote responsible ATV and motorcycle riding in the area.

 

The new club, a member of the ATV Association of Minnesota (ATVAM), is now building its membership and invites others who are interested in helping on local trail issues in and around the Chippewa NF to join the club. Membership is $40 a year for a family and $30 for an individual; both include a 1-year ATVAM membership. Business memberships are $100 a year, and include an ATVAM Business Membership with many business benefits. To join the club, send a check made out to “Woodtick Wheelers” to Woodtick Wheelers, P.O. Box 83, Hackensack, MN 56452. 

 

The next meeting of the Woodtick Wheelers is Saturday, September 5th. For more information, contact David Halsey, club president, by email at dvhalsey@aol.com.

 

                         

 

 

Over 60 people joined the Woodtick Wheelers ATV/OHM Club at its first official meeting, held July 25th near Stony Lake, a few miles from Hackensack. The club’s Mission Statement is to “Enjoy the OHV riding opportunities on and around the Woodtick Trail, while protecting and preserving the Chippewa National Forest.”  For membership information, contact club president David Halsey by email at dvhalsey@aol.com.

 

David Halsey, club president (right), and Mitch Bouchonville, Public Service Team Leader with the Chippewa National Forest, discuss trail issues and partnership opportunities at the first meeting of the Woodtick Wheelers ATV/OHM Club. 

 

ATV and OHM riders in the Hackensack/Longville area gathered in July to organize and form the Woodtick Wheelers ATV/OHM Club. 

 

 

Photo Credit:

Photos by Karen Nytes

 

 

WOODTICK WHEELERS MISSION STATEMENT:

 

The mission of the Woodtick Wheelers ATV/OHM Club is to bring together ATV and OHM enthusiasts to enjoy, promote and protect responsible riding in the Chippewa National Forest and surrounding area. 

 

PURPOSE STATEMENTS:

--Enjoy the OHV riding opportunities on and around the Woodtick Trail, while protecting and preserving the Chippewa National Forest (CPF).

 

-Partner with the Chippewa National Forest to rebuild OHV access points and trail loops on and around the Woodtick Trail, which were greatly diminished as part of the CPF Travel Management Plan of 2008.

 

-Partner with the CPF on trail development, management, repair, cleanup and safety issues related to OHV activity within the National Forest.

 

-Partner with the Minnesota DNR, Cass County, local townships, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, businesses, other OHV clubs and outdoor associations to build and maintain an active and responsible OHV trail system.

 

-Present a positive image of ATV riders. 

 

-Keep our members informed on government regulations and issues that could affect our right to ride.

 

-Have fun through organized club rides and other activities, and participation in local volunteer efforts and community events. 

 

-Provide ATV Safety Training Classes for riders of all ages.

 

-Be active members of the ATV Association of Minnesota (ATVAM) to ensure we have a voice in government decisions.

 

-Engage local communities, their parks and recreational activities and events.