Wardens at Work

NVATVC Wardens never sleep.  Groups of wardens have been out the last few weekends clearing fallen trees, fixing signs that have fallen and picking up garbage on the trails.  Our trails have had a busy summer with lots of riders.  Please help out by picking up an bottles, cans or food wrappers you find on the trails to keep our trails enjoyable for all by leaving only your tracks behind.

A mysterious Super-Warden clearing brush from the trails.

Super-Warden clearing brush from the trails.

Beware of Wild Parsnip

Our trails are open but please be aware of wild parsnip along the trail system.  Do NOT touch!

“Wild Parsnip may pose a health risk to humans. The plant sap contains chemicals that may cause skin and eye irritation and make the skin prone to severe burning and blistering when exposed to the sun. The blisters typically occur one to two days after contact with the plant. This can result in long-term scarring of the skin.”

Wild Parsenip

Wild Parsnip

How to Avoid Wild Parsnip Burns

  • When working around Wild Parsnip or when walking through dense vegetation, wear goggles, gloves, long pants and long-sleeved shirts. Thoroughly wash boots and gloves with soap and water before taking off your protective clothing.
  • Children should be reminded not to pick wild flowers. Ensure children are able to identify Wild Parsnip in order to avoid exposure.
  • If you are exposed to the plant sap, wash the contaminated area(s) thoroughly as soon as possible, and seek medical attention if skin irritation occurs.
Wild Parsenip

Wild Parsnip

 

For more information on Wild Parsnip you can visit the City of Ottawa wild parsenip page

Breaking News from MTO!

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Beginning July 1, 2015, the province is implementing the following changes to ensure that ORV and ATV riders safely reach their destination:

  • More types of ORVs and ATVs, including two-up ATVs, side-by-side ATVs and utility-terrain vehicles (UTVs), will be allowed to use the shoulder of public roads.
  • All riders — including drivers and passengers of all ages — will have to wear a helmet and use a seatbelt or foot rests, where applicable

 

Thank you to everyone who wrote letters, participated in surveys and helped ATV enthusiasts across the province be heard.  The announcement today shows that working together we can help shape the future of our sport in Ontario!

Read the full MTO press release here.

2015 Winter Fun Run

A total of 56 riders were out for the 2015 Fun Run yesterday.  The cold snap finally lifted to make the day perfect for winter riding.  Volunteers had the trials in great shape, and two of our club sponsors stepped up to feed the masses.  The Country Kitchen in Winchester whipped up a great breakfast and Sandy Row Golf Course did a great job of feeding an over-full dining room (we even had the patio open to accommodate the overflow)!  The objective of this ride was to introduce new riders to our trails, provide a group for people who enjoy riding in larger groups and showcase what winter riding is all about.  Mission Accomplished 🙂

Sandy Row Gold Course Parking Area

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Out and About

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Multiple groups of wardens were out on the trails today. Reports indicate that a good number of our members were out enjoying the trails as well. They fixed an unusually large number of signs that had been pulled on the east end of the loop. Trails are in excellent riding condition.

Merry Christmas!

Santa has arrived for the Nation Valley ATV Club! We must have been a good club this year, Santa brought us the V-Plow we’ve always wanted for grooming the trails! Special thanks to the Township of North Dundas for awarding us the Community Grant that allowed us to purchase this plow, and thanks to Allan Johnston’s Repair and Sales for the deal on price and installation. Bring on the grooming!

v-plow

2015 Winter Fun Run

Join us for the first club ride of 2015!
Sunday, January 18, 2015 at 10:00am
Ride departs from Ben’s Pioneer Gas Station in Winchester.
2140 Hwy 31, Winchester, Ontario, K0C 2K0
There is no cost for the ride, but a valid OFATV Trail Pass is required.
Day passes will be available for $20.