Winter Bridge Repairs

Volunteers continue to make the rounds repairing damaged bridges.  Yesterday it was the board-walk and bridge on the Boundary road section.  Great work folks!

Trails are open, and conditions are good.  The water has frozen enough to allow us to groom yet, but trails are passable and riders have been out laying tracks.

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Clearing Trails

Volunteers have been out over the Christmas break clearing trees fallen during recent high winds.

Thanks to everyone who came out to help.

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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.”

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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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