NOVEMBER 29, 2013 - “BLACK FRIDAY” UPDATE
The ATV trails may be closed, but the Woodticks aren’t hibernating.
We are working through the winter on some new projects. Here’s a short club update:
New Map Project For The Chip!
On November 26, a meeting was held at the Walker District Ranger
office with recreation planners and land managers from the Chippewa National Forest, MN DNR, Cass and Itasca Counties, and representatives of the four state motorized associations -- ATVAM, MNUSA
(snowmobiles), ARMCA (dirt bikes) and MN4WD (trucks). It was organized by Ron Potter (recently retired from the DNR) and Dave Halsey. The main action item that came from the meeting was
forming a work group to create a user-friendly “Motorized Travel Map” for the entire Chippewa National Forest, similar to one created in Montana between two state associations and the Lewis &
Clark National Forest. It’s widely known that the Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUM) created by the 150 National Forests, even though they are free, are worthless to riders. To see the type of map
we’re going to create, click this link: http://www.nohvcc.org/Materials/Newsletter/News09-2013
$5,000 Grant From Polaris!
The Polaris TRAILS program has awarded our club a $5,000 grant to purchase a Polaris youth ATV and riding gear. It will be a
great addition to our ATV Safety Education Trailer, helping us talk to kids and their parents about ATV safety and responsible riding. According to SVIA, 93% of youth fatalities on ATVs in the
U.S. involve kids riding adult-size ATVs. That figure alone is reason enough for our club to keep promoting ATV safety across northern Minnesota. If you’d like to join our team of ATV youth
instructors and DNR volunteer Trail Ambassadors, let us know and we’ll arrange a class for our area.
More Color Books Coming!
We distributed the last of our 2,000 Adventure Trail activity books and crayons this week, to the Chippewa National Forest for
the brochure racks in their brand new building in Walker, and to the Boys & Girls Club at the Walker Area Community Center. It’s a very busy place during after school hours, and Naoma, their
director, was very appreciative. We used a couple hundred dollars from the DNR grant earned by our Trail Ambassadors to get 2500 more booklets to distribute next year!
New Club Computer & Projector!
We used some of our Trail Ambassador grant money to go high tech, buying the club a laptop computer, projector and screen to
use for our safety training classes, club presentations, membership tracking and bookkeeping. Thanks to all our TAs for monitoring the trails and helping us buy this equipment. And thanks to
treasurer Mike Ebinger for doing the shopping.
Planning Club Rides For 2014!
The club is 5 years old next summer. We’ve heard that members want more club rides and at new locations, so we’ll try to do
that this year. If you have ideas for our rides and meetings, please let us know.
And finally -- it’s Black Friday so here’s a reminder on club gear available for sale, shipped directly to your
Just email your order (color, size, short or long sleeve, with
mailing address) to Dave at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 612-723-1987. We’ll mail
it and add postage (about $5) and email you the final amount due by check.
Short-sleeve Youth T-shirts $15: Ash Grey (Youth Large)
Adult short-sleeve Adult T-shirts $15:
Military Green (M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL)
Ash Grey (M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL)
Gold (2XL only)
Adult long-sleeve shirts $20:
Military Green (M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL)
Sport Grey with pocket (M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL)
Caps & Visors $20:
Quality Ping Visor: Black with club name embroidered
Cap: Tan or Mossy Oak Breakup Camo with embroidered logo
Happy Holidays From The Woodtick Wheelers Board!
Sue Buche, Secretary
Julie Andrews, Dick Buche, Karen Nytes, Dick Nytes, Lloyd Solarz