The Newsletter of the Crowsnest Pass Quad Squad
Volume 2, Issue 2 May 2005
Welcome to another riding season. It has been a very busy
winter for many of us and I for one have decided the time
has come to actually get out and ride some of our trails. The
new Suzuki is calling for attention.
Things change as fast as the weather in the world of trails.
New strategies and demands are always on the forefront on
how to manage our public lands and resources. With this in
mind I made a presentation to ministers Coutts, Marr, and
Thank you Suzuki Canada & Rancher's Supply
Dunford along with a few of their assistants in mid February.
I was accompanied by members of AOHVA, ASA, Alberta
Trailnet, and CATV/MMIC. Merlin Lewis of Ranchers Supply in Pincher Creek
presenting Glen French with the keys to a new 2005
Our focus was to deliver a vision on what our province
needs to do to recognize and develop a provincial trail
Suzuki King Quad 700 fuel injected ATV on behalf of
network. We were well received and given assurances that Suzuki Canada to demo for the next 6 months. Glen
we would have a response to our visit by the mid May received this generous acknowledgment for his efforts
timeframe. We spent significant time putting the in education and stewardship of users and trails in
presentation together and have used it to advance our goals Alberta.
of the recognized industry that we are. I would like to thank
those that participated in this venture and wish to At the end of the 6 month term the demo would
acknowledge the support that we received from the normally be returned to the sponsoring dealer however
Honorable David Coutts, minister of SRD in getting us to this in our case Merlin has generously agreed to give the
unit to the club at the reduced cost given by Suzuki.
In early April the club modified the ministerial presentation The club will be using it in its upcoming raffle to help
and took it to the local level. I made a presentation to the generate funds for our ongoing maintenance and
Municipal council of the Crowsnest Pass. Again we were education programs.
well received and appreciation for the club’s efforts was
expressed. Barry Harper has been a mentor in this process
and together we put together another presentation that I
gave to the Alberta Zone 1 Fish and Game meeting in
Lethbridge. From that meeting we were requested to make
a presentation to the AFGA provincial executive. This was
done in Pincher Creek and again very well received and
While I was off for some R&R Barry gave the Minister
presentation along with a Y2Y presentation to the ASA
annual general meeting in Edmonton. The presentations
were well received and the feedback was that they really
brought all the factors together that needed addressing in a
concise yet comprehensive way.
Members of the club have participated in and observed the
rollout of the Ghost Access Management Plan for the areas ATV Safety Training
continued on page 2…
Club Talk 1
President’s Message …Continued from page 1
INSIDE THIS ISSUE
west of Calgary. As this area is next to our riding areas we
have a special interest in its progress as it will determine 1. President’s Message
how the Porcupine Livingstone plan will proceed. After
looking at the plan and its development we have found 2. Club Contacts
serious problems with the processes that are being used
and the strategy employed to manage recreational access. 3. Stewardship Day
The deficiencies that we have identified need to be
addressed provincially with senior government. Change is
needed to come from the top down. We will be working this
diligently over the next few months. 4. New Club Raffle
As a brief overview of the concerns regarding the GAMP
rollout in April, the following issues are apparent: 5. Ghost Access Management Plan
1. 50% or more loss of riding area/trails.
2. Little to no single track trail for bikes 6. Responsible Use
3. Severe curtailment of 4X4 access also impacting
hunting and fishing access
4. No random camping within 30 meters of any water
7. School Presentations
source, and fewer limited to SRD designated areas. ATV Safety Course
5. No process or requirements set forth on how to
reinstate sustainable trails Adventures in Arizona
6. Education and enforcement plans were not laid out.
7. Stakeholder groups segregated by SRD during the 8. Industrial Activity
process were now advised to work together with Crow Snow - Volunteer Recognition Night
OHV users to reinstate trails.
9. Garbage Bags to Business Cards
This is just an indicator and to date we have nothing in
actual writing to move forward with. We will continue to Our Sponsors
observe and support AOHVA.
10. Bring it On!
As for the Quad Squad, we are looking forward to another
tremendous year. We have received our casino date, a Education
new raffle license has been applied for. Our projects for
the year are coming together well, and we are gratified by 11. New Bridge Installations
increased active member involvement. For this I thank Calendar of Events
each and every one of you.
As always we as a club must grow to meet the challenges.
In this respect I am asking each and every member of our
group to solicit new members with a passion. Anyone that
uses or benefits from our efforts in trail management,
education and safety needs to be recruited in the coming
year. Yes, that includes those that just camp and do not
ride in the back country. The Quad Squad is the only group
that is actively working to maintain random camping and Glen, President……….…...……..(403) 564-5275
access to our public lands in the area. Peter, Vice-President…..……..…(250) 865-2690
Dennis, Director…….….....….….(403) 327-6770
We have a very challenging program ahead of us and the
next 1 ½ years will determine the scope of our riding Laurel, Director……..……...…….(403) 562-7880
future. To this end we ask that you continue to talk to, write
or e-mail your MLAs to promote recognition of the work Post: PO Box 412 Bellevue AB T0K 0C0
that we have and continue to do, the economic value of a E-mail: email@example.com
billion dollar a year industry and the social and health Website: www.cnpquadsquad.com
aspects of outdoor recreation.
Heads up tires down.
Please contact Laurel if you change your
phone number, postal or e-mail address
Club Talk 2
11th Annual Ed Gregor As in the past everyone is requested to meet at the
Stewardship Day Blairmore forestry office for Breakfast at 8 AM. You
can pick your projects at that time and go for it.
JUNE 4th, 2005
Glen French At the end of the day supper will be served at the
Project List forestry office. Prizes and raffles will be awarded at
1. Fire Smart – potential site at Powderkeg Ski this time.
2. Random Campsite Clean-up – locations A great turnout is necessary for this day to
will be determined after the May holiday continue to be a success for the participants and
weekend the celebration of the life and efforts that Ed
3. Trail Signs – will be evaluated and locations Gregor instilled on those that knew him and in the
determined by SRD continued stewardship of the lands he loved.
4. Plane Crash – general clean-up will be
dependant on weather
5. Un-Authorized Camp Sites – SRD will
determine locations and extent of
dismantling of these sites Club Projects
6. Designated Trails on Burned Area – Art McIntosh
certain trails may be cleaned-up and GPS
monitoring can be re-established This should be a very busy year for us, with the list of
7. Allison Creek Cross Country Trail Work – projects just getting longer – here’s our “Honey Do list”:
1. Ditch Diversion
2. Cutting Back Alders • Outhouses at Atlas and McGillivray staging areas.
3. Trail Drainage Work
4. Farside of Lake Trail Upgrade I’ve run into a bit of a snag where it comes to the
5. Seeding of Reclaimed Road containment pipe, so the date could be delayed.
6. Biathlon Firing Range Clean-up Scheduled date: May long weekend, Saturday.
7. Outhouse Roof Renovation
8. Haig Lake Trail Clean-up – General Ride on Sunday.
cleaning of trail at Castle Mountain Resort • More bridge building. Check out the photos on the
9. Mountain Bike Trail Development –
back page and see what the guys have done
Potential to get trails started on Powderkeg
Ski hill. Approval pending already!
10. General clean-up Indian Graves and Upper
• Miscellaneous “brush clearing” is also on our list,
Oldman River area by Bushwhackers and
club members with dates to follow.
11. Replacement of fire pits in the Carbondale
area by Quad Squad if material is available.
12. Possible bridging project by Quad Squad
McGillivray and Deadman Pass
13. Fire Smart --- McGillivray Staging Area By
14. 2 Brushing projects by Quad Squad in the
McDonald and McGillivray areas
15. Proposed outhouses by Quad Squad at
the Atlas and McGillivray areas
Quad Squad members will be camping out for Please note that our regular meetings will now be
the weekend at Atlas and McGillivray staging
areas and it is hoped that the weather will afford held on the 2nd Friday of the month, commencing
a few good rides on Sunday. We invite all non in February. Meetings will start at 7 p.m. at the
members to join us for the fun, camaraderie, and Hillcrest Fish and Game Hall.
a weekend of enjoyment.
Club Talk 3
Club Raffle Report Casino Update
Glen French Glen French
You asked for it so we are going for it! We received confirmation of our casino dates in
The Quad Squad has applied for its first raffle
license over $10,000 and you guessed it, we are • Saturday October 8, 2005
raffling a quad. Correction—lets make it worthwhile
and raffle 4 quads at once. You read right. 4 • Sunday October 9, 2005
We require a minimum of 15 volunteers to commit for
this date. There are 4 shifts, 2 per day. Each volunteer
Our application is to raffle a Bombardier 400 Max, a
has to fill out a volunteer application form to be
Polaris 700 Sportsman carbureted, a Honda 400
approved by the gaming commission.
Canadian Trail edition, and a Yamaha 125 Grizzly
for the little guys. As an alternative to the 700
If interested please contact Glen
Sportsman the winner can take a cash prize of
French at 403-564-5275. This will be
a major fundraiser for our club this
This is a very exciting raffle from the feedback that
we have received so far but wait, there is more.
There will also be 3 vacation/guided tours and 2 full
sets of ATV tires.
How did we do this? We have to thank our corporate
dealers and the actual manufacturers of these Membership Renewal
machines for their generous support in the
discounting of costs to allow us to move forward. We
also have to thank Mountain Memories, Silvertip
Tours and Inn on the Border for their donations. It is time to renew your 2005 Club membership.
Frank Loseth of BSL Enterprises has teamed up Please send in your membership form, or use our
with Kimpex and Parts Canada in donating 2 sets of convenient on-line renewal form.
4 ATV tires including mounting for additional prizes. Family membership: $ 30.00
Total package value approximately $48,000. Corporate Membership: $100.00
You’re right, it will take a lot of work to be successful According to our statistics, there are presently
on this but we are convinced we are up to the 374 members who have NOT yet renewed their
challenge; after all we are a very successful club. membership for 2005. This means this could be
We need to raise approximately $100,000 over the
the last newsletter you receive – you’ll miss
next year to go towards maintenance of our trails
and our safety programs. This is critical to our future getting all the Club News.
success. We will get the word out as soon as we
have received license approval and have the tickets Presently we have 436 members and 60
printed and start selling. We ask for every member’s corporate members for 2005. Of the 436 family
assistance on this one. Watch the website for more members 123 are new for 2005; and of the 60
details to be posted in the coming weeks. corporate members 23 are new this year.
Thought that was all eh? Well to sell a lot of tickets That is a great increase in membership and we
we did a couple of other things as well. How do 3 hope you can all join us for our rides in 2005!
tickets for $10 sound? I like it. But the best part is
that the member that sells the winning ticket will
receive the 700 Suzuki King Quad that I received as
a demo unit from Suzuki Canada. See story on the
Club Talk 4
In 2001 an area of 198 sq. km of the Ghost area was
GAMP Update designated as Don Getty Wildland Provincial Park. OHVs
are prohibited in the Park.
Peter Cunningham & Barry Harper
The level of summer OHV activity is high because of the
large number of seismic trails in the area (approx 1600 km)
and their close proximity to Calgary. In 2003 Sustainable
Resource Development (SRD) estimated a total of 55,000
people used the area with usage peaking at 8000 campers
on the May long weekend.
On April 9, 2005 Alberta Sustainable Resource Development
(SRD) rolled out its vision of the Ghost-Waiparous Access
Management Plan (GAMP). It was a closed session which,
included only the 37 original participants, including the
AOHVA. Water quality is a dominant factor in the plan.
The proposed plan dramatically affects the trail system. 4x4
truck users are left with approximately 15 km divided
between four trails. Quad trails have been slashed by
approximately 50%, and single-track trails for dirt bikes have
been eliminated. Random camping will be severely limited
and will only be allowed where signed.
These changes will have a striking effect on families who
currently use the area. With reduced trail and camping
capacity, large numbers of users will be displaced to other
The Ghost-Waiparous area, northwest of Cochrane nearby recreation areas such as McLean Creek, Porcupine
Alberta, has been a popular destination for off-highway Hills, Indian Graves, Dutch Creek, and of course the
vehicle (OHV) trail riding since the 1960s when oil and gas Crowsnest Pass.
exploration and development resulted in the construction
of roads and seismic trails throughout the area. OHV After the April 9th roll-out, a series of three one day GAMP
activity increased significantly in 1978 when the Alberta stakeholder sessions is planned for mid-May, mid-June and
government established Kananaskis Country. mid-September to fine-tune the plan; AOHVA will be
represented at that table. The plan is expected to be
legislated in October of this year for implementation in May
AOHVA, faced with an impossibly short time fuse, has the
formidable task of seeking to regain reasonable trail access,
for trails eliminated in the roll-out map, without supporting
rationale having been provided by SRD as to why the trails or
whole areas were closed. An inherent problem with the
current GAMP is that it does not look at all impacts on the
plan area, but rather focuses on OHV access. This leads to
other users piling-on to reduce OHV access focusing only on
the abuses by this one user group while improving their own
Clearly fair treatment can only be obtained when the impacts
from all users; industry, commercial operators, grazing and
every recreational user group is on the table at the same
time. Only when stakeholders meet face to face and each
party at the table has something to lose and gain will the
balance factor, so often quoted by SRD as critical, be in play
and consensus building amongst stakeholders a valid
objective. Suffice to say the issue of fair and open process is
by far the most critical factor in how present land access
management plans are playing out and is one that AOHVA
will ultimately have to address if reasonable trail access for
OHVs is to be retained.
Club Talk 5
Responsible Use • Reduce impact by riding when the trails are dry.
Most trail damage occurs after rainfall and snowmelt
when trails are wet and soft.
Motorized Off Highway Vehicles (OHVs) can be exciting
and efficient methods to travel outdoors. But, because
these vehicles tend to be louder, faster, larger and more • Don't spin or skid. Rethink your actions if your vehicle
powerful than most other means of outdoor travel, they can is having difficulty maintaining adequate traction.
cause significant lasting damage to the landscape
including: • Travel in small groups to minimize soil compaction and
• Soil compaction, erosion and contamination
• Prevent further damage to off-trail tracks, by blocking
the area with dead, woody vegetation.
• Water contamination
• Loss of vegetation • Reduce erosion by using low pressure, non-aggressive
• Transfer of weeds
• Minimize sharp, low-radius turns that tend to remove
• Wildlife disruption vegetation and plough topsoil.
• Wildfire • Respect reclamation and reforestation efforts. Traffic
in these areas kills vulnerable grass or tree seedlings.
By adhering to the following guidelines, motorized users • Never litter. Pack out what you pack in. Dispose of
can minimize their impact on the land. Remember: By waste - including human waste - properly.
acting responsibly, we collectively maintain our access
privileges and preserve the area for future generations.
Take the lead and reduce YOUR impact: • Be courteous and share the trail with other users.
Travel slowly and yield the trail to non-motorized traffic.
• Plan ahead and be prepared. Know your route, • Prevent wildfire and reduce noise. Engines must have
terrain, conditions and applicable regulations. Travel working mufflers and spark arrestors. Further reduce
only on trails open for your activity. Remember: your threat of fire by keeping engine and exhaust systems
machine must be registered and insured. free of mud, vegetation and debris.
• Be respectful. Don't disturb wildlife, livestock, property,
• Know whether you are going to be using private or fossils or artifacts. Remember: chasing wildlife is illegal.
public land, and act accordingly. Ensure you have
permission to access private land, and are aware of • Don't cut or mark live trees. If winching is necessary,
new regulations on recreational access to agricultural use only well-placed nylon (rather than steel) winch
leased land. Leave all gates and fences as you find straps to avoid damage to bark.
• Wash your vehicle between uses to prevent
• Avoid shore lands, streams, rivers, lakes and transferring weed seeds between areas. Never wash a
wetlands. Driving in these areas produces harmful vehicle in a creek, river or lake.
ruts and erosion problems. Additionally, fine
sediments stirred up by tires is harmful to fish.
• Prevent fuel spillage with careful storage and filling
• Avoid exposed alpine terrain and wet, sensitive or
steep areas. Repeated travel in these areas creates
• Report illegitimate and illegal activity to local
damage that is very difficult to repair.
• Stay on established and well-defined trails even if • Take the lead. Encourage other OHV users to act
in snow. Off-trail driving leads to multiple braided or responsibly.
"bowled-out" trails. Off-trail tracks in snow drives cold
and frost deeper into the ground contributing to
• Choose routes with hardest, most durable surface.
Hard surfaces can tolerate more use with less
Club Talk 6
ATV School Presentations
The school presentations continue to go well. I have visited All old stock must go!
nineteen schools as of May 2 and talked with 780 students.
Students are interested in the safety messages and ask a Golf Shirts, regular price - $35.00 Now - $25.00
wide variety of questions. The younger students often talk
T-shirts, regular price - $20.00 Now - $10.00
about accidents friends have been in. Older students in high
school ask questions about the work force and the need for Hats, regular price - $20.00 Now - $10.00
certification in certain industries. In one of my school visits
recently, over half the students in the class had either been in Quantities are Limited Don’t miss out on this
a quad accident or had friends that have been in one. great Father’s Day gift idea!
The opportunity to take a kids rider course appeals to many Call Laine at (403)563-2077 to order yours!
students. The problem I still am faced with is access to the
correct size of machine for them to train on. Most youngsters
ride adult quads which are not age or weight appropriate. I
remain hopeful that we will soon be able to offer the use of Quadding in Arizona
quads in our training courses that are the right size for the kids Merla and Tom Todd
to train on.
April Rider Courses 2005
Tracy and I have held two adult Rider Courses so far this year.
The first, on April 2nd nine members of the CNP Search and
Rescue team and two instructors met at the Passburg Pit.
The wind was strong enough that I had to “nail down” the
pylons on part of the course. The encouraging comments and
bantering between the riders kept everyone enthusiastically
working their way through the different skills. At the end of the
course, the nine team members received their ASC ATV We arrived in Salome Az. on November 29th, 2004, and
certification. met Jack, who had been quadding in the desert for 8
years. He was to be our guide for the duration of our
The second course, on April 9 turned out to be a great day. It stay.
was a little cool in the morning, but became sunny and warm There are hundreds of miles of trails and we quadded a
as the day wore on. The coed group of five riders Larry lot in the washes. It was strange to see cactus instead
Bronson, Sharon Hoogstraten, Laine Ohrn, Tara Colter and of trees and imagine quail, doves and roadrunners
Peter Cunningham concentrated on trying to improve their instead of crows, eagles and hawks. No, roadrunners
present skills and develop new ones. Sharon had just taken do not have blue heads. Here we contend with roots,
possession of a new quad, so it made skill development even trees and puddles. There it was sand and rocks of
more interesting. There were jokes and laughter, which was various sizes. Quite a change. The mountains are very
an indication that skill development and fun went hand in rocky. Most of the U.S. quads do not have to be
hand. At the conclusion of the course five more members of licensed, but some have special stickers. Most of the
the Quad Squad received their Alberta Safety Council ATV people stuck to the trails, but like here, there are a few
certification. radicals that love to tear things up. Recycling is at a
minimum. All they recycle is aluminum and we
Shortly after taking the course, one of the participants had collected a lot of cans.
been on a quad trip. She indicated that the skills taught in the
course helped build confidence in her riding ability. They had more rain last winter than some of the old-
timers could remember in 30 years and the desert was
A good reason to take the course! a carpet of different flowers. It was beautiful.
Thanks to the servicing Jim Drockner did on our quads
Heads Up- Wheels Down
before we left, we had no problems.
We plan on going down again in October, 2005.
Club Talk 7
The Dutch Creek road is narrow and winding with
Industrial Activity steep bluffs and very few pull-outs. Persons driving
into the area are advised to be extremely cautious if
traveling during weekdays.
The Dutch Creek area is located about 30 km north
of Coleman up the main Kananaskis Road. The Logging is also underway around the Livingstone Falls
area is known for a number of wonderful isolated area along the main road, and in the Hidden Creek
random camping areas close to rivers and streams, area behind a locked gate where a new temporary
and 100s of km of quality trails and scenic bridge crosses the Oldman River. Activity in these
viewpoints. The area is accessed from the areas is also expected to subside by summer.
Kananaskis road via a single-lane gravel road that
winds its way west from the Dutch Creek SRD advises that a lot of places are quite soft, we
campground. need to tread lightly. Of particular concern is the back
of Sugarloaf Creek where the area is also very wet and
Ceasar’s Flats is an especially popular campsite, prone to damage. We can do our part in helping the
located about 8km west of the Dutch Creek area recover quickly by cleaning out culverts with a
Campground, by the “no winter maintenance” sign folding shovel.
and a trapper’s cabin.
We are also asked to stick to traditional trails, stay off
The Dutch Creek area has undergone some new roads, and watch for signs and barriers. Please
astonishing changes this spring. The mature timber avoid fording the rivers, especially 4x4 trucks.
in the area combined with concerns about BC’s out-
of-control mountain pine beetle epidemic have made
the time right for Atlas Lumber to harvest the trees in
Harvesting activity north of the Dutch Creek road has
changed the landscape. The photo below is from
immediately to the north of Ceasar’s Flats.
Crow Snow Riders to recognize
The Crow Snow Riders will be holding their wind-up
BBQ on June 14th at the Fireman’s park in Bellevue,
camping permitted and ride from the site. At this time
they will recognize those that helped out with the
Jamboree. Those volunteers will be given a free pass
to the supper and associated drink package. All
members of the quad squad are invited to attend, in
addition to those that volunteered for the jamboree.
$20 for non-volunteers.
There will be a golf tournament in the afternoon for
Log hauling will be taking place on the Dutch Creek those that enjoy a round or 2; tee times will be after
road until June 29 from early in the morning to mid- 1pm.
afternoon, Monday to Friday. Operations will cease
through the summer months and likely resume again To attend either function you must pre register with
in September. There may be some road reclamation Tammy Tracey at Mulligans at 403-562-2003
work through the summer.
The haul route will be east along the Dutch Creek
road, then down the Kananaskis Road through
Coleman to the Atlas Lumber site west of town.
Club Talk 8
From Garbage Bags to PLEASE SUPPORT OUR
Dennis Beasley Astalos Oilfield Contracting Ltd - Taber
Annugas Production Enhancer - Millet
Roo-can Machining - Calgary
This past year I was involved in several discussions Lethbridge Millwright & Welding
on how to increase membership and to improve the Moco Co Security – Taber
Club’s image. Having strong membership numbers Rough Times Ltd
has helped the Club to become a major player in Rocky Mountain Motorsports – Frank
attending meetings with government departments Challenger New Holland – Claresholm
and those who want to close the trails certainly know Lethbridge Yamaha
we exist. I think it was shortly after the McGillivray Mountain Memories – Bellevue
Hydraco Industries Ltd. – Medicine Hat
mini stewardship day that the idea arose of handing
out garbage bags to everyone we meet camping or 669293 Alberta Ltd – Lethbridge
riding. We wanted something that would stand out Sage Wireline Services
much like the orange stewardship bags. After a lot of Ranchers Supply – Pincher Creek
discussion and finding some bright lime green bags, Riverbend Water Hauling – Medicine Hat
we came up with the PACK IT IN, PACK IT OUT FCC Collision & Crystal Clear Glass – Frank
garbage bag program. With a large club logo printed Waterflood – Taber
in black, they stand out quite well. Next time we’ll get Harold’s Auto Service – Lethbridge
bags that have ties at the top. Jascar Hot Oil Service Ltd – Taber
Martin Chrysler – Brooks
Best Canadian Motor Inns – Blairmore
We plan on handing these bags out starting with the Alpine Welding – Brooks
May long weekend and give each club member the Digger’s Bobcat – Blairmore
chance to meet people riding and camping and Southwest Concrete – Lundbreck
explain who we are and what we are doing. And Atlas Lumber – Blairmore
don’t forget about those hikers, horseback riders, McKay Bros. – Lethbridge
motorcyclists, and mountain bikers. Rocky Mountain Yamaha – Pincher Creek
Boulet Oilfield Maintenance – Brooks
Membership forms with a brief history of the club on Ar-Tech Coating – Taber
Tirecraft – Blairmore
the back will also be available to be handed out. If
K.M.A. Racing – Pincher Creek
everyone pitches in we have the opportunity to
double our membership this year.
I’m told we should have reversed the printing of the
logo on the bag so when they’re used as “Rain Gear”
the logo would have been right side up. Go figure!
Have you ever fumbled around for pen and paper to We’ve purchased 2000 lime green garbage bags with
write out the club’s email address when someone the Quad Squad logo & the saying “Pack It In Pack It
notices your club jacket, hoody or T-shirt? Out” to distribute to campers and other ATV riders with a
Club membership form. We hope the bags encourage
Val Beasley suggested that we hand out club
people to pick up garbage in random camping areas & on
business cards to people we meet. Professional and
Informative. You can either write your name and trails. We can also make more backcountry users aware
phone number on the back or use one of your of our Club’s objectives. These garbage bags are
printed return address stickers. These cards will also available now.
be available for the May long weekend. We can
email you the template so you can print your own at If you can help with the distribution of these bags, contact
home. Linda McGarva at (403) 627-4352.
Club Talk 9
thoughts one would suspect that this lack of trail
Bring it on! management and failure of enforcement up until
closure is the plan.
As a club we are progressive in our trail projects, As responsible riders we demand more enforcement
protecting streams with bridging, upgrading trails to boots on the ground and penalties that are true
improve safety and enjoyment through responsible deterrents as a clear message to radical elements.
use of our backcountry. We have undertaken We need to photograph, document and report the
education and rider training/certification programs to abuses, actively demanding Government action
reach students and the general riding public. We where there has previously been virtually none.
have initiated promotional activities to encourage the Most will recall the tale of how for lack of a nail ---
development of responsible backcountry use and the etc. the war was lost and I believe in the battle for
building of a tourism industry based on eco-touring our trails that lost nail is Government enforcement.
on our multi-use trail systems. We have co-led Enforcement? I say bring it on!
motorized organizations in proposing a province
wide architecture for multi-use trail systems to our One person’s opinion
government. But what is missing?
No matter how hard we may work there will always
be a radical element that is pure and simple out to
raise hell and use our backcountry for extreme riding
and cares not a wit about the abuse and scars left
Education, a new catch phrase
behind. This type of abuse is in large part the basis Glen French
for the recent arbitrary GAMP (Ghost Waiparous)
trail closures and random camping restrictions in the As many of you are aware the club has had an
prime OHV area just west of Calgary. I’ve got news education program for a number of years, with the
for you, there are areas on our trails here in focus on youth safety and ATV training programs.
southwest Alberta that have similar signs of abuse
by comparable uneducated, or don’t give a damn Through involvement in our organization, members
riders! So what is the answer, what is missing? have also been exposed to the education of
maintaining access to our trails and backcountry,
In my view what is missing approaches gross through responsible use. This is something we have
negligence, and that is the lack of Government worked hard on and will continue to do so through
management and enforcement on-the-ground and our expanded project planning and fundraising as
virtually no penalties being handed out for abusive indicated in our current 3 year plan.
conduct. Thoughtless people can stage mass
drunken parties, chuck garbage and crap where they The Alberta Government has come out with another
like, chop down green trees for firewood and education component in an attempt to show users
generally raise hell without any consequence. things have to change in regard to our backcountry
Individuals can rip, tear and wreak havoc on our uses. This is something we have recognized, and
backcountry trails and off-trail areas and the chance our goal has been responsible use of our back
of getting caught is close to nil. If caught, the country.
penalty, if any, is merely the cost of a few cases of
beer. Will this stop anybody? It is merely the price The new methodology being used by the
of admission! government is to take away privileges and having us
negotiate to get them back (see page 5)
What is needed, and we have been requesting, are
meaningful enforcement and severe penalties for At this time, I do not support that process. The
abusive riding and conduct – make some examples attitude of some users would change with education
of the offenders and publicize them. Without this we together with abusers feeling strong enforcement.
are condemned to ever reducing riding areas for
ever more riders. The damage will escalate until the We commit to continuing our education efforts in the
long missing Government management show up with future, however we must first educate the politicians,
righteous indignation and another access plan to because they have a very different picture painted of
close the area or trail. Oh yeah they can then find the backcountry, and our use of it.
the budget for closure enforcement and trail
reclamations! If one were inclined to Machiavellian
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Bridge Installations CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Joe Lumley REGULAR CLUB MEETINGS
Place: Hillcrest Fish and Game Hall
Our first bridge installation was with the assistance of Time: 2nd Friday of each month at 7:00pm
Laurie Brown, Dennis Beasley, Sid Jordan, Reg NEXT MEETINGS JUNE 10, JULY 8, AUG 12
Prawdzik (all of Lethbridge), Ken Thompson, Keith
Philips (Hillcrest), Gerry Fiedler (North Burmis), and ED GREGOR MEMORIAL STEWARDSHIP DAY
Joe Lumley (Passburg). We installed the first welded
Place: Blairmore Forestry Office
drill stem bridge that was built in Brooks by Alpine
Welding. This style of bridge is quite heavy to work Time: 8:00am Breakfast, Saturday June 4
with, but is very sturdy and simple to install. 11TH ANNUAL STEWARDSHIP DAY
MINI STEWARDSHIP WEEKENDS
Place: Atlas Staging Areas
Time: 9:00am, July 9
SATURDAY: CAMP AREA CLEANUP, BRIDGING, AND BBQ
SUNDAY: CLUB RIDE
Place: McGillivray and Atlas Staging Areas
Time: 10:00am, May 22 and July 10 respectively
FOUR DAY RIDE INTO BC AND BACK
Place: Atlas Staging area to Elkford, Canal Flats
Time: 10:00am, Friday Aug 26 to Monday Aug 29
The second bridge installation at the same McGillivray ADVANCED LEVEL RIDE. OVERNIGHT IN ELKFORD AND CANAL
Camp area took place April 20th with the assistance of
Keith Philips (Hillcrest), Gerry Fiedler (North Burmis), FLATS (CAMPGROUNDS & RANDOM CAMP AVAILABLE). CONTACT
Laurie Brown (Lethbridge), and Joe Lumley PETER CUNNINGHAM.
(Passburg). This style of bridge is made of recycled
radio tower and required extra bolting together. See ATV SAFETY TRAINING
photos on back page. Place: Passburg Pit, start at Hillcrest Fish & Game
Time: 9:00am, May 14, May 28, June 25, July 9, Aug 6
We took the entire package on one large trailer to the
A 7 HR TRAINING PROGRAM TAUGHT BY OUR CERTIFIED
site of the first bridge and from there transferred the
material to a small trailer to pull 2 miles into the next INSTRUCTORS. $85 MEMBERS, $165 NON-MEMBERS
site. This was accomplished in three trips, as the ice PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
and snow pack are a bit of a hindrance at this time of CALL DON AT 403-687-3780
year. The four of us installed the bridge, but it is
definitely a job for a minimum of 6, or better yet 8, men BELLCREST DAYS
of our “vintage”. However, with these good men all
Place: Hillcrest Fish & Game
went well, and I am sure the other fellows slept as
soundly as I did that night. Time: June 24 - 25
PARADE. CHECK OUT NEW QUADS, MOTORBIKES AND
Thanks to all for your assistance and comradeship on ACCESSORIES. CNP QUAD SQUAD SAFETY VIDEO AND DISPLAY.
these projects. ENTERTAINMENT FOR ALL AGES.
Til the next time, Joe Lumley RUM RUNNER DAYS – THUNDER IN THE VALLEY
Place: Crowsnest Pass
Time: July 15 - 17
SEE WWW.CROWSNESTPASS.COM FOR DETAILS
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McGillivray Drill Pipe Bridge
Laurie Brown, Dennis Beasley, Sid Jordan, Reg Prawdzik
(all of Lethbridge), Ken Thompson, Keith Philips (Hillcrest),
Gerry Fiedler (North Burmis), and Joe Lumley (Passburg).
Radio Tower Bridge - Decking installed
Our new “radio tower” bridge Just a few bolts
ATV Safety – Obstacle Course
ATV Safety – The “K” Turn
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