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Dufferin Forest Recreation Plan Deadline

March 16th, 2017 by in Everything

Hey everyone, first thank you very much to everyone who attended the Open House for the Recreation Plan and also to those who have taken the time to comment as well.  The attendance level to the Open House made a very good impression. The Rec. Plan Committee has been receiving the comments as they have been coming in to review them. Thank you for helping to make a difference and taking an interest in the trails you enjoy.

At this point 96 people have viewed the Draft Plan from our website, 40 have commented. As of March 1st the Committee has received 70 comments in total both in support and not in favour of parts of the Draft Plan.  The more public support for the Draft Plan, the more likely it will proceed unaltered.

If you have not commented yet and you plan on doing so it can be as simple as stating you support the Draft Plan and encourage the separate trail network idea.

The deadline for commenting is March 31. Thanks for your support of the trails.

Details on the plan and how to comment are on the post below that follows this one on our Home Page. Just Click on the TVG logo!

Important Stuff..Dufferin Forest Recreation Plan-Elaboration and Update

January 13th, 2017 by in Everything

This is a long explanation of what has been happening the past few years with regards to the Dufferin Forests. Grab a beverage and enjoy the read! Thanks for your time.

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So for the past several years there has been planning in place to form a Recreation Plan for the Dufferin County Forests.  It began with a committee that had done a great deal of great work to be eventually be put on hold mid-late 2014.

A second committee was formed and has been working on the Recreation Plan for the last year and a half. A Draft Recreation Plan has now been approved by that committee and by Dufferin County Council to be put out for public comment.  The feedback from the public consultation will then be considered by the Committee and then after any adjustments to the Draft Plan,  it will be sent back to Council for final approval.

I’m encouraging everyone to please review the Draft Plan and send in your feedback. The more positive feedback the Committee receives for the Draft Plan, the more likely it will remain unchanged.  If there are specific items that you would like to see approved (for example, separate trail networks), please feel free to be specific in your comments as well.

Please keep in mind that anyone not agreeing with items in the Draft Plan will very likely be sending in their comments and attending the Open Houses to express their opinions.  The issue that may arise is that it is not as common to provide feedback if one agrees with an issue. It is therefore equally important for the supporters to also demonstrate their positive support though e-mails and Open House participation as this feedback will be guiding the next steps. Attending one (or both) of the Open Houses would be a very positive action.

The dates and locations for the Open House meetings are:

Weds Feb 8th, 55 Zina Street, The Sutton Room, Orangeville from 3pm-8pm.

Sat. Feb 11th Dufferin Museum, 936029 Airport Rd, Mulmur (Hwy 89 & Airport Rd.) from 10am-4pm.

To provide feedback by e-mail as well, go to:

http://www.dufferincounty.ca/government/contact-us#DEPARTMENTAL CONTACTS

and click on the blue FEEDBACK tab at the left side of the screen.

You can also e-mail as well (why not do both?) the Forest Manager at

forestmanager@dufferinmuseum.com  (just cut and paste e-mail address)

The closing date for comments is March 31st.

This Recreation Plan is intended to be in place for a twenty year period from its date of implimation. The importance of public input cannot be understated.  Please send this information to anyone or any groups you may know that would have an interest in or who rides, or would like to ride Dufferin Forest now or in the next 20 years. Any questions, please contact me through the “CONTACT” tab. Thank you for your time and in advance for your input and support for the trails.

Here’s the Draft Recreation Plan:

http://www.dufferinmuseum.com/forest/img/draft%20recreation%20policy%20for%20review.pdf

and the off road vehicle proposal:

http://www.dufferinmuseum.com/forest/img/rorm%20trial%20event%20proposal.pdf

Done your beverage yet? I have….time for another!

Sunny Day Ride

March 20th, 2017 by in Everything

Well, this past Sunday we had an exceptional day.  The sun was shining and the weather had warmed up well above the freezing mark.  You can definitely tell that spring is in the air and around the corner.  With all of that in mind, I jumped on the fat bike, and headed out on the road with the end destination being the ride at Dufferin Forest.

With the sun on my back, little to no wind whatsoever, it was a perfect time to spin the legs and just take in the sights and sounds of the countryside.  As I rolled along the dirt roads, I started to notice little things.  People!  There were people outside again, working on their yards, cleaning up fallen branches, a couple sun bathing on their porch.  The best part, everyone was happy, smiling, and waving as I rode by.

This started to give me a better sense that we have made it through the hump of winter.  I personally spend a lot more time spinning over the winter, so I was one of those people, happy, smiling and waving to every one I saw.  The sun beating down on you, gives you that joy of being outside again.

I fully recommend you take a day and do a nice casual ride around, whether it be on the roads, in the forest, or on the rail trail.  Take in the sights and sounds of the world around you.  Enjoy the fresh air, enjoy the time you get to spend doing something you love.

Cheers

 

 

 

Upcoming Ride Guide

March 20th, 2017 by in Everything

Good morning all,

 

Rides for the week have been posted up to the calendar.

 

Cheers

 

 

Saturday Trail Report

March 18th, 2017 by in Everything

So we got a little bit of snow today…maybe a half a cm or so.  The trails (south side is ok, Ken’s and Steve’s still have a bit of snow on them)  before that dusting were basically clear.  We will likely stick to the Stick, Lollypop, Ridge trail combo tomorrow.  Lovely day forecasted for Sunday!  So what to do…Fat Bike, Skinny Bike, Hike??? Likely any of those choices will work out. I’m going to chance it and bring out the Skinny Tire Bike tomorrow and give it a try although a Fat Bike would still be fun as well. Tough to call but no matter what you do, you will likely have fun!  See you for Sunny Sunday & Happy Hour in the Sun!

Sunny Sunday Ride/Hike

March 17th, 2017 by in Everything

Hi all, got spring fever yet? There will be a ride or whatever you like on Sunday at 2:30.  Trails are in pretty good shape and getting quite snow-less.  May be time for some skinny tires!!!  I’ll get out for a hike on Sat afternoon and do a quick post Sat night with and update but it’s looking quite promising! Stay tuned!

1-Up Rack For Sale

March 15th, 2017 by in Buy & Sell

Hi All,

 

Passed on from Mr. Paul.

A friend of mine is moving to Alberta, he is selling his 1 up rack, 2 x bike in black for $600. These are pretty hard to find used if you guys find it appropriate to post feel free, contact Matt

mattybmoto@gmail.com

 

Photos of the Rack:

https://www.1up-usa.com/product/quik-rack-single/

https://www.1up-usa.com/product/rack-add-on/

 

 

Cheers

 

Homage to Ice – Race Registration Open

March 13th, 2017 by in Links

Hello all,

 

The race registration is now open for the Homage to Ice.

Click on the link below and you can register on webscorer.

 

https://www.webscorer.com/registerlist?raceid=94624

 

Hard to tell conditions at this point still as it is a month away, but will be fun no matter what.

 

Cheers

 

Upcoming Ride Guide

March 13th, 2017 by in Everything

Hi All,

 

Rides for the week have been added to the calendar.

Cheers

 

 

Sunday Ride/Hike

March 11th, 2017 by in Everything

Ride, hike, walk….whatever you like, you can do! 2pm start time.

Upcoming Races

March 8th, 2017 by in Links

Hi All,

 

Just going to throw the ideas out there for a couple races coming up.

 

First in April is the Homage to Ice at Dufferin forest put on by Dan and Substance Project.

Details are in the link below:

http://substanceprojects.com/portfolio-item/xcmarathon-1-h2i

 

Second Race is the Epic 8hr at Mansfield Outdoor Center

This is a relay, so start thinking about this one and whether you want to put a team together, or looking for a team.

Date:  Saturday May 13th

https://www.chicoracing.com/epic8hour

 

Couple things to think about

 

Cheers

 

 

Trail Report-tuesday

March 7th, 2017 by in Everything

Well between Janet and Rose, Karen & our group ride on Sunday we pretty much have covered everything in Dufferin for a trail report.  All the trails are good to ride on a fat bike. Still some snow in some spots, some great trail and some soft trail (still ok to ride, just be careful regarding trail damage).

Thanks to an early trail clean up outing by TVGer’s  Ralph, Wendy and Roy, the last section of logging in the north end has been cleaned up and is easily passible. Thanks guys & girl!

Good news is that we should get a rest from logging this year with only the section by the parking lot still to do. This section shouldn’t hopefully take much to tidy up once they are done.

We will likely plan a trail clean up/repair day in the spring so stay tuned for that.

Enjoy the ride!

Upcoming Ride Guide

March 6th, 2017 by in Everything

Hi All,

 

Rides for the coming week have been added to the calendar.

Cheers

 

Trail Conditions

March 5th, 2017 by in Everything

Karen & I got out for a run yesterday in Dufferin.  The trails are in great shape! Almost no ice on the top of the lollypop and we only did a bit of the stick and it was fine as well.  The groomed double track was great as well.  Hard with some ice with a nice 2″ covering of fresh snow, still nice and grippy.  Not too slippery but still be cautious. Should be a great day!

Sunday in the forest

March 3rd, 2017 by in Everything

Sunday’s event has been added to the Events Calendar….

SSITT Big thanks to Dan for his Donation!

March 1st, 2017 by in Everything

I’ve been meaning to do a post on this for awhile now…..

A few months after the SSITT 2016 Dan from Substance Projects donated a part of your entry fees to Team Van Go.

We had purchased an awesome Stihl leaf blower from Henry’s Lawn and Garden Equipment in Orangeville (highly recommend them for any lawn care equipment needs!) with our own money last year for TVG to use.  It has made clean up in general and especially after the extensive logging we experienced this year much, much easier.  It will continue to aid in trail clean up and trail building for years to come.

With the generous contribution from Dan and contributions from our members, we were able to finish paying for our trail tool!

So a large thank you to all that have contributed to TVG and to Dan for giving back to the trails.

We hopefully will have some fun stuff in store for 2017. See you on the trails.