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Complete A Survey, Win A Map Book!

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The Wisconsin ATV / UTV Association is seeking your input on how satisified you are with our trail systems. Complete our survey and you will be given a chance to enter our VVMapping ATV / UTV Trail Map Book giveaway!


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WATVA President Randy Harden Testifying in Washington DC In Front of CPSC

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Wisconsin ATV / UTV Association President Randy Harden, along with Ann, Adam and Emma Harden, are present at the Consumer Product Safety Commissions hearing on UTV's regarding design standards (currently off-road).

You can watch the hearing live on the CPSC web site here: http://www.cpsc.gov/Newsroom/Multi-media/Webcast/Live-Webcast/

Follow our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/watva) or Twitter (www.twitter.com/watva) for live updates.

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DNR Seeks Input on Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Master Plan for OHVs

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A new riding opportunity could be on the [far] horizon near Rhinelander as part of the Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Area. Right now, the DNR is seeking input for the upcoming master plan regarding motorized recreation.

From the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources:

Public Meeting Scheduled to Initiate Master Planning
You are invited to a public meeting to initiate the master planning process for the Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Area (WLWA). The WLWA is a 3,600-acre forested property located 10 miles east of Rhinelander. The public meeting will be on Wednesday, January 14, 2014 from 6:00-8:00 pm at the Northwoods Community Elementary School, 9086 County Highway K, Harshaw. In the event of bad weather the meeting will be rescheduled for Thursday, January 22 at the same time and location.

In 2014, a local ATV club requested establishment of a trail across a portion of the WLWA. This property does not have a master plan. The Department conducted a trail analysis in response to this request and presented it to the Natural Resources Board (NRB) for consideration at their October 29, 2014 meeting. The NRB decided that they would like to consider establishing the ATV trail as part of a comprehensive master plan for the property, and they directed the Department to develop a master plan for the WLWA by the end of 2015. The ATV trail proposal developed in the 2014 trail analysis process and the public comments received then will be carried forward into the full master planning process.

Provide Your Input
The purpose of the public meeting is to announce the planning process and invite your participation, share information about the property, and get input on the future direction of the property and any important issues you think should be addressed in the master plan. You will get a chance to speak one-on-one with DNR staff, watch a short presentation, participate in a question-and-answer session, and fill out a comment form. You will also be able to view and comment on preliminary planning documents, including the Regional and Property Analysis, a document that sets the stage for the master plan be providing recreational, socio-economic, and ecological background information about the property. If you can't make the meeting, you can view planning documents and comment online. Visit the WLWA webpage for more details. Comments will be accepted through January 30, 2015.

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Snowmobiling season just around the corner

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Taken from: http://www.postcrescent.com/story/sports/outdoors/motor-sports/2014/11/13/snowmobiling-season-coming/18964687/

Did you ever wonder how those ATV/UTV and snowmobile trails appear each year just in time for riding fun? Club volunteers spend countless hours working with landowners, putting up signs, brushing trails and getting grooming equipment ready. Trails are maintained by clubs across Wisconsin with partial funding provided by the registration fees paid each year for snowmobiles, ATVs and UTVs. Clubs supplement this funding with local fundraisers to meet the total cost of keeping the trails in the great condition riders expect.

All clubs are volunteer groups and are always looking for new members.

You may ask why you should join a club? First, it is a lot of fun interacting with others who share your passion for motorized recreation. You also get to join your voice with the club and state organizations who work hard to keep trails open as anti-motorized groups push to achieve their goals.

Representing the snowmobile sport here in Wisconsin is the Association of Wisconsin Snowmobile Clubs (AWSC) and on the ATV/UTV side there is the Wisconsin ATV/UTV Association (WATVA). Both work with clubs and members to convince our legislators at the local, state and national levels that snowmobilers and ATV and UTV owners have or should have equal rights under the law and that our recreational endeavors are compatible with other users.

Prospective club members often ask how involved they have to be if they join. The easy answer is that you can be as involved as you want to be. Some club members may brush trails, run grooming equipment, help with fundraisers or hold leadership positions. Others just want to be social members who participate in the fun activities. Clubs fully recognize that folks lead busy lives and can't always be as active as they would want. As mentioned above just the sheer numbers of those involved in club activities is important to our legislators. There is a bit of the old 'squeaky wheel get the grease' saying that applies here.

The Oconto County Snowmobile Alliance consists of 9 clubs including the Oconto Falls Snow Jokers, Bagley & Brazeau Joyriders of Klondike, Chase Sno-Chasers, Gillett Sno & ATV Riders, Lena Snow Drifters, Chute Pond Snowmobile Club, Paul Bunyan Riders of Lakewood and Red Arrow Snowmobile ATV Club of Townsend. The Iron Snowshoe Snowmobile Club of Marinette County also belongs to the Alliance as they have trails coming into the eastern side of Oconto County. These clubs spend nearly 10,000 volunteer hours each year preparing, brushing and grooming the 475 miles of trail in the county.

ATV and UTV Clubs in Oconto County include the Dusty Trails ATV Club in Mountain, Hidden Bear Trail ATV Club in the Lakewood/Riverview/Doty area, Crooked Trail Riders ATV Club in Crooked Lake and the Oconto Area ATV Club in Oconto. Red Arrow in Townsend and Gillett Snow and ATV riders in Gillett are year round clubs that have members who either snowmobile or ATV and UTV and some who enjoy both. These clubs are responsible for about 450 miles of interconnected summer trails and routes. Overall coordination of the county wide trail systems is the responsibility of the Oconto County Parks and Recreation Department.

Both Snowmobile and ATV and UTV trail systems connect to adjoining counties including Marinette, Forest, Langlade and Florence and there is direct access to Michigan trails via the Nicolet State Recreational Trail.

More information about obtaining trail maps, the individual clubs and links to their websites can be found here. Again, we encourage you to join a club and get involved. We are only a 'round trip tank of gas' away from Green Bay and the Fox Valley and less than three hours from the Milwaukee area making Oconto County an ideal 'up-north' riding destination. Even if you don't ride a sled, ATV or UTV but own a business or just want to get involved we welcome your assistance. Check the website for the club nearest you and volunteer to join or help … either financially or with your time.

John Brantmeier

Thanks for your support and see you on the trail!

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Fall 2014 Trail Tales Delay

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We would like to give our members an update on the current edition of our printed publication, Trail Tales.

As some of you might have realized, it's running a little behind. This summer, we moved production and printing of our magazine to an in-house solution. As we wrapped up the design work and started printing the publication, we encountered a few technical problems with our new production printer. Without getting into too much detail, these problems have set back our release date of the printed version. However, for this issue only. we are making it available to download on the Google Play store for FREE! If you would like to read the current edition, please check out this link below: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Wisconsin_ATV_UTV_Association_WATVA_Trail_Tales_Fa?id=kZdKBQAAQBAJ

We apologize for the inconvenience this may have caused, but rest assured we will get the magazine out the door!

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