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DCR Trails for all conference

Postby Paul » Thu Oct 16, 2014 2:21 pm

Guy that used to do stuff a long long time ago.
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Re: DCR Trails for all conference

Postby Eric » Thu Oct 16, 2014 3:28 pm

I can possibly attend. Need to be back in Providence in time for Beer Festival at the convention center.
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Re: DCR Trails for all conference

Postby mrfreakinwhite » Thu Oct 16, 2014 9:46 pm

I signed up a while ago.
They're presenting a class for how to gain easements for trails on private property.
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Re: DCR Trails for all conference

Postby mrfreakinwhite » Fri Oct 17, 2014 5:38 am

16 Sessions offered in four time blocks, including:



· Sustainable Trail Design

· Negotiating Trail Easements

· Wetland Regulations, Conservation Commissions and Trails

· Rail Trails: Corridor Acquisitions, Trail Surface & Other Design Considerations

· OHV Trail Design

· Urban Trails: Challenges and Successes

· Dogs on Trails: Etiquette, Safety, Training

· Trail Planning and Visions

· Unique Approaches to Getting People Out On Trails

· Long Distance Trails Updates

· OHV Policy in Massachusetts

· Trail Mapping

· And, More!
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Re: DCR Trails for all conference

Postby Eric » Fri Oct 17, 2014 9:18 pm

I registered. NOTE that there is a $40 registration fee. I am most interested in the "OHV Policy" session.

I think it would be great if we can get 8-10 people registered. Perhaps post a link to the registration page along with a brief blurb on the NEA Facebook page?
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Re: DCR Trails for all conference

Postby Eric » Sun Nov 02, 2014 11:09 am

Less than a week to go. Who else is going? This is a great opportunity to be part of the SOLUTION. . .
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Re: DCR Trails for all conference

Postby Eric » Fri Nov 07, 2014 2:52 pm

Its tomorrow. I'm only planning to attend for the afternoon sessions.
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Re: DCR Trails for all conference

Postby mrfreakinwhite » Sat Nov 08, 2014 6:46 am

Technohead wrote:Its tomorrow. I'm only planning to attend for the afternoon sessions.

Major IT malfunctions here...
Are you able to print this page?
http://massvehiclecheck.state.ma.us/mot ... ialty.html

"A recreational vehicle is any motor vehicle designed or modified for use over unimproved terrain, if used for recreation or pleasure off a public way. This term also includes all legally registered motor vehicles when used off a public way. Any motor vehicle registered under Chapter 90 will not be subject to registration under Chapter 90B, but must display a current motor vehicle registration.

These vehicles undergo a safety and emissions inspection. Depending on the size of your vehicle, you may need to call your inspection station before you go, to ensure the facility can accommodate your vehicle type."
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Re: DCR Trails for all conference

Postby Eric » Sat Nov 08, 2014 10:21 am

I don't even own a printer anymore.
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Re: DCR Trails for all conference

Postby Eric » Sun Nov 09, 2014 8:18 am

I don't have much historical context but I found the OHV sessions at the conference informative and encouraging. Too bad that the 4x4 community was not well represented. If we want to make progress then we need people (plural) sitting at the table . . .

Stay tuned for a more complete report including copies of the presentations and some ideas for immediate follow up action.
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Re: DCR Trails for all conference

Postby Eric » Sat Nov 22, 2014 7:44 am

Presentations from the conference are available here:

http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/se ... rence.html

You may also download the OHV-specific presentations here:
OHV Recreation in MA
Great Trails Guidebook

The first presentation provides a current status of OHV recreation in MA and was presented by Assistant Secretary for Land and Forest Conservation Stephanie Cooper with assistance from Merri Walker and Scott Morrill.

The second presentation covers the "four E's" of effective trail management and was presented by Karen Umpress from the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council.
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