Information from Doug Abelin, Chair, CTVA
Photos by Patty Daugaard, Secretary-Treasurer, CTVA
The Capital Trail Vehicle Association enjoyed a busy summer riding and maintaining trails, hosting a statewide Fun Run, helping with an ultra-runner’s event, and attending important meetings concerning travel plans and wilderness study areas.
The CTVA hosted the statewide Fun Run on June 22 and 23 that attracted more than 120 people. The headquarters was at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds in Boulder. The Boulder community and the Jefferson County Commission have welcomed this event in past years. It brings good people to our community and has a very positive economic impact! The club spent the previous weeks clearing trails and preparing for the big event. Guided rides both Saturday and Sunday gave participants the opportunity to explore hundreds of miles of trails and forest roads in the mountains.
The CTVA held monthly club rides with one ride on the McCardy and Rawhide trails included 20 people and 15 OHVs! The three CTVA trail work crews worked tirelessly throughout the summer maintaining trail treadways and clearing what seemed to be unending deadfall from trails. The club also opened up and eliminated dangerous trail conditions on single track trails in the Big Belt Mountains with a $6,700 grant from Montana’s OHV program administered by the Parks Division of Fish, Wildlife & Parks.
On Saturday, August 4, the Helena Ultra Runners League (HURL) hosted the Elk Horn Mountains Endurance Runs. The big run included 50 miles of rugged and varying elevation changes and those who completed the event are called survivors! CTVA, at the request of HURL, stocked first aid equipment and energy supplies, and worked aid stations on remote sites along the run. This is the second year of this partnership and we plan to continue in the future.
Club members attended meetings in Helena and Lincoln to provide input on the development of the Helena–Lewis and Clark Forest Plan Revision. The club has many concerns about the plan’s long range impact on OHV trails and fear a loss of many miles of trails and roads. Club members also attended a meeting in Dillon to provide input on the future of wilderness study areas. More than 200 people attended this controversial meeting and, because of the large turnout, there was virtually no time for individual testimony.
Finally, and on a lighter note, how many CTVA members does it take to unload Doug Abelin’s ATV? The whole club!!!