This morning I walked out to get the morning paper, looked up at the Beartooth Mountains and saw snow. In two weeks we have gone from 90 degree days and smoke to white mountain tops. As the old saying goes, “If you don’t like the weather in Montana, wait a few minutes”.
For the President’s Corner this time I thought I would highlight some of the things Treasure State ATV (TSATV) has been doing and will be doing. 2015 TSATV club rides have included:
- Elk Basin area south and east of Belfry, MT
- Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range
- Meeteetse Trail south of Red Lodge, MT
- Devil’s Canyon area north and east of Lovell, WY.
- Big Horn Mountains between Sheridan and Lovell, WY
- CTVRA Annual Fun Run
- MTVRA State Ride in Basin, MT
- Harlowton Pole Run
- Phillipsburg, MT area
- Sunlight Basin area in WY
- Annual Labor Day weekend at Basin, MT
As you can see, TSATV has had an active and exciting variety of rides in 2015. This weekend there is a ride in the Picket Pin area west of Nye, MT scheduled. If anyone would like information as to any of these rides or other rides in Montana and Wyoming, please contact me, MTVRA or TSATV. Maps, instructions and other ride information are available. See e-mail addresses on page two of this newsletter.
TSATV has other plans going into 2016. For at least ten years we have participated in the annual Holiday (Christmas) Parade in Billings, which is held the first Friday after Thanksgiving Day. This year it will be November 27th. Last year we gave out over 1,000 stuffed animals to children. It’s been a good OHV public relations (PR) experience. A committee was recently formed to possibly have a Christmas Party either in December or January. We will also have a booth at The Great Rockies Sportshow January 8-10, 2016 in Billings. Montana Parks and Recreation will have two booths next to ours. One of the booths will have an ATV simulator for kids to ride. This simulator has been very popular in the past. This show gives us an opportunity to give out maps, safety information and riding information. It’s another OHV PR opportunity.
As MTVRA president, I recently became a member of the Custer-Gallatin Working Group (CGWG). The organizational membership includes County Commissioners from nine counties. Other members include representatives from conservation concerns, skiing, agriculture/ranching, motorized, hunting, fishing, outfitters, multiple use, mining, recreational development, wood products and tourism. CGWG has only been in existence for a few months. The Custer-Gallatin NF is involved. The first project issue evaluated by CGWG reads as follows: “Work in Farm Bill 602 landscapes is a high priority for the Custer Gallatin NF because it addresses Forest Service and partner (state, county, private) vegetation management concerns (insect and disease, fuel loading)”. Being involved in groups such as the CGWG is important because decisions will likely affect OHV recreation either directly or indirectly.
Following find a photo from Labor Day weekend. Four of us came down Cataract Creek road going back to Basin and ran into a short sleet storm which blew trees across the road. We were able to use an axe on the one tree shown in the pictures which we pulled off the road. Luckily someone with a chain saw came and cut a much larger one for us. I’m sure there will be many trees down this winter and spring due to the diseased tree problem. We will bring a chain saw with us next time.
Have some great fall rides and hunts!
Bruce Reierson, President