Collaboration, Partnerships, Education Key At Trail Workshop

November 2013 Powersport News

Stonyford, CA -- The BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC), a national trail-based recreation group, hosted an OHV in-the-field educational workshop for government agency staff in northern California. The 2013 Ranger Ride and Campout was held at the Stonyford OHV Area on the Mendocino National Forest from Oct. 29-Nov. 1.

During the 1990s, BRC partnered with the Forest Service, BLM, California OHV Division and other stakeholders to host Ranger Rides for trail professionals, line-officers, and resource specialists. These events often had modules that included live trail construction demonstrations, riding lessons and trail rides to review the OHV management prescription for that unit or to discuss related topics. This year's event was a revived version of that concept.

The Ranger Ride was attended by the BLM, California Conservation Corps, Forest Service, and the Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division (OHMVRD) of California State Parks. A certified coach from the Dirt Bike School taught a class of new riders. One of those students was OHMVRD's Deputy Director, Chris Conlin.

Don Amador, Western Representative for the BlueRibbon Coalition, said, "I think this year's event highlighted the importance of these on-the-ground collaborative workshops. Sharing new ideas about trail management and discussing them in the field or around the campfire is very productive. I look forward to partnering with agency staff on next year's ride."

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