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REPORT FROM IDAHO ATV ASSOCIATION

October 20, 2000 -- from Bill Jones, wajones@uswest.net:

After purchasing a new Honda 300 ATV at Carls Cycle Sales, three years ago, the salesman told me I must register my machine before going out to ride. He said, " The State of Idaho requires an off road vehicle permit to use the ATVs and motor cycles on the trails and roads of Idaho". So I registered my machine for $10.00 and left the store. I called an old friend of mine, Bob Jackson, and asked if he wanted to go riding? He said yes, and we met at the parking lot on 8th street and unloaded the machines from the trailer, then traveled to the tree line above Boise to admire the view.

What we saw and did the rest of the day made the " ATV Bug" bite me even harder. The ease of riding and not putting your foot down to balance yourself when you stop was great to say the least. As Bob and I went through the year riding almost every forest road and fire trail we could find, the idea of starting an ATV Association of riders came to the front of every conversation we had with other riders.

There was a need for maps, trail locations, riding areas, and lists of riders to go with. As both of us were retired and riding almost every week, year around, the word started to get around that a club or an association was being formed. And people were asking how to join up and get involved.

April 9th 1998, the Idaho ATV Association was formed and the first meeting held with 7 members in attendance. Bill Jones was chosen as President, Larry Meridith, Vice President; Bob Jackson, Treasurer; Beaver Poe Secretary; Marv Miller Director; Fred Burns Director; Bob Gholson Sergeant of Arms. Then we ran out of members.

The Association has been in business for a little over a year and a half now and has shown some great growth, Boise 140 members now. An Emmett Chapter started with Ray Ingram President with 88 members, St Anthony Chapter, Gene Williams President 18 members. Some people in Grangeville are interested also.

During last years winter months, the Boise National Forest recreation people made contact with our Associations chapters and wanted some help with the existing trails cleaning and clearing brush, trees, rocks and digging water bars. We as a group of riders, were wanting to help the land owners and land administrators and ask what we could do to help keep the existing trails and forest roads open for public use?

A few things we accomplished this year are, Emmett District; of the Boise National Forest, The Emmett Chapter, along with a couple of the Boise Chapter members rebuilt a major bridge, 35 foot long, across Bull Creek north of Silver Creek Plunge. The bridge is now safe for ATVs and Motorcycles, Horses and Hikers.

In the Lowman District of the Boise National Forest, The Boise Chapter with 20 members, cut brush and logs from a fire damaged area and rebuilt approximately 3 miles of closed, trails above Kirkham Hot Springs the trail will be reopened next year for use. They also constructed a large kiosk sign and installed it on the Miller Mountain Road above the Lick Creek Ranger Station, this trail system will open a large area with approximately 112 miles of trails for ATVs, Motor Cycles, Hikers, Horsemen and Bikers to use in the coming years.

In the early spring of 2000, as soon as we could get into the forest, the Association got together some riders to open the Clear Creek and the Crooked Creek trails above Boise, by removing downed trees and clearing brush that fell during the winter.

A rancher in Owyhee County told one of our members he was going to need some help on a cattle guard above Diamond Basin near Silver Ciy, Pete Collins organized a group of riders to help the rancher -Paul Nettleton to remove and rebuild a cattle guard and move block salt to the his range land. Ever wonder how heavy a block of salt is? They are hard to carry on a motor cycle. But an ATV can carry four of them.

In the Mountain Home District of the Boise National Forest a recreation manager made contact with the Idaho ATV Association this fall and wanted help on a new trail near Anderson Ranch Reservoir at Wilson Flat and on Granite Mountain. With such late notice, we are waiting for next spring to do this clearing and cleaning job.

During the past three years I have put over 8000 miles on two machines. This spring I purchased another ATV after riding my old Honda into the ground. I know now why it is easier to ride an ATV, than a motorcycle, after I get off after 4-5, hours riding- I can walk. And you don't have to give it water or hay when you put it away.

The ATV riders in Idaho are increasing in numbers by the hundreds, last year (1999) there were 23,000 registered ATVs in Idaho. Along with 19,000 motor cycles totaling over 45,000 registered machines. This number does not reflect how many farmers use the same vehicles on their ranches and farms for irrigation and following fence lines.

Please help us keep the existing trails and roads open for all.

For more information, contact William A. Jones President Idaho ATV Association P.O. Box 96 Boise Idaho 83701

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