Has anyone heard anything about trails going from Berlin to Pittsburg? I talked to a lady about a week ago who had mentioned that they on the verge of getting this open by this june. She said that she was a club secretary for an atv club up near berlin. Anyone know anything else about this?
More important than the Colebrook Streets opening, is the connection from Success and Jericho to Millsfield and ALL the points North! EFFORTS TO CREATE COUNTY WIDE ATV TRAIL MOVE FORWARD December 26, 2012 - By Edith Tucker, The Berlin Reporter BERLIN � The idea of creating a long trail for ATV enthusiasts has moved closer to becoming a reality.
The draft super-easement needed to conclude a proposed land swap to close a gap in a key section of a ATV loop trail connecting the Berlin-Gorham area to communities in northern Co�s has been approved by the solicitor used by the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), explained Umbagog Refuge manager Paul Casey at Wednesday�s county commissioners meeting. "We need to make a few minor changes and forward them to the State," Casey said, smiling happily. He expected to have the tweaked draft in the mail to the state Division of Forests and Lands within a day or two.
The North Country OHRV Coalition hopes to develop a Great North Woods ATV loop by June or July 2013 to allow riders to travel from Berlin-Gorham to Pittsburg, south to Stratford and through Nash Stream back to Berlin-Gorham. About a quarter of a mile of this between Success, Errol and the Thirteen-Mile Woods along the Androscoggin River now goes through the southwest corner of the Refuge, however. Because the USFWS does not allow ATV use on Refuge land, Casey and others devised a land swap with the state to allow trail connectivity.
The proposal is for the Refuge to swap an 80-acre parcel for the 130-acre Big Island State Forest in Wentworth�s Location. Because the Forest was purchased with LCHIP funds, however, the state cannot give up its fee ownership.
Instead the state will give the Refuge a super-easement, turning the management of the property over to the Refuge.
In order to get word out in time for ATV riding families to make their summer plans, time is of the essence, Coalition activist Harry Brown of West Stewartstown maintains.
The ball is now in the hands of the Division of Forests and Lands of the state Department of Resources and Economic Development (DRED).
You may hear dates like June or July but that is wishful thinking. Lets remember that we are talking State government and federal government here, NOTHING MOVES FAST! Once the land swap is official, which seems to be a ways off at this time, then work on the trail can begin once RTP and GIA Grant funds become available which isn't until mid-summer at best. Last I heard from the NH Bureau of Trails is a late summer openning and when it does open there is still no place to get gas after leaving Berlin until you get to Coleman State Park and that is if the pumps are open there in the summer months. Most typical ATV's only have a range of 80 miles on a tank of gas, although UTV's have bigger tanks thus more range. It is about 40 miles from Berlin via ATV trail to 7 Islands bridge trail crossing on route 16. Do the math.
Be patient, this trail WILL happen, things just moves along slower than we all would like them too.
Save the Date! Saturday, June 15, 2013 will be the grand opening of Ride the Wilds, Coos County, the new 1,000-mile+ interconnected ATV trail system. According to Harry Brown, President of the North Country OHRV Coalition, the all day event will be held at Coleman State Park in Stewartstown and will be presented by the Coalition and the New Hampshire Bureau of Trails. New Hampshire Grand recently assisted the Coalition in the facilitation of a strategic messaging session with all the participants interested in working together for the success of the interconnected trail system. Each of the 15 ATV clubs represented by the Coalition is eligible to have one board member. Next steps include the development of common signage, easily accessible maps, logo and website, and the possibility of mobile apps. from