It is with great pleasure that I announce that Gorham/Randolph/Shelburne now has a new ATV Club. The name "Presidential OHRV Club" has been accepted and registered by the State of New Hampshire, Secretary of State Office and we now have a "good standing" status as a non-profit organization and a business ID number. All this became effective on April 23, 2010. I had to wait until the "official" paper work came in to make this announcement.
Our mailing address is:
Presidential OHRV Club P.O. Box 152 Gorham, NH 03581
A web site is coming as will be membership application form. We are still in the "creation" mode.
Henry Sanschagrin President, Presidential OHRV Club
I would like to re-introduce a new ATV Club in the Gorham, NH area. Our new club is called "Presidential OHRV Club" and our new website is www.presidentialohrvclub.com. We formed in April of 2010 and have 12 Officers and Board of Directors. The one thing that We do not have is trails, but hopefully that will change in the near future. We want to support the Androscoggin ATV Club and other atv clubs in our area. We also want to support both of the local snowmachine clubs in the area, The Presidential Range Riders in Gorham, and the White Mountain Ridge Runners snowmachine club in Berlin.
Our memberships are open to any interested OHRV enthusiasts and we welcome all of you. Our membership forms are available on our website and can be printed out and sent to us via snail mail. We are small now, but hope to grow with your support. Check out our website as it is a "work in progress" and is periodically updated.
If any of you want more information about the local Berlin, Success, and Millsfield trails or on anything else that is related to OHRV, please feel free to contact me via e-mail. I will always give you a reply.
Thank you very much to each of you and Happy Trails to all.
Henry Sanschagrin President Presidential OHRV Club P.O. Box 152 Gorham, NH 03581
Selectmen Agree to Allow Trail Through Town Forest by Craig Lyons Berlin Daily Sun
May 25, 2011
GORHAM — The Gorham Board of Selectmen agreed Monday night to open up a small portion of the town forest for a snowmobile and off highway recreational vehicle trail.
The board unanimously supported allowing a trail through the forest for a one- year trial period. The trail would cross through the northeastern corner of the forest for about 300 feet, said Clinton Savage, of the N.H. Bureau of Trails.
Savage said the trail would link Gorham to trails through the Yankee Timber Forest and into Jericho State Park. He added during the winter time, it would link up with the rail trail.
Both the Gorham Water and Sewer Commission and Conservation Commission agreed to go along with opening the trail. Savage said he met with Dave Patry, superintendent of the Gorham Water and Sewer Department, and didn’t find any impact on the watershed.
Savage said there aren’t any water crossings along the trail, and the land pitches away from the watershed. The state would build the trail to its own standards, said Savage. Selectman Paul Robitaille asked whether the town will assume any liability by opening the trail. Savage said the state has a $2 million policy that it gives to all the landowners.
Last year, the Water and Sewer Commission decided not to support a plan to run a trail through the town forest. After an on site visit with the snowmobile club, the commission felt there is too much work associated with the proposal that could create problems for the water supply in the town forest.
During the meeting, Savage floated the idea of opening the state-owned section of the rail trail to OHRV use. Savage said this section only includes the portion of the trail from the Route 2 parking area to just beyond the trestle. He added that’s the only portion the state owns.
Ray Bergeron, of Motorcycle Snowmobile Service, said there are both pros and cons to opening that section of the trail. The obvious pro, said Bergeron, is the economic impact having OHRV trail access in Gorham would be. He added restaurants, hotels and other business would all benefit from the people it would draw to Gorham.
The cons, said Bergeron, would be some possible dust issues and trail maintenance. He added another is that the ATV club would need to do a lot of self-policing along the trail. The selectmen were hesitant to take any action Monday night.
“There are a lot of questions we’d have to have answered about that section,” said Robitaille. The board decided to hear the proposal for opening that section of the rail trail at its next meeting. “We’d need to discuss this in more detail,” said Robitaille.
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Last Edit: May 25, 2011 23:45:45 GMT -5 by gotmoxie
It is with great pleasure that I am posting this recent press release issued from the Bureau of Trails.
Henry Sanschagrin President Presidential OHRV Club Gorham, NH
Press Release Details 10/05/2011 - Trail Work to Begin in Gorham Construction of a new trail for snowmobiles and ATVs will begin this week in the northeast corner of the Gorham Town Forest. The trail was approved by the Town of Gorham earlier this summer. The project is part of a snowmobile trail improvement as well as an ATV loop opportunity into Gorham. Trail Work to Begin in Gorham (Concord, NH) The New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation’s Bureau of Trails, reports that construction of a new trail for snowmobiles and ATVs will begin this week in the northeast corner of the Gorham Town Forest. The trail was approved by the Town of Gorham earlier this summer. The project is part of a snowmobile trail improvement as well as an ATV loop opportunity into Gorham. The trail construction is to improve a 900’ section of former skid trail to an improved trail surface for year-round use.
As part of this trail project the Bureau has designated 0.6 miles of the Presidential Rail Trail for summer ATV use; from the Route 2 parking area east over the high trestle to the rail corridor owned by Brookfield Power to provide access to the new trail. The 0.6 mile designation has been modified from the original proposal due to concerns raised at a public meeting in 2010. This modification was supported unanimously by the Gorham Selectboard at a noticed meeting in June.
The Bureau anticipates construction of the improved trail, and signing upgrades on the recreational rail trail to be completed by early November.
ATV trail links Gorham to Jericho, Success THE BERLIN DAILY SUN, Friday, October 21, 2011 GORHAM — A newly approved trail is good news for ATV and snowmobile enthusiasts. The Gorham-based Presidential OHRV club has received approval from the state and town to move forward with a trail that will connect Gorham to both the Jericho State Park trail system and the Success trails, said club secretary Michelle Lutz. Additionally, she said, the trail, which will utilize the rail bed of the Presidential Rail Trail, will connect snowmobile corridor 19 to those trail systems. “We’ve been fighting for this trail for quite a while,” Lutz said. The hope is that it will be open for this winter’s upcoming snowmobile season, she explained. According to a press release issued by The New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation’s Bureau of Trails, the construction the new trail for snowmobiles and ATVs will begin this week in the northeast corner of the Gorham Town Forest. Lutz explained that the Selectmen approved the trail traversing through the forest for about 300-feet, earlier this year. “The project is part of a snowmobile trail improvement as well as an ATV loop opportunity into Gorham. The trail construction is to improve a 900’ section of former skidder trail to an improved trail surface for year-round use,” the Bureau of Trails wrote. In order to create that ATV loop, 0.6 miles of the Presidential Rail Trail has been designated for summer ATV use. The ATV portion can be accessed from the Route 2 parking area, east over the high trestle to the rail corridor owned by Brookfield Power. The Bureau said it anticipates construction of the improved trail, and signing upgrades on the recreational rail trail to be completed by early November
hey Henry! I was wondering how you guys were making out for construction and upgrade for the trail system is going? Planning a trip up to Jericho for next weekend and wasn't sure if that leg of trails is open or not?
Unfortunately, the new trail will not be opened this year. Construction is in the process now and the State wants to let the trail settle in and harden up over the winter months. The only thing that might be opened soon is the Presidential Rail Trail from the parking lot on US Rt. 2 north east to behind the Big Apple in Berlin as it intersects with the Berlin Trail and then either go to Success or Jericho. But the Rail Trail is not opened yet.
A small issue has come up with the atv pass-thru on the gates of the Presidential OHRV Club new trails. It appears that some Side x Side UTV’s might not be able to pass-thru the 5 +/- or so of the gate side openings on our trails.
What we would like to know is those of you who have side x side UTV’s is whether you have encountered this problem on other trails in the State. If you have encountered such a problem, please reply to me as to the type of machine that you have and where this problem was. The Polaris Ranger, Yamaha Rhino and Kawasaki Mule all seem to be OK, but machines such as the Arctic Cat Prowler and Wildcat, Can-Am Commander, Honda Big Red are too wide to fit thru some openings. We want our trails to be accessible to everyone and plan on addressing this in the spring.
Thank You for any info that you can provide.
Henry Sanschagrin President Presidential OHRV Club
Itzbusa: The trails will from the US RT 2 parking area heading East on the Presidential Rail Trail to the intersection of East Mason Street in Berlin. Also, again from the US RT 2 parking area, up Corridor 19 approx 4 miles, then a left onto Smitty's Road and ending up at the intersection of Brook Road, Camp Loop Trail and Heat Stroke Trail in Jericho Park. All should be ready to open on May 23rd, 2012. Henry
thats interesting stuff. My understanding was that the state mandated that 50 inches is the max. to be legal in the trails as well as under 1500 lbs? Guess they haven't gotten around to making sure the gates are all wide enough for the new breed of ohrv. hopefully that will change with time all around the state to support these "buggies"