Happy Canada Day!
Join us for this ride on Saturday, July 1st, 2017.
Side by sides are welcome.
As with any ride it is advisable to dress appropriately for the weather and the terrain. Also to have extra fuel, drinking water, snack, rain gear, bug spray, basic repair tools, bandaids, compass, map and cell phone on hand. Note that there may not be cell service in all areas. We look forward to seeing you on the trail and hope you have a great ride!
Invasive Species are Spreading
According to the Government of Ontario, invasive species are a menace to our environment, our economy and our health. When an invasive species arrives in an area, it is almost impossible to get rid of, causing damage that we can never repair.
How You Can Help
You can help stop the spread of invasive species by:
- reporting sightings
- properly manage any species you find on your property
- knowing and following the rules for invasive species
- report any illegal activity involving invasive species
- cleaning your ATV before and after riding in a new area.
If you have a question about Ontario’s invasive species rules, call the Natural Resources Information Centre at 1-800-667-1940.
Click here for more information.
See also: www.ontario.ca
Kimberley Forest extends roughly from the Beaver River west to the 7th Line, and north from the Beaver Valley Ski Club almost to the former Talisman Ski Resort. ATV riding is not permitted. Map courtesy of Google.
Stretching for close to 1,000 acres and nearly two and a half kilometers along the west side of the Beaver Valley, the Kimberley Forest extends north from the Beaver Valley Ski Club nearly to the former Talisman Ski Resort. For the most part, this large tract of public land extends up the escarpment from the Beaver River in the valley west to the 7th Line.
North and west of the provincial Crown lands managed by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) are the Wodehouse Karst property, owned by the Grey Sauble Conservation Authority, and Kimberley Springs, owned by the Bruce Trail Conservancy. The entire area is located in the Municipality of Grey Highlands. In the past this area was loosely referred to as the Wodehouse Karst but for convenience the entire area is now being referred to as the ‘Kimberley Forest’.
The Friends of Kimberley Forest
Representatives of all the major user groups – hikers, horseback riders, mountain-bikers, hunters, snowshoers, XC skiers, snowmobilers and ATV’ers, as well as Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF), Grey Sauble Conservation Authority (GSCA) and the Bruce Trail Conservancy (BTC) have joined together to participate in a volunteer steering committee called “The Friends of Kimberley Forest”. The committee meets monthly in co-operative agreement to improve forest management and provide management options for community consideration.
Dufferin Grey ATV Club has agreed to stay out of Kimberley Forest and asks members and other ATV riders to honour our commitment. Please recognize that some areas are simply off limits and if we want to keep riding then we must play by the rules or risk losing everything. DGATV thanks you for your consideration.
Dufferin Grey ATV Club Directors Ruth Ann Turnbull and Jamie Thurman present a cheque to Beavercrest Community School for use by the breakfast club.
Money raised at our Saturday, June 24, 2017 ride was $310, which was matched by DGATV for a total of $620.
The school was very appreciative and told us that our riders “ROCK”.
We already knew that!
See also: Events
Let’s Talk About The Money
Your Ontario Federation of ATV Clubs (OFATV) annual membership costs $150, which is $132.74 plus HST.
75% of your membership dollars are used to build and maintain trails.
25% of your membership dollars pays for administration — $15 million landowners liability insurance, government lobbying, safety programs, youth training, special projects and the operating expenses of the OFATV.
To see money spent on your favourite trails, join the local club and buy where you ride.
Buy an annual membership through Dufferin Grey ATV Club Inc. (DGATV) and:
$65 is retained by DGATV
$85 is forwarded to the OFATV with approximately $45 returned to DGATV as payment for maintaining each km of verified trail (currently around 350 kms off-road). This trail verification payment is a trail building incentive managed by the OFATV and varies for each club.
DGATV is run entirely by volunteers. OFATV has one paid Administrator and is managed by Volunteers. To learn more and have a voice in the future of recreational ATVing, get involved. Many hands make light work!
See also: VOLUNTEERS MEMBERSHIP INFO ATV SEASON BENEFITS SIDE-BY-SIDES