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January 29th, 2014, 03:30 PM
Hi All: It is that time of the year again when we start planning our preseason workshops. Our plan is to have two workshops this year, one in the Marquette area and the other at the RAM center near Roscommon. For those of you that may be interested in attending I would like to get your feedback on what you would like us to cover and if a Saturday or weekday works best for your attendance.

As of now we have identified several topics such as trail maintenance, sign updates, grant paperwork, legislative update and MDOT ROW’s. If any of these topics are of interest please let me know and if you have any other topics you would like to see covered feel free to mention that as well.

Your feedback is very much appreciated it will help us make this an informative and productive workshop so please send your ideas and preference on day of the week at your earliest convenience.

Thank you, Rob

Rob Katona
UP Trails Analyst-DNR
Marquette OSC
1990 US 41 South
Marquette, MI 49855
906-228-6561 katonar@michigan.gov

If you have a preference as to a weekday or Saturday, let me know and I will pass it along to Rob. As with the last few years, a weekday or Saturday in Roscommon doesn't work for me (I could usually pull off the weekday in Lansing, but that's not part of the program) so it would be helpful if one or more of our Trail Maintenance volunteers could make the meeting and report back to the rest of us.

January 29th, 2014, 04:48 PM
Saturday works best for me. Jeff and I plan to be there again this year..

February 8th, 2014, 03:12 PM
So what's the date for the workshop in Roscommon? I thought I saw march 5 some where but know I can't find it.

February 8th, 2014, 05:29 PM
I never received a firm date & time back for either meeting, I'll poke around and see what I can find.

March 21st, 2014, 03:46 PM
March 15, 2014

TO: Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) Trail Improvement Fund Grant Sponsors, Stakeholders and Advocates

FROM: Jason Fleming, Resource Manager, Parks and Recreation Division

SUBJECT: 2014 ORV Spring Kickoffs

As an ORV Trail Improvement Fund Grant Sponsor or other interested party, the Department of Natural Resources is requesting your attendance at this annual event to kick off another successful riding season. This year we are holding one meeting per peninsula and encourage you to attend on the day most convenient for you. Please circulate this announcement to those within your organization who perform the actual trail maintenance and complete the grant paperwork. Dates, times, and locations of workshops are as follows:

Saturday, May 3, 2014 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (break for lunch)
BJs Restaurant, 990 North Center Street, Gaylord, MI
Phone: 989-732-4010
Saturday, May 10, 2014 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (break for lunch)
Red Rock Lounge (formally Country Lanes), 1011 North Road, Ishpeming, MI
Phone: 906-485-5541

The purpose of the meeting is to provide clear, concise information to assist you with your trail work responsibilities, and to further open communications between groups. We will review grant and trail maintenance related documents and procedures to help ensure your success as grant sponsors. Also, we will inform you on current initiatives in the state and provide updates that affect the ORV program and its users. These discussions are geared to clubs and sponsors.

If you have any questions or topic suggestions, please feel free to contact any one of us:

Rob Katona, Marquette OSC, 1990 US 41 S, Marquette, MI 49855
Ph: 906-226-1348- ext. 3048 E-mail: katonar@michigan.gov

Amy Swainston, Roscommon OSC, 8717 N. Roscommon Rd, Roscommon, MI 48653
Ph: 231-775-9727 E-mail: swainstona@michigan.gov

Paige Perry, Gaylord OSC, 1732 W M-32, Gaylord, MI 49735
Ph: 989-732-3541, ext. 5086 E-mail: perryp@michigan.gov

Todd Neiss, Cadillac OSC, 8015 Mackinaw Trail, Cadillac, MI 49601
Ph: 231-775-9727, ext. 6045 E-mail: neist@michigan.gov

We look forward to seeing you!

March 24th, 2014, 07:49 PM
I think I will be there.

March 30th, 2014, 10:14 PM
This is scheduled LATE this year... I know in the past we have done this in March or early April before the Maintenance season began. We have our trail maintenance scheduled that weekend so not sure if we can attend.

March 31st, 2014, 05:15 PM
Cadillac Blessing weekend too