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February 12th, 2010, 06:41 PM
The Two Trackers Four Wheel Drive Club is a family oriented, trail riding organization for street-licensed four wheel drive vehicles. The club holds a number of trail rides, forest/trail clean-ups and charitable events each year. The club was formed for the purpose of providing social, educational and recreational activities for its members; participation in, and support of civic activities for the betterment of the community; and the promotion of conservation for the betterment of the environment.

Several years ago, the the Two Trackers bacame involved in the Adopt-A-Forest program. The Adopt-A-Forest program is a collaborative effort between the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the U.S.

The 12th annual trail clean-up will be held on April 17, 2010. The clean-up kicks off with volunteer registration at 8 a.m. at the Car-Go Fuel Station, 5536 Holton Road in Twin Lake, Michigan.

When Saturday, April 17, 2010
Registration from 8-9:00 a.m.

Where 5536 Holton Road (M120) Twin Lake, MI 49457
(The CarGo Gas Station parking lot)

Suggested Equipment-A vehicle capable of negotiating the two track roads of the Manistee National Forest AND transporting trash to dumpster locations (4x4 Pickup trucks, Jeeps, and SUVs with a utility trailer in tow work well), hard tined rakes, shovels, leather gloves (available free at registration), and rain gear.

Required YOU Other volunteers usually have extra seating and Equipment equipment available if you are unable to bring any of the suggested equipment.


April 16th, 2010, 11:52 AM
Tomorrow's forecast: some sun, windy, 48 degrees.

April 18th, 2010, 11:54 PM
It's my first time near a computer since the Clean Up.
We stayed at the cabin and then went to the GLFWDA Quarterly.

What a day!

A HUGE thanks to EVERYONE who braved the biting wind to come out!
It looks like we set two new one-day records for the event:

1) 165 cubic yards fo trash collected
2) 1200 tires

Yep! thats 1,200 tires!!!!!!

We found 5 pieces of identifying information that will be turned over to Law Enforcement. One piece was dated 4-1-10, so that might go a ways to reducing the re-dumping that occurs.

Jimmy Gretzinger of Michigan Out-Of-Doors says that we'll be on in 2-4 weeks, so stay tuned on Thursday nights at 8pm on PBS! Of course, after watching MoD, stay on that station for my favorite TV program, The Red Green Show too.

Also a HUGE shout of thanks to all of the equipment donors!
We wouldn't have reached 165 yards without your kindness!

Thank you to the Two Trackers Clean Up Committee.
They did an excellent job putting things together this year.
And an EXTRA SPECIAL THANK YOU to Kelly Santose, the Committee Chairperson.
She did an AMAZING job coordinating everything.

There is an ongoing, unwritten contest that's been going for years;

Who had the nastiest load of the day?

Needles and 55 gallon drums just plain scare me.

Diapers are usually the winner.

This year my vote is for Ryan (screen name?).
I don't know what the heck he picked up, but his poor truck stunk BADDDD all day long! You could smell it from 20 feet away! I heard it was a "frozen" turkey that hadn't been frozen for a very long time.

Any other "horror stories"?

Also a special thanks to State Representative Geoff Hansen for yet another year of support!

If any of you wheelers live in Muskegon, Oceana, Newaygo, or Mason counties, Mr. Hansen is running for State Senate in 2010.

Besides being an all-around great guy, he's also been a huge supporter of the Clean Up and Motorized Recreation in general.

I can't recommend him enough.

Hansen for Senate!

April 19th, 2010, 12:14 AM
I saw so many friends.

Some new to the event, but most have been coming out for years.

This is always the busiest day of the year for me (and now the entire Clean Up Committee) and I just don't ever seem to get time to be able to stop and talk with each of you the way I wish I could. The day ends up being such a blur for me that I'm afraid to mention any names for fear that I might forget someone. You all know who you are.

I want you to know that it means an awful lot to me personally.

Thank you.

April 19th, 2010, 06:40 AM
Tomorrow's forecast: some sun, windy, 48 degrees.

The air was cool and crisp, I remember it being a mere 37 degrees when I arrived at the starting point. But once we were in the forest picking up trash, the temperature didn't seem to matter as we worked side-by-side.

The number of children this year was absolutely incredible. :woot: