Trail – Scottish Ultramarathon Series Wed, 16 Jun 2021 22:18:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Trail – Scottish Ultramarathon Series 32 32 Bossier police jury requests injunction and road closure to stop weekend hike | New Wed, 16 Jun 2021 21:49:00 +0000

BENTON, Louisiana – Citing what happened on Saturday while hiking in DeSoto Parish, the Bossier Parish Police jury voted this afternoon to seek a court order to prevent a similar event did happen this weekend in his parish.

Police jurors added the discussion to the agenda at the behest of Administrator Bill Altimus. They unanimously agreed to ask a judge from Bossier parish to issue the injunction. Parish lawyer Patrick Jackson intends to submit it to court Thursday morning.

Additionally, the police jury voted on Saturday to close Fullwood Road, which leads to the event site in Princeton, and only let in local traffic.

Two other upcoming hikes have been denied permits.

“We don’t want to see what happened last weekend in DeSoto Parish,” said Major Charles Gray of the Bossier Parish Sheriff.

The reference was in reference to the Big W Trail in Gran Cane which drew more than 7,000 people spread over the 20 acre event site and several miles down a public road in the small village of Gran Cane. One man was shot dead, another arrested after apparently firing a gun at a deputy, and residents of Gran Cane complained of property damage and trespassing by revelers.

DeSoto’s police jury on Tuesday refused to put a stop to any upcoming hikes while one of its committees considers a new clearance process. This committee will meet at 5 p.m. on Thursday.

In Bossier Parish, Altimus said the promoter of the Bossmane Riding Club Boots and Dukes ride was denied an event permit in April due to problems last year. One person was shot and a drunk driver who left the site “ended up killing someone,” he said.

Even with the denial, the organizer continued to promote the event on social media, claiming the parish had given its “blessing.”

Bossier Parish Sheriff Chief Duane Huddleston said multiple efforts had been made to contact the developer and owner to tell them they could not arrange the test ride.

“They are planning to have something,” Gray said, adding that the organizer no longer has any pre-sold bracelets.

Gray said there have been significant issues with other hikes in recent years due to the increase in the number of people. Thus, discussions are underway to modify the permit.

He pointed out that there were no issues with the real hikes. Instead, it’s the afters.

Altimus said the police jury has a committee that reviews event requests and reviews items such as sanitation and safety.

Huddleston said DeSoto Parish organized two hikes this year and shootings took place in both. A woman was killed while hiking in Baton Rouge.

“Trail rides, nobody has a problem with. This is not a hike, ”he said of the Bossmane Boots and Dukes. “It’s really an outdoor concert. This is what he becomes; this is where the problems arise.

For this reason, the Bossier Parish Permit Review Committee is considering a two permit process where one is issued for the trek and the other for the entertainment part.

In addition, the current order does not require insurance. So the question arises, said Huddleston, if someone is shot or killed, is it up to the police jury, the sheriff’s office, or the promoter.

In addition, the current license does not provide for a penalty in the event of an infringement. Hence the need for an injunction against the developer and the landowner, Huddleston said.

Police jury chairman Jerome Darby asked how MPs would prevent runners from parking on the roads around Fullwood if they are closed. Gray said enough MPs will be there to tell them the event is canceled and redirect traffic.

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DeSoto Police Jury Votes 6-5 Not To Stop Upcoming Hikes, Special Events | New Wed, 16 Jun 2021 02:22:00 +0000

MANSFIELD, Louisiana – Hikes and special events will take place in DeSoto Parish as a committee reviews changes to the licensing process.

Police jurors voted 6 to 5 at a special meeting on Tuesday not to impose a temporary moratorium on events despite problems during the Big W Trail Ride on Saturday in Gran Cane.

The vote came after nearly two hours of commentary from Gran Cane residents and trek organizers.

But before the discussion began, a five-minute video was shown to the large crowd in the police jury room. It was a compilation of the body cameras of the Sheriff’s deputies and the dash cameras of the Saturday patrol units.

The video showed crowds of people parked and walking on Blunt Mill Road, then showed the overcrowded event site on Whitaker’s property in Andy Lane. He also captured the moment when MPs arrested a man accused of pointing a gun at MPs and then showed the crowd running when a gunshot rang out.

This gunshot injured a man, whom the deputies had to physically evacuate from the site of the event because an ambulance was unable to get there. The man was placed in a patrol car and then taken to a waiting ambulance.

Authorities estimate that more than 7,000 people were dispersed from the site of the event to the village of Gran Cane, where trespassing on private property and property damage have been reported. Event planners fought back; however, the crowd was no more than 4,000, the figure being based on the number of armbands sold at the gate.

Rev. Fredrick Fuller, who is involved in other hikes, said what happened on Saturday does not represent the actual hikes. The rides started out as a family event but have changed.

“It’s not us,” he said.

Missy Lawrence, who lives on Blunt Mill Road, said she and her neighbors don’t call for special events to end, only for a temporary stop until permits are put in place. The current police jury permit simply requires the applicant to pay a fee of $ 250 for receiving a permit for a 10 day event.

It’s up to the organizers to keep the unruly people out, she said.

The mayor of Gran Cane, Marshal Richardson, complained about a lack of communication. She didn’t know the hike was on, saying “we were caught off guard”.

Alderman Clayton Davis recounted how he must have turned his head when he saw a car full of women parked in front of his house come out and one of them pulled down her pants to urinate. Her son, who lives two blocks away, said a woman visited his home and asked if he would take $ 60 to babysit his three children while she made her way to the trailhead.

“What happened in front of me was wrong,” Davis said.

Big W Trail Ride organizer Wendell Whitaker admitted their event had grown too big for their homestead. He apologized and asked anyone in Gran Cane who had suffered property damage to contact him.

Collis Boyd and Xavier Foster, who also run hikes, have apologized to residents of Gran Cane. Boyd said some of the hikes turned into “gangster events,” but he asked police jurors not to punish those who try to offer something fun to their friends and family.

Further apologies came from Andre Wilson, president of the Northwest Trail Riders Association.

“It’s not us,” he said of what happened on Saturday.

He also asked police jurors not to wash away the trails. “We’re going to fix it. … Anyway, we don’t want these people, ”he said of the“ strangers ”disrupting their events.

Another Gran Cane owner, Tammy Kennedy, agreed that she and her neighbors weren’t there to call for an end to the hikes, only to illegal activity. She briefly recounted how the trail crowd arrived at their homestead, urinated in the yard, peeked out windows, left clothes and needles.

Some have criticized Sheriff Jayson Richardson, who told KTBS on Monday that none of his deputies had volunteered to work as a security guard for the hike due to the increasing violence associated with the events. Thus, Richardson explained that he was not obligated to ensure the security of a private and lucrative event.

He said he would not make his assistants work for an event where they do not feel safe. Events, he said, have gone from friends of family to “out of control,” and appropriate policies must be in place to govern futures.

Police jury chairman Reggie Roe told KTBS on Monday that if the panel did not vote to put a moratorium in place, it would consider declaring a state of emergency. Some jurors at the meeting challenged Roe’s authority to declare the emergency. After the meeting, Roe said the vote will stand.

Police juror Kyle Kennington wanted to impose a moratorium on special events with an attendance of over 500 people for 45 days to give his policy / procedures committee time to come up with guidelines for special event permits. He said he has copies of ordinances from other parishes as examples.

“It will affect every event,” he said.

But his motion was not put to a vote after police juror Thomas Jones brought forward an alternate motion to let events continue while the study process is underway.

Thomas Jones, Richard Fuller, Ernel Jones, Jeri Burrell, Rodriguez Ross and Keith Parker voted against a moratorium. Kennington, Dewayne Mitchell, Jimmy Holmes Reggie Roe and Greg Baker voted for it.

“We shouldn’t mess up what worked,” said Ernel Jones.

Burrell said changes need to be made, but for this to work some will have to make sacrifices.

Baker said the police jury was back to where it was in 2019 when issues with excessive crowds on some of the hikes began to surface. There are people who attend the events that “you don’t want to, but I don’t know how we as a police jury can stop them,” he said.

Mitchell called for a show of hands from those in the audience who have planned upcoming hikes or other events. Three said they did, but said their crowd should be around 400-600 people.

Richardson said there were three events this weekend – two rides and a car show. Another full-scale hike is announced for the July 4th weekend.

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Cannabis Trail Leads To SoHum This Saturday – Redheaded Blackbelt Tue, 15 Jun 2021 07:03:35 +0000

Efforts to attract cannabis tourists to the Emerald Triangle (and beyond) and to encourage locals to do a bit of education / smoking education in their hometowns have opened a new path in County of Humboldt.

The cannabis trail logo

The cannabis trail logo

The supporters of what they call The cannabis trail say it will eventually meander from Santa Cruz to Weaverville with stops along the way in honor of “the pioneers, places and significant historical moments that paved the way for the legal access to cannabis we have today ‘hui’.

Supporters say the trail will take its place along the Napa Wine Road and the Marin Cheese Trail (Marin has a cheese trail? … Join us!)

The connection of hempTwo of the top three stops to be honored on the trail are The Hemp Connection from Southern Humboldt and Huckleberry Hill Farms. This Saturday, June 19, the public is invited to attend the unveiling ceremony of the emblem… and to satisfy the snack foods with a few small bites.

Follow the smoke trail this Saturday to The Hemp Connection at 1 p.m.

Here are more details in this Cannabis Trail press release:

The public is invited to attend an unveiling ceremony of two new cultural sites in southern Humboldt County along the Cannabis Trail on Saturday, June 19, 2021. The festivities will run from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at The Hemp Connection, 412 Maple Lane, Garberville, CA 95542.

If you want to learn more about the beginnings of the cannabis legalization movement in California and the main players in its ongoing evolution, then this little celebration is not to be missed!The cannabis trail

Cultural monument n ° 1 pays homage to Marie Mills

Marie Mills first arrived in southern Humboldt County, California, in 1980. Influenced by the back-to-the-land movement of the late 1970s, she camped deep in the woods, adopted a fashion independent living and learned to grow cannabis. just by doing it.

In 1990, Marie established the first hemp retail clothing store since Prohibition – Hemp Connection – in Redway, California. His first 10 years in business were spent learning how to make handmade hemp paper from his locally grown cannabis stems and designing, dyeing, sewing and perfecting his line of hemp clothing. At the start of her operations, Marie worked mainly with imported hemp raw materials while developing her artisanal manufacturing techniques.

In 1998, with the help and support of her daughter Teresa, Marie expanded her retail business. Shortly after a second store opened in Garberville, Calif., A group of local citizens took issue with Marie’s Hemp Connection’s commercial signage prominently displaying a large image of a cannabis leaf. Their efforts to have her sign removed or altered motivated the southern Humboldt cannabis community to stand up for Marie. With the support of a small group of activists, Marie fought back and her rights as an American citizen to free speech and free speech were ultimately respected.

Today, the Hemp Connection sign stands atop the storefront of Mary and Teresa Mill, which has become one of Garberville’s most photographed properties. With the installation of a cultural landmark plaque on June 19, The Cannabis Trail is pleased to shine the spotlight on two cannabis pioneers, Marie and Teresa Mills, as well as their iconic Hemp Connection sign.

Cultural monument # 2 celebrates Johnny Casali

Huckleberry Greenhouse Flow Kana Sign

Ponds and landscaping surrounded the greenhouse and home at Huckleberry Hill where Johnny Casali has lived since he was 5 years old.

Johnny Casali is a 2nd generation cannabis grower from Southern Humboldt County and the owner of Huckleberry Hill Farms. As a young boy, his mother taught him how to grow and care for plants, including cannabis. “My mom was an amazing teacher. His cannabis cultivation techniques have earned him a reputation as one of the best growers in southern Humboldt.

In 1992, when Casali was 24, he was arrested for cultivating cannabis and spent the next 17 years of his life in and outside federal courts, prisons and probation systems. His history of cannabis-related incarceration is similar to that of many other men and women who have been severely penalized under the mandatory minimum prison sentence guidelines used during the decades of the drug war.

Upon his release, Johnny returned to the country and community he loved. Today, Huckleberry Hill Farms is a beautifully landscaped environment – created with the intention and purpose of honoring the small legacy cannabis growers of southern Humboldt County. Visitors are invited to stop and see how Johnny grows his high-quality cannabis from heirloom cultivars inherited from his mother.

Johnny Casali has embodied the true spirit of the cannabis cultural revolution for decades. Its history is an important part of the history of the Emerald Triangle. On June 19, The Cannabis Trail will celebrate the journey of a lifetime with the installation of a cultural monument plaque at Huckleberry Hill Farms.Coffee party

Café Feast treats and more …

The unveiling ceremony will include small bites for everyone to enjoy at Café Feast in Evergreen Industrial Park, Redway, CA. Additionally, Brian Applegarth, creator of The Cannabis Trail will deliver opening and closing remarks. The Cannabis Trail pioneer board and regional map will be on display. Pebbles Trippet (another luminary in cannabis and medical marijuana) will deliver remarks in honor of Marie Mills and Rose Moberly will deliver remarks in honor of Johnny Casali.

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Canzano: Monday Mailbag listens to Trail Blazers TV deal with ROOT Mon, 14 Jun 2021 13:08:17 +0000

Another edition of your carefully crafted letters and hasty responses. This focuses on the Trail Blazers’ decision to transfer their broadcast rights from NBC Sports Northwest to ROOT Sports.


For years, I missed Blazers games because I couldn’t get them on my TV. (I almost made it to the Lakers !!) I am delighted to be able to see their games again. Plus, for a Seattle resort, ROOT covers a lot of Portland sports – that A LOT rather than a few can follow! – Beth

Answer: You wrote: “Seattle Station”. I maintain that the state of Oregon should have its own regional sports network that serves all the teams.


I am an avid reader of your columns. I’m 70 years old, born and raised in Oregon … I’m grateful to DirecTV for taking over Blazers, for a long time. I have a greater concern for the survival of the Pac-12 network. Since I was kicked off the Blazers shows, having had season subscriptions for seven years including the 1976/77 Blazer Championship season, I have given up on Blazers and found myself with college sports all around. , which were not available on DirecTV either. We need expanded PAC 12 sports channels, how many people would like to pay extra for this? –Larry

Answer: The inability of the Pac-12 to achieve wider distribution is easily the last diet’s biggest sin.


“As a cord cutter, I am disappointed with this. No streaming options on ROOT ??? ” – Josh

Answer: I have been told that ROOT is now exploring streaming options. Best bet: Hulu or YouTube. Maybe both. If there is any streaming revenue, the network will find it.

For each door that closes, another door opens. I can imagine Mike Barrett starting his own network for the future Portland baseball team. He could probably do double duty and also be the announcer for the games. But you’re right if Barrett or whoever sets up such a network focused on the many activities that we have in the state, this channel would thrive and have viewers. Set up contracts with OSAA, PSU, University of Portland, Hops, Winterhawks, and maybe create the Bill Walton Adventure Show. NBC Sports Northwest will not last with just rerun radio shows on TV. Or Duck talk and Beaver Talk shows either. So, John, what’s the upside and downside of starting NBC Sports Northwest? “- Rich

Answer: Plus / minus activated when NBC Sports NW closes? I will say three months. Mike Barrett and the Portland Diamond Project wouldn’t need to start their own network. If Portland landed an MLB team, a regional sports network would appear overnight.


For my part, I am delighted with Blazer’s new broadcast contract with ROOT. I have been a Blazer fan since the beginning of the franchise. However, as a DirecTV customer, I have only been able to watch a handful of Blazer games over the past 14 years … glad to see your column address this issue – not enough sympathy for me and other fans blocked by the Blazers for the past 14 years, but you pointed out the greed factor that has undoubtedly led the Blazers to manage their broadcast rights in this very fan-hostile way. – Mike in Salem

Answer: The Blazers did what was best for them. Unfortunately, that wasn’t good for most Oregonians. ROOT made a good offer. NBC Sports NW did not come to the table. It was an easy move for the NBA team.


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As crowds flock to Boulder County parks, officials share parking tips and tools to find hidden gems Sun, 13 Jun 2021 20:02:24 +0000

While almost everything else closed last summer due to the coronavirus pandemic, Boulder County’s outdoor parks and trails beckoned, offering not only something to do, but a place people could generally hang out. outrun easily.

As the restrictions lifted, the parks and trails are seeing their usual crowds, who can now feel the mountain breeze on their unmasked faces. With popularity, however, comes the problems for city and county officials reminding people of the need to leave no traces, be prepared for the elements, and expect parking to be limited in certain destinations. popular.

Vivienne Jannatpour, spokeswoman for parks and open spaces for Boulder County, said the trails and open spaces had not seen the crowds they encountered last summer, when the pandemic drove people to go out, but that the trails are still very active this year.

“The rangers tell me that we seem to be getting back to normal, which means there are a lot of people and there are people at the start of the trails, but there is usually parking available,” he said. she declared. “Last year it was filling up right away and people were parking everywhere. “

Jannatpour said that a problem that stems from traffic is that a large number of people leave the trail, trample on vegetation and widen the trails.

“It’s really problematic for us,” Jannatpour said. “We close runs when we think there’s going to be a lot of damage like that. “

At the city level, Phillip Yates, spokesperson for open spaces and mountain parks for the city of Boulder, said May and June were among the busiest months for the outdoor system.

“People should be prepared to encounter busy trails and full parking lots at trailheads,” Yates said. “Typically what we’re going to see from Memorial Day through Labor Day is the highest level visitation throughout the year.”

Both this year and last year, Yates said, crowds have led to many illegal parking lots along the streets and officials have had to contend with the trash left behind, with the last year seeing many badly take-out containers. thrown in particular.

“What we really want people to know is ‘know before you go’, plan ahead, be courteous on area trails and help prevent sensitive natural areas,” Yates said. “One of the key messages we sent was not to park illegally when the trails are full.”

Jannatpour said luckily litter on the county’s trails is scarce, but there are lingering issues with people leaving bags of dog poop behind, which can start to pile up along the trails.

In Longmont, David Bell, the city’s director of parks and natural resources, said parks, trails and open spaces continue to be “heavily used,” with water areas being the most popular.

“We encourage all users to learn and obey the rules and regulations of the areas they visit, and to take precautions to stay safe around the water,” Bell wrote in an email. “Personal safety flotation devices should always be used as weather and water conditions can change quickly. “

Yates and Jannatpour also stressed that hikers in the area should be prepared for the terrain and tell someone where they are going, when they will be back and what they will be driving. Rescues have been frequent as the weather warmed, with broken ankles and horseback injuries to lost hikers. Last week, a dog was among those rescued when the dog burned out from the heat while on the Royal Arch trail.

“Remember your dog’s hiking limits and make sure he’s getting enough water and taking breaks along the way,” Yates said. “High temperatures can cause heat stroke in dogs. “

Hikers share their experiences

As the sun shone on Saturday afternoon, Boulder’s Chautauqua Park was teeming with hikers, picnickers and bathers, basking in the grassy field near the trailhead. Many stopped to take pictures of the Flatirons. The endless search for a free parking spot was also in the background, with many hopeful drivers circling around.

Cars fill the spaces at Chautauqua Park on a Saturday afternoon, when the open space is a popular choice for hikers, picnickers, and sun worshipers. A free area shuttle offers a chance for people to save time looking for available space. (Kelsey Hammon)

Matt Gardner lives near the park and frequents the trails. On Saturday he hiked with his dad, Steven Gardner, visiting from Atlanta. The father and son duo said they didn’t mind the popularity of the park at all – they were more focused on the views.

“I love it,” said Steven Gardner. “It’s beautiful. It’s beautiful.”

“There are not too many people,” he added. “I feel a lot of freedom with the width of the trail. “

One of the perks of living near the park is knowing the times when traffic is scarce, Gardner said, although he said these weren’t times he wanted to divulge in a newspaper.

“It was pretty busy,” hiker Ben Granlund said of the traffic on Saturday.

Granlund, who lives in Boulder, said he usually doesn’t come to the park due to the crowds. But, he wanted to bring his guests, who were from Idaho and Summit County, to see the region’s crown jewel.

“It’s beautiful, the views,” said Granlund, “It’s an easy and accessible hike. It’s classic Boulder.

Granlund’s backpacking companion and friend, Taylor Cottam, attended school at the University of Colorado in Boulder. She now lives in Idaho and was visiting Boulder. As she walked on Saturday, she said she noticed people respect the space.

“I didn’t see any trash, not even dog poop bags,” she said. “It was clean.”

Transit options and preparation encouraged

Yates encouraged people to find out about their options when it comes to accessing the park. Several free shuttles are available, including a bus that offers a park-to-park service to Chautauqua Park. The shuttle runs every 15 minutes between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. on weekends and holidays in the summer, picking up passengers at New Vista High School, 700 20th St .; CU Boulder Regent Parking at Regent Drive just east of Broadway and several parking garages in downtown Boulder.

People can find shuttle access on weekends and holidays from the Hessia Trailhead and to Eldorado Canyon State Park.

Earlier this month, the county announced that authorities would institute temporary traffic control points from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends until June 20 for motorists traveling westbound on the Colo. 170. The idea behind checkpoints is to reduce the amount of traffic going to the park once the lots are full.

Yates also encouraged people to make a back-up plan in case the park or trail they choose is too crowded. Jannatpour suggested that people consult the county trail list to navigate a new trail or park to explore.

“Think about having a diverse recreational experience and not going where other people might go,” Yates said. “It’s about planning ahead and being thoughtful. “

Know before you go

To learn more about the free Park-to-Park Chautauqua shuttle, visit:

To learn more about the Eldo Shuttle, visit:

To learn more about the Hessie Trailhead Shuttle, visit:

To browse a list of county trails, visit:

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New trail and interpretive center open on Pembroke Drive Sun, 13 Jun 2021 02:26:54 +0000

RENO, Nevada (KOLO) – Rosewood Lakes Golf Course, meet the Rosewood Nature Study Area.

“People were dying to come in here and explore the habitats that are out there,” said Heidi Anderson, executive director of the Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation.

On Saturday morning, members of the Town of Reno, the Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation and others opened a newly restored three-mile walking trail and interpretive center at 6800 Pembroke Drive in East Reno.

When construction on the Southeast Connector began in 2015, the Rosewood Lakes Golf Course had to close. Anderson and his TMPF team began cleaning up the area in 2019 so those in northern Nevada can enjoy it again.

“Over the past few years, we’ve spent time restoring the trails as well as restoring some of the habitat to natural wetland,” she said.

With Nevada being one of the driest states in the country, Anderson says it is vital to preserve the wetlands in our communities.

People will not be able to cycle or walk their pets on the trails unless they are a service animal. The goal is to keep the area as natural as possible.

There is a lot to see on the hour-long walk.

“(People can see) lots of wildlife, including groundhogs and beavers,” Anderson said. “We have an interpretive trail, so there are interpretive stops along the way where you can learn about the rivers, Boynton Slough, and its impact on the Truckee River.

Those at the Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation say they have identified 100 species of birds and plants in the area.

The trail is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday. The reception center has more restricted hours, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday.

To find out how to donate to future projects or volunteer, click here.

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Free fishing, mountain biking this weekend | News, Sports, Jobs Sat, 12 Jun 2021 06:33:45 +0000

Photo from the daily press kit Above, a young girl watches her line in Gladstone Lagoon on a final weekend of free fishing.

LANSING – From June 12 to 13, residents and out-of-state visitors can fish, hike Michigan’s off-road trails, or visit state parks and state-run water access sites , all for free.

The Free Fishing Weekend takes place for two days, twice a year. During these days, families and friends can enjoy one of Michigan’s top outdoor activities, Michigan Fishing, for free. All fishing license fees will be waived for two days. Residents and out-of-town visitors can enjoy inland and Great Lakes fishing for all species of fish. All fishing regulations will still apply. This year’s weekend includes a Virtual 4-H Youth Fishing Tournament for kids ages 5-19 (no need to be a 4-H member).

A free ORV weekend also takes place twice a year. Residents and non-residents can legally ride without purchasing an ORV license or track permit during free ORV weekends (the second is scheduled for August 21 and 22). All other ORV rules and laws still apply. Runners will have access to nearly 3,800 miles of off-road trails and the state’s six jamming zones.

Scrapped recreational passports are also being phased out this weekend for anyone visiting a state park or boating access site.

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New “Tree Trail” in Rahway River Park identifies and presents distinctive trees to visitors – Union County, New Jersey Fri, 11 Jun 2021 17:26:15 +0000

Master Tree Steward volunteers Jerry Petz, Joan Burns, Dean Talcott and Gail Sweeney visited the Rahway River Park this week to create a ‘Tree Trail’ featuring signs for smartphone users to learn more about. trees in Union County parks.

Union County, NJ – The distinctive trees of Union County’s Rahway River Park now have a chance to present themselves to visitors, thanks to Union County Master Tree Stewards volunteers.

Earlier this week, the Master Tree Stewards created a “tree trail” in the park by adding new green and white name tags to dozens of trees along a walking trail. These tags are equipped with QR codes that teach visitors important details about each tree.

“On behalf of the Council of Commissioners, I would like to thank our Master Tree Stewards volunteers. Each tree trail provides an enriching and educational experience for visitors and encourages conservation efforts in Union County parks, ”said Chairman of the Council of Commissioners Alexander Mirabella.

The trees were given tags based on their size, age, species, historical significance, or other distinguishing factors. The Master Tree Stewards have already created tree trails in several Union County parks, including:

  • Oak Ridge Park in Clark (trails start near the east end of the parking lot)
  • Briant Park in Summit
  • Cedar Creek in Plainfield
  • Echo Lake Park on the mountainside
  • Echo Lake Extension (trail begins behind the Municipal Building in Mountainside)
  • Lenape Park (the trail is located east along the Kenilworth sea wall)
  • Meisel Park in Springfield
  • Nomahegan Park in Cranford
  • Phil Rizzuto Park in Elizabeth
  • Rahway River Park in Rahway
  • Sensory trail on the mountainside
  • Warinanco Park in Elizabeth

Some of the trees that have been tagged in Rahway River Park are also part of the Rahway Memorial Grove. In 2018, the Union County Office of Veteran Services restored the WWII memorial by replacing missing trees, relocating the stone memorial for better visibility, and adding a new paved area to make the memorial more accessible.

The Master Tree Stewards are a group of volunteers trained in tree conservation. Volunteers primarily teach Union County youth about the importance of trees in our community and participate in other tree-related educational programs.

For more information on joining the Master Tree Stewards program, contact Union County 4-H Agent James Nichnadowicz at 908-654-9854 (ext. 3) or

The Master Tree Stewards program is administered by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension in Union County. Supported in part by the Council of Commissioners with offices in Westfield, the Union County Extension is part of a nationwide public education initiative coordinated by the US Department of Agriculture.

For more information on all extension programs in Union County, visit the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County online at

More information on all of Union County’s parks, including trails, trails and greenways that illuminate features of local history and geology, is available at

For quick links to all of Union County’s environmental programs and volunteer activities, visit The Green Connection at

For information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, including the Union County COVID-19 Testing Center at Kean University, the mobile test unit, information on immunization, emergency food distribution and other support services, visit General information on COVID-19 is available from the New Jersey Department of Health at


For all Union County programs and services, visit, call the public information line, 877-424-1234, email, or use the online contact form.

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Take the Steuben County Trail Trek | Life Fri, 11 Jun 2021 04:00:00 +0000

ANGOLA – There is a new trail challenge in Angola using the northernmost section of the Poka-Bache trail.

The Steuben County Trail Trek is a 7.4 mile trek, if you do it from start to finish. If you hike a round trip the total is 14.8 miles.

The hike begins at Commons Hall, 501 S. John St., and has eight checkpoints along the way, ending at the trailhead in Pokagon State Park.

The trail is mostly asphalt with some concrete and has some hills. Those who rise to the challenge must therefore be prepared for changes in the terrain.

Challenge participants are encouraged to stop at each checkpoint, take a photo, take a break if needed, and then continue. After the hike is complete, stop at the Angola Parks and Recreation office to pick up a bag of prizes.

The park office is located at 299 S. John Street, Angola. People can call 665-1588 to set a time to pick one up.

Checkpoints are Fireman’s Park, YMCA of Steuben County, Meijer Trailhead, Hoosier Hill Trailhead, Scoops Ice Cream, 6 Autumns Food and Spirits, and Pokagon State Park Trailhead.

It should be noted that the section of the trail along SR 727 to the trailhead in Pokagon State Park is a bike path along the edge of the causeway, not a separate trail facility like the rest. hiking.

Prize bags include goodies from each checkpoint as well as the Steuben County Tourism Board, Legends Running Shop and Steuben County Trails.

For more information or to get your questions answered, call the Angola Parks and Recreation office at 665-1588.

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Sandy Seep Trail on Mount Elden Thu, 10 Jun 2021 13:02:11 +0000

Short, easy and scenic, the Sandy Seep Trail offers quick access to a network of roads on the eastern slopes of Mount Elden, northeast of Flagstaff. While the 1.5-mile trail makes for a fun, self-contained hike, it also serves as a ramp for the 42-mile Flagstaff Loop Trail that circles the city and the Arizona National Scenic Trail as well. 800 miles, crossing the state.

Additionally, the route can be used to access two thrilling trails – Little Bear and Heart – which climb steep slopes to the Elden Mountain ridge lines.

Located just a few clicks north of downtown Flagstaff off US 89, the old Standard Sandy Seep Trail was a mainstay of the Mount Elden / Dry Lakes Hills trail system in the Coconino National Forest.

The Sandy Seep Trail under the eastern slopes of Mount Elden in Flagstaff.

Having survived several devastating forest fires, including the 1977 Radio Fire and the 2010 Schultz Fire, the trail is also part of the proposed changes that will improve the health of the forest and improve the user experience in the recreation center. popular. You can influence how the changes might unfold.

Coconino National Forest is seeking public input regarding proposed improvements to non-motorized trails in the Mount Elden / Dry Lake Hills area. Popular walking, cycling and horse-riding trails in the busy area deteriorated, and a maze of unauthorized trails resulted in environmental damage, confusion for trail users, and safety concerns.