I always figured this was inevitable, what with the boggers and people dumping trash and littering. As was said above, only the law abiding and respectful will be hurt by this. And of course the staff of the DEP and park service, forest service, what-not, all the scientifically approved and qualified special people, will continue to enjoy unfettered access for them and their families.All,
The ORV management of vehicle traffic has begun. I was riding down Carranza Road today and ran into the Superintendent of Wharton and three volunteers and decided to stop. The volunteers were placing "road closed to motor vehicles" signs in the middle of various roads. I was able to view the master map of ORV management and was told quite a bit of information concerning it. I will attempt to tell you somewhat what I have learned and hopefully get it correct.
The basic boundary they worked on today was along Moores Meadow Road, Carranza Road and beyond. He showed me exactly on the map but I was trying to take it all in and can't tell you the exact boundary they worked on. They will continue to move from area to area placing signs. All road that are considered non essential or roads that go to dead ends will be off limits to motor vehicles and if you are caught driving on them you will be fined. For example, this dirt road by the Skit Branch is now closed to motor vehicles.
As well as the next one along Carranza and so forth
There is going to be a meeting of specific groups concerning this in the future at the auditorium in Batsto. I believe they already have the groups picked out because he told me they did not have a surveyor type group included.
As for the repairs that are going on such as at High Crossing, the state was able to get a grant from the federal government which allowed them to hire the FFS to repair quite a few roads that we have discussed previously. With these repairs there is hope that other roads can be opened. He also mentioned that because of the repairs of Tuckerton Road which even cars can now travel down, roads such as parallel roads by Jemima Mount most likely will not be repaired.
There were other things we discussed and when Jessica and I can remember it all I will pass it along.
Maybe registered enduros. At least there are tags that can be traced. Unregistered quads and dirt bikes will be unaffected. There is no ranger in a Cherokee that can catch them if they don't want to be caught. Besides the liability if someone was seriously hurt during a chase for simply riding on state land would open the door for lawsuits. Just like many police can't persue a car if they run unless they are deemed a hazard to the public.So this sudden series of closures has effectively ended enduros in Wharton?
Thanks for asking. Did you happen to ask where the idea originated; did Wharton birth the idea or did it come from Trenton?I replied to Mr. Auermuller asking him about when he thought the public meetings would be and how the public will find out. I also shared the concerns discussed here about limited access and the fact that this is not where the damage is being done and is preventing access to folks who care about the pines while doing nothing to stop those who are doing the damage. I also asked his opinion on some of the ideas that folks had here such as cameras, targeted enforcement and permitting. We'll see what he comes back with.
Lets not say anything negative about the volunteers. In fact, let not talk about them at all here. They have nothing to do with this.I may be way off base but I doubt many here (the rest of us) would volunteer to close roads that are used by law abiding citizens for legal activities.
I very strongly disagree Guy.Lets not say anything negative about the volunteers. In fact, let not talk about them at all here. They have nothing to do with this.
Those volunteers were probably part of the Volunteers in Park program. Having been one, probably still am, individuals are not coerced or ordered to do something they prefer not doing. My guess is they were part of an organization that is part of the VIP program that agree with the sign posting.Lets not say anything negative about the volunteers. In fact, let not talk about them at all here. They have nothing to do with this.
I agree Scott!I very strongly disagree Guy.
If no one volunteered to perform such a total boning of the general public the State would have been forced to utilize their own staff to do the dirty work. At least it would have taken a lot longer to accomplish the same nefarious goal.
As some may know, I am not a total backwoods moron. I have a Bachelor of Science from Rutgers in Natural Resource Management. I am backwoods but not a moron.
I am most certainly not a tree hugger and would have never volunteered to assist with something like this.
The volunteers have quite a bit to do with this in my mind.