Cracking the door open at Shelby Forest

Cracking the door open at Shelby Forest

Postby Brad C » Fri Oct 11, 2013 10:04 am

George B. (curiousgb on the forum) posted this message to our Facebook group.
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I asked the Shelby Forest park manager (again) about creating some place to mountain bike in the park. He mentioned that they had cut a rough road down to the river for search and rescue that could be used. In addition there is an old trail that could be restored from Poplar tree lake that could be used to join the new road. If anyone is interested let me know.
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This is the most promising possibility for off road cycling ever in Shelby Forest. Let's follow up on this.
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Re: Cracking the door open at Shelby Forest

Postby MorrisM » Fri Oct 11, 2013 1:54 pm

That's cool, I'm interested.
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Re: Cracking the door open at Shelby Forest

Postby SteveK » Fri Oct 11, 2013 6:45 pm

I guess yo have to count me in also, (another trail to maintain!)
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Re: Cracking the door open at Shelby Forest

Postby mattfatlander » Fri Oct 11, 2013 10:03 pm

I'd surely be willing to help. it'd be better to do work out there in the dead of winter, because the insects out there are just IN-SANE during the summer.

"rough road" sounds like "tons of fun on a cross bike" to me 8)
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Re: Cracking the door open at Shelby Forest

Postby dantheman » Sun Oct 13, 2013 3:00 pm

Interested and could be in if Everything workers out right
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Re: Cracking the door open at Shelby Forest

Postby Brad C » Mon Oct 14, 2013 7:45 pm

I let George know that we are interested in meeting with the ranger and looking at the road and old trail. George said it may take "a couple weeks" to set that up. I will stay on this. Dealing with the state parks takes time. Especially this one where they never wanted to even talk about off road cycling.

BTW, George is part of the Friends of the Forest organization.
http://www.shelbyfriends.org/
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Re: Cracking the door open at Shelby Forest

Postby Brad C » Sat Oct 26, 2013 7:04 pm

Update: I asked George to schedule a meeting with the ranger in charge, MSTA, and him. Turns out the current chief ranger is moving on and a replacement has not been named. We will stay on this.
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Re: Cracking the door open at Shelby Forest

Postby Brad C » Thu Oct 31, 2013 3:29 pm

Another update:
On 10/30/13 I had a phone conversation with Ranger James Wilkinson who is also now the interim park manager. He seems interested in bringing off road cycling to Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park. Being interim, there is no telling if James will get the permanent assignment or if the state will bring in someone else. Of course, there is also some state red tape to cut before any trail can be cut.

After the conversation I sent James an email thanking him for his interest. I also suggested he have a look at MSTA by visiting our web site. In particular I suggested he visit the Herb Parsons page with the links to many of the projects we have done there.

I will continue to follow up and make a personal visit soon. When dealing with the state we have to be patient and work the system.
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Re: Cracking the door open at Shelby Forest

Postby SteveK » Thu Oct 31, 2013 3:42 pm

Nice.........I really like that place.
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