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Wilderness advocate geared up to keep all-terrain vehicles out of parks

Damage leads Wilderness Committee to call for ban on ATVs and dirt bikes in Manitoba provincial parks

The Wilderness Committee is calling on Manitoba to ban the use of all-terrain vehicles within provincial parks.

ATVs and dirt bikes have torn up trails and scarred wilderness areas within Nopiming Provincial Park in the Canadian Shield of eastern Manitoba and Duck Mountain Provincial Park in the parkland in the west, said Eric Reder, Manitoba campaign director for the Wilderness Committee.

Conservation officers are not enforcing existing rules governing where motorized vehicles can go inside parks, he said. As a result, ATVs are creating mudholes in soft terrain and then compounding the damage by driving into the forest to avoid the pits, he said.

Dirt bikes, meanwhile, are polluting the wilderness with noise, he said.

“Recreational ripping around is not necessary inside a provincial park. There’s a lot of public land, there’s a lot of private land those things can be happening on, but we can’t do that in a park because it’s too much destruction, it’s too much disturbance for an area we need to be protecting,” Reder said Friday in an interview.

Province seeking ‘balance’

“There’s huge wetlands that are being torn up just this year because of all-terrain vehicle traffic, so the government isn’t controlling this. The mandate to control this has to come from the minister’s office. They’ve had this file for years and years and we still haven’t seen any action on it.”

Reder said he took his concerns to the province — and the government confirmed they’ve heard his concerns.

“The province works to achieve a balance between the protection of our parks, while allowing Manitobans certain recreational opportunities, including regulated use of ATVs,” provincial spokesperson Glen Cassie said in a statement.

“Trails are clearly marked and conservation officers enforce rules around access in our parks.”

We have a New Tool in our Tool Box

We are excited to share the news of our purchase of an Alldrive 6 Tonne Power Swivel truck. Eastman ATV was successful in securing a matched grant to help with the purchase of this equipment.

Eastman ATV would to thank the Manitoba Community Services Council MCSC and supporting partners for making this opportunity a reality for our community and all trail user groups of Manitoba. This equipment will be instrumental in helping us, as a club maintain our trail systems here in Manitoba.

ATV Ride for Mom has less than 125 spots left!

Eastman ATV Association will be hosting the second ATV “Ride for Mom”, June 3, 2017, supporting CancerCare Manitoba Foundation for Breast Cancer Research.  All funds raised on behalf of CancerCare Manitoba Foundation stay here in Manitoba.

atvrideformom.com to register your group today!

Thanks to research efforts to date, Breast Cancer deaths have decreased by 44% since the peak in 1986.  The importance of early detection makes investment in AWARENESS initiatives equally important to RESEARCH.  Breast Cancer is the most commonly diagnosed Cancer among women with 250 men that were diagnosed in Canada in 2015. Early detection through regular mammograms can lower Breast Cancer deaths by 25%.  Currently Breast Cancer survival in Manitoba is at 85%.  Chances are the Ride for Mom will positively benefit someone you care about.

With your help, we will make sure that help continues to improve into the future.

Hope to see you all on June 3, 2017!

ATV Ride for Mom is 50% Sold

Spring is here and we are out inspecting the trails. The ATV Ride for Mom is eight weeks away and is fast approaching We are already 50% sold as of April, 12th, consider registering early and book your spots for this up and coming ride.

Please remember to collect those pledges for the cause. 100% of the pledges go directly to CancerCare Manitoba.

 “Riding for a Cause – Breast Cancer”  REGISTER TODAY ! Click Here  

For more information on this event please visit our event website. www.atvrideformom.com

Eastman ATV Annual General Meeting April, 2nd

Members & Friends of Eastman ATV

Please plan on attending this very important meeting for our club, we have invited the fallowing people to speak at the AGM.
  • Elseline Fenton STARS Air Ambulance
  • Bob Lagasse MLA Dawson Trail
  • Deborah Nicol ATV Ride for Mom
  • Armando Brambilla ATVMB
Come on out and hear what we have planned for the 2017 riding season and see what trail expansion we have been developing for the future of our trail system.
We thank all the members that have renewed your membership for 2017 and if you have not renewed yet please consider renewing today and showing your continued support for responsible riding in this province. Building a sustainable riding system for all user group to share and enjoy for generations to come.
April 2, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Location: Le Club les Bles d’Or hall
1254 Dawson Road
Lorette
Event information and Map “Click Here” 
Renew your Membership TodayClick Here” 

21 Year Old Dies In Snowmobile Collision

When a 21-year-old male did not return home by snowmobile, after leaving a residence in Ile Des Chenes Monday night, his family members went looking for him.

The male was headed for home at approximately 10:30 pm December 19, but didn’t arrive. On December 20, at approximately 5:45 pm St. Pierre RCMP received a report of a snowmobile collision. The male driver of the snowmobile was located the next day in a ditch off of Highway 207 near the intersection of Pine Grove Road, in the RM of Tache. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Although he was wearing a helmet, poor weather conditions that night may have been a factor in the collision. RCMP say there was low visibility with heavy blowing snow that night. The investigation into the cause of the collision is still under investigation.

Category: Local News
Written by Tammy Plett

 

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