Sunbridge Hills Conservation Area

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Smooth&Flowey
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Re: Sunbridge Hills Conservation Area

Postby Smooth&Flowey » Mon Mar 20, 2017 8:14 am

Possum wrote:Well he probably wanted you far away from his land so that he could build "private" stuff without being seen.


I had suspected that very thing last year.
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Re: Sunbridge Hills Conservation Area

Postby Geezer » Mon Mar 20, 2017 8:29 am

Smooth&Flowey wrote:No problem. Short version: illegally built trail, a neighboring landowner is doing it, and he made a stink to the MDC Area Manager regarding where they should/shouldn't have trails. The way I am "reclaiming" the land to it's natural state, or the process of reclaiming it, I read from the IMBA regarding rerouting old fall-line trails. After they open the new routes they would do a relaimation to restore the old trail to a more natural state. Which is what I did to the illegal trail. I returned it to its natural state. I was unaware that the term wasn't commonly used, in that manner, around here.


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Re: Sunbridge Hills Conservation Area

Postby Olathejoe » Mon Mar 20, 2017 9:21 am

If he's building in the conservation area it seems like that is something you can get stopped? Am I missing something?
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Re: Sunbridge Hills Conservation Area

Postby Possum » Mon Mar 20, 2017 9:58 am

You may have to set up a trail cam in the near future to get a pic of him for proof. MDC won't take his unwanted encroachment too lightly.
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Re: Sunbridge Hills Conservation Area

Postby Smooth&Flowey » Mon Mar 20, 2017 1:26 pm

I already notified the area manager at MDC and both agents. The area manager is going out there tomorrow to see it. I didn't erase the whole thing. I did do most of it so they would know that we're onto them. Trail cameras are prohibited, so I would have to get permission or see if MDC would put some up themselves. Plus, we are pretty sure who is doing it. I could fill out an incident report with the agents. But if they catch them in the act, it's easier to immediately issue citations on the spot vs. my word against the builder's word in court. Anyway, MDC is aware and are going to see what's left of it tomorrow.
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Re: Sunbridge Hills Conservation Area

Postby Smooth&Flowey » Mon Mar 20, 2017 1:31 pm

Olathejoe wrote:If he's building in the conservation area it seems like that is something you can get stopped? Am I missing something?


Yea, we're on it. Not really missing anything. I'm just so mad at the guy for making all these demands on where public trails should be on public land. And then he goes and violates multiple area regulations in the process of building his own unauthorized trail within public land.
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Re: Sunbridge Hills Conservation Area

Postby Smooth&Flowey » Sun Apr 16, 2017 11:11 am

I want to remind people that spring turkey season begins Monday. Use caution if you must ride before 1 PM. In my experience, not all hunters are aware of where the no shooting zone begins. So, assume the unexpected and it's probably best to just avoid the area until after 1 PM. Otherwise, use appropriate caution.
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Re: Sunbridge Hills Conservation Area

Postby Smooth&Flowey » Thu Jul 20, 2017 4:27 pm

Mostly good news with Sunbridge. I've been working on a small loop in the far north of Sunbridge. The main goal is to have nice access to the Wildlife Area that borders to the north. The connector trail that was roughed-in over the winter has overgrown but I have been going in at the new trailhead at the very end of Huntoon Road. While I still need to ascend another 20 feet, the corridor now extends all the way to the Wildlife Area and is halfway rideable. I'm so excited because it's going to be another descent to play on. It's almost entirely raw and some of the off camber turns really need a bench to improve flow. Once I have a full loop (of rideable corridor) I'll get back on the connector work starting with the two creek crossings. Also, MDC has been slacking a bit. I had requested a small nettles-thick area to get sprayed. Last time I checked, it was nearly overgrown in the worst spot. I hope it's just a red tape issue and it gets done soon. Otherwise, I'll have to skip the building for a day to trim that area again.
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Re: Sunbridge Hills Conservation Area

Postby Smooth&Flowey » Mon Apr 02, 2018 8:04 pm

There have been a lot of developments since I last posted. I understand that not everyone does the book of faces. So, here's a brief update.

The small loop that I had been working on is kinda on hold. The corridor is done. Almost a whole year was spent benching a steep hillside. The corridor still needs widening and there are places that still need benching. However, due to some illegal trails that have been popping up along one of the roads, he wants us to move on with the master plan we had discussed two years ago.

This involves a bunch of new, and very technical, XC trails that I have planned for a long time. But what surprised me the most was that he said that he wanted to manage the area more recreationally. Areas that were previously off limits, and ideas that hat previously been rejected were all back on the table. He told me that DH trails would help with wildfires and we could explore those possibilities, as well.

I came up with a bunch of ideas before our "on site approval" of the XC stuff. I threw everything at him hoping to just get a few choice ideas approved. But he agreed to everything! Stuff I thought would be shot down is now going to happen.

The guy responsible for most of Saint Joseph's trails has a renewed interest and has helped me beyond what I ever thought possible. When we work together s**t gets done quickly. He has a way of rallying the troops and organized a workday, the results of which were absolutely shocking. We got so much done with the turnout that we had.

Crap, I almost forgot. Before the workday, I ran into the Area Manager checking out our one week progress (among other things). He was so pleased that he asked me if I could fit any of the illegal trails into our plans. Of course, I told him sure. The downside is that I had one big ol loop snaking its way through this area in my original plan. Those plans changed and it got whittled down quite a bit. And now, with the recreational management plan, that would have been acceptable. Oh well. I'm not complaining. With some modifications it will provide us with another XC trail. It won't be as technical. So, I suppose it will allow more people to see this part of the CA.

At this point, we have already more than doubled the trail miles at Sunbridge. Most is not on the map even though we are riding it. I'd prefer to get a little benching done, or the tread burned in better, before I map it and invite people to it. But should you explore or join a Saint Jo group ride, everything is open.
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