Great developments here for sure. Really interesting on the motorcycle use. Obviously the current administration is trying any angle to get more motors into and onto State lands. The key here is the "repair damages caused" clause. That could save a catastrophe. Though I fear that would be awful hard to enforce over five miles of trail. A trail could easily be destroyed by a motorcycle event over a weekend. You would be hard pressed to get the major damage repaired. And a lot of damage would not be easy to spot to anyone but a trail builder, but make the trail unsustainable in the long term.
I agree on the '"repair damages" clause. What is perceived as "trail damage" isn't the same for the motorized crowd as it is for the human-powered crowd. Off-road motos and 4 wheelers can get through/over ruts that will stop a MTB in it's tracks. Trail damage is potentially subjective, I'm afraid.
Amen claybuster. I'm really hopeful that the Sauk Prairie plan will proceed (despite the pending litigation) and the MTB and OHM groups will be able to work together to develop a great trail system that benefits both user bases. There are a lot of OHM riders who really want this to work and will work as hard as anyone to make this successful. I also have very little concern about trail damage caused by motorcycles--in my first hand experience, damage to motorcycle trails (like mountain bike trails) is most influenced by unsustainable trail design. Water moves way more dirt than tires do. I'm a longtime mountain biker and more recently, an enduro motorcycle racer. I was up in the UP this fall on my enduro motorcycle, and ran into a group of mountain bikers enjoying the Bass Lake motorcycle singletrack trail. They were having a blast on the 25 mile singletrack loop. I thought it was cool to see them out having an adventure, and they thought my moto was cool. MTB and OHM riders are really cut from the same cloth (and are often the same people!) so I hope that CORP and the MTB community is supportive of plans like Sauk Prairie and work openly with other user groups to make it successful.