KATVA – CASI ATV Safety Training – Saturday May 26, 2018

May 27, 2018

KATVA CASI instructors had a full house today at our course in Lindsay. There was a good mix of students with some novices looking to gain the skills required for a lifetime of safe, enjoyable ATVing, and some experienced riders who were looking to brush up on existing skills. The promised rains held off, although ATVers are a tough lot whose spirits are not dampened by a bit of rain. Everyone came away with a Canada wide accepted certificate, a student handbook, smiles on their faces, and hopefully a great deal of respect for the handling of an ATV as well as for
the environment and the trails we ride. We know they will be great ambassadors for our sport.

We have 5 certified CASI Trainers. Let us know if you are interested in a course. They are held when there is enough demand to run one. we need 4 or 5 trainees to run the course. If you are interested email our trainers at ‘ridesafe@katva.ca’ .

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KATVA June 2,2018 Charity Poker Run – All proceeds to Ross Memorial Hospital, Lindsay

May 9, 2018

Saturday, June 2 at 8 AM – 6 PM

Log Chateau Park Ltd Family Campground
1691 Cty Rd 121 RR#2, Fenelon Falls, Ontario K0M 1N0

Please pre-register on our website katva.ca under register for a ride – June 2nd 2018 – Charity Poker Run.

Join us for a great day of riding on some of Ontario’s most sought after trails, with a poker run, prizes, dinner and so much more, all while helping to raise money for the Ross Memorial Hospital Foundation for our local community!
Ride Registration: 8:00am to 9:30am, Log Chateau Park, Fenelon Falls.

Registration is $40 per rider or participating passenger
$10 fee for passengers or guests coming for dinner only

Riders depart 8:30am to 9:30am from Log Chateau Return to Burnt River Community Centre for dinner, 4:00pm to 6:00pm.
ATV’s and Side by Sides, including passengers are welcome at this event. There will be some road riding so all riders must have a minimum G2 license and all passengers must be at least 8 years of age.
On site camping available.

A KATVA or HATVA trail pass is required for this event

Day passes will are available online for pre-purchase before the event (fastest option) as well as available to purchase day of the ride at registration for $15

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KATVA Trails – Pinery and Somerville Forest – closed until May 14th, 2018

May 2, 2018

After much discussion with our trail maintenance crew and the City of Kawartha Lakes staff, we regret to advise of the following:
“The City of Kawartha Lakes Parks and Recreation Division would like to advise that trails in the Pinery /Somerville Forest will be closed until May 14th, 2018 to mitigate trail damage due to wet conditions. The Victoria Rail Trail Corridor will remain open to use during this period”
Please respect the volunteers who work so hard to maintain our trails, and the City staff by staying out of the Forest until it’s opened back up.

Regards,
Carolyn Richards
KATVA President

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All KATVA Trails Open May 1st – except for the Pinery and Somerville Forest

May 1, 2018

All KATVA Trails, with the exception of the Pinery and Somerville Forest are now open to ride. While ATVs are allowed throughout our trails, Side by Sides are not yet permitted on the Victoria Rail Trail, Somerville Forest or the Pinery – they are allowed on all out 5-points trails. All trails are very wet, some ice covered still, and lots of water !!

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VRT – Victoria Rail Trail Cleanup – Saturday April 28, 2018

April 17, 2018

We are having our annual VRT cleanup Saturday April 28th starting at 9am. Please come out and give us a hand with this annual cleanup – we remove all sorts of garbage left on the VRT and beside it to get the year off to a clean start. Pre-register on our website here, under Register for a Ride so we know you are coming. We will have teams leaving from various points on the VRT: coming north from Bethany, going south from Lindsay, going north from Lindsay, going north from Fenelon Falls, and coming south from Kinmount and Burnt River…come out and give us a hand !!! hope to see you there !!!

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Hunting Season in KATVA Area

October 6, 2017
It’s hunting season in KATVA riding area. Most of our trails are in Wildlife Management Unit 60 which includes the Somerville Forest and the 5 Points, see attached map.
During these times, hunters can drive their vehicles on the Somerville trails including the rail trail, north of Burnt River for the purpose of forest access and large game extraction during the legal hunting season.
Bear- Sept. 1-Nov. 30
Deer- with bow Oct 1-Nov. 6,  with rifles & shotguns Nov. 7-20
Moose- Oct 17-22
Pheasant, grouse and partridge- Sept. 25-Dec.15
From more information- http://www.ontario.ca/document/ontario-hunting-regulations-summary
Use caution and be respectful of the hunters.katva hunting map
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2017 KATVA Charity Poker Run – June 3rd – All proceeds to Ross Memorial Hospital Foundation

May 1, 2017

KATVA 2017 Charity Poker Run !!! All Proceeds go to the Ross Memorial Hospital Foundation !!! When :  Saturday June 3,2017 from Log Chateau Park. Riders will sign up and leave the park between 8am and 9am. Dinner afterwards at the Burnt River Community Centre from 4pm. We are working with the CKL to open up the VRT to Kinmount from Log Chateau Park for the day – this will permit SxS on our main route. We will keep all informed on this !!! Regardless we will have a SxS route for the day !!

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Volunteers needed for Trail Patrol/Wardens for 2017

April 3, 2017

We are looking for KATVA members to volunteer for the Trail Patrol for our 2017 ATV season from May 1st to November 30th. Volunteers will be scheduled according to their availability – a couple times a month over the season. Trail Patrol vests and training will be provided. For more information contact Shane Kelly – Trail Patrol Chief via email ‘vp@katva.ca’ or call 905-434-0407.

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KATVA Billboards to promote Kawartha Lakes Tourism

April 3, 2017

Coming to a billboard near you…In our continued commitment to draw tourism to the City of Kawartha Lakes and Peterborough County, KATVA has partnered with a local company to place billboards throughout the GTA and other key areas over the next three months. We want riders and their families to come to enjoy our trails and see all the other great activities our communities have to offer. The Kawarthas have something to offer for everyone. We couldn’t be more proud to call the Kawarthas home for our club.

 

 

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KATVA 2016 Fall Newletter

October 21, 2016

KATVA Club Bulletin

 

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The Trails We All Enjoy

KATVA plays a pivotal role in maintenance of ATV trails in Kawartha Lakes and Peterborough County, including sections of trail accessible to a range of other trail users.

Member Commitment

At any one time, 10-15 club members comprise our trail maintenance committee. Each person on the committee is responsible for a designated area or trail corridor. A team of volunteers working together ensures that their trail section is checked at least once a week, to ensure the trails are in their best possible condition for users. That permits regular monitoring and allows for minor clean-up and maintenance as necessary. If greater maintenance is required, the location is identified and the need is passed along to team leader of trail maintenance. Smaller tasks, like a fallen tree are usually addressed by a club work party. Requests for assistance are usually promoted through a Facebook posting inviting volunteers to join in. Larger tasks, particularly along the Victoria Rail Trail Corridor or the Somerville Forest Tracts, are forwarded to City of Kawartha Lakes Parks and Recreation to be addressed by staff or contractors as required.

Our trail maintenance committee has a base knowledge of trail requirements, such as width specifications. The club continues to invest in trail maintenance education and equipment for their volunteers, as well as an annual donation to the City of Kawartha Lakes for ongoing maintenance of the Victoria Rail Trail and Somerville Forest Tract.

Working with Others

KATVA is also part of the Five Points trail system’s user groups committee. If minor maintenance is required in the Five Points area, it is usually completed by our own trail maintenance crew. In Five Points, unlike other trail corridors, we operate a trail maintenance team (three person crew) to address small tasks. Our team was supplied with a Yamaha Viking Side X Side, which the club purchased to assist with maintenance. The vehicle is now equipped with various power and hand tools to expand their capabilities.

The Five Points trail system is used by several recreational groups, which requires co-operation. Currently, the Haliburton ATV Association (HATVA), Ontario Federation of 4WD Recreationists (OF4WD), and the Twin Mountains Snowmobile Club (TMSC), and more recently the Buckhorn District Snowmobile Club (BDSC), work with KATVA to maintain the system. The Ontario Federation of Trail Riders (OFTR) joined in our efforts to maintain that trail system. This consortium of clubs and interest groups meets annually to plan large scale projects in co-ordination with the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) and private land owners. All projects are executed within the protocols and guidelines established by the Ministry.

Investing in Trails

KATVA makes significant contributions to the health of our community trail systems. The annual Spring Clean-up of the Victoria Rail Trail Corridor (including the Rotary Trail section) has resulted in collection and removal of in excess of 13 tons of garbage in just over five years. The task of maintaining trails is ongoing. It includes routine trimming of vegetation along all trails to permit safe travel of users.

Trail maintenance funding for KATVA comes entirely from membership fees and trail permits. Annually the club commits significantly to trail maintenance. In previous years, the club relied on members to use their own tools and equipment to conduct maintenance tasks, but that simply became too difficult and costly for a small group of members. In recent years, the club has budgeted for the purchase of necessary maintenance equipment, to make the job easier for volunteers. Our Yamaha Viking Side X Side purchase is one example, representing a true investment commitment in trail maintenance.

KATVA annually allocates $10,000 to the City of Kawartha Lakes for projects on the Victoria Rail Trail Corridor. In addition, the club and its supportive volunteers commit to ongoing maintenance projects for the benefit of all trail users.

Accomplishments to Date
 rebuilt or replaced several bridges, including:

  • two on the Millennium Trail, with Kawartha Lakes Snowmobile Club (KLSC),
  • one in the Five Points system with cooperation from the Buckhorn District Snowmobile Club and the OF4WD and
  • a second bridge in Five Points with Twin Mountains Snowmobile Club

 removal and clearing in 2013 – similar storm damage to 2011, in the north eastern section of the 5 Points, with hundreds of downed trees, cleared by KATVA volunteers, OF4WD, and BDSC over the course of two weeks

 rehabilitation and preventative maintenance on all trail systems

While the majority of trail maintenance occurs in less accessible areas, KATVA takes pride in contributing to the maintenance of key trail corridors we all enjoy.

 

 

Support For Kids’ Safety Training

KATVA is actively endorsing and promoting ATV rider safety training for youth 12 – 17. The reason is quite simply to help ensure that kids who ride ATVs learn safe and best riding practices early.

We have several member families with kids who ride or want to ride. Their safety and responsible riding has to be a priority for us. Our commitment to this initiative can help prevent unnecessary accidents and reduce risks on trails we manage. It will also help us develop future riders’ attitudes toward the recreation we all love.

 

 

Learn To Ride Responsibly

The campaign centres on the message “GEAR UP. GET TRAINED. GO RIDE.” This initiative of the Canadian AQCC Safety Institute (CASI), a division of the All-Terrain Quad Council of Canada (AQCC), is being delivered across the country at educational venues and trade shows, vis-a-vis ATV clubs, and via the website. Most recently, the campaign message was presented at the Ottawa Sportsmen’s Show in February and at the Toronto Sportsmen’s Show in March.

Trade Shows offer an opportunity to reach the maximum number of ATV enthusiasts at once. CASI’s campaign booth will be deployed at three-to-five more trade shows. Before the end of 2016, “Posters, handlebar hangers, and bookmarks are distributed wherever possible, including with assistance by clubs like yours. More than 3,000 discount coupons have already been distributed of the original 10,000 piece print run,” according to Wayne Daub, General Manager, AQCC.

If you have a school-aged child, 12 years or older, who rides an ATV or wants to, we encourage you to sign them up for safety training now. For a Full Day Course Hands On, the fee is $85 plus HST for youth. Simply visit canadianatvsafety.ca. On the left side of the browser window click on GET TRAINED to enroll your child in a course. Or simply email us at ridesafe@katva.ca.

 

 

Adult Safety Training Too

While the campaign centres on kids, adults learning to ride need good, basic instruction as well. For that matter, many, new and seasoned riders would benefit from safety training simply to help kick bad habits, reinforce what we already know, and improve our overall skill set. If you or someone you know would benefit from safety training, sign up or give them a gift of safety training. For a Full Day Course Hands On, the adult fee is  $125 plus HST. The course offers students an opportunity to increase their safety knowledge and to practice basic riding skills in a controlled environment under the direct supervision of a Certified Instructor.

In 2016, KATVA Certified Instructors provided ATV safety training to both City of Kawartha Lakes By-law officers and Ministry Natural Resources staff. And further to our commitment to safe enjoyment and use of the trails, the club president has recently become certified for ROHVA side by side training.

 

 

Carolyn Richards, KATVA President, is one of five certified trainers in the Kawartha Lakes – Peterborough Region. “I encourage new riders to take the course and I encourage seasoned riders to become certified trainers,” said Richards. We all know, it’s good for riders and the ATV industry to support the training. At some point, rider training and licensing may even become mandatory in Ontario.

If you want to learn more about this or other AQCC initiatives, visit atvquad.ca

 

 

 

KATVA Is Getting AttentionIf you follow KATVA on Facebook or Twitter, you may have seen our posts and tweets about the campaign. Response from club members and others that saw them was positive.

Because of our marketing supplier, jacks communications group, we were able to negotiate a better media buy with bonus locations through Pattison Outdoor Advertising. One bonus location placed our message across from the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

The campaign was one more way to encourage people to check us out and to learn more about all we do to promote safe ATV use and the trails we all enjoy. It also supported the efforts of our regional tourism partners, including sponsors who welcome business from the ATV community.

If you saw one of our billboards during your travels, and happened to take a photograph of the billboard with or without yourself in it, send it to us and be sure to note the location. We’d love to share it on our website and social media platforms.

 

 

KATVA was represented at the international conference in Montana, USA

The International Off-Highway Vehicle Administrators Association (INOHVAA) held their annual conference in conjunction with the annual National Off Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC) conference, in Great Falls, Montana, on October 11 – 15, 2016. Representing Ontario, Carolyn Richards, President of KATVA and the Vice President of the All Terrain Quad Council of Canada participated as invited guest panelists.

It is with great pride and privilege that Carolyn Richards represented KATVA, sharing the association’s success as a vibrant young club of riding enthusiasts. The invitation came on the heels of tremendous progress the club made since its humble beginning in 1998. Accomplishments shared included the growing membership of 1300 (now the largest in Ontario), the working partnerships with other trail organizations, the contributions to municipal trail infrastructure, the club’s dedication to grow trail networks, and the promotion of safe and exciting trail riding.

NOHVCC, as a national body of OHV recreation enthusiasts, develops and provides a wide spectrum of programs, materials and information, or “tools”, to individuals, clubs, associations and agencies in order to further a positive future for responsible OHV recreation. They have volunteer State Partners throughout the United States – working to get all of the states covered.  They also have a Partnership with the Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council, the All Terrain Quad Council of Canada, and the Motorcyclists Confederation of Canada.

The International Off-Highway Vehicle Administrators Association (INOHVAA) is an organization founded by and for officials who manage OHV recreation in their areas.  In the U.S., the program managers can be on all levels: federal, state, county, municipalities, or private areas, but the focus is on state level organizations.

 

 

Ride for Dad 2016

KATVA Members Show Commitment
to a Fun and Significant Event

The 2016 TELUS Ride for Dad – Kawartha Chapter, ATV Poker Run took place June 4th with 252 riders leaving from Log Chateau Park, Fenelon Falls.   Participating riders enjoyed an adventurous day of riding the trails before returning to the Burnt River Community Centre for a full course dinner, prizes and camaraderie.

Over $23,000 was raised for the Prostrate Cancer Fight Foundation, through rider registration fees and pledges, sponsorships, and ride day fund raising events.  A very big thank you goes out to all who participated and contributed, including the hard working volunteers, for making this event such a success.

The mission of the TELUS Ride For Dad is to raise funds to save men’s lives by supporting prostate cancer research and raising public awareness of the disease.  Funds are raised across the country through large-scale one-day motorcycle, snowmobile, watercraft and ATV ride events, and through ongoing public fundraising throughout the year.

 

 

New partnership with
The Cat Shack

KATVA is proud to announce a new partnership forged with The CAT SHACK in Peterborough. In addition to agreeing to sell 2017 ATV passes at their retail shop, Ryan Matthews and his team have provided two Arctic Cat demos to KATVA for use on the trails for maintenance work and other club business.

The Artic Cats will be at all upcoming rides and on display in the KATVA booth at the Toronto Snowmobile/ATV Show on October 21-23, 2016, as well as the Toronto Sportsmen’s Show in the Spring (March 15 -19, 2017). Come and visit us at the booth and take a look at these two incredible machines. KATVA and The Cat Shack look forward to a long and successful partnership.

 

 

Successful 2016 Season

Attendance at consumer shows continues to result in significant exposure for the Kawartha ATV Association and the ATV sport in general. The association and its members participate in these to raise the club’s profile and promote the amazing network of trails in Kawartha Lakes. Also, this presence allows the club to be recognized as a responsible and well-managed club, representing a growing membership.

 

 

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KATVA , OF4WD and TMSC Joint Toy Ride – Saturday September 24th

September 27, 2016

We would like to thank all the people who came out on Saturday to participate in our 4th annual Joint User Ride to benefit the Kinsmen Toy Drive. Thanks to our generous riders and guests, we raised $875 in cash and a car load of new toys. We had 42 jeeps and 29 ATV’s who participated. Thank you to our partners, OF4WD and Twin Mountains Snowmobile Club for helping to make this another successful year.

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Member Pot Luck BBQ and Ride – Saturday August 6th. Log Chateau Park.

July 27, 2016

Member Pot Luck BBQ & Ride – Saturday August 6th. Log Chateau Park.

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Trail #50 – REOPENED – to KATVA and HATVA members only !!!

July 27, 2016

We have some great news for our KATVA members. TRAIL #50 HAS BEEN REOPENED TO KATVA/HATVA PASS HOLDERS. Notice the new signs at both ends of the Private Property. The Landowner has graciously allowed us to continue to use the trail – he insists that only KATVA (or HATVA) pass holders are permitted – all others would be trespassing !!! He also does not want dirt bikes or off road trucks or jeeps using the trail on his property. Thanks to Ron Genereaux and Gary VonRoden for working out this arrangement with him. Note that the Landowner is frequently on the property and his fire pit and clearing are very close to trail. Please slow down and use caution when on his property. The section of trail going through his property is only 300 ft long, but the entire trail is on private property. There are 3 other landowners on that trail, so please stay on the trail.

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2016 KATVA Ride for Dad – Poker Hand Prize Winners

June 6, 2016

Kawartha Ride For Dad – Congratulations to our First Place Poker Hand Winner Doug Vandiepen from London, Ontario. Second Place goes to Kevin Evenden, the winner of a Napoleon portable gas barbeque, and Third Place goes to Michael Hill, the winner of a Yamaha equipment bag on wheels.

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2016 KATVA Ride for Dad – Prizes for top pledge collectors

June 6, 2016

Kawartha Ride For Dad – Congratulations to our top pledge earners. First Prize winner for the second year in a row is Rob Richards for collecting $1015 in pledges. He wins the Napoleon barbeque. Second Prize goes to Mike McKenzie for collecting $725 in pledges. Mike wins Napoleon portable gas barbeque. Third Prize goes to Steve DeHaas for collecting $625 in pledges. Steve wins the Polaris fire pit. The top team was “Tickle My Prostate”. A special thank you to all participants who collected pledges. Your hard work goes a long way to assist with prostate cancer awareness.2016 katva rfdp12016 KATVA rfdp22016 KATVA rfdp3

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2016 KATVA Ride for Dad – June 4th

June 6, 2016

Kawartha Ride For Dad – On Saturday June 4th we held our second annual Ride For Dad Event. We had 252 registered riders plus additional guests attend the event. We raised over $13,000 in registration and pledges. We also raised over $3000 in sponsorships, with more still coming in as we speak. Thank you to all of the volunteers who worked so hard to put this event together. A special thanks to our junior volunteers who worked so hard setting up and managing the souvenir booth. We would also like to recognize the following people for their outstanding efforts:
Log Chateau Park Ltd Family Campground for allowing us to host the event on their property.
Burnt River Ontario Community Centre for allowing us to host the dinner and pretty much take over this beautiful little hamlet with our ATV’s
Carolyn LaPorte and Jim Laporte for all their hard work with sponsorships and silent auction prizes
Tracey Spiller-Gilmore, Nicole Stocks, and Jen Hickson for doing such a great job organizing the registration tables
The Reeds family for helping with sponsorships and prizes as well
Terri McGregor for managing the door prizes
The Bastedo family for help setting up and organize the souvenir table
The Laporte-Jones family and friends for their help in many different areas
Joan Breault and Dave Breault for keeping all of the finances organized for us
KATVA trail patrol for signing the route and making sure everyone found their way back safely
KATVA board members for making this event a reality

And last but definitely not least Rob Richards, Steve Green and Gillian Genereaux for the outstanding meal.

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KATVA holds CASI ATV Training at Lindsay Fairgrounds May 15th

May 16, 2016

The KATVA training team held their first CASI ATV safety training course for youth today at the Lindsay Fairgrounds. Everyone braved the elements from snow and rain, to high winds which challenged our marker cones.
All the students completed the course with smiles on their faces, and are now proud graduates of the CASI ATV Safety Course. Each student accepted their certificate as their parents watched with great pride.
We have two other course dates coming up. We have several spots open for June 25, and a couple of spots left for older youth and adults from the ages of 17 and up, on Tuesday June 7th. If you are interested, send us a note at
ridesafe@KATVA.ca and we will send you further information.

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2016 KATVA VRT Cleanup – thanks to volunteers

April 24, 2016

Saturday April 23rd was Victoria Rail Trail Cleanup day for the KATVA team of volunteers. More than 40 volunteers cleaned up garbage and debris along the entire 84 km length of the VRTC from Bethany to Kinmount. We get special permission from the City of Kawartha Lakes to be on the trail for one day to do the cleanup before the trails open May 1st.

While the VRTC is a multi-use trail, this cleanup day is an important community service we provide as the largest population of trail users in the City of Kawartha Lakes. We continue to strive to keep the trail clean and safe for all users including walkers, cyclists, horseback riders, snowmobilers and ATVers.

This is also an important day for many KATVA families who bring their young ones out to help with the cleanup, while learning a very important lesson about volunteering in their community. We also can’t forget the youth volunteers who came out on their own to earn volunteer hours. These young people are the future of our organization.

It’s days like this that make us all proud to be a part of the KATVA team.

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KATVA partners with ‘The Fenelon Falls Chamber of Commerce and Tourist Information Centre’

April 22, 2016

As we begin our 2016 membership season, KATVA would like to take this time acknowledge our community partner – The Fenelon Falls Chamber of Commerce and Tourist Information Centre. Over the past 3 years KATVA has fostered a positive and rewarding relationship with this local business and tourism institution.

The Fenelon Falls Chamber of Commerce is contracted by KATVA to process membership. The Chamber has a fully staffed, insured and audited business office that is equipped to process our membership efficiently and effectively. They also provide a friendly face at the business office for riders to purchase passes, maps and to access information about local trails. The relationship has become a successful and valuable asset to our club and we look forward to working with them again this year.

Interestingly, the partnership has proven to have positive benefits beyond the business perspective. People take notice of things that they have a vested interest in. The local business community and local supporting government now have a first-hand understanding of the revenue and tourism opportunity that ATVing brings to this community. This has opened the door for advocacy and education that would not have been previously realized with this level of impact.

The bigger picture … this relationship is a WIN – WIN – WIN ! Thanks to everyone from both groups who have worked to make this successful for everyone.

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Ride for Dad

April 10, 2016

Letter of Support from Ride For Dad National Office:

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