NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING Update 11/11/17
Election results: President - Jeff Branscombe Treasurer - Caroline Trueman. Both were elected by acclamation. New director Fred Liddle.
SVAT would like to thank Lisette Leblanc for 4 years of dedicated volunteering, good job!!!
The next monthly meeting will be on November 8, 7:00 pm at the Timberland. This will be the annual meeting with the election of officers. The two positions up for election are president and treasurer. Please send nominations to Jeff Branscombe before Nov 8 or nominations can be made at the meeting. NOTE: Lisette Leblanc will no be reoffering for the treasurer's position, so we will need someone to look after the books, preferably with some accounting skills. There has been another resignation on the board of directors, therefore we require a director and we are still seeking someone to take on the trail coordinator position
October Meeting Rescheduled
There is a camera crew coming from Destination Polaris to make a show about the Sussex trails. They will be here Oct 9 to 13. Due to the tight schedule this presents the Oct 11 monthly meeting is being postponed until Oct 18, but we have some great news to share at that meeting. 7:00pm at the Timberland.
Sale of 2017 permits ends 2018 permits go on sale Oct 1
Each year at this time the ATV Federation prepares for the issue of the new trail permits. New permits can not be issued until the current year is balanced so they recall all unsold permits along with any sold ones and the money for them. When accounts for each club is balanced the new permits are issued and offered for sale.
What does this mean? The sale of 2017 permits is done for the year and the 2018 permits will go on sale October 1.
For those people who forgot their permits and need one for moose season, you can purchase a day or weekly permit from one of our vendors.
Sept 23, 2017 Fun Run
The September 23 Fun Run will be leaving the Timberland at 9:00am heading to Alma for lunch.
TRAIL ADVISORY 11/09/17 Update 05/11-17
The forestry operation is complete but when the contractors were done they removed a temporary bridge about 400 meters from the Cumberland Road. The trail is still passable but there is a 4-5 foot ditch across it. Be careful.
Be advised that there will be forestry operations on and around Trail 3409 from Vinegar Hill to Jeffries Corner for the next 3 - 4 weeks.
The Annual Night Run will be August 12, leaving the Timberland at 5:30pm. Bring something to BBQ. BBQ will be set up at the Ranger Station.
There will be a Fun Run September 23. Details to be announced.
TRAIL ADVISORY 18/07/17
Sussex Valley All-Terrain Club would again ask atvers to avoid driving on the Arnold Hollow Road and the Parlee Brook Road, in the area of the Abby.
Please stay on the designated trails in this area.
ATVers are increasingly becoming the subject of unfavourable news stories such as this:
TRAIL ADVISORY 07/07/17
August 14 trail upgrades and brushing wiill continue for the next 2 weeks.
For the next 2 weeks there will be heavy equipment working on trail 3405 from McCumber Brook Road through Little Salmon River to Trail 3408 and 3403.
TRAIL UPDATE 23/06/17
Trail 10 from Dicks Lake Road to Saddleback has been repaired and is now open. The signs on 3409 have been replaced. CAUTION there will be repair work on trail 3401 from the Parlee Brook Road to the Glebe Road starting June 24 and lasting approximately 1 week.
June 24 - Superstore to St Martins fun run. Leaving Superstore 10:00 am.
July 15 - Broadleaf Ranch overnight. Departure site to be announced. 10:00 am. $20.00 fee.
Responsible Trail Use
This is a link to a video produced by Dirt Trax TV about responsible trail use. Please watch. Click Here
TRAIL ADVISORY 19/05/17
SVAT has received word that complaints have been made about atvs driving on the Creek Road between the McNutt Rd and Adairs and the Shepody Road past Crawford Lake to the Little Salmon River Road. We suggest using only approved signed trails when in this area. The same goes for the Arnold Hollow and Parlee Brook roads in the area of the Abby.
TRAIL UPDATE 13/05/17
Trail 10 from Falls Brook to Saddleback is closed due to multiple washouts. It will remain closed until conditions improve and we can get equipment in there to do repairs.
3401 and 3409 are open now. Watch for yellow flagging tape marking hazards. Also the missing signs on 3409 have not been replaced yet.
SVAT Donates to Salvation Army
Jeff Branscombe presented a cheque for $500.00 to Major Stan Folkins. The funds went toward the Salvation Army's Christmas Campaign to assist families in need.
Annual Meeting UPDATE 14/11/16
The out come of the elections are as follows:
Vice-President - Graham Milner by acclamation
Secretary - Colleen Stockford by acclamation.
Jeff Branscombe gave a report of the 2016 activities. Which included the addition of 26km of new trails, 5 new bridges, over 10 new culverts and many trail repairs and upgrades.
The annual meeting of the Sussex Valley All-Terrain Club is on Wednesday November 9, 7:00pm at the Timberland Inn.
This year the positions of Vice-President and Secretary are up for election.
If you would like to nominate someone or would like to run yourself, please let Jeff Branscombe know prior to the meeting.
October 25, 2016 After meeting with the RCMP, about confrontations on the Parlee Brook Road, we are recommending that all atvs use only the managed trail 3401 in the Parlee Brook and Arnold Hollow Road areas. Use of any other trail is at your own risk and may result in fines.
TRAIL ADVISORY Update 12/10/16
Caution: We have received reports that this bridge can be slippery if wet or frosty.
This trail is now passable. Repairs have been made to the bridge
Take note that the trail between Vinegar Hill and Jeffries Corner is impassable to side by sides. This is due to the vandalizing of the small bridge half way through the trail. Sometime between Thursday October 6 and Saturday October 8 someone set fire to the bridge deck, making the bridge unuseable. If you have any knowledge of who may have commited this act please notify the RCMP or Crime Stoppers.
Fall Foliage Run Update
There were 14 bikes on the run and except for a small glitch at the end everyone had a great time.
The weather for this upcoming weekend is very unpredictable so keep watching here for the status of Sunday's Fall Foliage Run. If rain is forecast on Saturday for Sunday, the run will be postponed. Also due to logistics the barbeque has been cancelled. Saturday 4:00 pm the forecast is favourable for Sunday so the run is on.
Oct 1, 2016. For the next 3 - 4 weeks there will be forestry operations on trail 3401(Timberland Trail) in the Glebe Road area behind Poley Mountain. Expect heavy trucks and harvesting equipment in that area as well as wood piled roadside.
RESPECT LAND OWNERS
This is an excerpt from an article written last year by Graham Milner our Vice-President but it still relevant..
As stewards of the managed trails in the SVAT area, we are very appreciative of the trust the landowners have given us to allow us to cross their properties. Each landowner, whom we approach, enters into a written agreement with our Club to allow access to cross their property and maintain a trail, with signage. One of the main stipulations is that the off-road vehicles stay on the main trail, and the environment and wildlife are not put unduly at risk.
We are keen to keep the trails accessible and well maintained, but that privilege may be on the verge of slipping away in certain areas due to disrespectful use by unidentified trail users and a recent bout of expensive vandalism. As part of our Club’s responsibility, over the past few weeks we have been replacing missing and damaged trail signs. In our travels we came across signs that were deliberately shot at, burned in fire pits and turned around to send the rider in a wrong direction. These acts of vandalism could have dire consequences and potentially be a life threatening act. Because of this it is an offence to destroy/tamper with trail signs under the Off Road Vehicle Act as well as the Criminal Code of Canada. These acts cannot be solely blamed on the ATVers as other users are out on the trails.
Our group spends thousands of dollars each year installing new signs, bridges and in some areas we erect fencing to mark the main trail that riders are permitted to use and the areas that they are not allowed. Sussex is geographically located in the heart of farming country and because of this we regularly are working with local farmers to keep their valuable property safe from off-road vehicle damage and at the same time ensuring that our riders can have an enjoyable ATVing experience. These farmers, wood lot owners and other land owners are giving us the privilege to cross their property – it is not a right. We respect their rights and do everything we can to satisfy their concerns.
Fall Foliage Run
The fall foliage run will be leaving Adair's Wilderness Lodge at 10:00 am on October 9.
As in previous years, if you volunteered your time for any activity for the Sussex Valley All-Terrain Club, you are entitled to attend the annual volunteer dinner. This year the dinner will be on October 22 at the Penobsquis Community Center, 132 Penobsquis Loop Road. We will be eating at 6:00pm. The menu will include turkey, ham, potatoes, peas, carrots, dressing and for dessert gingerbread with caramel sauce and whipped cream. IN ORDER TO ATTEND YOU MUST RSVP BY OCTOBER 15. This allows time to determine the amount of food required.
Advisory from JD Irving
SVAT representatives attended a meeting with the Regional Forester for JD Irving on July 7. These meetings are held every 6 months to inform stakeholder groups of the operational plans of JDI in their areas. There are 2 items that are of concern to SVAT. The first is the increase in truck traffic in our area. The Shepody Road is now the main hauling road for all cutting operations East of Teehans Corner and South of the Pollett River. This includes the road above Fundy National Park. Other roads affected will be the Goose Creek (Martin Head) Road, The White Car Road,the Little Salmon River Road, New Big Salmon River Road, The Cross (Quiddy) Road and Felix Brook Road. Use extreme caution if you are driving on any of these roads. JDI has agreed to put up signs indicating areas of heavy truck traffic.There will also be cutting operations in the Fire Road and Marrtown areas towards Canaan. The other area of concern is the spraying of defoliants. This will take place mid to late August depending on conditions. All areas to be sprayed will be marked by signs prior to spraying. JDI will block off access to these areas during spraying. They say that the areas will be safe for travel 1- 2 hours after application. The signs will be marked with an orange dot after spraying is completed.
There have been several reports lately of ATVs driving on property without permission. In some cases on farmer’s fields. In most cases snowmobile trails through agricultural land are just that, snowmobile trails. ATVs are not permitted to use them. Please respect landowners and drive only on approved trails or trails that permission has been granted. Failure to do this may lead to the loss of use of trails or impact the establishment of new trails in the future.
MARTIN HEAD ADVISORY
It has been brought to our attention that the authorities are now enforcing no driving on the beach at Martin Head. You are allowed to drive down the road and park on the grass but that is all, otherwise you may be subject to a fine. We are awaiting clarification on some items but to be safe stay away from the beach.