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Loch Raven Trail Maintenace Work Day

October 17th, 2010 | Categories: Events | Post Comment

Today’s guest blogger is Bob Compton, MORE (Mid Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts) Trail Laisoin at Loch Raven Reservoir.  For years, MORE (and formerly MAMBO) has been fixing trails and cleaning streams in Loch Raven, as well as local and state parks in Virginia, DC & Maryland.


Volunteers walking to the work site

Eroded ditch on the woods road

Today MORE conducted another trail maintenance and education workshop at Loch Raven Reservoir.  I wanted to say “thank you” to everybody that came out.  Through your efforts we were able to build two rolling grade dips and fill in a very large rut along one of the woods roads.  More importantly this brings MORE’s volunteer hours at Loch Raven Reservoir to over 900 for the year.  Very impressive to say the least.  Thanks again for making it happen!



Fixing the ditch

Group wrap up

Many of you asked about the status of access to the trails at Loch Raven and how you could help to protect your access privleges.  I know from talking to two of the rangers earlier this week that the 1998 Mountain Bike Plan is being enforced.  Warnings and tickets are being issued.  Additional information can be found on Facebook under the Loch Raven Mountain Biking user group. I was further informed that in the not too distant future all users will have their activity restricted, whether it be hiking, trail running, dog walking, etc. to the woods roads that were identified in the 1998 Mountain Bike Plan.  Even fishermen will be restricted to certain areas of Loch Raven.  The only group excluded from these restrictions are the deer hunters.  [Which is ironic since hunters typically do not use existing trails, but create new ones in tracking deer]

What can you do to help?  I recommend contacting as many of the politicians as you can and voice your concern.  In addition, please contact the local media. We need to act and we need to act now!  Loch Raven Reservoir is a wonderful recreational resource.  Generations after generations of families have enjoyed spending time here.  We need to rally together to if we want to retain the access we have come to love.
I am in the process of organizing a public meeting at one of the local high schools.  I hope to have the meeting scheduled for the week of October 24th.  Stay tuned to Facebook for updates.
Great job everybody! Thanks again for all of your help and support.
Bob Compton
MORE, Loch Raven Trail Liaison



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