Welcome to the new home of Moose Alley Riders ATV Club
Meeting Thursday April 14th
Well we apologize for not going live with the last meeting but there was a lot of conversation going on prior to that rolled into a fairly lengthy meeting.
Funding is in a good place to get the year started. Unfortunately we are waiting mostly on mother nature still to continue to dry up for a couple more weeks before a lot can be getting done. Additionally we are waiting on landowner permissions and access plans for the season we have been told we should expect at the beginning of May. This will give us less than 4 weeks to get ready for opening day....which we are planning on May 27th!
The access on the railbed remains to be an ongoing issue. At present day, the north half of the railbed will remain closed until a resolution is found. (The one exception being access for Gateway Recreation and Lodging and North Country Rivers guests)
There remains to be some optimism that something can be worked out, but for now the club will be focusing on a reroute to allow traffic in and out of town on both ends per normal.
Currently this reroute is looking like from the Solon Dam traveling north, you will go up the block hill, across 201 to the Frank's Savage Rd, then take a left 2mi later into the Pat Cassidy. Then a left down Mahoney Hill back to 201. We are working on routing options from there with a few avenues we are exploring.
Other than that Scott Robertson has agreed to attempt to out together a work part schedule for different projects throughout the upcoming season to give folks a better heads up. We are hopeful to post it after the next meeting 5/12 in Bingham.
Maps are being worked on now and we are hopeful to have them in time for memorial weekend!
What can you do for now? Stay off the trails til they are open, drop the railbed issue...the club and riders should not be in the middle of landowner disputes, and stay tuned so you can lend a hand if and when it works for you.
Been getting asked about the rail bed project a lot lately, time for an update, although there is not a lot to report. The latest and greatest is that PanAm has FILED the proper paperwork to abandon the tracks to the federal government, who in turn have to process said paperwork to formally allow the land to be sold. This part can still take months, so stay tuned.
Background for those who are not familiar. The state is in the process of purchasing approximately 25 miles of railbed from PanAm that is no longer used that stretches between Oakland and up through to North Anson following the Kennebec River pretty closely through Fairfield, Norridgewock, Madison. It has been "in the works" for over two years now. The state has agreed to pay $1 million and would then turn it into the next big rail trail. This rail trail would connect the Messalonskee Trail Riders ATV Club - Oakland, Central Maine ATV Club - Fairfield to the Madison - Anson ATV Club and beyond. The plan is to use the Powerlines from Embden up to Bingham which is another 14 miles give or take.
This would open our trail system up to the rest of the state and allow us to boogie up north anytime from right here! Currently the rail trail would stop shy of the town of Oakland due to the proximity of the schools to the railbed. Would be nice to get all the way into Oakland, but we will take what we can get.
The state plans to work this project from north to south, so this is still going to be a while. A reminder that these railbeds are all still the property of PanAm/CSX and therefore are still protected by the Federal Government and subject to all penalties related to trespassing on federal property.
Keep your fingers crossed this all goes through!
Douglas Dickinson, trailmaster CMATV Club
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