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posted July 13, 2011
...just got done getting landowner permissions signed
so we can continue riding the trails we have in the
greater Fort Kent area.
In talking to the landowners, a few topics came up:
1. Please stay on marked trails
2. Drive at a reasonable rate of speed to keep
the dust and noise down
3. Always watch out for and yield to farm equipment
and trucks-these landowners are trying to earn a
living and graciously allow us to ride on their land
4. Drive defensively and always be prepared to meet
others on the trail hopefully riding at a
reasonable rate of speed.
5. Respect the land and don't unnecessarily
spin out and make ruts anywhere.
In order to have trails in the greater Fort Kent area, the Valley ATV Riders must have landowner permission,
which is why we have the trails we do, even though many of us take it for granted. Without the generosity
of these landowners, we would not have trails, a big THANK YOU to these landowners!
Now, how do the VATV Riders fit into this picture? Let me begin by saying that every five years or so, one
of our officers visits with each landowner and they sign an agreement which is drawn up by the Maine State Department
of Conservation. This is probably the most important thing that the VATV Riders do for the ATV riders in the greater
Fort Kent area but what follows are some other things the club does for you so you can enjoy riding ATV. Among them,
but not limited to are:
1. Signage (arrows designating where the trails are)
2. Signs telling you where services can be found (on Heritage Trail at Glendale Siding and Village Road)
3. Trail Maintenance: periodically, you will notice that the trails
have been maintained, especially after a heavy rain. The VATV Riders purchased a tractor and equipment (Thanks to
grant through Yamaha) which is used to level out the trails when needed. So please always drive prudently and watch
out for the tractor on the trail.
4. Dust abatement: During dry spells, landowners in town may experience periods of
extreme dusty conditions. The Valley ATV Riders then put calcium on the trails in an attempt to abate this dust. How
can you help? Please slow down to alleviate this problem.
5. In order to get permission from one of our biggest landowners,
the VATV Riders purchase a liability insurance. In order to ride on their land, you should have an updated local club and
ATV Maine sticker which the VATV riders send to you upon membership payment along with a map provided by NMDC.
6. The VATV Riders have provided picnic tables and trash cans on the trail at the following spots: On the Heritage Trail at
Glendale Siding and the Adirondack Building (which by the way was also a VATV Riders project), at the scenic views at
Arnold Dubois, Lee Theriault, and Caron Farms, and at the corner of Caron and Black Lake Road.
In closing, with over 600 registered ATV in FK, everyone should support the VATV Riders. Every year, membership
forms are mailed out. If you have received one, please send in your membership if you haven’t yet and/or go online to
valleyatvriders.com and you will find a membership form and mail to:
Valley ATV Riders, PO Box 192, Fort Kent Mills, Me 04744 Thank you.