DUTCHMAN SNOW PARK IS SLATED TO BE CONVERTED TO NON MOTORIZED USE
THIS YEAR. WE NEED YOUR HELP TO STOP THIS.
Please forward to everyone you know!
As we speak a proposal for a new snow park (Kapka Butte) is in the works. OSSA and Moon Country Snowmobile Club Presidents have been working on this since 2004. The only draw back to this project is that it includes the Loss of Dutchman Snow Park for all motorized use. This will stop all early and late season riding in the Mount Bachelor area. Also consider the impact to Elk Lake Resort and all the other businesses that support Off Highway Motorized Vehicles. (Gas, Parts, Restaurants, Motels) just to name a few.
The environmental people (Wild Wilderness and the Sierra Club just to name two) are working very hard to close down the entire forest to motorized vehicles. They are after 100% of Tumalo Mountain as we speak. If they get Dutchman Snow Park then Tumalo Mountain is just a simple set away. We have given them half of Tumalo Mountain, the Sledding area at Wanoga Snow Park, and divided up Dutchman Flats into little roads to avoid as many conflicts as possible.
According to the wilderness people: Definition: (Conflict) A conflict is any sound, site or even just seeing the tracks of someone or something that is not using the same mode of transportation as you are. When reviewing documents you will see hundreds of complaints filed using the term "Conflict" These people do not have a problem writing false reports or producing adjusted photos or what ever it takes to accomplish their goals. They are greedy people who never learned how to share.
As Winter Users of the forest we have given in every year to some concession to try to satisfy these extremist groups. There is no satisfying these people. They want it all their way and believe they are the only ones who should be allowed into the forest until one of them gets hurt or lost. If you look at the Snow Parks, all the Snowmobile parks are Mixed Use parks. We welcome cross country skiers, snow shoers, dogs and dog sleds, hikers, sleders, and even environmental extremists. Now if you look at the other snow parks they are NON MOTORIZED very specific use parks. We Share they don't.
We all have to write emails to Marv Lang with the Forest Service and to Senator Wyden's Office and let the know we will not stand for the loss of Dutchman Snow Park. Please contact anyone you know who uses the forest (Public Lands) and get them involved. If you have never gotten involved before now is the time to start. Once Dutchman is gone Bend will become just another second rate riding and recreation area for the people who put the least money back into the community.
Please Get Involved today and be part of the solution.
Forest Service Contact (approved by Marv Lang)
Senator Wyden's Office (web site contact form) Don't forget to remind Wyden you are a "VOTER"
Sites to check out:
2006 Scoping Letter