I hope this message finds you well and calm considering the overwhelming attention being paid to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the near term, please emphasize, practice and promote healthy habits. I expect we will see many more changes to our social habits and norms in the months to come. In fact, it is reasonable to expect some of the changes recently enacted may become the normal process in the future.
The primary purpose of this message is to let you know your club Officers/Board of Directors are keeping the engine of TRS in good shape and running. Here is a short list of what is going on inside and around TRS.
• TRS Officers will be conducting a Zoom meeting on Monday April 6th. to keep in touch and keep your club engine running.
• There will not be a club meeting as previously scheduled for April 14th due to the Governor’s Executive Order (2020-18) closing all restaurants and restricting large group meetings.
• You can continue to ride per the same Executive Order – outdoor recreation is permitted, just comply with social distance and group size guidelines.
• Check you email for a message from Rich Baker regarding expired memberships. During a very busy time period between November of 2019 and through March of 2020 (Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year and Copper Classic) several club memberships have lapsed. Very understandable, but if you are late, please renew.
• We have several new members in TRS and to you a special welcome aboard. If in fact you have recently joined TRS, please let Tim McGuire know your club t-shirt size and if you want your 2ea. club decals. These items can be packaged up and provided at our next club meeting or earlier if you make different arrangements with Tim.
o Tim’s email: firstname.lastname@example.org
• On Thursday April 9th. TRS will be participating in the Coronado National Forest Supervisor OHV Partnership meeting. This meeting will take place via “TEAMS” a virtual meeting application.
• Preliminary planning work has begun on the Red Spring Trail Phase II. TRS must submit a formal project letter of intent to be sure the Forest Service recognizes this project for future internal planning activities.
TRS received this message today from the Coronado National Forest, Supervisor’s Office.
I want to reach out and let you know that Coronado National Forest continues to value your partnership and engagement during these unprecedented times. For obvious reasons, the Forest has been pre-occupied with implementing CDC guidelines, providing public health and safety for its employees and visitors, and dealing with the uncertainty and challenges we are all facing under the COVID-19 outbreak.
We appreciate your patience and the time and space you have given us to manage the situation. The Coronado National Forest offices are virtually open and most all of the staff are teleworking or working in the field under CDC and USDA guidelines. Most of the Forest remains open to visitors while there are closures of developed recreational sites. I encourage you to check the Coronado National Forest website https://www.fs.usda.gov/coronado for the most up to date information and press releases.
If you have any questions about your partnership agreement or your group activities on the Forest please contact the respective district or if you have a special use permit, the special use permit manager, or me. If you are having difficulty reaching a Forest Service staff member, I can try and assist you. My cell phone number is 520-419-9567.
Thank you and please stay healthy.
Coronado National Forest – Supervisor’s Office
PAYSON, Ariz. – The Tonto National Forest, Mesa Ranger District, is discontinuing paper permits due to increased demand from visitors to the popular Bulldog Canyon OHV area. Those wishing to visit the area are instead required to obtain a permit online through recreation.gov. This transition to an online system also means the public will no longer will have to travel to the district office to obtain a permit. The online process includes a $6 administrative fee. Additionally, while past permits allowed up to five additional household members to be added to the permit, each OHV operator, age 16 or older, will now need a permit on hand while riding in the Bulldog Canyon OHV area. Passengers not operating motorized vehicles in the permit area will not need a permit. To reserve a permit on recreation.gov, search for ‘Tonto National Forest Off-Highway Vehicle Permit’ and follow the prompts to purchase and then print the permit. The permit will include six months of gate code combinations to unlock access gates to the Bulldog Canyon OHV area.
For more information, contact the Mesa Ranger District, (480) 610-3300 from 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. weekdays.
You can also visit www.fs.usda.gov/detail/tonto/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD709010 for information regarding access points.
TRS contacted the Coronado National Forest Office in Tucson over the weekend to confirm the Coronado National Forest is in fact open to recreation. This request was made to counter faulty news report stating the Forest was closed. For those who have been visiting this FB page know, the Forest Is OPEN to recreation. There are restrictions to group size gatherings which are in line with CDC recommendations, and closures of Developed Recreational sites
The Coronado National Forest representative contacted by TRS, Dana Backer, recommended the following.
“Thanks for bringing this to our attention. At a time with so much uncertainty, misinformation can be detrimental. We ask the public to refer to the official press releases on our website for the correct information.”
In light of the virus crisis, I asked the Coronado National Forest if there are any restrictions for OHV recreation at this time. Here is the response.
At this time, the trails are open as normal. Individuals are asked to follow AZ State and CDC requirements. Do you have an upcoming event that exceeds the CDC/AZ recommended group limit size? If so, I would refer you to the Special Use Permit division. The contact is Alysa Hansen (email@example.com).
If things change, there will be a press release and it will be posted on the Coronado FB site.
Thanks for checking, stay well.
Coronado National Forest – Supervisor’s Office
300 W Congress Street, 6th Floor
Tucson, AZ 85701
Trail Riders of Southern Arizona (TRS) are happy to report the 2020 San Manuel Copper Classic was a huge success! Over 260 racers registered for the Mini and Big Bike courses this past Saturday; all in search of exciting competition and all out dirt bike fun. At the Riders Meeting before the racing started for the Big Bikes, we had a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem sung by Alicia Guerrero. Just as she completed the Anthem there was an airplane fly over to excite the racers and spectators alike.
The weather was cool in the morning for the younger racers and warmed considerably for the Big Bike race, which started at Noon. The warmer afternoon temperature and long West Loop took its toll on many of the Big Bike racers.
As it was last year, the Big Bike racers were challenged by the Restart Enduro race format. The challenge of racing a Restart Enduro format is to complete one test section before the prescribed start time for the next test section.
This year we expanded our racecourse by adding Grass Track #2 and also included a pass through the Gardner Middle School hallways, out under a breezeway, around the outside of the Gym building and finally down into a short tunnel. Once through the tunnel, the racers found themselves at the top of the steps that lead down onto Grass Track #1 and then off to the finish of the South loop.
For the riders able to make it to their final finish check, they received a cool red towel to refresh themselves.
In the evening after the race, TRS members gathered around the camp fire and enjoyed an outstanding meal served up by Chef Carlos Serrano and friends. After the meal, raffle prizes were awarded to the TRS volunteers as a way of saying thanks for all their hard work.
As always, TRS wishes to thank all of its club members, family members and friends who help make this event possible. We also thank AMRA for their support at registration and the scoring checks. TRS also needs to express our thanks to the club sponsors for their support; Serrano Motorsports, Tucker Motorsports, Alexandra L Miller CPA, Arizona Kawasaki- KTM-Triumph, Scott Genzman GR Financial Group, TRAFFICADE, Randy Jones Farmers Insurance, Cycle Skis & ATVs and On Any Moto.
Finally, we thank the fine residents of San Manuel, San Manuel School officials and BHP Copper for once again allowing us to utilize the school grounds and adjoining property to host this event. The Copper Classic exists due to their support and cooperation. We also thank the San Manuel Fire Department for watering Grass Track #1 to help keep the dust down.
Until next year be well and enjoy riding and racing your dirt bike.
Thanks to some very dedicated and talented TRS members, the Big Bike racecourse was “staked” this weekend. Hats off to these members for utilizing a very efficient process to get the Mile Marker, Course Worker and general course marking stakes located across both West & South loops.
This coming Thursday and Friday, the Mini racecourse and the race campus will be staked and marked in anticipation of race activities starting on Friday afternoon.
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