PEDALS vs. PISTONS – Trail Event of the Season! 9-20-14

By | September 11, 2014

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THIS IS IT!

The Trail Event of the Season!!

** Knock-Down Drag-Out Hoe to Hoe Combat **

!! PEDALS vs. PISTONS !!

vs. Horseshoes vs. Hiking Boots

Be a part of the action as the Flagstaff Biking Organization (and friends) take on the  Coconino Trail Riders (and friends) , the Coconino Horsemens Alliance and the Northern Arizona Trail Runners Association in a trail building duel to the death, or pizza, whichever comes first.

Work on the fantastic Kelly Canyon Project,  (YES IT’s MOTORIZED). 

When: Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 8:00 AM

Where: Take Lake Mary Road East approx 3 miles to Frontier go Right to FR 3E go Left to FR 3J and look for the CTR CHECKERED FLAG awning and banner.

Participants will receive a $10 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC gift card And Special Shirt ,while supplies last

What to bring and other details:

Sturdy closed-toe shoes, long pants, sunscreen, water, and head protection are required. Hardhats, gloves, tools, and trail work instructions will be provided. Children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

Lunch: Pizza by Fratelli Pizza (thanks!) will be served at 1:00 p.m. Hobnob with fellow trail advocates. Discuss land use issues and dirtbikes with fellow workers and new friends. Trophy presentation.

THIS TROPHY IS THE EPITOME OF AWESOMENESS. THE “PISTONS” MUST REGAIN THIS TROPHY. WE NEED YOUR ATTENDANCE. PLEASE HELP!! ANY QUESTIONS ?

CALL WARREN @ 951 326 4757 OR

JIM HALL @ 928 699 5254

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Tonto NF Extends Comment Period for Travel Management Project DEIS

By | August 19, 2014

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ARIZONA – Tonto NF Extends Comment Period for Travel Management Project DEIS

The Tonto National Forest has announced that the comment period for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Travel Management Project, originally scheduled to end on August 18, 2014, has been extended to September 17, 2014.

You can review a copy of the DEIS at public libraries in Globe, Cave Creek, Payson, Young, and select Mesa and Phoenix locations or at the Forest Supervisor’s Office or Ranger District Offices. It is also available for download at http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=28967. You can request a CD version by calling (602) 225-5213.

Comments on the DEIS need to be received by August 18, 2014.

Send written comments to:
Neil Bosworth, Forest Supervisor
ATTN: Travel Management
2324 E. McDowell Rd
Phoenix, AZ, 85006

Comments may also be sent via e-mail to comments-southwestern-TMRTonto@fs.fed.us, or via facsimile (602) 225-5302.

For further information, please contact individual ranger districts, or contact the Forest NEPA Coordinator Anne Thomas at 602-225-5213 or by email to mariannethomas@fs.fed.us.

Thanks in advance and, as always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact BRC.

Ric Foster
Public Lands Department Manager
BlueRibbon Coalition
208-237-1008 ext 107

USFS $1000 Reward for Trail Vandals – Rebar Spikes

By | July 21, 2014

USFS offering $1000 Reward for Trail Vandals – Rebar Spikes

The U.S. Forest Service will pay up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for placing spiked rebar on U.S. Forest Service roads and lands which resulted in at least eight slashed or punctured tires over the weekend of July 12, 2014.

The incident occurred near the community of Happy Jack close to the intersection of State Highway 87 and Lake Mary Road on the Coconino National Forest’s Blue Ridge Ranger District.

If you have information about this incident, contact the U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement and Investigations Office at:  928.527.3511

Official Announcement:
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Forest Service law enforcement searching for individual(s) who placed re-bar in roads

By | July 15, 2014

U.S. Dept. of Agriculture
U.S. Forest Service
Coconino National Forest

www.fs.usda.gov/coconino
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For Immediate Release

July 15, 2014

Media Contact:  

Brady Smith, 928-527-3490 

Forest Service law enforcement searching for individual(s) who placed rebar in roads

 Flagstaff, Ariz. – Forest Service law enforcement is asking the public for any information related to sharpened rebar that was purposely placed on and near forest roads in the Happy Jack area.

At least five pieces of these spiked rebar placed on a forest road were responsible for slashing at least eight tires over the weekend. It appears the rebar is being placed in areas frequented by off-highway vehicles (OHV). “The end of the rebar has been flattened and sharpened to a point and the exposed point has been painted to blend in with the road surface,” said Mogollon Rim District Ranger Linda Wadleigh.  “The objects pose a serious threat to everyone, and that doesn’t just mean people recreating on a motorcycle or OHV, it includes people walking, hiking and even wildlife. We are taking this very seriously and asking the public to keep an eye out and report suspicious activity in the area.”

Anyone with information regarding who may be placing these dangerous rebar should contact Forest Service law enforcement at 928-527-3511.

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Max Gerston’s American Beta/Stillwell Performance 350RR

By | May 16, 2014

Our very own Max Gerston made factory bike Friday! Way to go Max!!

The 2014 AMA GEICO EnduroCross series has kicked off and American Beta/Stillwell Performance has put their four-stroke effort into the friendly cowboy from Arizona, Max Gerston for 2014. The 2012 National EnduroCross Junior Champion recently went over his 2014 Beta 350RR with us, to explain what it takes to get the fine Italian made motorcycle ready for the extreme conditions of EnduroCross.

Read more: http://www.dirtrider.com/features/factory-bike-friday-max-gerston-beta-350rr/#ixzz31totb9Nc

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Howlin’ at the Moon 2014 Dual Sport! Nov 8th and 9th!

By | May 5, 2014

logoThe Arizona Trail Riders are proud once again to have a spot on the AMA National Husqvarna Dual Sport and Yamaha Adventure Riding calendars for 2014.

This year we are heading back to Wickenburg, Arizona to ride the awesome trails and roads in the foothills of the Bradshaw Mountains.

We have some new routes and yes, the dreaded endless sugar sand is gone for the B’s.

Registration now open! Click here! 

Event Flyer 

Hotel List 

RV Camping 

Hope to see you there!!!

Fire Restrictions To Begin Friday On Four Arizona National Forests

By | April 18, 2014

NEWS RELEASE

Coconino National Forest – www.fs.usda.gov/coconino
Kaibab National Forest – www.fs.usda.gov/kaibab
Prescott National Forest – www.fs.usda.gov/prescott
Tonto National Forest – www.fs.usda.gov/tonto

For Immediate Release

Jacqueline Banks, 928-635-8314
April 15, 2014 Heather Noel, 928-527-3490
Debbie Maneely, 928-443-8130
David Albo, 602-525-1042

Fire Restrictions To Begin Friday On Four Arizona National Forests

ARIZONA – Campfire and smoking restrictions will be implemented at 8 a.m. Friday, April 18, on the Coconino, Kaibab, Prescott and Tonto National Forests in order to protect public health and reduce preventable human-caused fires. On the Kaibab National Forest, restrictions will apply only to the Williams and Tusayan Ranger Districts. Fire restrictions will not yet be implemented on the North Kaibab Ranger District due to different weather and fuels conditions.

Under the restrictions, fires, campfires, charcoal, coal and wood stoves are allowed in developed campgrounds only. The restrictions also limit smoking to within enclosed vehicles or buildings or in developed campgrounds. Using a device that is solely fueled by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels that can be turned on and off is allowed in areas that are clear of flammable materials. Fireworks are always prohibited on all national forest lands.

On the Prescott National Forest, campfires are not allowed at the designated dispersed sites within the Prescott Basin. Metal posts identify designated dispersed sites with a number.

Implementation of fire restrictions is especially important this year given the dry winter and impacts of long-term drought on the forests. Criteria used to determine when to implement fire restrictions include

current and predicted weather, fuel moisture, fire activity levels and available firefighting resources. Fire restrictions will remain in effect until the forests receive significant precipitation.

“We are seeing conditions on the forests that warrant going into fire restrictions earlier than usual,” said Coconino National Forest Supervisor Earl Stewart. “We could have a long fire season ahead of us, and we need members of the public to work with us to prevent human-caused starts.”

Know Before You Go! The public can obtain additional fire information via the following:

  • Arizona Fire Restrictions http://firerestrictions.us/az/
  • Arizona Fire Prevention & Information (fire restrictions & red flag alerts) http://wildlandfire.az.gov/
  • Fire Restrictions on Public Lands in Arizona and New Mexico 1-877-864-6985

Recap: Sheridan Mountain Showdown 2014

By | April 17, 2014

SMS_Podium_PicAfter the dust cleared from the Arizona Trail Riders 2014 “Sheridan Mountain Showdown” enduro there was a new Sheriff in town and his name is Destry Abbott. The April 13th event held at Camp Wood, Arizona under permit from the Prescott National Forest was Round 8 of the AMRA/MotoCity Off Road Championship Series as well as Round 4 of the AMA/SRT/Flexx Bars Western Checkpoint Enduro Championship. The cross series promotion brought out riders from all over the Western States to do battle on the rocky forest trails of the Sheridan Mountain Smith Mesa OHV area.

Congratulations to Destry Abbott for staying focused and picking the right lines to take the Overall win with Jordan Brandt taking 2nd and Mitch Carvolth getting 3rd.

At the end of the day there were many tired racers but the positive comments and grins at the scoring tent hinted that overall the event was a success. In the words of one veteran of past SMS races, “the best Camp Wood race ever”. The restart enduro course had 7 Test sections for the A’s, 6 Test sections for the B’s and 4 Tests for the C’s. The 80 mile course was essentially one long loop ranging from 6500’ to 3500’ in elevation with Camp Wood’s infamous rocks challenging riders on every trail and at every turn. The course had three new trails which allowed the club to spread out the course so that there was only one section of the 80 mile loop that was ridden twice. This event has a history of being tough on the rider and their machine and everyone who participated, and especially those who completed the course, deserve a big round of applause, a pat on the back, and a frosty beverage for their efforts.

The Arizona Trail Riders want to say “Thank You” to AMRA, WestChec, all the riders who came to compete and all the sponsors who support the AMRA and WestChec Series. We very much appreciate your support and hope to see you again next year.

Sheridan Mountain Showdown Top 5 Overall

  1. Destry Abbott
  2. Jordan Brandt
  3. Mitch Carvolth
  4. Travis Epperson
  5. Dustin Walcher