© Thunder Mountain Wheelers
We ride ATVs and snowmobiles for fun as our way to enjoy the public land. We do NOT abuse these lands. Our policy is to take care of them so our children and grand children will be able to see them in any matter they choose. We actively oppose any restrictions of access on our public lands when restrictions are implemented without compelling evidence and logical reasons.
GMUG transportation engineer and forest trails co-ordinator Doug Marah agrees. "The TMW is one of the best groups that we have to work with," he said. "They have stepped up to the plate time and time again and are consistently pro-active in cleaning up and maintaining trails everywhere they ride; in raising grant monies for various projects; picking up the trash and cleaning around the lakes they have adopted." Those efforts "enhance everybody's experience on the GMUG," said Marah, "and the club provides a positive role model for ATV riders and other users of federal lands."
Ouray District Ranger Tammy Randall-Parker, said the TMW is an outstanding group of people providing a great leadership role model for the rest of the ATV community by working in partnership with the Forest Service and by participating with other groups who want to keep access to public lands available to responsible users while protecting natural resources.
Trails and wilderness specialist for the Ouray District, Kris Wist, commented, "These guys [TMW] are wonderful. One of the most outstanding and well organized volunteer groups ever to work with. They are pro-active and extremely successful in getting state OHV grants for trail maintenance in our area." According to Wist, the TMW is a highly respected group of people, responsible and committed to multiple use. "Their volunteer efforts are felt throughout the GMUG."
According to Parker, the club is extremely successful in raising funding for various projects through grants, and club members are supportive in resolving problems that lead to positive changes on the ground. Parker said TMW helped in raising the NEPA funding (via grants) and provided the volunteer labor needed to build the new 15-mile Parallel Trail on the Uncompahgre Plateau. She also noted that the group was awarded a Colorado OHV grant to produce a detailed trail map of the Uncompahgre National Forest, to be distributed free to the public.
Loren Paulson, recreation manager for the Grand Valley Ranger District, said, "The club is a great group of people providing hundreds of volunteer hours cleaning and picking up trash around the lakes they've adopted, building new trails and repairing and maintaining existing roads and trails on the GMUG. We wouldn't get much done without their help."
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