October 12, 2012 - Letter to the Editor, The Berlin Daily Sun
To the editor: The Androscoggin Valley ATV Club (AVATV) manages the Jericho and Success OHRV trails along with the downtown connector trail. This amounts to approximately 80 miles of trails in Berlin and Success that need constant maintenance.
All of this work is done by a limited number of volunteers. A portion of the funds to accomplish this work comes from your ATV/ UTV/Trail bike registration dollars in the form of Grant-in-Aid funding and from gasoline taxes you pay when you fill up your OHRV. Per state statute these funds can only be applied for and received by a non-profit organization, such as your local ATV club. Also per state statute, the Jericho Mountain State Park ATV trails would not have been born or continue to exist without your locally organized AVATV Club.
There are costs associated with the operation of a non-profit club that are not covered by grants which is what some of your membership dollars pay for. Since the first Jericho trails were opened in 2006 membership numbers have dropped from a high of over 200 to just below 50 to date. There are many ATV enthusiasts in this area that enjoy the Jericho, Success and City Connector trail system on a regular basis. You may have noticed trails needing work, more signage, obstacles blocking trails, memberships slow to get processed, etc. This is all due to not enough volunteers.
By this time next year you will be able to ride an OHRV from Gorham to the Canadian border. This would not be possible without the Androscoggin Valley ATV Club and all of the other ATV Club�s from Gorham to Pittsburg along with tremendous support from the NH Bureau of Trails. Every club along the way has played a vital role in the interconnection of the trail systems, which will rival that of the popular Hatfield-McCoy trails in West Virginia, while providing a huge boost in the tourism economy!
For the past three years the AVATV Club has organized the popular Jericho ATV Festival. The work involved in organizing this event, coupled with the duties of managing several miles of ATV trails, has put a tremendous burden on the AVATV Club volunteers.
Please consider joining the AVATV Club and offering your help in any way you can. There are many more duties other than physical trail work that need to be done. The club also needs volunteers to make the 2013 Jericho ATV Festival bigger and better. The AVATV Club has regular monthly meetings held on the last Wednesday of every month at the Tri-County Cap office on 30 Exchange St. across from the post office in Berlin at 6:30 p.m. with a festival organization meeting following at 7 p.m.
All are welcome to attend and you do not need to own an OHRV. An enthusiasm to help grow our community is all that is needed. Membership applications are available at Jericho Motorsports, Absolute Power Sports or on our website at www.avatvclub.org and clicking on the membership page.
We look forward to meeting you. AVATV Club Board of Directors