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Officials: ATV riders, snowmobilers denied access to trails owned by Northern Pass opponents

LANCASTER — State officials say several North Country land owners who oppose the Northern Pass Transmission project have denied access to trails for both ATV riders and snowmobilers.The denials, said Chris Gamache, who is chief supervisor of the New Hampshire Bureau of Trails, came after Harry Brown, who until recently was president of the North Country Off-Highway Recreational Vehicle Coalition, had discussions with Eversource, the company that wants to bring Canadian hydroelectric power down a 190-mile route from Pittsburg to Deerfield.Brown had spoken with Eversource in July about the possibility of the latter donating more than $5 million and some 1,100 acres of land in the Diamond Pond area of Stewartstown to Ride The Wilds.Separately, Brown on behalf of Ride The Wilds — which comprises some 1,000 miles of interconnected OHRV trails in Coos County — applied for and received a grant through the Coos County Job Creation Association, which was founded by EversourceBoth those things, said Gamache, seemingly alienated not only property owners who oppose Northern Pass, but also Ride The Wilds’ board of directors. After Brown’s resignation earlier this month, the board voted to return the CCJCA money and to reaffirm the group’s “politically neutral” position.On Ride The Wilds’ Facebook page, Richard Cotter, who is RTW’s vice president and acting president, said the coalition was reorganizing but he did not elaborate.“Snowmobile wise, we’ve lost a main corridor trail from Vermont to Pittsburg and lost two other trails from Berlin to Groveton,” said Gamache, adding that a nearly-signed agreement for OHRV access also fell through.Brown emailed the Union Leader a lengthy statement Monday that addressed his role with Ride The Wilds and Eversource as well as his critics.In it, he slammed the hypocrisy of some Northern Pass opponents who objected to what he and Ride The Wilds were doing, but had no qualms about taking Eversource’s money for conservation projects and a cell-phone improvement effort in the North Country.Brown warned that Ride The Wilds “ as delicate as a house of cards,” which is why it was incumbent for the coalition to explore all funding opportunities.As to the threats by some landowners to make their property unavailable for use by OHRV and snowmobile clubs, Brown wrote that their actions would only hurt their friends and neighbors.Ride The Wilds, Brown said, needs “...large amounts of cash to purchase rights of ways similar to what the Appalachian Trail accomplished many years ago” to ensure that RTW remains viable for the long term. “A Northern Pass grant would have started us in that direction,” said Brown, but “without it, the future of the system is foggy at best.”Gamache acknowledged that the Northern Pass is a “pretty heated, polarizing topic,” but said that despite the access denials, “This is not a ‘sky is falling” kind of thing.”Instead, he added, the current controversy represents both some growing pains for Ride The Wilds as well as an opportunity for the North Country Off-Highway Recreational Vehicle Coalition to really examine its goals.“The coalition was put together to market summer trails in Coos County and it was starting to get into the position of being a land owner and a land manager that it was never set up for,” Gamache said.

Thursday, 27 August 2015 10:32


Great time, 80 people showed up with goods to support the S. Berwick Food Pantry...

Thursday, 27 August 2015 10:09

Save the Racks 2015

A check was sent to Norris Cotton Cancer Center for

$ 5,500.00 from the invite. Nice job MMATV Club...

Wednesday, 22 July 2015 10:02

***NH ATV CLUB monthly meeting***

    NH ATV CLUB monthly meeting, January 31, 2018

Board  of Directors meeting, 6:00pm, public meeting 6:30pm

ALL MEMBERS AND INTERESTED PARTIES are welcome and encouraged to attend.

    7 Jackie Bernier DR.

  Fremont, NH  03044

  Fremont Library meeting room


Saturday, 06 June 2015 10:08

Mount Washington Week-end Rides

Mt Washington Weekend

2015 Guided Rides

We will ride the mountain Sunday, if it is really bad weather, maybe just to the tree line due to conditions above.

Friday June 26

1) Start 0900hrs at Jericho Motorsports to Berlin, Success, Millsfield trails Higgy in charge of ride

2) Start 0900hrs at Gorham Fire Station (NO VEHICLES) to Errol for lunch then to Windmills in Millsfield and back to Gorham Andy in charge of ride

3) Start 3pm at Jericho Motorsports Dinner Sunset ride Berlin, Success trails Buddy in charge of ride

Saturday June 27

1) Start 0900hrs at Jericho Motorsports to Errol for lunch and trails in Millsfield Buddy in charge of ride

2) Start 0900hrs at Jericho Motorsports to Berlin Success, Millsfield and Milan trails Higgy in charge of ride.

3) Start 0900hrs at Gorham Fire Station (NO VEHICLES) ride Success, Berlin, Jericho State Park and Presidential trails. Lunch in Berlin Andy in charge of ride

Questions on any rides contact Ride Director Andy 603-340-3975

Friday, 24 April 2015 10:30

Metallak ATV Club 2015 Events


METALLAK ATV CLUB 2015 ATV Season Dates to remember

Metallak ATV Club Trail Opening Date: Sat. May 23rd (weather and trail conditions permitting)

2015 Meeting Dates: Weds. May 13th Fri. June 12th Weds. July 8th Fri. August 14th Weds. September 9th Fri. October 9th All meetings are at The Dancing Bear Pub in Colebrook at 7pm

2015 Events: May 16th- OHRV Safety Educational Course

June 20th- Wounded Warriors Poker Run

Aug 21-22 NHOHVA Safety Simulator at Moose Festival

Aug 22- Third Annual Metallak ATV Club Steak Feed

Sept 26th -North of The Notches ATV & Brewfest for CASA

Tuesday, 14 April 2015 14:44

Vernstock 2015



Vernstock 2015

With the Mount Moosilauke

ATV Club

July 10th -11th -12th

Watch for more details

Tuesday, 07 April 2015 00:15

NHOHVA 2015 Spring Meeting


When: Saturday, Apr 11, 2015
Where: North Haverhill NH (map)
DescriptionAnnual NHOHVA meeting at the Horse Medow Senior Center at 91 Horse Medow road in North Haverhill. Start time is 0900 and a lunch for 10 dollars.  Trail ride after lunch or some meeting after lunch. Call Andy NH ATV Ride Director 603-340-3975
Tuesday, 31 March 2015 19:00

Family fun begins here


Kids Safety Class


NH ATV Club would like to announce that we will be holding a Kids Safety Class on May 17th

from 8:30-3:30 at the Fremont Safety Complex, 425 Main St. Fremont NH. 

To sign up: Call Mary at the PD to register Monday-Friday 895-3425.

Monday, 15 December 2014 00:00

50" Ruling

ATV's (50") are allowed only as far north as Epping in the winter.  They can use
the Fremont Branch of the Rockingham Rec Trail.  This, though, is only for ATVs,
not UTV.  The side by sides are too wide by NH law to be on winter trails.

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