By Lacy Hilliard
Ever since Doe Mountain was saved from clear cutting, hikers, bikers, horseback riders, and ATV enthusiasts alike have all been eagerly awaiting the development of the many trail systems proposed for the area. The Mountain Trail Riders Association has been at the forefront of the development of the trails and on Saturday, September 22, the organization sponsored a fundraising event to help forward proposed plans. The event invited OHV (off-highway vehicle) riders to come to Doe Mountain and experience the trails that are already in existence such as the fire tower trail and Chimney Rock trail. In return for free admission to the event, the approximately 265 riders donated $1,327 to Doe Mountain to help fund the creation of new trails as well as trail maintenance.
The Mountain Trail Riders Association is an organization that is dedicated to preserving OHV accessible trails as well as negotiating with local lawmakers and forestry officials about the regulation of trail systems. Over 600 members strong, the MTRA has been instrumental in the planning stages of the Doe Mountain trail system and have frequently vowed their dedication to the project. The local chapter of MTRA, known as Hollers n Hills Recreation, has 91 members. At the event, members could be seen working tirelessly to ensure the success of the fundraising event and it is apparent that they are passionate about the success of Doe Mountain as a recreational facility for all lovers of the outdoors to enjoy. Sam White of the MTRA informed The Tomahawk of a possible grant from Yamaha to the tune of $36,000 to support Doe Mountain. White is anxiously awaiting the approval of this grant as he knows that receiving it will help immensely to further the cause.
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By Lacy Hilliard