By: Billy Ward
The Doe Mountain Recreation Authority (DMRA) held its final meeting for 2014 on November 4. Board members Ray Stout and Mike Farmer were reappointed for their second terms by Speaker of the House of Representatives Beth Hardwell and Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey, respectively. Farmer was also appointed chairman replacing County Mayor Larry Potter who remains an active board member.
Since the purchase of Doe Mountain by the state and the creation of the DMRA in 2012, the area has become a favorite of riders and visitors whose numbers continue to increase. OHV riders travel to Doe Mountain from surrounding counties and cities within the state including Rogersville and Johnson City as well as the border states of Virginia and North Carolina. Recently, a group from Greensboro, NC made the trip to Johnson County to spend the day riding on the mountain.
The DMRA is excited to expand available opportunities for everyone to enjoy Doe Mountain and Johnson County in 2015. Looking forward, the board hopes to complete five miles of mountain biking trails while adding to the 40 miles of trails and loops for OHV (Off-Highway Vehicles) currently in use. To date one-half mile of the mountain biking trail is nearing completion. The DMRA recently adopted the National Forest Service standards for trail planning, development and construction on Doe Mountain. These standards also involve careful study of the ecological impact of trail construction. For example, before trail construction can begin, botanists review the proposed site for rare and endangered plants assessing the overall effect of human and motor vehicle traffic on the landscape. On the front end it may take a little longer, but we want to do it the right way, said County Mayor Larry Potter.
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