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    Reminder - Berlin ATV Festival on this weekend

    The north country of NH will be awash in ATVs this weekend. The event is centered around Jericho Lake State Park on RT 110 but Berlin and Gorham will both be busy. Unless you need to head into Gorham, take Pinkham B road to avoid it. Motels, campgrounds and restaurants will be full up all the way to the Conway area. It usually gets busy Thursday night with peak traffic in Friday night.
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    Quote Originally Posted by peakbagger View Post
    The north country of NH will be awash in ATVs this weekend. The event is centered around Jericho Lake State Park on RT 110 but Berlin and Gorham will both be busy. Unless you need to head into Gorham, take Pinkham B road to avoid it. Motels, campgrounds and restaurants will be full up all the way to the Conway area. It usually gets busy Thursday night with peak traffic in Friday night.

    If someone wants to check out the events, they tend to be family friendly but definitely country western redneck, camo tends to prevail.
    Sir..I take offense on call them "Redneck..country western etc" and I assume you have much deeper darker thoughts on what you think about ATV'rs.. Many aren't into country or rednecked.

    Why couldn't you of just mentioned about the festival and left it at that.. you seem to have narrow minded views on people and their affairs concerning ATV's..probably Snowmobiles and many other facets of this diverse life on this planet I have realized.

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    No offense intended. Since you object to the characterization I will gladly remove it. Of course since you quoted me, the characterization will remain in the thread.

    BTW that is what PMs are for
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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptCaper View Post
    Sir..I take offense on call them "Redneck..country western etc" and I assume you have much deeper darker thoughts on what you think about ATV'rs.. Many aren't into country or rednecked.

    Why couldn't you of just mentioned about the festival and left it at that.. you seem to have narrow minded views on people and their affairs concerning ATV's..probably Snowmobiles and many other facets of this diverse life on this planet I have realized.
    I'm not offended by the word, but it is likely inaccurate, given the southern connotations of the term. The term hillbilly would also not be accurate as that tend to be more southern Appalachian. I think the safest term to use might be 'genuinely unpretentious'.
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    When I was growing up, people referred to us as "hicks," thank you very much.

    I believe the band playing the festival is "Shot of JD." Punk band I think, maybe post-industrial metal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by peakbagger View Post
    No offense intended. Since you object to the characterization I will gladly remove it. Of course since you quoted me, the characterization will remain in the thread.

    BTW that is what PMs are for
    Sometimes it’s a good thing to be called out publicly. It helps keep things politically neutral.
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    The 10th Jericho ATV festival is this weekend with events starting on Friday.

    Not a great weekend to do Cabot due to potential traffic on Rt 110.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptCaper View Post
    Sir..I take offense on call them "Redneck..country western etc" and I assume you have much deeper darker thoughts on what you think about ATV'rs.. Many aren't into country or rednecked.

    Why couldn't you of just mentioned about the festival and left it at that.. you seem to have narrow minded views on people and their affairs concerning ATV's..probably Snowmobiles and many other facets of this diverse life on this planet I have realized.
    if you see any ATV enthusiasts maybe you should thank them.
    their yearly OHRV registration fees pay for the bulk of the hiker 'rescues'
    ($104 for non residents)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob View Post
    if you see any ATV enthusiasts maybe you should thank them.
    their yearly OHRV registration fees pay for the bulk of the hiker 'rescues'
    ($104 for non residents)
    If we're playing this game, hunting and fishing licenses and the federal govt contribute more to the F&G operating budget than OHRV registrations.

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    Some actually enjoy a busy scene. It is Summer. We stayed in a campground in this area last year. It was shared by hikers, RV owners, fisherman, and ATV owners. In fact most were doing more than one of the above. Lot’s of good conversation among participants. Most seemed to be interested in not only what they were doing but also into what the other guy was doing. Especially if it was not what they were doing.
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    F&G acts as an administrator to collect the OHRV fees, much of the money is passed through to the Trails Bureau.

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    Not sure on the surcharge but the claim by the legislature is that if F&G runs a deficit that they can go back to the legislature and ask for more money. The reality is that any F&G request for additional funding out of the budget cycle is going to get a lot of pushback and probably is a career limiting option for the manager that does so. The net result is F&G does what it can to raid other budgets and programs to scrape through to the next funding cycle. The lack of long term funding has meant they can not be competitive in hiring and retaining staff and a large amount of their experienced staff are on the cusp of retirement which means fewer folks doing more work. The rangers are on call 24/7 and last thing I knew they were running significantly short handed.

    The director of Fish and Game earlier this year did an interview on the Exchange on NHPR and talked about funding, I had posted a link but can not find it quickly. In the interview the director downplayed the hiker S&R impact to the budget. He had far bigger issues to worry about. He did discuss the ATV funding and I believe he stated that the costs to support the increased ATV effort exceeded the small amount they retained from the OHRV fee to administer it. The majority of OHRV money goes to funding trail clubs and purchasing access for trails which is administered by the Bureau of Trails.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob View Post
    if you see any ATV enthusiasts maybe you should thank them.
    their yearly OHRV registration fees pay for the bulk of the hiker 'rescues'
    ($104 for non residents)
    The $1 surcharge paid by OHRV registrations may not even cover the S&R costs for OHRV accidents. There were two more Saturday that F&G was involved in. It's not just hikers, folks. There are quite a few ATV rescues as well.

    "Conservation Officers Respond to Two Separate OHRV Crashes Saturday

    Berlin – At about 10:40 A.M. on Saturday, August 3, 2019, a woman sustained serious injuries when she was involved in an ATV rollover. Cheryl Medvetsky, 61, of Monson, MA was traveling on Erik’s Way in Jericho State Park with a group of friends when she slowly rolled her ATV while attempting to navigate very difficult terrain. Members of her riding party immediately rushed to her aid and placed a call to 911. While first responders were in route to the scene of the crash, her friends escorted her out of Erik’s Way to Pipeline Trail where medical personnel could easily find her.

    Upon receiving word of the incident, Berlin Fire Department, Berlin EMS, Berlin Police Department, and Conservation Officers responded to the scene. First responders transported Medvetsky out of the woods by way of a Berlin FD side-by-side to an awaiting ambulance. Due to the nature of the injury, she was transported to Androscoggin Valley Hospital in Berlin for further evaluation and treatment.

    Berlin – Shortly after 2:00 P.M. on Saturday, August 3, 2019, a man and a woman sustained serious injuries when they crashed the ATV that they were riding. Emily J. Butland, 28, of Boscawen, NH, was operating an ATV on Moose Road in Jericho State Park, with her passenger Adam Deane, 32, of Boscawen, NH, when the incident occurred. Butland was traveling westbound when she lost control of the ATV and drove off a large embankment into a small stream, striking a boulder.

    Members of their riding party came to their aid, lifting the machine upright, freeing Butland and Deane and assisting them back to the side of the trail. Members of the party placed a call 911 for help. Upon receiving word of the incident, Berlin Fire Department, Berlin EMS, Berlin Police Department, and Conservation Officers responded to the scene. Due to the nature of their injuries and the severity of crash, they were transported by ambulance to Androscoggin Valley Hospital for further evaluation and treatment.

    Operator and passenger were wearing helmets; inexperience is considered the primary cause of the crash."

    S&R costs are a small fraction of the F&G budget as is clear in posts above. We all love the woods. Best not to bicker over who's paying for whom IMO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Raven View Post
    The $1 surcharge paid by OHRV registrations may not even cover the S&R costs for OHRV accidents. There were two more Saturday that F&G was involved in. It's not just hikers, folks. There are quite a few ATV rescues as well.

    "Conservation Officers Respond to Two Separate OHRV Crashes Saturday

    Berlin – At about 10:40 A.M. on Saturday, August 3, 2019, a woman sustained serious injuries when she was involved in an ATV rollover. Cheryl Medvetsky, 61, of Monson, MA was traveling on Erik’s Way in Jericho State Park with a group of friends when she slowly rolled her ATV while attempting to navigate very difficult terrain. Members of her riding party immediately rushed to her aid and placed a call to 911. While first responders were in route to the scene of the crash, her friends escorted her out of Erik’s Way to Pipeline Trail where medical personnel could easily find her.

    Upon receiving word of the incident, Berlin Fire Department, Berlin EMS, Berlin Police Department, and Conservation Officers responded to the scene. First responders transported Medvetsky out of the woods by way of a Berlin FD side-by-side to an awaiting ambulance. Due to the nature of the injury, she was transported to Androscoggin Valley Hospital in Berlin for further evaluation and treatment.

    Berlin – Shortly after 2:00 P.M. on Saturday, August 3, 2019, a man and a woman sustained serious injuries when they crashed the ATV that they were riding. Emily J. Butland, 28, of Boscawen, NH, was operating an ATV on Moose Road in Jericho State Park, with her passenger Adam Deane, 32, of Boscawen, NH, when the incident occurred. Butland was traveling westbound when she lost control of the ATV and drove off a large embankment into a small stream, striking a boulder.

    Members of their riding party came to their aid, lifting the machine upright, freeing Butland and Deane and assisting them back to the side of the trail. Members of the party placed a call 911 for help. Upon receiving word of the incident, Berlin Fire Department, Berlin EMS, Berlin Police Department, and Conservation Officers responded to the scene. Due to the nature of their injuries and the severity of crash, they were transported by ambulance to Androscoggin Valley Hospital for further evaluation and treatment.

    Operator and passenger were wearing helmets; inexperience is considered the primary cause of the crash."

    S&R costs are a small fraction of the F&G budget as is clear in posts above. We all love the woods. Best not to bicker over who's paying for whom IMO.
    I don't believe you've said this. Speculation for one and it's a fact hikers don't pay their share for their burden they cost. Many ATV's also hunt,fish and snowmachine. Fact still remains hikers don't pay the costs they give us. Couple that with AMC's tax free status.

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