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Vandalism is pathetic.


Apr 07 2006
Watershed dirt bike riders feel wrath of school grads

By Marshall Jones Staff reporter

It seems the Lakeview Irrigation District and the Okanagan Trail
Riders Association, once on opposite sides of preserving a Westbank watershed, have found a new common enemy-vandals.
The two organizations were warming up to each other in a new spirit of cooperation and effort to control damage to the Lambly Lake area, which is a source of drinking water to some 10,000 people.
The dirt bike riders of the association announced this week a new initiative to appeal to non-club members about how to ride responsibly in the area.
But they found out on the weekend that riders aren't the only issue in the area.
Ken Umbarger, club president, says two of their outhouses were dismantled and burned for a graduation party, if a tuxedo rental brochure found at the site was any indication.
The vandals also chopped down around eight small trees in the staging area.
"I guess they realized the green trees didn't burn so well so they decided to use the outhouses," Umbarger said.
The vandalism comes one week before the
trail riders announced their first annual clean up of the area in what it calls the Bear Creek Awareness Week.
They want to make it known that the Bear Creek area is actually designated for motorcycle use, one of the few places in the province for that use.
But it's also an attempt to reach
trail riders who are not part of the club, and who are likely causing some of the problems club members have had to deal with in recent years.
On Sunday, the group will be marking the area with trail signs on how to be more considerate riders. They also want to address safety of riders on the Bear Main logging road.
"The long-term plan is to raise adequate funds to provide a network of off-road
trails that are sustainable, environmentally friendly, well signed and a blast to ride," he says.
They had planned a general clean up in the areas as well but now figure they will be repairing the outhouses instead.
They also plan to volunteer to do some remediation work on well-worn areas.
riders came under fire from James Moller of the LID for causing damage in the watershed. Moller had called for more enforcement and protection of the area but the two sides are now working together to try education and awareness of riding before moving to legislation and enforcement.

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