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RecConnect is a team of professional experts who are committed to providing high-quality recreational trails and facilities. Specializing in OHV trails and OHV consulting, we believe in maintaining access for the public, multiple use, and resource protection. With our extensive experience, we help our clients produce outstanding projects by assisting them in planning, location, design, or construction. We also provide training and technology transfer that gives our clients the tools they need to understand what needs to be done and how to successfully do it.



For Immediate Release
Contact: Ken Umbarger
Phone: (250) 878-9111
Email: ken.umbarger@okanagantrailriders.com

British Columbia
Off-Highway Vehicle Workshop
For Provincial Managers, OHV Enthusiasts & Other Stakeholders

July 13 & 14, 2007
University of British Columbia Okanagan
333 University Way
Kelowna, British Columbia

The Ministry of Tourism, Sports, and the Arts and the Okanagan Trail Riders Association (OTRA) are conducting an off-highway vehicle management workshop. The session, Sustainable OHV Trails – How to Plan and Manage for Success, focuses on solutions and will be held at Okanagan University with the workshop on Friday 8am-5pm and a field trip to the Bear Creek Recreation Management Zone on Saturday 8am- 5pm. Registration is required, but attendance is free. Download the flyer here.

The workshop objectives are:

  • To discuss principles of successful OHV management
  • To provide a basic understanding of the tools available to successfully plan and design sustainable OHV trails
  • To show examples of success stories in order to build confidence that high-quality OHV trails can be balanced with resource protection
  • To provide a forum for networking
  • To help foster a working relationship between the enthusiast groups, Government, and other stakeholders

With the continuing double-digit growth of motorized recreation, the OTRA and the government have long recognized the issues associated with the increased popularity of OHV use in British Columbia and the need for management to provide quality recreation opportunities, insure resource protection, and to avoid user conflicts. The hosts are conducting this workshop to address these issues and are encouraging off-highway vehicle enthusiasts and provincial managers along with all interested stakeholders to attend.

The presenters, Dick and Joani Dufourd of RecConnect LLC, are professional OHV consultants with extensive experience in the design and management of OHV trail systems. They consult internationally and conduct educational seminars, develop conceptual plans, and provide trail planning, design, and construction oversight services. Dick retired from the US Forest Service in 2005 after serving 35 years as a project engineer, OHV planner and designer, and OHV program manager. As the Central Oregon Interagency OHV Program Manager, he was responsible for implementing several designated, managed OHV trail systems. Joani has extensive experience working with recreational and land use issues and she has learned to work collaboratively with land managers for the last 25 years. She has helped establish clubs and knows the importance of volunteer participation. She was one of the founders of the Oregon Recreation Coalition and has lobbied for both state and national issues. She has assisted in the layout and design of over 300 miles of OHV trails and understands the key elements of successful OHV management. Both work to promote access and responsible use of public lands.

Registration information: Deadline July 10, 2007

Register on line @ www.okanagantrailriders.com (Preferable)
Or call Carol Boyd ( 250) 878-0189

Location: UBC Okanagan
Student Services Lecture Theatre (SSC 026)

Time: July 13th 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Complimentary Lunch and coffee provided.

First 50 registrants will receive an OTRA Calendar;

Donations will be accepted towards the safety and resource protection education of off-road users in the Bear Creek Area.

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