Forestry Tasmania have just commenced a stakeholder engagement process inviting people interested in our State Forests (now called Permanent Timber Production Zone Land) to fill in a short survey and/or register as an interested stakeholder so they can be involved in future consultation about how these forests are managed.
Given that as part of the legislative change currently going through Parliament, Forestry Tasmania will lose it's multiple-use focus, activities like Mountain Bike riding are likely to slip down the priority list, and so if you're an active or interested recreational user of State Forest it might pay to spend five minutes filling in the survey or registering as a stakeholder so that the importance of forest roads and trails to mountain bikers aren't forgotten.
The other side of what's happening through this legislative change is that many areas of State Forest, including most existing Forest Reserves, are transferring across to Parks and Wildlife. Whilst my experience in dealing with Parks and Wildlife has shown them to be very supportive of mountain biking, it's worth keeping an eye on what's happening with your local trails and if necessary making sure that the local parks staff know we're out there and using these areas.
Did you say free access to download (and keep) Mountain Biking Australia and Australian Mountain Biking (AMB) magazines?
Yep - this isn't one of those tricky false adverts that get you to click on the link only to find out there's a catch (OK, there is one small catch - you have to be Tasmanian and go get a library card), it's just something cool I stumbled across this week which I thought worth sharing.
Mountain Bike trails in the Trevallyn and Kate Reed Recreation Areas are set for a major upgrade thanks to a $300,000 grant from the Hodgman Liberal Government’s Tourism Infrastructure Fund.
This is taken (again) straight from Dirt Art's facebook page, but I thought it was such a good thing that I couldn't resist putting it up ...
"After a long hiatus Dirt Art are now launching a fresh bunch of dates for volunteer works sessions at both Clarence and Glenorchy MTB Parks. All sessions will run from 0900 onwards, with a free BBQ provided. BYO tools if you have them, but we will have a supply available. Both Parks will use their respective shipping containers as a meeting point. We have scheduled a session for the second Saturday of each month for consistency.
"There are a few extra sessions towards the end of the program. For more info or to join our mailing list please email email@example.com or phone 0438 310 984. "
The dates for the sessions are:
- December 8th- Glenorchy MTB Park
- January 12th- Clarence MTB Park
- February 9th- Glenorchy MTB Park
- March 9th- Clarence MTB Park
- April 13th- Glenorchy MTB Park
- May 11th- Clarence MTB Park
- May 25th- Clarence MTB Park
- June 8th- Glenorchy MTB Park
- June 15th- Clarence MTB Park
- June 22nd- Glenorchy MTB Park
These dates have been added to our Interesting Events calendar. I hope people can get along.