June 25, 2020

Partial trail re-opening

Dear Club members and members of the general public:

We have just received a message from the Dept. of Natural Resources and Energy Development advising us that the trails on crown land will be partially reopened. The trails will remain closed between noon and 8:00 pm, however you may ride outside of these hours.

Also be advised that all operational and recreational activities on J.D. Irving properties are still prohibited for the time being.  They will reassess things at the start of next week.  And we will keep you posted if anything changes.

We would like to remind you that a fire ban still remains in effect for the entire province. We would also like to remind you to take the following steps before heading out in the forest

Things to consider before you head out:

  • Make sure that you have your cell phone with you if you have one.
  • Check the fire index here:
  1. There also could be areas that have been closed off by the Forestry companies and or Crown land. Get informed before you leave.
  2. Have a First Aid kit with you. It is not that expensive and it could save your life or someone else’s.
  3. Have a fire extinguisher with you in case your machine catches fire or for a fire caused by something else.
  4. Have a folding camp fire shovel with you to smother a burning fire.
  5. Make sure your quad’s muffler is in good working order specially if it is equipped with a spark arrestor.

Once you are out and on the trail:

  1. To report a forest fire, first call 911 and then provide the following facts:
    • Your name
    • Your telephone number
    • Your exact location and the location of the fire with GPS coordinates if possible
    • A description of what is burning
    • The size of the fire
    • Is anyone fighting the fire
    • How to get access to the fire
  2. For smokers, carry a bottle of water with you to put out your cigarette butt or refrain from smoking until you get to a safe area.
  3. Stay on the trail and never go off the trail into the dry grass areas.
  4. After going through mud holes, always stop and check for and remove any debris that may be lodge against the hot muffler or stuck to your hot exhaust pipes that could catch on fire.

When working on the trails and using gas-powered equipment:

  1. For clubs, a work permit from the Department of Natural Resources and Energy Development is necessary for any work in forest land involving two or more people and it is free to apply. Firefighting equipment is also required.
  2. Power saws must have a proper muffler and be accompanied by a round point shovel or fire extinguishers.

This was taken from “New Brunswick Forest Fire Prevention” lines number 4. and 5. RE: https://www.gnb.ca/public/fire-feu/prevent-e.asp
Let’s do our part to prevent forest fires and when we leave our forest, let’s make sure that we leave it fire free after an enjoyable quad ride.

Roger Daigle, President
QuadNB

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