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* Online Petition * Post # 12, Trails along Rappahannock River in VA

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  • * Online Petition * Post # 12, Trails along Rappahannock River in VA

    Hi- I am new to this forum so apologies if this post is not fitting. I got this email today and am pasting it here. Trail access is an issue as we lose rural lands and I thought that this might interest some people. The plan and the ways you can comment are available if you use the link below.

    Thanks~~

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    ]The City of Fredericksburgowns the 4,232 acre easement along the Rappahannock River to Remington. A general management plan was released yesterday for recreational use of this property. Horses are excluded because, according to this plan, horses cause pollution and erosion. There is plenty of information that disputes this fallacy. James RiverState Park ]ShenandoahRiverState Park Shenandoah National Park Phelps Wildlife Management Area, Manassas National Battlefield, Bull RunPark and Lake Anna State Parks all have equestrian trails near waterways without negative impact.

    www.riverfriends.org


    Click on the link for Public Meeting on Draft Management Plan. When you get to the actual draft plan, page 37 indicates "no horses" on this easement property.


    I have used my “snowed-in days” to just happen upon this information about the watershed property general management plan. Many groups were included in making this general management plan; however, no equestrian groups were a part of the planning process. The website provides several ways you can comment on the draft proposal. I urge you to take a few moments to look at the draft plan and provide comments. This stretch of public land is one of the few remaining long stretches of open greenway space still available to the public. Equestrians must act now to be part of this general management plan for the Rappahannock River Watershed. But we must remember to always show equestrians in a positive light.

    I will comment at the public meeting on February 17. On behalf of the Battlefield Back Country Horsemen, I will propose a multi-use trail to extend the length of the watershed property. The more equestrians that know about this RappahannockRiver easement and are willing to speak out, the better our chances are for equestrian trails to be included in the general management plan.

    Toni Shead

    Vice President Battlefield Back Country Horsemen 937-4107
    Last edited by riverpup; Feb. 21, 2010, 10:17 AM. Reason: strange garbled FONT codes etc.
    When I pull on my boots, I know who I am

  • #2
    You might want to ask the mods to move this to Off Course, it will get a lot more attention there.
    "Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." - Confucious
    <>< I.I.

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    • #3
      I went ahead and posted it to the TROT and MD Trail ride Yahoo groups lists. Maybe someone else here can post to the VA ride list (I am not a member)
      Appy Trails,
      Kathy, Cadet & CCS Silinde
      member VADANoVA www.vadanova.org

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      • #4
        I can do VA Trails and USTR, along with a few others...
        "Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." - Confucious
        <>< I.I.

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          #5
          THANKS

          Thank you for passing this along.

          How do I get the Mods to move it? -- the "report this post" says its only for spam and untorrid things.
          When I pull on my boots, I know who I am

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          • #6
            You know, I don't know! Maybe PM Moderator 1?
            "Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." - Confucious
            <>< I.I.

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            • #7
              I live in Fredericksburg- and I often go hiking bikin along the Rappahannock!
              Fredericksburg also owns quite a bit of land going up the rapidan as well.

              I didn't know horses were now banned (I was actually thinking it would be nice to ride there!) But honestly I can sort of see their point. Horses do cause pollution, and right along the river edge, manure is not a good thing. And erosion- I can see that too because along the river there is a lot of wet low areas- and horses tramping through that would cause trouble.


              So as disappointed as I am- phelps isnt too far away so I go there sometimes.

              PM if you have riding questions in the area (I like riding buddies too!)

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              • #8
                I don't think they are banned- yet. I believe Kelley's Ford Eq Ctr borders the Rap. River down near Remington. I am thinking of taking my boy there on a vacation.
                Appy Trails,
                Kathy, Cadet & CCS Silinde
                member VADANoVA www.vadanova.org

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                • #9
                  bump

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                    #10
                    From the website:

                    The public is invited to attend a meeting that will present the City of Fredericksburg’s Watershed Property Management Plan (DRAFT) on Wednesday, February 17, 2010, starting at 6 p.m., at the University of Mary Washington’s Jepson Science Center, Room 100, 1301 College Avenue, Fredericksburg, Virginia. Comments will be welcome at the public meeting, [FONT='Times New Roman']and [/FONT][FONT='Times New Roman']a public review period will also extend from February 17th through March 3rd. Comments can be made in person (in the Planning Office, Room 209 of City Hall), by telephone (to Senior Planner Erik Nelson, 540 372-1179), and by mail (Planning Department, PO Box 7447, Fredericksburg, VA 22404).[/FONT]<SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'"> Additionally, comments can be submitted through this website (on February 17th, the site will be updated to receive comments.)
                    When I pull on my boots, I know who I am

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                    • #11
                      Of course they have it at a time when it's extremely difficult to get there. Meh.
                      Thus do we growl that our big toes have, at this moment, been thrown up from below!

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                      • Original Poster

                        #12
                        Petition available

                        I used to live in Fredericksburg and spent many hours at the river, on foot with my Labrador Retriever, hmmm, I wonder if that has anything to do with my username?
                        Like most other folks, I grapple with the issue of ways to enjoy nature without destroying it. Horses hooves are damaging to terrain, I guess the question is - should this particular area be off limits to horse use? Are horse people willing to work with others on ways to mitigate the damage? And what are the long term implications of the ultimate decision?

                        Toni Sneads went to the meeting on Feb 17, and reported the following in an email:
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                        Trail Riders!

                        Please sign this online petition requesting that equestrian trails be included in the Fredericksburg Watershed Property which runs along the Rappahannock and Rapidan Rivers. Send this petition to all your friends. The deadline for comments March 3.

                        ]http://www.petitiononline.com/FredTrl/petition.html

                        Either click on the link above or copy and paste the address into your browser.

                        The planning committee for this watershed property wants to hear from the equestrian community. Equestrians must make their voices heard now to be included in the general management plan for the Fredericksburg Watershed Property.

                        Sincerely,
                        Toni Sheads

                        Vice-President Battlefield Back Country Horsemen
                        Last edited by riverpup; Feb. 20, 2010, 09:54 AM. Reason: typos
                        When I pull on my boots, I know who I am

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                        • #13
                          I signed! 290 already

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                          • #14
                            up to 318 now...
                            Appy Trails,
                            Kathy, Cadet & CCS Silinde
                            member VADANoVA www.vadanova.org

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                            • Original Poster

                              #15
                              Shameless bump, I would love to see this petition get 500 signatures
                              When I pull on my boots, I know who I am

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                              • Original Poster

                                #16
                                476 !!

                                I never did get this moved to Off Course,

                                But if 24 more people sign, then it will hit 500 signatures.

                                I wonder if that will get the planners to notice the horse community?
                                When I pull on my boots, I know who I am

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                                • Original Poster

                                  #17
                                  THANK YOU COTH!

                                  547 people have signed this petition.

                                  Wow!
                                  When I pull on my boots, I know who I am

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                                  • #18
                                    Good stuff- did you post it to the VA Horse Yahoo group?
                                    Appy Trails,
                                    Kathy, Cadet & CCS Silinde
                                    member VADANoVA www.vadanova.org

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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by riverpup View Post
                                      I never did get this moved to Off Course,
                                      http://www.chronofhorse.com/forum/sh...t=rappahannock

                                      I didn't see this thread, but got the original post via email on Feb 16th, so not much advance warning for the meeting, unfortunately.

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