Fundraisers on St. Lawrence County Multi-Use trails raise more than $13,000
The St. Lawrence County Multi-Use has served as the site of several recent fundraisers that benefited people in the North Country.
County legislators, along with County Trail Coordinator Deb Christy and the Trail Committee have been instrumental in helping several organizations conduct rides to support and honor others.In May, the Tri-town Trail Riders, about 300 people riding on 167 machines, donated $2,000 to the Helena Fire Department.
Also in May, the Dustin M. Berger Memorial Ride, about 300 people riding on 196 machines, donated $4,200 to the St. Lawrence County Chemical Dependency Program.
The Sami Curtis ATV Fun Run, which saw 220 machines, raised $7,200 on June 18, for the Lodge @ Dreaming Tree Ranch, which is the flagship project of the Help Sami Kick Cancer Foundation.
One of the original trail supporters, Kermit Blanchard, was memorialized for all the work he had done while serving as a member of this Board prior to his death.
The Parishville ATV Club held a memorial ride with 46 people on 26 ATVs. A plaque dedicated to him is in the kiosk at the Parishville Parade Field Trailhead Parking Area.
The Trail Advisory Board urges people to go out and enjoy what our great area has to offer.
This is a reminder to adhere to the following motorized rules while using the open trail:
• Etiquette for all ATV Riders
• Ride quietly when around houses, campgrounds, and other non-riders. Keep the RPMs and speed low and steady.
• Always ride with someone else.
• When approaching an oncoming horseback rider, stop your vehicle, shut off your engine, take off your helmet and say hello. Avoid any sudden movements. Let the horse pass.
• Park your machine and walk to sensitive, historic, scenic, and cultural areas.
• Avoid riding after heavy rains. The summer’s heavy rains have made large trenches down hills, causing wash outs. Please help prevent additional hill damage by using four-wheel drive, slow down and don’t spin wheels on hills.
Help the Advisory Board keep the trails in good condition by riding responsibly. In addition, volunteering to help with trail maintenance is an option. Message the board on its Facebook page if interested.