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NDVATV Letter to Landowners

New Durham Valley ATV Club

PO Box 441

New Durham, NH 03855

info@newdurhamvalleyatvclub.com

     

Dear Landowner,

The New Durham Valley ATV Club is a non-profit organization that was founded January 24, 2003. Currently our organization has many families involved. The intended purpose of the NDVATV is to promote a safety conscious organization, which encourages responsible legal riding, whole family enjoyment and most of all respect for all landowners, for without their generosity our trails would not be possible.

The NDVATV is currently working in conjunction with the NH Bureau of Trails, NH Fish and Game, state and local officials, and landowners to establish a trail system that will be maintained with the intents stated above.

The most common issue we have run into while trying to create our trail system is the negative image produced by the past actions of uncontrolled ATV riders who have shown a complete lack of respect for the landowners whose property they were on. Our organization was created to change this image. We would like to be given the opportunity to show that the ATV community can come together and regain the respect of landowners through proper management and maintenance of all lands we are granted permission to operate on. We also promote that ATVs must show respect to lands we are not permitted to be on.

We think that it is very important that we share with you what we as an organization can offer landowners. As a registered club with the NH Bureau of Trails we are eligible for funding through The Grant In Aid Program. This allows us access to grant monies that come from the registration dollars from ATVs. This money is used to maintain our trails. Already we have been granted money to purchase a york rake to help smooth the trails and funding for materials to construct bridges over streams to help reduce environmental impact.  We are also eligible for funding through the state to help pay for hours spent cleaning and maintaining our permitted trails. Signage is also provided by the state so we can make riders aware of exactly where a landowner does or does not permit the use of ATVs on their properties.

A big concern for many landowners is liability. If you refer to the copy of our landowner permission form included with this packet, it lists the RSA, which shows that the land owner is not liable for any accidents that occur from riders using their property. It also states that the State of NH will hold a landowner liability policy in the sum of $2,000,000.00.

It is important to us that the landowners are included with all aspects of our organization and are given a say in how we operate. To achieve this, all landowners who grant us permission to maintain a trail on their property are given an automatic free membership with our organization.

We would like to be given the chance to show landowners that with a responsible group of individuals maintaining and continuously patrolling our trails the amount of unlawful and disrespectful riding can be reduced.

Thank you in advance for your consideration to the possibility of allowing us to maintain and manage a small portion of your property for our trail system

We look forward to having the opportunity to speak with you.

Sincerely,

New Durham Valley ATV Club