McCastlin is closed

Feb 26, 2002
In case anyone missed the boat, Mccastlin is closed... Odds of it ever opening again are slim.

Info is on and, wohva sums up the details the best.

Crappy cut and paste....

Update on McCaslin Mountain
In the aftermath of the situation outside of Lakewood, it‛s time to rationally discuss the facts and relay accurate information. Let‛s do so by answering some of the targeted questions aimed at WOHVA.
Why did the DNR closedown McCaslin Mountain? The fact is that the DNR did not closedown the area. The landowners have chosen to restrict motor vehicle access to their property.
Why did the Smith‛s closedown McCaslin Mountain? Again, the fact is that the Smith‛s cannot close or open property which they do not own. The landowners have chosen to restrict motor vehicle access to this property.
Why can‛t I get all the facts and information about McCaslin Mountain?
This is a private matter between the landowners and an environmental agency (DNR). It‛s like a divorce. Two parties are involved, but numerous other parties‛ can be affected (kids, friends, landlords, attorneys, debt holders, etc.). You‛ll get a different answer to the question depending on whom you ask.

Why didnt WOHVA at least offer to help? WOHVA made numerous offers on numerous occasions to the landowner‛s and the DNR to assist. As with any restoration/rehabilitation project, it can and does require a long-term commitment, an all encompassing rehabilitation plan and significant financial support. You need only to look at the Bong Recreation Area Rehabilitation Plan to understand the scope of such projects. To WOHVA‛s knowledge, no such plan exists for McCaslin Mountain. ,
This whole situation could have been avoided had WOHVA only gotten involved, right? WOHVA can only work with landowners <& land managers who are willing to work with us. Private property is different then public land. There are “friends” groups who adopt trails or work to preserve our public lands. These groups do not exist for private property. Habitat for Humanity doesn‛t just show up and restore a home. The home owner applies for their help and requests their assistance. Additionally, our insurance company advised not getting involved until we knew more about the situation.

Where else can we go to find mud in the National Forest? Without appearing condescending, you have to be kidding!
The biggest environmental challenge faced by OHV recreationists is that water/mud and wheels just don‛t fit together well. Water causes erosion. Via the process of weathering water removes the soil (wind can also). The act of abrasion (tires turning), also results in erosion. However, properly designed trails and recreation areas can greatly reduce the impact of OHV recreation.
To find the trails/roads available for motorized use in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest consult the Motorized Vehicle Use Map (MVUM). The MVUM is available at U.S. Forest Service Ranger District Offices and on-line.
Will this affect access to The Pipeline? The staff at the U.S. Forest Service is currently discussing what the impact of this closure will be on the Forest (including The Pipeline).
What can I do to help? “Join and Advocate.” Join as many organizations
(that promote the sport you love) as you can afford. Advocate for
motorized recreation as often and as informed as you can. Use facts (not
fiction) when contacting your elected officials. Attend public meetings held
by your County Forestry Committee, the Department of Natural Resources
and the U.S. Forest Service. \

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