Park hosts national off-highway vehicle organization
WEBBER TWP. — More than 100 trailriding enthusiasts throughout the nation enjoyed the scenic trails throughout Lake County during the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC) annual conference this past week.
The four-day event was hosted in Grand Rapids, but conference-goers also met at Webber Township Park for riding experience on the Little Manistee trail system.
On Thursday, an all-day mobile workshop took place in the county, which included a management tour of the area with discussion regarding successful management practices and sustainable trail development.
NOHVCC is a nonprofit organization consisting of Off-Highway Vehicle enthusiasts and experts throughout the nation. The organization “develops and provides a wide range of programs, material and information to individuals, clubs, associations and agencies to promote and advance responsible OHV recreation,” according to the group.
“We have been astounded by how wonderful the people of this community have been,” said Duane Taylor, executive director of NOHVCC. “The mobile workshop is our kick-off to the annual conference. We are having a great time riding. We all have proper safety gear and have been respectful of the environment here. We try to have attendance from all 50 states, and we even have a delegation from Canada.”
As a member of NOHVCC, Faraj Nakhleh, president of TrakMaps, of Quebec, enjoyed his experience in Lake County.
“During the workshop, I drew maps of the trails,” he said. “Everyone is so nice here.”
Lake County Sheriff Rich Martin attended the workshop.
“This is a great opportunity to put Lake County on the map, especially as big as we are with all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and ORVs in the county,” Martin said. “The Department of Natural Resources and the Lake County Sheriff’s Office lobbied for this event to happen here.”
Webber Township Supervisor, Ernie Wogatzke, also a representative of Webber Township Parks and Recreation, was happy to see the event hosted at the township.
“These types of events are good for the local economy and give our county recognition,” he said, adding he would like to hear input from the public about their views pertaining to these types of events in the township.