For Immediate Release, July 28th, 2022
FIVE (5) ISLAND ATV CLUBS SIGN HISTORIC LAND ACCESS AGREEMENTS
Victoria, BC – What started as an idea amongst five (5) Vancouver Island all terrain-vehicle (ATV) clubs in March 2019, has finally come to fruition. Private land access agreements have now been signed between the five clubs and Mosaic Forest Management for recreational access to areas of its private managed forest lands.
The agreements allow weekend access to designated roads and trails within Mosaic’s private managed forest lands to those ATV club members who are authorized by their individual clubs.
Each club that has signed the agreement has a specific area of the Island that their clubs will manage access to on behalf of their membership. Riders must receive access authorization from the club which will include meeting the safety and environmental standards and insurance requirements of the Mosaic agreement.
The following Island ATV clubs have recently signed this agreement: Alberni Valley Hillclimbers, Sooke ATV Club, Mid-Island ATV Club, Comox Valley ATV Club and Cowichan ATV Club.
“ATVBC is proud of the hard work and dedication of our members to see this agreement through many stages, setback and challenges to arrive at what it is today. This is a great example of industry working together with user groups to find solutions that meet everyone’s needs and continue to allow fair access to our beautiful lands for recreational purposes.” Says Chris D’Silva, ATVBC President
The access agreements have been the result of the hard work of ATV club volunteers and Mosaic staff working together to identify the needs of Mosaic and the value of bringing recreational ATV access to the public in a safe and environmentally sustainable manner.
For more information on recreational access to Mosaic’s private forest lands and ATV access agreements, please visit MosaicForests.com/Access
HEAR WHAT THE CLUBS ARE SAYING
Mid-Island ATV Club
“Mid-Island ATV club (over 700 members) is pleased to accept a new land access agreement with Mosaic Forest Management, which shares much more of their job site with us for weekend ATV recreation.” – Marylou McKivett, MIATV President
For information on joining our club please contact [email protected].
Sooke ATV Club
“Sooke ATV was the latest Club added to the group of Vancouver Island ATV clubs petitioning Mosaic for land access. We are very grateful to be a part of this group of Vancouver Island clubs and ATVBC. All of our members are very excited for the opportunity to explore the areas granted to us in our land access agreement. A big shout out to Al Ramey and the Mid-Island ATV Club for all of the ground work that has been done to get us to this stage of signing an agreement. Thanks to ATVBC for supporting our Vancouver Island clubs throughout this process and finally a huge thank you to our members for being patient with our club directors as we worked through the details of this access agreement.” – Dillon Baycroft, Sooke ATV Club President
Alberni Hill Climbers ATV Club
“Our club is excited to be working with Mosaic through our new land access agreement which encourages healthy and safe off-road recreation, Alberni Valley Hill Climbers will work to build, maintain & preserve the places we love to play.” – Kimi Hashimoto, President of Alberni Hill Climbers ATV Club
Cowichan Valley ATV Club
“The Cowichan Valley ATV club is proud to announce a long awaited land access agreement with Mosaic Forest Management. The Cowichan Valley ATV club has been a long stalwart of responsible enjoyment of the lands covered in this agreement and is excited to move into a new era of shared use of these lands. We would like to acknowledge all of the members past and present that have worked tirelessly to achieve this agreement as well as the Mosaic Management team who have made this agreement possible.” – Matt Cottier – President
Comox Valley ATV Club
“Exciting news! The Comox Valley ATV Club is pleased to announce the signing of our new Land Use Agreement with Mosaic Forest Management here on Vancouver Island! Our new agreement effectively triples the legal riding terrain to over 200,000 acres on the east side of Vancouver Island!! We would like to extend our thanks to Mosaic with this expansion, as we continue to make inroads towards safe, sustainable, and environmentally responsible participation in our sport.”– Comox Valley ATV Club
For more info, visit us on the web (comoxvalleyatvclub.ca) or Facebook!
About Quad Riders Association of BC ATVBC
Established in 2001, ATVBC is a membership driven organization representing over 5000 riders, belonging to over 40 local clubs in BC. ATVBC advocates for shared trails through responsible use, collaboration with other user groups and volunteer contribution around the province of BC. ATVBC works to represent and bring the voice of their members to all three levels of government to fulfill its mandate.
For more information contact:
Chris D’Silva, President [email protected]