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LONG ISLAND SAFE TRAILS COALITION
Minutes of meeting 11 July 2002
The first meeting of the coalition took place on Thursday, July 11, 2002 at the conference room of the Group for the South Fork at 2 PM. The following were present:
Jodi Grindrod - Group for the South Fork
Ken Kindler - Long Island Greenbelt Trail Conference
Larry Kutash - East Hampton Trails Preservation Society
Richard Lupoletti - Third House Nature Center
Gene Makl - East Hampton Trails Preservation Society
Ed Porco - Concerned Citizens of Montauk
Dianne Rulnick - Southampton Trails Preservation Society
Ken Kindler was elected president of the coalition. Ed Porco volunteered to be secretary.
The four main areas of concentration for the coalition are: AWARENESS, LEGISLATION, ENFORCEMENT, AND PREVENTION, as they pertain to trail safety and preservation.
Increased AWARENESS with:
-Other trail users
The meeting focused on increasing the awareness of the ORV problem on public land trails among the various organizations. Suggestions for raising consciousness included:
-Agenda item at organizational meeting
Richard Lupoletti and Gene Makl will prepare a pamphlet for the next meeting. The pamphlet will describe what a trail user should do if she/he sees a problem that ought to be reported. The problem can be a situation not only related to ORV trespass. It may include other infractions; such as, illegal fires, destruction of flora, illegal camping, etc. A list of people to call with phone numbers, e-mail addresses and fax numbers will form part of the pamphlet. The pamphlet will be distributed initially to all members, but a wider distribution is planned. This may include bike shops, chambers of commerce, motels, etc.
The next meeting will be held on Thursday, August 12, 2002, at 11 AM at the GSF office.
Respectfully submitted, Ed Porco
-We discussed checking the local ORV retailers for conformance to the guidelines of the Truth in Selling Law.
-The Enforcement Council has produced some excellent signs, will bring an example to show the group.
-County Parks is beginning a Community Watch Program that we may want to interface with.Ken Kindler
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