April 9th, 2017, a day that will live forever in the minds of conservationist in New Jersey. That is the date of the DEP and the enduro dirt bike clubs have chosen to hold their mostly secretly planned Pine Barons Clock Run that will be the eventual destruction of Brendan T. Byrne State Forest. Here’s a description of the race in their own words:
2017 Pine Barons Clock Run Description
The Pine Barons Clock run is scheduled for April 9, 2017. The event proposes to use roads, fire cuts, and existing enduro trails in: (Remember “trails” equals illegally cut “single tracks”)
Penn State forest
Bass river forest
Keep in mind that BTB represents Brendan T. Byrne State Forest and the existing enduro trials means illegally cut single track routes through our Pinelands. Brendan T. Byrne SF has now been divided up into sections, Sensitive and Non-sensitive, at whose discretion I am not sure, or even why. At this time the only approval needed to put this race into action seems to be that of the Pinelands Commission. See map below:
This event has been in the planning stages by the DEP personal from Superintendents of the State Forest to the top of the DEP, Bob Martin himself, and the enduro clubs for about a year now. Many of these meetings centered on the enduro club’s wishes to prevent the DEP from imposing a Menu of Options that restricts their use to certain areas of the forest. The plan was first developed in Wharton with the idea that it would be used as a template for future enduro runs in other state forest. Enduro clubs, for whatever reason, have a very cozy relationship with the DEP. No one who would object to these abusive uses of our state forest were invited to the meetings or even asked for an opinion. The route the event will take is kept a secret too, they claim they don’t want to let the entrants know in advance what the route is so no one will ride it in advance (BEST INTEREPTED AS NOT LETTING THE PUBLIC KNOW). I would bet that half of them were the ones who laid out the route and have pre-ridden it as well. Our Pinelands State Forest are being managed now for the sake of a few hundred dirt bike riders, and the 8 million citizens of New Jersey that own the public lands have no say.
Here is a look at what can be expected to happen if this dirt bike race is allowed to take place. These videos and still images below are being seen for the first time and were taken by various participates at various enduro events. THEY ARE QUITE SHOCKING!!!
This is a Typical Enduro Event
For years the enduro community had said that they do not destroy the Pinelands. Their machines use only a narrow part of the forest and it is self-healing in virtually no time at all! See what you think.
This what these innocent enduro bikes do to the soils in the Pinelands, for hundreds of miles.
Road Destruction and Go-arounds
Our Pinelands roads have been a mess for years and no one is taking blame for their destruction. For the most part that problem is assigned to the 4 x 4 community (that you can read about in many of the other blog post listed here). So now we can thank the enduro community for their efforts to stop the general public from enjoying the Pinelands because you can’t drive on its roads.
Aftermath of Enduros
This is a long video, around 3 minutes, but it is a walk about on SINGLE TRACK trails after an enduro. Please take the time to watch so you can get a good idea of what is left behind by enduros. Believe me, the enduro riders are not coming back to rake over a 100 miles of trails and replant the area with native plants!
Below is a series of never before seen still images that are hard to view – WATCH AT YOUR OWN RISK!
If this isn’t bad enough these people have the audacity to complain to the DEP after a race that they are not satisfied with the destruction they have already reeked on the Pinelands.
Department of Environmental Protection????
What part of their name doesn’t this DEP understand? Perhaps they need to have a definition of “environmental” explained to them. The DEP certainly needs to be schooled on the meaning of “protection” as opposed to “destruction” They can rightfully be called the Department of Environmental Destruction (DED) in this case, and many other cases.
What to do? Contact the office of Bob Martin, Commissioner of the DEP at:
Bob Martin, Commissioner
401 E. State St.
7th Floor, East Wing P.O. Box 402
Trenton, NJ 08625-0402
phone: (609) 292-2885
fax: (609) 292-7695
and the Pinelands Commission at:
PO Box 359
15 Springfield Road
New Lisbon, New Jersey 08064 Phone: (609) 894-7300
Fax: (609) 894-7330
Tell them that you will not stand to have our public lands destroyed this way. The enduros have been destroying the Pinelands for 75 years (their time frame) it is now time to give the Pinelands a rest by having a 75 year ban on enduros and all 4 x 4 off-roading events.