By Rich Winget, President, % Rivers Trail Riders
Many of us believe that it has been too long that the Bozeman area has been without an off-highway-vehicle (OHV) club. That led to 20 locals meeting to discuss organizing one. To make a long story short, we elected a board of directors, worked with Citizens for Balanced Use (CBU) and the Montana Trail Vehicle Riders Association (MTVRA), wrote our bylaws and completed the application to the State of Montana to become recognized as a nonprofit corporation. This package is ready to send to the State next week. The name of our club is the 5 Rivers Trail Riders (5RTR).
While our focus is on the OHV set, including ATVs, side-by-sides (UTVs), off-road motorcycles and snowmobiles, everyone is welcome. As does CBU, our core belief is that we can share our trails. Hikers, horseback riders, mountain bikers, it does not matter. Our parents raised us to share, and that is what we do.
A lot of discussion went into deciding on a name. We chose 5RTR because these five rivers touch much of Montana: Missouri, Gallatin, Jefferson, Madison and the Yellowstone. The message again is one of inclusion.
I have the pleasure of serving as president; Todd Trotter is Vice President; the two members of the board of directors are Nic Richardson (President of Friends of Pipestone) and Tom Covert.