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AURS Update #3 - December 2005
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Alberta United Recreationists Society Online Update #-3 DECEMBER  2005

The Board of Directors would like to thank all of you who have joined the AURS this year!! Our memberships are growing each day! But we need your support NOW more then ever!! There are many ways for individual members to join the AURS. Our Individual Memberships Director will help set you up! Feel free to Email Kerry Elson at!
You can also visit our website and use pay-pal by downloading a membership form at You can also attend any of our General Meetings, or stop by any of the following locations:

-Modern Motors
-National 4 Wheel Drive
-Blackfoot Motorsports
-Spinal Guy Chiropractic
-Folk Automotive
-Jeep Stuff and 4x4 Parts
-All Seasons Radiator

Each of these businesses sells the AURS maps of Waiparous and McLean!! They also supply copies of the 'What Can You Do To Save The Trails' booklets and the 'Unified Front for GAMP' booklets!

If you would like to help promote the AURS by carrying memberships, literature and maps please contact Amanda Morosse at:!


What an excellent day! Waiparous Volunteer Days was held on September 17th. Over 240 people registered in the morning to assist with projects for the day.  Among the projects completed were two new bridges on Lost Knife, a new section of trail was made on Meadow Creek to bypass a sensitive area and restore passage. Volunteers salvaged a quad bridge from the Fallen Timber Creek that had been washed away by flood damage (to be replaced at a later date).  The cleanliness of the area continues to improve each year, with very little litter to be hauled out.  
The AURS would like to give thanks to all the companies and businesses that made donations throughout the year, and a big thanks to all of the volunteers that helped out at all the events!!
 *We should have an update on our website shortly with photos and information on projects still awaiting completion.
Please take note that some bridges in both Waiparous and McLean, have suffered extensive damage and have since been closed to all users. Even if a bridge looks stable, many have damaged abutments and may collapse if traveled on. Please use caution at all times and try to avoid these and other sensitive areas until repairs can be made.
If you would like to donate time or materials to the AURS to repair them, please contact the AURS at!


AURS Website
Just a reminder, you can also join the AURS online via PayPal!  Simply use funds from your already existing PayPal account or input a credit card number using the secure checkout form.  We also have a $10 yearly subscription option to Canadian 4Wheel Drive Magazine with our membership option.  

In addition to these new ways to join the AURS we also have an online store, powered by PayPal.  We have AURS Spill Kits available for purchase with more exciting items to come.  Be sure to check the main page of the AURS website often as we will be adding more new sections to the website to help keep our members updated and informed.  
AURS General Meeting - New Location!

We would like to remind you of our next General Meeting date. Please make note of the change of venue!

Next General Meeting - Thursday, January 12th - 2005 - 7:00 PM
Tuxedo Park Community Association 202-29th Ave. N.E.

At our meetings and all events we will be selling our T-Shirts for $20, and our McLean/Waiparous maps for $10.00! We tend to have a 50/50 draw as well! We will now be offering a tiered membership program. Our regular membership is still $20, but now we offer a membership and 4WD magazine subscription for $30.

Please be sure to pick up all of our education and information pamphlets and booklets as well! They are FREE!!

Please Email Amanda Morosse for a digital copy of 'What can You Do To Save The Trails' or the 'Unified Front For GAMP' booklet at:!

AURS and Land Access

Information on the Ghost/Waiparous Access Management Plan (GAMP) has been released. We suggest each of you attend all AURS General Meetings and visit our website at to learn more about the draft and check for updates regularly.

The plan proposes closures to 95% of current trails systems in the Ghost/Waiparous, with heavy restrictions to random camping as well. The AURS has attended numerous meetings involving stakeholders, in an effort to get details of the plan and open lines of communication between users and Government.

GAMP is fast approaching! We ask that each of you continue to send in letters. There still has been no final release date set for GAMP.

The final date for stakeholder and public input was November 10th 2005. We are awaiting further feedback regarding the GPS info the AURS handed in. We will keep you updated as the information becomes available to us! Each AURS member should have received an Email with a form to fill out and fax off. If you did not receive an Email, please let us know so you do not miss any future updates!

The Terms of Reference have been completed and trail recommendations have been put forth to SRD for final approval. We are asking that anyone interested in volunteering in the area with time or bridge materials please get in touch with the Eco Four Wheeling Society, Northern Alberta Four Wheel Drive, or the AURS by contacting Amanda Morosse at: for more information.
We are also asking that each individual become a member of a local club. If you do not wish to join an existing club, please feel free to manage your own. There is a call for quad/bike/4x4 clubs all over Alberta. If you need any help please feel free to contact Amanda Morosse at: for more information!

AURS Emergency Spill Kits
Get your very own AURS Emergency Spill Kit. Please visit our website at and click on our 'online store' for more information. Kits are $65.00 + shipping (outside of Calgary). All proceeds go to the AURS Trails Fund. Be a responsible back country user, carry an AURS Emergency Spill Kit with you at all times! Please contact Amanda Morosse at or visit the AURS website at and click on the 'online store' to purchase through Pay-Pal.

AURS and Club Support
We would like to thank the following clubs for inviting us to attend their meetings so far this year:

Lethbridge Coulee Kruzers Jeep Club
Second Gear Club
Calgary Jeep Association
Hard Core Off-Road
Rocky Mountain Land Cruisers Association
Calgary Jeep Association
Rocky Mountain Big Wheels
Calgary Nissan Club
Rocky Mountain Dirt Riders Association
Calgary Ground Pounders
Calgary Nissan 4x4 Club
Four Wheel Stampeders

If you would like us to attend your next meeting, please contact Amanda Morosse at:

Note to club Presidents:
please forward your updated contact info, and website addresses to Amanda Morosse at:!
AURS and Red Deer Canadian Off-Road Expo
September 10th and 11th were the dates of the first ever Canadian Off Road Expo in Red Deer, and the AURS was there!  This was a very good opportunity to make our presence a little stronger in the Red Deer area.  The show saw over 4500 people in paid attendance.  The AURS was pleased to organize the rock challenge portion of the show, which was thoroughly enjoyed by all.  We had six vehicles in the 38" and up class, which was won by Dave Lajeunesse, and five vehicles in the 37" and down class, won by Kevin Lowen.  Inside at the booth we had the chance to meet many people and to sign up 10 new members.  This was a great event and we look forward to next year's, which will be held indoors. We would like to look into holding a Trials Course next time around. If you are interested in participating, please contact us at:
Special thank you to our very own Tim Garton for organizing such a successful event, and to our other volunteers!


January 6th - 8th 2006 - Calgary Motorcycle Show at The Round Up Center
We invite you out to this event to enjoy some great displays and attractions such as the Mini-Road Race Association and new 2006 models! Also visit our booth, as the AURS will be there to answer any questions you might have! For more information please visit our website at or the Motorcycle Show website at: for show times and admission prices!
January 13th - 15th 2006 - Edmonton Motorcycle Show at The Northlands Park- Agricom
We invite you out to this event to enjoy great displays and attractions such as vintage motorcycles and new 2006 models! For more information please visit the AURS at or the Motorcycle Show website at for show times and admission costs!

If you have an event you would like us to share, please contact Amanda Morosse at: to have it posted! Our online updates reach over 400 people throughout Canada and the US!

For any questions or comments, please visit the AURS website at: or feel free to Email us at!


The AURS Board of Directors.