UPPER SACO VALLEY LAND TRUST INITIATIVE
The Upper Saco Valley Land Trust is engaged in a campaign to close out the purchase of an easement on the land surrounding Mount Surprise, which includes a number of singletrack trails, and the top of Mount Surprise (north of Hurricane Mountain Road). It would be nice to have mountain biker support for this project, to show that we are engaged in these land projects and are an interested player. We have a vision of an epic singletrack that connects the Conway Forest, Whitaker and the (to be created) Rail Corridor Trail along the sidehill of Kearsarge North to the base of red tail – this is the first piece (and already has nice trails on it!).
Please consider donating to the campaign – whatever amount, whether $5, $50 or $500, will be noticed – We want to be able to show the USVLT board (and this and future land donors) the huge number of mountain bikers that contributed. You can donate by clicking on the donate button on this link.
Our Tuesday night trailwork (TNT) is entering its fourth year and has been a great way to get a lot of work done. Let us know if you have work area suggestions and please consider coming out after work on any Tuesday evening to help out. Work sites will be listed at http://wmnemba.wordpress.com/tnt/ .
2014 weekend trail maintenance schedule dates are set, locations to be announced. Please put them on your calendars:
• Saturday and Sunday, July 26th and 27th – our 14th annual MTB weekend
• Sunday, August 17th
• Sunday, September 21st
Trail Stewards – We are still looking for volunteer stewards to be responsible for basic maintenance (primarily drainage work, pruning and small blowdown removal). Please consider adopting your favorite trail or one close to home. You will not be tasked with doing everything – if a trail warrants a full trail day or a Tuesday night tweak we can schedule it in.
Our 2013 trail maintenance work is complete. We got a lot of great work accomplished, such as:
- May 19th – High School Loop; 13 folks showed and did a nice relocation of a nasty kink. Check it out!
- June 16th – Red Tail Trail; 14 people buffed out the ever popular Red Tail.
- July 27th & 28th – 13th annual trailbuilding weekend at Echo Lake State Park & WMNF; 37 people showed up and did some great work on lower Stony Ridge and behind Echo Lake.
- August 18th – Albany Town Forest; 19 people helped build a fun new trail.
- September 22nd – Cranmore; a dozen people built a new access trail to get from Cranmore south towards Sticks & Stones.
Our mission is to advocate for mountain biking opportunities and create & maintain trails in the eastern White Mountains of New Hampshire. Our accomplishments so far are significant and speak for themselves. We rely on a group effort to get things done and to make our activities and events successful.
The chapter has a schedule of activities including weekly trail work and rides to suit all levels. Check the links on the right for descriptions of planned rides, meeting notes, a group calendar and other events. To be notified of activity on one of the postings, be sure to subscribe to the post.
While you are out enjoying the local trails, keep in mind that a dedicated group of people spend much of their spare time caring for them. Your input and involvement is critical to our continued success; we can’t fulfill your needs unless we know what you want. Please join NEMBA today and identify WMNEMBA as your local chapter. Your assistance will make a difference.
If you have any other suggestions to improve our trails, our communication, or our membership please let us know!