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Allegheny National Forest wants to open trails - Tell them you agree!!

Written byJon Sundquist
on 20 July 2016
Allegheny National Forest wants to open trails - Tell them you agree!!

Below is the text of a press release today from IMBA (meaning its chapters WNYMBA and NAMBA, with assistance from our regional rep Anthony Duncan). The TL;DR version is this: The Forest Service is proposing to open some trails (12 miles!) just south of Allegany State Park that are now closed to bikes. Wilderness groups oppose this. The proposed plan will not be implemented unless you contact the forest service with your support at this e-mail address: 

Erie County Parks Master Plan receives funding

Written byJon Sundquist
on 18 July 2016
Erie County Parks Master Plan receives funding

As you read elsewhere, WNYMBA has been tracking the upcoming re-write of the Erie County Parks Master Plan.  Last time around (2002-2003), WNYMBA worked hard to get Hunters Creek open to bikes (did you know that bikes were not allowed there until 2002?!) and got into the plan to go-ahead to develop the trail system at Sprague. We hope to be just as involved this time around, and have equally great results, hopefully opening up a new park for bike access and trail construction.  As the article linked below indicates, the county is looking towards passive recreation alternatives, and MTB fits the bill.  We have worked well with the county the past 15 years and hope to continue this with next master plan.  Read/listen to more about it here: http://news.wbfo.org/post/erie-county-funding-new-master-plan-parks

July 2016 meeting on July 20

Written byJon Sundquist
on 14 May 2016
July 2016 meeting on July 20

Our July meeting will be July 20 @ Colden Inn @ 8:30 PM. Definitely hit the trails for riding first at Sprague Brook, then head over to Colden Inn for some fun, food, beverages, and all the latest WNYMBA happenings.  Hope to see you there! Lots going on! Hear about new trails in the works for Outer Harbor and Darien Lakes.

Holiday Valley Substantially Competes Construction of the "Flow Trail"

Written byJon Sundquist
on 05 June 2016
Holiday Valley Substantially Competes Construction of the "Flow Trail"

HV reports to us "We finished up all the work on the new section with the mini excavator today only some hand work to do and the trail is basically done. We also are putting in the old log n bog trail back in that starts at the top of morning star and will connect into the new trail near peppermint lane, this will give us an easy way from the top of the hill to the new trail without going to Tannenbaum. Still some hand work to do but excited to start using the new trail" This is awesome news. I got out today after the rain to get some pictures below. As they say, there is still some hand work to follow up behind the machine work, but it is looking awesome. HV has already started putting in new trail beyond this with the re-establishment of the old log-n-bog trail. This is the trail that we tried to get the Bell Built grant for, but lost in a close contest.  Hats off to HV for going out an building it for us withouth the grant.

National Trails Day at Hunters Creek, Saturday, June 4

Written byJon Sundquist
on 30 May 2016
National Trails Day at Hunters Creek, Saturday, June 4

National Trails Day is next weekend!   National Trails Day is WNYMBA's traditional "End of the Spring Trail Work Season". We take the summer off to ride (since that's what is is all about!) but end the spring trail work season with a bang. This year for the first time, we are holding NTD at Hunters Creek. It's about time we showed Hunters some NTD love in addition to our regular work days. The project: We have a great project lined up. As you know, Hunters Creek is pretty much filled up with trails. Usually our HC work days are maintenance of existing trails. This year, we have permission to do a trail modification that will some additional mileage. It is one of the few places left in the park where a new section can be built sustainably, and will add a more logcial crossing of a tributary. The celebration: We haven't had NTD at Hunters because there were no facilities for the post work feast we usually provide (unlike the Sprague Casino building or HV in E-ville). But this year,...

Board meeting Friday Evening

Written byJon Sundquist
on 12 May 2016
Board meeting Friday Evening

Board meetings are where lots of boring stuff happens.  We try to work out boring details about running the club, in order to present to the general membership during our regular meetings.  They aren't a lot of fun, but since WNYMBA isn't a secret organization, any members can come to if they are looking for a snoozefest.  They are usually short notice as well as we have them on an as-needed basis.  So we are having one this Friday to talk about the swap wrap up, membership activities, National Trails Day planning, Other trailwork, Camping weekend details, etc.  This one will be at Aurora Brew Works @ 7:00 on Friday the 13th (of may) (WNYMBA isn't buying, just in case you wondered).  If you like the nuts and bolts of running a nonprofit, see you there!

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