Forest Service Environmental Assessment on Proposed Opening 12.5 Miles of Trails at Tracy Ridge find No Significant Impact! Letters of Support Needed.

tracy ridge mapAs some of you may have read, there is good things going on on either side of the 42nd parallel, otherwise known as the state line.  While WNYMBA continues to work on new trails in Allegany State Park, Jakes Rocks just opened up down near Warren.  A bunch of WNYMBites ven road this past August from Ellicottville to Jakes Rocks over three days and got written up in the latest Dirt Rag.  One area along the way that we couldn't ride, even though we were camping right on the trails that second night (along with the bears) was Tracy Ridge.

Great news!  The Forest Service has completed their environmental assessment and it supports opening 12.5 miles of these trails to bikes, as it found that the proposed action will not have a significant effect on the quality of the human environment.  Read the details at this link.  The final decision would not be issued until March or April.

The forest service needs to hear from you in support of this action.  The comment period doesn't start until after Christmas (early comments may be discarded) and goes for 30 days (exact days aren't set yet).  Best to send in your comments first week of January.  We'll remind everyone with a facebook post.

You may have commented before, but that was just the scoping phase.  This is the result of the environmental assessment, and the forest service needs to hear you support their conclusions.  Your comments should address what the EA actually says, and why you support these findings.  This is a formal process, so you have to make sure you provide your name and mailing address clearly provided or else it won't count.

You can be sure the Wilderness folks will be pushing back hard on this recommendation so it is very important you let the forest service know you support this.

Please send in your letters of support of this proposed trail opening.  You can do this either by e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. making sure you put "Tracy Ridge Project" in the subjection line.

or by mail to 

"Tracy Ridge Project"
USDA Forest Service
Allegheny National Forest
Bradford Ranger District
Attention: Rich Hatfield
29 Forest Service Drive
Bradford, PA 16701

What a great Christmas present!

County Parks Master Plan starts - WNYMBA is on the job!

eriesealImagine just a 2 mile XC ski loop at Sprague Brook and a couple of wet snowmobile trails; that’s it. Imagine sheriff deputies ticketing your car at Hunters Creek because it was closed. Imagine having just about no place to ride in Erie County. Imagine not being allowed to help build or maintain trails anywhere in the county.

For many of us, we don’t have to imagine. That was the situation in Erie County in 2001. WNYMBA had been around for 9 years, but had met only a stone wall talking with the county. It all changed when the county started their master planning process that year. WNYMBA kicked it into high gear and got involved in every way possible.

Today look at what we have got: Hunters Creek is now open for bicycles! The adopted master plan incorporated WNYMBA’s suggestion of developing a new singletrack trail system at Sprague Brook, which WNYMBA started work on in 2004 and has been a success beyond everyone’s wildest dreams. Volunteers are now allowed in the parks, and the county recognizes WNYMBA as one of their best, if not the best volunteer organization they have.

Well it’s that time again.

Erie County kicked of their latest master planning initiative – the first since that plan 15 years ago. And once again, WNYMBA is on the case. We attended three of the focus group kick off meetings held last week and will work throughout the process to maintain the access we have and to develop new places to ride. The planning process will take most of 2017 and much will be in small meetings, but there will definitely be lots more opportunity for public input, and we will need all WNYMBites to turn out in force for these events. Keep your eyes peeled on this space (and on facebook and meetup) for more details. If you want more low down on the process and what WNYMBA is doing, please attend our meetings for all the details.

A lot of what we do at WNYMBA is about fun – group rides, campouts, etc. But just as important is the advocacy. Take nothing for granted. This is crunch time for access to trails, and WNYMBA needs your support.

Board meeting Tuesday, Nov. 15

Board meeting 0081Board 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.  OUr next one is going to be Tuesday Nov. 15 to talk about ebikes (Cattaraugus County contacted us about them), update on membership drive, outer harbor, darien lake, and HV next steps, tool inventory, website, and 2017 goals.  This one will be at Hamburg Brewring @ 7:00 on Nov. 15 (Tuesday) (WNYMBA isn't buying, just in case you wondered).  If you like the nuts and bolts of running a nonprofit, see you there!

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

hunterscreek2National 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, we are partnering with 42 North Brewery in East Aurora. Since we all want to get a bit of riding in after working, we will provide some at-the-trailhead refreshments immediately after working. After a ride, we will all regroup at 42 North for some free beer and food to cap off the day. 42 North has just released their "Creekside Session IPA" which is named after Hunters Creek.

If you've signed at Meetup, go ahead  and RSVP over there.  But even if you don't do Meetup, come on by anyway!  See you at the Centerline Parking lot @ 10 AM Saturday!

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