Dig-In Campaign and The Stone Tower Trail at ASP

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WNYMBA recently learned that we have been awarded an RTP Grant for $92,000! However, we need to match 20% of the grant, which means that the club needs to raise about $9,000 in matching dollars and match an additional $9,000 in-kind, which will come from volunteer labor.

Some of the $9,000 will come from IMBA and from corporate sponsors, but the rest needs to come from individual riders like you. Think of it as an investment in the future of mountain biking in WNY.

The project is the construction of 3.6 miles of new singletrack near the Stone Tower.  Approximately 95% will be constructed by a trail construction contractor to be procured through competitive bidding.  
This project has been in the planning stage for approximately six years, but is now shovel-ready for construction.  WNYMBA will finalize a design that will ensure that the new trail be constructed in a sustainable fashion, and in accordance with the trail design guidelines in the State Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP).
The expected outcome will be a singletrack trail that will be attractive to not only mountain bicyclists, but to hikers and winter sport enthusiasts.  This trail will build upon the success of similar trails developed by WNYMBA in nearby state forests.  Addition of the Stone Tower Trail will help bring the region to a critical density of worldclass singletrack trails that will attract multiple user groups from all around the WNY area.  

In addition to the 8 mile Stone Tower Trail, we have permission to build an ADDITIONAL 12 miles at Cain Hollow in ASP. Want to see WNY become a trail mecca in 3-5 years? Well, now is the time that we lay the foundation to make this a reality. Give all that you can now, and in a few years, it will all be worth it!  

Click this link to donate WNYMBA's Dig-In Campaign:

Fall Trail Work Schedule Announced

600 239586142Fall?  It sure seems like summer!  The weather lately is nicer (and warmer) than a lot of July and August.  But Fall does indeed start later this week, and it is time to put out the fall schedule of work days.  This warm weather can last all that long.

So far, we have work days planned at Darien Lake, Hunters Creek and Sprague Brook.  We hope to add a few more dates, including possibly an Ellicottville date and another Hunters.

So far we have:

-  Darien Lake Trail Building Sept. 30

-  Sprague Brook Fall Day #1 Oct. 14

-  Hunters Creek Oct. 21

-  Sprague Brook Fall Day #2 Nov. 4

Hope to see you all there.


September Meeting on 9/6

The next WNYMBA meeting will be Wed. September 6.  As usual, ride at Sprague first and then meet at Colden Country Inn @ 8:30.

See you there!

HV set to do MB-2 Trail updates with excvator

bermWNYMBA met with Holiday Valley to discuss needed improvements in the MB-2 Trail (formerly known as the flow trail) due to the wet summer.  Updates to newly built trails are usually needed after the first year of use.

Holiday Valley will be renting an excavator for the next month to shore up areas with poor drainage, including the seep area on Champaign.  Also where needed, rock and boardwalk will be installed in other seep areas.  Additionally, some bermed turns will be reconfigured for better flow.

Holiday Valley did an amazing job getting this trail built quickly last year, installing many culverts and moving a lot of dirt.  At this point, we want to assist their crew in the repairs to make sure updates are made from the rider's perspective - to test ride the work and make sure things flow.  The plan is to have riders assist in the work by being present during much of the activities.

The work will be performed 7 to 3:30 each weekday, Of course most of us are at work then and won't be able to help out, but we are looking for volunteers who may have the time.

Dennis, from Bike and Bean will try to make it out most mornings before his shop opens which will cover a lot of ground.  If others who have some time, like maybe school teachers light on work in the summer ;-) are also welcome to assist HV in the repairs.  If you can help, please contact WNYMBA.

Tracy Ridge to Be Partially Open to Bikes!

tracy ridge mapGood news on the proposal to open (Only!) those trails shown in yellow on the left.  The Forest Service published their findings today and have approved the draft plan to open these trails.  Details can be found here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=49767  

This does not mean that they are open right now. As stated in the Cover Letter, "This decision is subject to an objection process pursuant to 36 C.F.R. 219, subpart Band 36 C.F .R. 218.... Objections will only be accepted from those who submitted substantive formal comments specific to the proposed plan amendment during scoping or the 30 day public comment period. Objections must be based on previously submitted substantive formal comments, unless based on an issue arising after the opportunities for formal comment ended."

The trails will only be open until any objections to this decision are responded to.

While we would expect that those who objected to the opening will object, the evaluation process was very thorough, and it would be hard to see how restating previously submitted comments could change the outcome.

Please remember that when the trails do open, only the yellow trails will be shared use. Riding any other of the trails will lead to a retraction of this permission.  Be sure to get the word out to all cyclists about this as it is very important.

We would like to thank the Forest Service for their thorough and objective evaluation of this action.

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