Annual Supporter Drive
Hello trail users!
Throughout 2016, the Whatcom Mountain Bike Coalition and our amazing volunteers continued to lead the way in Whatcom County’s outdoor recreation community…and our efforts haven’t gone unnoticed with our local land managers! Below are a few highlights from this past year, but you can read our entire 2016 Annual Report here.
Department of Natural Resources: Our Trail Director, Eric Brown, remains heavily involved in the DNR’s Bellingham to Baker planning process to create authorized recreational use throughout Whatcom County. We also co-hosted National Trails Day on Blanchard in June. We continue to partner with other trail and conservation organizations in an attempt to keep the upper 1,600 acres of Blanchard Mountain from future timber harvest.
United States Forest Service: We worked with other conservation and user groups to ensure the USFS will keep Canyon Creek (Road 31) and Road 3140 open for recreational access and Eric is on the USFS Resource Advisory Committee. We also participated in the Colville National Forest Management Planning to ensure high-value bike trails are kept out of Wilderness boundaries.
Bellingham Parks Department: We received approval for our first public pump track in Whatcom Falls Park and continue our stewardship of both the Civic Dirt Jumps and Miranda Trail.
Education and Youth programs: These programs exploded in 2016 thanks to our amazing Director of Education, Char Waller, and our dedicated volunteers and donors. We partnered with March Northwest to train 21 new ride leaders to work with the 200 participants in our elementary and middle after-school bike programs. We helped fund and insure Ride Run and Dig (RRAD) to host bike rodeos in all of the Bellingham elementary schools, which gets roughly 6,200 kids out on bikes! We’re are working to give kids (and beginners) easy access to places to ride – whether that is on trails, pump tracks, dirt jumps or skills areas.
INTO THE FUTURE
With your financial support, the WMBC will continue to lead the way on local trail initiatives in 2017 and beyond. Here are just a few examples:
Lake Whatcom Reconveyance: Trail scouting and planning has already begun and construction on Lookout Mountain is planned to begin summer of 2017! Over the next 10 years, we expect to help construct 97 miles of multi and single-use trails on Lookout and Stewart Mountains!
Bellingham City Parks: Build out of the 16,000 square foot pump track in Whatcom Falls Park. Construction will begin in spring 2017 and we are already working on two additional locations (To Be Announced).
Galbraith Mountain: We’re partnering with the City of Bellingham, Whatcom County and other Non-profits to determine a public purchase option for Galbraith Mountain, which again was Washington’s #1 ranked mountain bike trail network on Singletracks.com.
Stewardship: Continue the trail building and maintenance in our ever expanding network of trails on Galbraith, Chuckanut Mountain, Blanchard Mountain, Civic Dirt Jumps and Lake Whatcom Reconveyance.
Education: Create a basic First Aid program for middle schoolers and a leadership program for youth bikers. Continue to expand our after-school mountain bike programs throughout Whatcom County.
Staffing: Fund a full-time Trail Director and part-time trail builder positions to lead our bigger trail building days and upcoming projects throughout the county.
BECOME A SUPPORTER
We need your help to support our work and keep this tremendous momentum going. It simply would not be possible to continue our work without you!
TWO WAYS TO GIVE
Click here to donate with Paypal or you can mail us a check to WMBC, PO Box 1011, Bellingham WA 98227.
The WMBC takes our leadership role seriously and these exciting initiatives are just a fraction of what we will be working on. With your support, we’ll continue to provide easy access to outdoor recreation in Whatcom County and enhance your trail experience….whether that be on bike, foot or hoof!
Barbara Karabin (WMBC BOARD PRESIDENT)