December Membership Drive!
Hello Trail Users,
2017 has been another busy year for the Whatcom Mountain Bike Coalition (WMBC) as we continue to forge new programs and new projects that improve your outdoor experience. Read on to learn more about our accomplishments and plans for the future. Your financial support has helped make 2017 another successful year!
The WMBC’s Education Programs continue to provide Service Learning Projects, After-School Bike Clubs (including two specific ride groups for girls) and Bike Rodeos in the Bellingham School District and greater Whatcom County. New this year is the Youth Trail Corps (YTC), which is a thriving youth program with over 20 middle and high schoolers who are learning about trail stewardship, advocacy and maintenance. Generous grants from Whatcom Community Foundation, Phillips 66 and New Belgium Brewery have allowed the YTC to start projects in the 100 Acre Woods and trail adoption on Cheech and Chong’s Wild Ride.
Our goal to build more bike infrastructure was accomplished with the completion of our first pump track in Whatcom Falls Park and the routing and construction of the new 2.4 mile Chanterelle trail on Stewart Mountain. Mohawk, a machine built flow trail on Galbraith, is finally getting a full build out and will provide another top-to-bottom descent on the mountain. Our local business community continues to provide incredible support- 34 businesses supported our Trail Adoption Program in 2017!
The WMBC’s advocacy work continues to grow in both reach and impact. Our Trail Director, Eric Brown, serves on several committees including the DNR’s Blanchard Forest Strategies Committee, DNR’s Bellingham to Baker Recreation Planning Committee, and the United States Forest Service Resource Advisory Committee. We have become a trusted partner with our local land managers and we will continue to work to increase trail access on our public lands.
Our Goals for next year:
- Secure a recreational easement for Galbraith Mountain
- Develop a much needed expansion of the parking lot along Samish Way.
- Develop multi-use and bike specific trails on Lookout Mountain and connectors into Galbraith. This includes a climbing trail from Sudden Valley onto Galbraith.
- Advocate for more bike infrastructure in public parks and open spaces, specifically in Birchwood Park, Chuckanut Community Forest (100 Acre Woods) and Cordata Park.
- Develop a new ascending route for bikes from Fragrance Lake to the top of Chuckanut Mountain’s parking lot at Cyrus Gates Overlook. (Still awaiting approval)
- Help with the process of conserving the core 1,600 acres of Blanchard Forest
- Increase our trail building and stewardship education programs, including providing more middle school and high school ride programs as well as women’s trail building programs.
- Extend our partnership with Bellingham Public Schools to develop a pilot Mountain Biking and Service Learning program for Options High School. The goal is to introduce Mountain Biking and Trail Building to youth that normally wouldn’t have exposure to the outdoors.
- $35 Individual
- $60 Family
- $250 Business
We’ve got some truly ambitious goals and we need your financial support of the WMBC to accomplish them. Sustaining and improving outdoor recreation in Whatcom County can’t happen without your help.
Please donate and become a member by clicking here or mail the enclosed envelope back to the WMBC at PO Box 1011, Bellingham WA 98227.
Sincerely, Barbara Karabin (WMBC BOARD PRESIDENT)