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Sorry for the late notice, but we’re going to have a trailday this Sunday.
We originally planned to work on Evo (we may still put a big crew on that), but because of the crazy winds and potential rain, we may do a divide and conquer day to clear trees and debris and get drainages fixed. I’ll know more after we get out to assess and cut trees today.
Meet Time: 9 AM
Location: Samish Way / Galbraith Lane Parking Lot
What to Bring: Weather Appropriate Clothing, gloves and boots. Plan for rain.
Lunch: We’ll supply lunch if we go into the afternoon (weather will dictate)
If you have a saw and know how to use it well, bring it. If we still have stuff to clear, we’ll send groups out to get blowdown.
Sunday January 31st – Irish Death and Evo Trailday sponsored by Iron Horse Brewing and the WMBC
Sunday, January 31 – Grasshopper sponsored by Manual Mike
Saturday, February 13– Grasshopper sponsored by Manual Mike
Sunday, February 21– Grasshopper sponsored by Manual Mike
Saturday, March 5– Grasshopper sponsored by Manual Mike
Sunday, March 13– Grasshopper sponsored by Manual Mike
There was a great showing at the DNR meeting tonight and an even representation of both motorized and non-motorized user groups. The meeting started with a brief introduction explaining the purpose of DNR, the development of the trail policy, and the estimated timeline for the regional planning in Whatcom County. Following the intro was a long open session where people were encouraged to walk from station to station and answer a few questions to help with the planning process for Whatcom County. If you didn’t make it to the meeting, here are a few questions asked at each station that may help you write your email to the DNR. They’re also hoping establish a diverse trail planning committee so send them your resume and explanation as to why you’d be a good candidate if you’re interested.
Please e-mail BakertoBellingham@dnr.wa.gov if you have further questions regarding the planning committee or want to submit your thoughts and opinions regarding how you’d like to see official recreation established on our local DNR land. There will be more meetings in the future so stay tuned! http://www.dnr.wa.gov/BakertoBellingham
Station 1: RECREATING IN THE FOREST
- What do ou like about recreating in the Baker to Bellingham recreation area?
- What is your favorite place to visit?
- What is missing from your recreation experience?
Station 2: RECREATION TOPICS FOR CONSIDERATION
- Do you have any concerns about the future recreation management of the planning process?
- Are there areas of environmental concern?
- Are there concerns about impacts to private property?
Station 3: ACCESSING THE FOREST
- Where do you go to get onto DNR land?
- Do you access other public lands from DNR lands? If so, where?
Station 4: PARTNERSHIPS/OPPORTUNITIES
- What opportunities are there for partnerships with communities, other land agencies?
- What opportunities are there for landscape connections with other lands-county, state & federal?
Calling all high schoolers in Whatcom County (grades 9-12). The High School Mountain Bike League is starting up soon. It’s a great way to meet new people to ride with, ride new places that you may not have known about, and of course become a better rider. Check out the flyer for more information.
There’s also a coach/volunteer meeting on Thursday, January 28th.
Please contact Becca Margulies at 541-261-1225 , firstname.lastname@example.org or WhatcomHS@washingtonleague.org for more information
if this isn’t on your radar yet, it should be. It won’t be an overnight process, but it could result in some really good recreation options for Whatcom County residents (not to mention tourism). There are two meetings on the 19th and 20th of this month. http://www.dnr.wa.gov/BakertoBellingham
– See more at: http://www.dnr.wa.gov/BakertoBellingham#sthash.gYCXgzfR.dpuf
The DNR Trail Planning meetings have been set for Whatcom County
Bellingham’s Planning Meeting:
Located in the Dome Room in the Port of Bellingham Cruise Terminal on 1801 Roeder Ave 98225
Lynden’s Planning Meeting:
Lynden Community/Senior Center 401 Grover St. Lynden, WA 98264
Planning for recreation in DNR’s northwestern forests DNR is embarking on a new planning project that will guide recreation on DNR-managed lands from the three forks of the Nooksack River to western Lake Whatcom for the next ten to 15 years. The plan will help DNR ensure recreation on DNR-managed lands in the Whatcom County area is fun and sustainable for years to come.
First off, we’d like to thank everyone who has attended the reconveyance park planning meetings, written email responses or done both. It’s obvious that the mountain bike community is passionate about trails in this park and our numbers and well-crafted letters reflect it. More than 51% of people who have provided feedback (so far) are mountain bikers and if you looked around the room at every meeting, we have been well represented. Now is not the time to slack off….please send the parks department your feedback! The deadline is technically November 29th but we’re working on getting an extension. email@example.com
If you’ve not had a chance to review the Park’s DRAFT plan, it has made great strides in addressing many issues like various trail types, single-use and directional trails and incorporating user-built trails where they make sense. It also has a good balance for protecting our watershed. You can see the full plan here: http://www.whatcomcounty.us/DocumentCenter/View/13419
There are two issues in the DRAFT that we find as important and worth addressing. The plan doesn’t include trails in the Repeater Road area of Lookout Mountain and or Surfin’ Turf trail on Stewart Mountain.
Repeater Road (Access and trails):
There are currently 3 user-built trails that are extremely popular – despite the very steep climb. One issue is access to this area because Repeater Road goes through Sudden Valley – which is private land. The WMBC is working with Parks department to figure out solutions for access and work with the Sudden Valley Homeowners Association. We have scouted a Repeater Road to Lookout Road connector which is viable. There are also issues with having trails exit to Lake Whatcom Boulevard, however, there are possibilities for climbing trails and potential parking at the southern end of the park’s property.
Surfin’ Turf Trail:
This trail was the 2nd most mentioned trail behind Cougar Ridge and is the type of trail that people come to Bellingham to ride. We presented the parks department with routing adjustments and solutions to address their concerns almost 2 years ago and we still believe those suggested changes are viable. In the past meeting, there were 117 people that asked the park to incorporate user built trails into the park plan and this is one that many people have expressed a lot of concern about losing.
If these two items or others are important to you, please email the park and let them know that you’d like them to work to figure out solutions to these issues. firstname.lastname@example.org
We’d also like to let you know that we are pleased with the Whatcom County Parks staff. They have sat down with our board to learn about the bike community’s needs and work closely with our Trail Director. We’re excited for the opportunity to work together with the parks and also other user groups to develop a trail plan that includes mountain bike trails from the beginning of the planning process. The latest draft reflects that the park staff has been listening. There’s just that last couple of items that we’re working through.
Just wanted to congratulate and welcome our next batch of IMBA- ICP Level 1 instructors. Matt Burns, AJ Lear, Nate Hooch, and Gary Holboy will be helping run the after school mountain bike programs. Zoae Spackman will be involved in leading and developing the WMBC Joy Riders – our women’s bike club. Thank you Shaum’s March for being a rad instructor!
WMBC has been working with school districts and youth programs in Whatcom County to engage youth in the sport of mountain biking through service learning projects and group rides. Below is a list of programs that we have been and/or are currently involved with:
- Carl Cozier Mountain Bike Club
- Silver Beach Elementary Mountain Bike Club
- Birchwood Elementary
- Wade King Elementary
- Alderwood Elementary
- Fairhaven Middle School
- Whatcom Middle School
- Sehome High School
- Windward High School
- Lummi Nation Tribal School
- Mt Baker High School
- Boy Scouts of America
- Whatcom County Composite Mountain Bike Team
- WA State High School Mountain Bike League