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2017 Annual Report

Hot off the presses is our 2017 annual report filled with all the exciting projects we completed last year. 2017 was a busy year and with your support our plans for 2018 are even bigger.

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2018 December Membership Drive

Hi all,

Today, the WMBC is launching our December membership drive to help support our many initiatives for this upcoming year.  We are shooting for a modest goal of 1,000 members for this next year – which we feel is  achievable considering how many folks ride, run and hike in areas that we help build and maintain.  A HUGE thanks to Spencer and Kyle from Level Visuals for creating a video series involving some of our members.  We’re launching today with a quick video from our very own Queen of Crankworx – Jill Kintner.

Membership Levels:

To make it easier than ever to support the WMBC, we have created 3 levels – Individual, Family and Business.  As part of the December membership drive, anyone that donates more than $100 will get a limited edition SST Tech T-shirt from our good friends at Treelines Northwest (Tech T’s  will ship in January!).

Annual Report and our Goals for next year:

To learn more about what the WMBC is working on for next year or download our annual report, click here:

https://wmbcmtb.org/annualmembershipdrive/

Donate:

To help with our December membership drive, you can donate here:

https://wmbcmtb.org/donate/

We truly appreciate everyone’s support and can’t do what we do without you – whether it be financial support, digging in the woods or helping out with our events.  You are the WMBC!

 

Logging updates and Slash Burning

Hi all,

Here are several updates about logging on Galbraith below.  Please be sure to scroll through everything.  Thanks!

Slash Pile Burning:

As of the afternoon of November 15th, the foresters on Galbraith are starting to burn some of the large slash piles that have accumulated in several areas. They are doing this prior to planting activity and are beginning with the piles near Cedar Dust and then heading over to the Lone Wolf area next. This was supposed to start on Monday, but the winds were way too high for permitted burns the past couple of days.

We’ll keep you updated on their locations over the next week, but attached is a map of the various pile locations. This won’t affect trails or access, but there could be smoke going through certain sections of trail corridors (wind direction will affect this) and we’ll put some warning signs up – just in case.

We will have our crew with them at certain points, so they will pull bigger chunks of Cedar from the piles and set them aside for our use.

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November Slash Pile Burning Location.

 

Closed:  Middle SST, Air Chair and Candy:

Middle SST, Air Chair, Orient Express and Candy are all being harvested as of November 13th. Those trails are all signed closed and flagged off and were walked with the loggers last week.

Please note that the 1200 road and the Tower roads have a lot of vehicle traffic during weekdays, so please stay off of them, if possible.

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The Logging area on SST, Air Chair, Orient Express and Candy.

 

Closed:  Here to There, Kung Fu Theater, El Pollo, Tough Love and Pick Up Sticks

The area at the top of the wall still has a TON of activity as they process and load the logs up in that zone.  As such, the Tower Road will have a lot of logging truck activity during the weekdays and we’d encourage folks to go up the Pigs or another way – if possible.

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Logging activity at the top of the Wall.

Thanks to Michael Storm!

 

We want to send a huge thank you to Michael Storm who just wrapped up his final work day as the Volunteer Coordinator of the Civic Dirt Jumps last Saturday. Michael has been working on the DJ’s since not long after his arrival to town in 2008. Mike also led the major overhaul/rebuild of the jumps during 2012 and has kept them running great ever since as the leader of the park. Beyond that, of course, he has been a tremendous ambassador for the WMBC and our greater mountain biking community.

Michael is extra busy these days with his new coaching and guiding business (https://www.intrinsicflow.com/) and this was a good time for him to step away from Civic as the park is in tip-top shape. Don’t worry though….you’ll still bump into Michael riding his bikes on Galby, at Civic DJ’s, at the pump track and out in the Chuckanuts.
Thanks Mike for all of your passion and hard work over the years and we wish you the best on your new endeavor!

Reduce Bike Theft by Registering Your Bike with Project 529 at Shoot the Trails!

Here’s how it works:

Register your bike here: https://project529.com/garage/organizations/bellinghampolicedepartment/landing

Provide the serial #, manufacture, model, frame color and accent color

If your bike gets stolen, you use the Project 529 app to notify local authority and others app holders to keep an eye out for the bike.  Your description gives the police probable cause to question and seize your bike.  It will also be easier to claim your bike if it is recovered by the police.

BRING YOUR BIKE INFO TO SHOOT THE TRAILS AND WE’LL DO IT FOR YOU!!

There are also free registrations Thursdays from 4pm to 6pm at the Bellingham Police Department (BPD) on 505 Grand Ave.

 

Statistics from the BPD

From 10/17/16 to 10/11/17 there were 282 reported bike thefts.  205 (73%) were reported without a serial number.  74 bikes (26%) were recovered after being stolen.  There were 203 bikes found abandoned and impounded by the BPD.  BPD was only able to return 30 of them based on looking up the serial number and finding the owners. The rest were donated or sent to auction.

 

Thank You Wander and Cyclist’s Menu!

We had a great night at Wander with great food and beer, fun people and great energy! Thank you to everyone who came out and participated in the ride and the raffle!  Thank you Wander Brewing for hosting us and donating to the WMBC and thank you Cyclist Menu for thinking about our local non-profit, brewery and farms and bringing us all together.

 

Ride Bikes Eat Food Tour on Tuesday, October 10th

Tour poster credit: @wild_on_tap

Bikes, food, beer? Sounds like fun eh’?
The Cyclist’s Menu is stopping in Bellingham and working on building community and spreading the love of Ride Bikes Eat Food.
Tour Goals: Raise money for local trail organizations, work together with local businesses to host an incredible group ride, farm direct foods & meet a lot of new friends.
Introduce each community to our core brand partners: Kitsbow & Zeal Optics.
Wander Brewing Community Tuesdays! October 10th, 2017
Location: Wander Brewing meet at 4pm
*PINT NIGHT! $1 from each beer sold goes towards Whatcom Mountain Bike Coalition. More Trail! WMBC Whatcom Mountain Bike Coalition
Group Ride: Leaves Wander Brewing at 4:20pm
*Come one, come all, NO DROP, MTB Ride with The Kona Bike Shop
Ride starts and finishes at Wander Brewing Co.
Raffle Tickets: $5/each OR 5 tickets for $20!
*There will be a bunch of awesome locally made goods and items from Kitsbow Cycling Apparel.
Bellingham Trail Organization: Funds generated will benefit WMBC Whatcom Mountain Bike Coalition
Bellingham supporting businesses: Wander Brewing , The Kona Bike Shop , Community Food Co-op , High Above Designs

Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day!!

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Aerial Spraying on Galbraith!

Hi folks,

Please Share with your riding friends!

We are asking folks to stay off of Galbraith Tuesday (9/26). There will be aerial spraying  Glyphosphate in the highlighted areas on the map and we won’t know exactly where the pilot will be at any given time. They are planning to start in the morning and hopefully will finish up everything tomorrow. If that changes, we’ll keep people posted.

Signage and flagging are up on the mountain.  Thanks!

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The following areas were sprayed on September 26th.

Shoot the Trails 2017

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