December Membership Drive!
Greetings Trail Users,
Thanks to the support of our members and volunteers, we have made some impressive headway in our mission to maintain and improve access to great mountain biking trails this year. We’re asking for your financial support again to help us continue our work and keep the momentum going. This year was highlighted by the preservation of mountain bike trails on Galbraith forever! Working together with the City of Bellingham, Whatcom Land Trust and Galbraith Tree Farm, our Trail Director Eric Brown and legal adviser Mark Lee ensured that your favorite Galbraith trails are here to stay.
More 2018 Highlights
- Rebuilt more than 10 miles of trail and built 7.2 miles of new trail on Galbraith
- Increased the Trail Adoption Program (TAP) to 43 local businesses and organizations to maintain many of the most popular trails on Galbraith
- Teamed up with Whatcom County Parks in the Lake Whatcom Preserve to build: Backside, Rufus Creek Trail and Cougar Ridge enhancements
- Worked with the DNR to complete the Baker to Bellingham Recreation Planning Process and helped ensure the core 1,600 acres of Blanchard Mountain remain untouched forever
- Rebuilt the Whatcom Falls Pump Track and planned the new Cordata Park asphalt pump track with Bellingham Parks and Recreation
- Mentored 50 middle and high school students in our Youth Trail Corp (YTC) program
- Partnered with Vamos Outdoors to provide mountain biking and trail building experiences for English Language Learner youth
- Worked with 200 students in our Elementary After-School Bike Program
- Funded 17 new certified ride leaders
- Funded 17 elementary school bike rodeos that got more than 5,500 students on bikes
Goals for 2019
- Raise $285,000 for the Galbraith Parking Lot Expansion to accommodate 140 vehicles
- Complete five major Galbraith Trail Projects
- Build a pump track and skills area in the City of Bellingham waterfront
- Build the Chanterelle Trail extension on Stewart Mountain
- Continue to scout Canyon Ridge reroutes with the USFS
- Collaborate with Bellingham Public Schools and Galbraith Tree Farm to develop middle and high school group rides, trail building, service learning and after school environmental science clubs.
- Expand program with Vamos Outdoors Project
- Train additional trail builders and ride leaders for WMBC programs
- Expand our Bike Rodeos further into Whatcom County
Read our 2018 Annual Report below for more details.
Help us achieve our ambitious goals by donating and becoming a member of the WMBC. As a token of our appreciation, anyone donating $100 in December will receive a tech-T designed by Treelines Northwest or a Treelines / WMBC flannel with the donation of $250 or more.
Please become a member in December! We look forward to your support!
Barbara Karabin (WMBC BOARD PRESIDENT)