The NSMBA is proud to announce new partnerships with the WMBC in Bellingham Washington and FVMBA in the Fraser Valley as pilot projects in the expansion of the TAP model. "The Trail Adoption Plan has proven incredibly potent in getting the community involved in caring for our trails," Mark Wood, NSMBA Program Manager is excited to have two strong partners to expand the success of the program. "Both FVMBA & WMBC have a solid core of strong builders and an engaged community, this will help propel them to the next level."
Thanks to funding from the Stuart Loewen Family's Foundation, $10 000 was donated to restore the Baden Powell from the Stairs of Despair to the yellow gates on Fromme. The work took place over the course of 2 months, led by Master Builder Todd "Digger" Fiander and NSMBA Builders Pat Podolski and Peter O'Loughlin. The full report, including pictures is here. A sincere thank you to Stuart Loewen for his ongoing support of our efforts.
Thanks to funding from the CP Loewen Foundation, work is underway to restore the Baden Powell on Fromme. Work has commenced beginning at the Stairs of Despair and working towards the yellow gate on Fromme. The much needed work is led by the legendary Todd "Digger" Fiander with support from builders Peter O'Loughlin and Patrick Podolski. The last time significant work was done on the trail was led by Peter Morin and Matt Preston some 7 years ago. Much of the armouring is still in tact but significant erosion has taken place due to the popularity of the multi use trail. The work is especially challenging due to the topography and high usage by hikers and bikers.
Public trail days are back on the Shore! Sunday, March 24th the NSMBA will be running a public maintenance day as part of the Bridle Path Revitalization project.
The project, which combines the NSMBA’s on-the-ground expertise with grant funding from MEC, stands to significantly improve this popular artery in the Lower Seymour network. Many Hands Make Light Work. Come on out and let the shovels do the talking.
The NSMBA is proud to announce the Bridle Path Revitalization Project. Thanks to grant funding from Mountain Equipment Co-op, the Bridle Path will be receiving a significant make-over during February, March and April in 2013. The goal of the project is to revitalize the trail targeting areas where significant user ship has negatively impacted the trail bed. Drainage issues will be alleviated and impact on tree root systems will be rectified. Aged structures will be removed and narrow bridges replaced. The goal is to improve the user experience for hikers, dog walkers, bikers and runners for the betterment of the greater community. One of the most heavily used arterial accesses on Seymour, the work is aimed at improving long term sustainability on the 4.2km trail.
The efforts are led by Lead Builder Matt Preston, who holds a long history working on Bridle. The team of NSMBA builders who will take on this significant task along with Preston includes Peter O'Lochlann, Chris Barker, Earl Allen and Dan Lui. Project management will be overseen by NSMBA Program Manager Mark Wood. "This is a project that asserts our position as stewards of the trails, not just for mountain bikers, but for the community at large." says Wood.
Mandip Kharod from TD FEF & Mark Wood, NSMBA Program Manager on Dreamweaver.
On December 4th, Mandip Kharod from TD Friends of the Environment Foundation (TD FEF) joined Mark Wood, NSMBA Program Manager to see first hand the environmental improvements being made through the Trail Adoption Plan. TD FEF is a key supporter of the TAP program, donating $5000 in funding for operational costs, tool purchase, signage and builder payments. The site visit to Dreamweaver on Fromme illustrated the realignment of a significantly degraded section of trail that had some particular environmental concerns, as identified by the DNV and the NSMBA. The new alignment has increased the sustainability and lessened the maintenance required as well as minimizing our footprint as the old section has been decommissioned and reclaimed by the forest. Thank you to TD Friends of the Environment Foundation for the support and vision to improve the environmental conditions in our forests.