I woke up to a clear and cool morning on Saturday for my first TAP Trail Day on Circuit 8, with volunteers from BC Bike Race and Adera. The torch for this trail has been passed on to me from Matt Preston, a long time builder on the Shore and famous for his work on the Bridle Path, Sticks & Stones, and Slippery Salamander. Matt has been plugging away at Circuit 8 now for a couple of years, but his education and career has him on a stint up north for a couple years. Thanks for all your work over the years Matt, we'll make sure to work twice as hard until you get back!
Matt Preston on Forever After
Circuit 8 is a trail that's tucked away in the LSCR, about a mile up the paved path. Being a bit out of the way, not many people get up to it but it's a funky little loop, and can be a good 20 minute ride when you line up every part of it. I'll add it into my ride every once and a while, when I head over from Lynn Valley to ride the Seymour trails.
The vision for all the work on Circuit 8 over the past few years has been to "bring the singletrack back". Sections of the trail get really boggy in the wet, and over time the trail has gotton wider and wider as people try to avoid the puddles.
CBC on Mt Seymour is now officially open for the season.
New woodwork replaced by Okanagan Springs in 2012.
Due to the aging woodwork on this trail, as well as the extensive amount of woodwork, the assessment this year before opening was particularly involved. Significant rot on elevated sections of trail were replaced last year by lead builder Stuart Kerr and his crew from Okanagan Springs. The new woodwork is sound and removed unnecessary risks. There are still areas of concern with expiring, low lying structure that will need replaced within the next two seasons and work will continue this year by Nukeproof and Okanagan Springs to replace expiring structures and continue ground work & drainage. The first CBC TAP day was held on May 26 to improve the eroded exit.
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."
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.
The Fall Academies are now complete. In total, the NSMBA conducted 11 Builder Academy theory sessions in 2012 delivering the curriculum to a total 187 graduates. Of the attendees, 20 are from the WMBC in Bellingham, 20 from FVMBA in the Fraser Valley and 20 from the NS Hikers/BCMC/Friends of Cypress Provincial Park/Old Growth Conservancy. Practical sessions with Build Leaders Matt Preston & Chris Barker included 5 Academy build days doing work on the North Shore trails.
On October 28th, the DNV, BC Parks, the NSMBA and the Lower Mainland Green Team worked together to naturalize the Empress Bypass as a final stage to beautify the area after the realignment and maintenance efforts led by NS Ride, Different Bikes as TAP adopters under the leadership of NSMBA Trail Builders Dan Lui & Darryl Marlatt. The trail has been greatly improved offering a better user experience while alleviating speed issues and drainage concerns. The NSMBA would like to thank the DNV, BC Parks and the Lower Mainland Green Team. For more pictures, click here.
On October 11th, the NSMBA presented the North Shore Trail Adoption Plan to an International Delegation at the IMBA World Summit. A total of 350 delegates from around the world joined together to share ideas towards sustainable solutions for the sport. Mathew Bond, NSMBA President, and Mark Wood, NSMBA Program Manager, presented our story of success here on the Shore. The TAP program has grown exponentially in the past two years, now involving 23 Adopters who are doing major restorative projects on 19 trails. "Today we represent not just the NSMBA, but the hundreds of volunteers who are driving TAP forward," said Wood when addressing the delegation.
Mathew Bond & Mark Wood in Santa Fe New Mexico.
The Summit also provided an opportunity for the NSMBA to learn from other groups and build upon their current successes. "We need to take things to the next level," says Bond. Attending sessions on Relationship Building with Land Managers, Coalition Development, Sustainable Building, Community Involvement and many other significant and pertinent topics, the NSMBA has once again reinvested in itself to continue building on the already significant momentum within the organization.
The NSMBA would like to thank Chad & Deanne Lazuruk, IMBA Canada Trail Care crew for their support to drive the NSMBA to present at the Summit. The NSMBA would also like to thank IMBA Canada for their continued support and all of the volunteers and supporters who make TAP happen.
Arc’teryx gets down to business on the massive Dreamweaver reroute. Trail building never looked so good.
Entering the second half of the year, the NSMBA Trail Adoption Plan has hit full stride. Already this year, a tremendous amount of work has been completed with TAP collectively accounting for a total of 40 trail days to date. An army of community driven volunteers have taken up the charge with shovels, pulaskis, Macleods and mattocks, led by 15 TAP Builders. Never before have the trails on the North Shore seen such a concentrated amount of work in such a short period.