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Dig-In Campaign and The Stone Tower Trail at ASP

Written byJacob Bodway
on 19 November 2017
Dig-In Campaign and The Stone Tower Trail at ASP

WNYMBA recently learned that we have been awarded an RTP Grant for $92,000! However, we need to match 20% of the grant, which means that the club needs to raise about $9,000 in matching dollars and match an additional $9,000 in-kind, which will come from volunteer labor. Some of the $9,000 will come from IMBA and from corporate sponsors, but the rest needs to come from individual riders like you. Think of it as an investment in the future of mountain biking in WNY. The project is the construction of 3.6 miles of new singletrack near the Stone Tower.  Approximately 95% will be constructed by a trail construction contractor to be procured through competitive bidding.   This project has been in the planning stage for approximately six years, but is now shovel-ready for construction.  WNYMBA will finalize a design that will ensure that the new trail be constructed in a sustainable fashion, and in accordance with the trail design guidelines in the State Comprehensive Ou...

Fall Trail Work Schedule Announced

Written byJon Sundquist
on 18 September 2017
Fall Trail Work Schedule Announced

Fall?  It sure seems like summer!  The weather lately is nicer (and warmer) than a lot of July and August.  But Fall does indeed start later this week, and it is time to put out the fall schedule of work days.  This warm weather can last all that long. So far, we have work days planned at Darien Lake, Hunters Creek and Sprague Brook.  We hope to add a few more dates, including possibly an Ellicottville date and another Hunters. So far we have: -  Darien Lake Trail Building Sept. 30 -  Sprague Brook Fall Day #1 Oct. 14 -  Hunters Creek Oct. 21 -  Sprague Brook Fall Day #2 Nov. 4 Hope to see you all there. http://wnymba.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=30&Itemid=362

September Meeting on 9/6

Written byJon Sundquist
on 21 August 2017
September Meeting on 9/6

The next WNYMBA meeting will be Wed. September 6.  As usual, ride at Sprague first and then meet at Colden Country Inn @ 8:30. See you there!

HV set to do MB-2 Trail updates with excvator

Written byJon Sundquist
on 01 August 2017
HV set to do MB-2 Trail updates with excvator

WNYMBA met with Holiday Valley to discuss needed improvements in the MB-2 Trail (formerly known as the flow trail) due to the wet summer.  Updates to newly built trails are usually needed after the first year of use. Holiday Valley will be renting an excavator for the next month to shore up areas with poor drainage, including the seep area on Champaign.  Also where needed, rock and boardwalk will be installed in other seep areas.  Additionally, some bermed turns will be reconfigured for better flow. Holiday Valley did an amazing job getting this trail built quickly last year, installing many culverts and moving a lot of dirt.  At this point, we want to assist their crew in the repairs to make sure updates are made from the rider's perspective - to test ride the work and make sure things flow.  The plan is to have riders assist in the work by being present during much of the activities. The work will be performed 7 to 3:30 each weekday, Of course most of us are...

Tracy Ridge to Be Partially Open to Bikes!

Written byJon Sundquist
on 28 July 2017
Tracy Ridge to Be Partially Open to Bikes!

Good news on the proposal to open (Only!) those trails shown in yellow on the left.  The Forest Service published their findings today and have approved the draft plan to open these trails.  Details can be found here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=49767   This does not mean that they are open right now. As stated in the Cover Letter, "This decision is subject to an objection process pursuant to 36 C.F.R. 219, subpart Band 36 C.F .R. 218.... Objections will only be accepted from those who submitted substantive formal comments specific to the proposed plan amendment during scoping or the 30 day public comment period. Objections must be based on previously submitted substantive formal comments, unless based on an issue arising after the opportunities for formal comment ended." The trails will only be open until any objections to this decision are responded to. While we would expect that those who objected to the opening will object,...

Some boring stuff: An overview of WNYMBA's Permits with the local land managers

Written byJon Sundquist
on 15 July 2017
Some boring stuff: An overview of WNYMBA's Permits with the local land managers

Ever wonder how WNYMBA gets trails built in the county forests and state parks and forests? You may be most familiar with the volunteer work days that gets the picks in the ground and the singletrack on the ground. But it starts way before that. Even before the planning and marking stages. It all starts with WNYMBA’s agreements with the land managers. Land managers – we are talking Erie County Parks Department, NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation, and NYS State Parks – only allow work on their properties with the proper permissions. You can imagine why. For example, I think most of us would be pretty upset if an ATV group decided to ride in a bunch of new trails through Sprague Brook park. Getting permission is not the most glamorous part of WNYMBA’s activities. So there’s not a lot about it on the website or facebook. But with this post, we thought we would post up our permits. Closest to home, we work with Erie County Parks (technically, Erie County...

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