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
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...
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,...
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...
Well, it's been almost a year, but finally I am posting an article about this. What prompted me is that Dirt Rag has finally posted the article I co-wrote with Anthony Suncan (our IMBA regional rep) that was published in the dead-trees vesrion of the rag last year. Here's the link: http://dirtragmag.com/access-the-42nd-parallel/ All the details are in the article, but in a nutshell, I wanted to do a ride almost entirely on dirt from Ellicottville to Jakes Rocks. Partly just because we can, and partly to build awareness of three of the missing links in the route, all of which are in various stages of fruition. First, I would note this was not an official WNYMBA event, but a group ride of about a dozen friends. I know that may sound elitest, but there was method in the madness. Any event in state forests and state parks over 20 people needs permits, insurance, etc. and that's a lot of work. Secondly, part of the route traverses private property....
10.18.2017 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Wednesday Night All Skill Levels Group Ride at Hunters Creek
10.21.2017 10:00 am - 11:59 pm
Hunters Creek Fall Work Day
10.27.2017 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Harris Hill Group Ride and Southern Tier Brewing Event
11.04.2017 10:00 am - 11:59 pm
Sprague Brook Park - Fall Trail Work Day #2