Hemlock Woolly Adelgid

The hemlock woolly adelgid, is a serious pest of Eastern hemlock in the northeastern states. This insect was first reported in southeastern Pennsylvania in the late 1960s and has spread to both ornamental and forest hemlocks. The hemlock woolly adelgid sucks sap from the young branches which results in premature needle drop and branch dieback. These insects display several different forms during their life cycle, including Newly hatched nymphs called "crawlers" that produce white, waxy, cottony or wool-like tufts that cover their bodies throughout their life. The white-woolly masses are 3 mm or more in diameter. The presence of these woolly flecks on twigs and at the base of the hemlock needles is the most obvious indicator of an infestation.

If you see this pest in our forests let WNYMBA know so that we can notify land managers!  If caught early this pest can be controlled.

Head Down to the Dirt Fest

Join the WNYMBA contingency for the Dirt Rag - Dirt Fest.  Presented by 9 niner.  Friday, May 16, 2014.  Car pooling is happening - or drive down with the group.

Find out more, & register for this event at our WNY Mountain Bike Meetup site by clicking HERE.  Note that you will also need to register with the Dirt Fest organizers on the link provided.

More info will be posted on the meetup site as the date approaches.

January Notes From New President

“Press-Gang” –  Noun (historical) - “A body of men employed to enlist men forcibly into service”. Verb (contemporary) - “To force or coerce”.

As I sit here contemplating my recent election as WNYMBA’s President, I realize that technically speaking, I’ve been “had”. Press-ganged by two of the nicest guys in mountain biking.

Outgoing President Ben Clauss and past-President Jon Sundquist spoke to me a few months ago and asked if I’d consider standing for President for 2014. My memory of our conversation was that there’d be lots of competition and that my election was by no means a sure thing. What happened, of course, was a WNYMBA parody of the old army skit where the Sergeant calls for volunteers to step forward. Everyone steps back of course, except for once poor sucker standing on the front line. Guess who?

When I look at the accomplishments of past Presidents like Ben Clauss (2012-13), Kevin Preston (2009-11), Mike Moscato (2006-8), Bill Rosenberry (2005) and Jon Sundquist (2001-4), I’ve got to confess that I’m intimidated. These guys brought us from very humble beginnings to our current position as leaders of all things mountain-bike in Western New York. I only hope that I can measure up and all I can say is, I promise to do my best to live up to the standard set by these guys.

WNYMBA has a lot on its’ plate for 2014 … and a lot to offer our members. Just a few things that spring to mind off the of my head are the Spring Bike Swap, layout of new trails at Darien Lake, a Larry Mordue kiosk, the building of a new “Alternate” to the White Trail in Ellicottville, maintenance of current trails at Hunter’s Creek, Sprague Brook, Golden Hill, Harris Hill and Ellicottville and a possible move of the Festival back to Ellicottville. I’d also like to see renewed emphasis on building our membership. We’re strong, but only as strong as the work we do and the members we hold and attract.

Finally, I’d like to thank the other members of your new executive. These were folks who were also a bit slow to step back when the call for volunteers went out.

 

  • Jeff Smith - Vice-President
  • Joe Crumlish – Treasurer
  • Phil Defranco – Secretary
  • Jon Sundquist – Advisory Board
  • Ben Clauss – Advisory Board
  • Todd Fiore – Advisory Board
  • Mike Moscato – Advisory Board

 

 

Thanks … I think … for electing me as your President. Check back with me in a year to see if I’ve survived and whether or not I still have any mountain bike friends. In the meantime, stay tuned – it’s going to be a great ride this year!
Jim Allen

Board meeting December 11, 2013

Kinda late notice, as these things are, but there is a board meeting Wednesday, December 11 @ the Ebeneezer Ale House @ 4348 Seneca St. West Seneca @ 7 PM.  As discussed here, board meetings are boring work meetings for club planning.  Any plans made are brought to general meetings for discussion and approval.

Oh, also there is no free food (separate checks).

But if you are interested in the nitty gritty nuts and bolts of getting programs up and running, by all means stop in and contribute.

Full Moon Canal Path Bike Ride

UPDATE 2  -Post Event:

By Philip A Defranco Jr - Full moon canal bike ride: A group (Middle port) 22 miles, B group (Knowlesville) 40 miles and C group (Albion) 52miles

CLICK HERE for PHOTOS from the Event

CLICK HERE for Map Pedometer

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Get the bike out and take a night time spin along the canal tow path on a cool fall night. This is a great ride whether you are a hard core cyclist looking to get in some miles or just looking for a leasurely spin. Start in lockport (Parking lot at N. Canal & Cold springs road) and ride east out towards Middle port, Medina and Albion then back. Enjoy the rising "Frost Moon" of November as you ride through the countryside along the canal. This is an out and back ride so feel free to turn around and head back whenever you like, Multiple groups a possibility. Approximate distance to towns along the canal, Gasport (5), Middleport (10), Medina (15) Knowlesville (20) Albion (25-for the fest and furious).

Details Difficulty: Beginer friendly but fun for all abilities Terrain: Flat w/ Hard packed fine gravel surface (almost road like) Distance: Between 10 and 50 miles (ride as much as you like) Bikes required: Any kind of (operational) bike will do, The ideal bike would be a hybrid or cyclocross bike. Lights: A commuter bike head light (that can last at least 4 hours) will be sufficient (can be purchased @berts, Dicks, Target, Walmart) and a rear "Blinky". Also Bring: warm clothing, Water and food

Post Ride TBD in Lockport

Register for this event at our WNY Mountain Bike Meetup or The Buffalo Outdoors Meetup.

 

Our insurance company has "strongly suggested" that we tell you that Mountain Biking can be dangerous. If you're visiting this site it's very likely that you're already aware that if you insist on having a good time by riding your mountain bike, eventually you will almost certainly fall down and collect any number of boo-boos, dings and injuries, serious or otherwise, but we have to tell you anyway.

Mountain Biking is a potentially hazardous activity carrying a significant risk of bodily injury and even death. Mountain biking should only be undertaken if you have a complete awareness of these risks. You can reduce the level of risk by wearing a helmet and by riding within your own skill level.