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Written by Jon Sundquist   
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 09:28

We usually reserve the prime summer months for riding and do the trail work in spring and fall.  However, this has been a very wet year.  We are setting up some sumer work days for both Ellicottville and Sprague Brook.

The Ellicottville days are set.  Mack from Heart Rate Up is leading two trail-work days  to begin stone-placement and well-needed maint. to the Rain Trail, Big Merlin & other sections.  These will be Tuesday July 29th 6pm & Wed. Aug. 13th 6pm. Tools & equipment will be on-site. Meet in first parking area off E.McCarty Hill Rd.We'll be updating with more information on the calendar and the meet up.

We also plan on doing some work at Sprague, probably mid August, but the dates aren't set yet.

Hope to see you out on the trail to help make our trails sustainable even in wet summer like this one!

 
Written by Administrator   
Monday, 07 July 2014 20:23

Our Friends at Holiday Valley asked us to pass along the word that they are again hosting the international bowhunters organization (IBO) championships this year.  This has been a highly successful event for HV.  HV has provided us with grant money this year, and hosting events such as IBO helps provide that funding.

Of course, nobody wants to be riding around in front of flying arrows, so the trails at Holiday Valley will be closed during the event.

Here are the details from HV Mountain Manager Steve Crowley:

"Would you please spread the word that Holiday Valley is hosting the IBO again this year. The Archery event runs from August 5th through August 10th. We will need to have all trails at Holiday Valley closed that week. We are also using some State land right across Mutton Hollow rd from Spruce Lake, we will be clear of the bike trail there but if you add to be cautious in that area to your message it will be appreciated.  Thank You for your help."

 
Written by The F'n Man   
Monday, 19 May 2014 20:50

Just wanted to thank everyone who supported our effort to win funding to build a world class flow trail at Holiday Valley.

We had a terrific voter turnout, and came within 5% of the votes needed to win.

We are hoping to turn this into a win by some other means.

Again, thank all of you for your support.

 
Written by Tallboy   
Thursday, 22 May 2014 18:00

Adele Wellman at Allegany State Park has advised us that park staff has managed to narrow down the list of proposed names for the 3-mile stretch of single-track WNYMBA completed in April. The final list of six names includes several candidates submitted by WNYMBA members. You can cast your vote on the park's Facebook page right up until the day before the winner is announced on June 18th. Go ahead, register your vote at www.facebook.com/alleganystatepark - here's the list:

Bobcat Single-Track - Chosen due to a Bobcat sighting there

Old Number Nine - Chosen to honor a historic trail that once led to Thunder Rocks

Thunder Run - Chosen because it uses a portion of an old trail that led to Thunder Rocks

Bear Claw - Chosen due to the park's bear population

The Grove - Chosen because the trail travels through several Hemlock Groves

Raccoon Run - Chosen because the trail will be used in the Raccoon Rally race

 

 
Written by Administrator   
Monday, 19 May 2014 20:50

WNYMBA would like to be the first to congratulate Richmond Virginia MORE on winning the East Coast Bell Built grant.  WNYMBA is proud of the deep support that we received throughout the Western New York community.  Even though we were unsuccessful in pursuit of this grant, losing 13,896 - 13,029, we believe that it is a win for WNYMBA and Western New York to realize the enthusiasm and effectiveness of this particular group of volunteers - WNYMBA - in our continuing efforts to make Western New York a better place.  Even without this grant, WNYMBA will continue in our efforts to develop trails in the forests of WNY, and will continue to pursue grant opportunities to develop a wider variety of trail types in our area, including more flow, downhill, and beginner trails.

Special thanks go out the to the following for doing a tremendous amount of work spreading the word about this contest and helping WNYMBA to a strong second place finish:

  • Holiday Valley
  • Elllicottville Chamber of Commerce
  • Cattaraugus County Tourism
  • Ellicottville Brewing Company

In addition, we'd like to thank the Wonderful Community of WNY and all the many individuals who dug in and helped with our campaign. You know who you are and so do we – thanks!

 
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