Here’s a quick Spring update for those of you thinking about tacky dirt on this snowy afternoon. As we get ready for our awesome riding and trail building season – we thought we’d give you a quick update on what’s been happening this winter, and what we have to look forward to.
Woodstock Inn / Mt. Peg Trails: Many of you have been involved in the public hearings to get the Conditional Use Permit for the Woodstock Inn’s trail network. The Inn received their permit and will continue with trail improvements this summer.
Billings Park Commission / Mt. Peg Park: WAMBA met with the Billings Park Commission this winter to discuss Mt. Peg Park and shared use trail access for bikes. The Commission was not in favor of allowing riding in the park beyond what they have allowed the Woodstock Inn to use. They will be updating signage this summer to clearly identify the trails that are closed to bicycle traffic. The Commission is in favor of adopting a wait and see policy regarding bicycle access, and may consider granting access in the future. Future access hinges on our riding community respecting their trail closures until any changes come about. WAMBA will continue to advocate for free public access via bicycle to our public parks.
Woodstock Aqueduct Property: The Woodstock Selectboard and EDC recently approved our grant proposal, and we will receive funding for needed bridge work and signage. We will also receive funding for a map and trailhead kiosk. We really appreciate this gesture of support from the Town, and look forward to putting their generosity to work. Earlier this winter our proposal to the annual VMBA Trails grant was approved, and we will have the Kingdom Trails Crew here for four days this summer. Stay tuned for timing and planning for those work days. The trails on the Aqueduct property will continue to improve as we invest our collective time into this amazing resource. A huge thank you is in order for our Landowners – we couldn’t do this without your support!
Trail Work / Maintenance: There’s going to be a lot to do once the snow melts. Dan Jones has volunteered to head up ongoing trail maintenance efforts – Thanks Dan! If you’d like to give back to our trails but can’t make a trail work day – get in touch with us and we’ll hook you up with Dan to see what work is needed. We’ll send out our calendar with organized work days soon. Please be conscious of the freeze / thaw cycle once we lose the snow. Riding when the dirt is frozen is fine, but if you’re on it when it is thawed and muddy, you’re wrecking the trail for all of us.
Events: Jordie Jusidman has been crushing it as our events coordinator. Anyone who made it to WAMBA-WEEN knows that she knows how to pull off a good time. Jordie has our 2017 events calendar just about finalized, and we’ll send that to you soon.
Membership: You can re-up your membership at www.vmba.org. 52 of you did it last year – Can we get more this year? Your membership dollars come back to us and get put into tools and tangible benefits to our local trail systems. Membership money also funds the VMBA Trail Grant – which amounted to around $40,000 distributed to chapters around the State last year. The trail scene around Vermont continues to improve and we are psyched to have your support.
See you out there!
President, Woodstock Area Mountain Bike Association