Merry Christmas, everyone! Hope you all are enjoying this time of year
It has been a while since we wrote about our project- Mountain Bike Destination, Groveland- so here is where we are in the process… Back in September we were hoping the NEPA would be completed by Winter 2014. That isn’t going to happen unfortunately but it is understandable. The Forest Service is dealing with the consequences of the Rim Fire. I don’t think I need to remind people how much damage that fire caused. Reforestation is a HUGE project for the Forest Service and takes a lot of personnel, resources and funding. Our 500 acre area suffered no damage thankfully but 50 yards away is a vastly different story. So to still have our project on the table is awesome.
OK, back to the NEPA stuff… BananaSeat, Big Ring, Lil Ring and I(DangerBoy)met with Red Tape recently to discuss progress on completing the NEPA. The issue is that the personnel(Forest Service) needed to complete the process won’t be available for a while. Totally understandable. So what do we do? Well, we are going to work with Red Tape on completing the NEPA. Not going to get into details on this process because it’s a lot of writing! Luckily we have KickStand! He has experience with NEPA stuff and will be our leader for this. No guarantees but we’d like to have this done by April/May 2015. The Groveland Ranger District personnel know we are getting impatient
We are working on a meeting date(Jan/Feb)with the key personnel(District Ranger, Supervisor, etc…)from the Stanislaus National Forest. This will be an opportunity for them to get to know who we are, put faces on the Groveland Trail Heads. We’ll also share our overall vision for more trails for all user groups within the Stanislaus National Forest.
After the meeting with the Stanislaus National Forest Service personnel we are going to have a presentation regarding the economic and community benefits our project will bring. We’ll be inviting a lot of people to this event so stay tuned! BananaSeat has been working hard on the presentation. The presentation will take place at Camp Toulumne Trails. We don’t have a specific date yet as we are waiting for the date to be confirmed for our meeting with the Forest Service. Sometime in February is all we have now but will announce the date as soon as we know.
More news!!!! The Groveland Trail Heads are teaming up with the Exchequer Riders Club. This group has started building a Mountain Bike Park on 700- 800+ acres at Lake McClure! Sweet! We’re working with IMBA on the paperwork stuff, we’ll be the Exchequer Rider Club’s “fiscal sponsor” so they’ll be under our and IMBA’s 501c3 until they are able to become their own IMBA Chapter. Achieving nonprofit status now will help this group get funding, grants and donations for their Mountain Bike Park build- by the way, mountain bike only trails
The Exchequer Riders Club will be hosting a Volunteer Trail Work Weekend January 24th- January 25th for the Exchequer MTB Park at Lake McClure’s Barrett Cove. Details are still being worked out and we’ll post info as it becomes available. Here is a link to their FB Event page-https://www.facebook.com/events/743311299057344/?ref=6&ref_notif_type=plan_user_invited
There is a link on our FB page to their group FB page.
Again, thanks to all the people that have joined the Groveland Trail Heads through IMBA! Your membership helps our club stay alive and as we grow you all will benefit too Last thing… if you’re in the Groveland area during the holiday season or any other time please let us know. We’re happy to share our local riding knowledge!
Groveland Trail Heads