Principles for Managing Vietnam Property
In acquiring and managing the former Liner Trust Parcel
within the Upper Charles Headwaters area, the New England
Mountain Bike Association (NEMBA) is committed to the
Conservation and Management
The parcel shall be preserved for the benefit of the Town
of Milford and the general public as open space in perpetuity,
balancing opportunities for mountain biking and other
recreation with resource conservation, while maintaining
the existing character of the Upper Charles Headwaters
area. This management vision includes:
- Protection and preservation of important
natural resources such as wetlands and water quality,
rare and endangered species, and overall biological
and landscape integrity.
- Protection and preservation of the
technical, natural recreational terrain, minimizing
new signage and other new facilities.
- A planned trail system suitable for
both challenging technical and cross-country bicycle
- Regular maintenance of the trail system.
- Appropriate construction of new trails
as necessary to complete the planned trail system or
to replace existing trails to be closed and restored.
Public Access and Use
The parcel shall be open to the public for appropriate
non-motorized trail-based recreation. Elements of the
public use vision include:
- Permanent and guaranteed mountain
bike use of the parcel, in perpetuity, regardless of
who owns and/or manages the land in the future.
- Recreational opportunities for the
general public, not limited to NEMBA members.
- A multi-use trail system and a commitment
to trail sharing among various user groups.
- The prohibition of recreational
motorized vehicle use of the parcel and the Upper Charles
The NEMBA Board of Directors shall retain responsibility
for managing the parcel, and shall retain ultimate authority
over all decisions related to management of the parcel.
Should NEMBA cease to exist in the future, any succeeding
authorities managing the parcel shall follow the guiding
principles presented in this document. NEMBA will establish
a management structure consisting of:
An Upper Charles Headwaters Management Committee, designated
by the NEMBA Board of Directors.
A comprehensive management plan for the parcel, prepared
by the Management Committee, approved by the NEMBA Board
of Directors, and reviewed on a periodic basis.
Active management and maintenance of the parcel by the
Management Committee and/or its designees, guided by
the comprehensive management plan.
Active coordination with neighboring land management
authorities and interest groups in the Upper Charles