Central MA

Wachusett NEMBA Chapter Ride & Meeting

Event Date

9/8/14 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Meet at the Wachusett Village Inn. Ride starts promptly at 6 PM. The meeting will be held in the restaurant at 7:15 PM.

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Location

Wachusett Village Inn

Region

Chapter

Wachusett

State

Massachusetts

Ride Level

All Levels

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Eric Boudreau

National Public Lands Day

Date

9/27/14 8:00am to 12:00pm

Please join Park Ranger Jamie Kordack at Hodges Village Dam and Trails for this annual cleanup and trail maintenance event. Give us 4 hours of your sweat and time on YOUR PUBLIC LAND and we\’ll feed you lunch!
Location details available as we get closer to Saturday, May 31st.

For more information, 508-248-5697 or jamie.r.kordack@usace.army.mil.

Please R.S.V.P. so we know how much pizza to provide! Read more about National Public Lands Day

Location

Hodges Village Dam, Oxford, MA

Trail

Event Leader

Eammon Carleton
eammon@gmail.com

BVNEMBA Weekly Monday Ride

Event Date

Repeats every week every Monday until Wed Nov 30 2016 except Mon May 30 2016, Mon Jul 04 2016, Mon Aug 15 2016, Mon Sep 05 2016, Mon Oct 10 2016, Mon Oct 31 2016.
5/9/16 6:00pm

BVNEMBA Weekly ride for all abilities. We don't drop anybody but some of our rides are going to be more beginner friendly than others due to the terrain. Please check the events posted on Facebook for a more detailed weekly description.

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Region

Chapter

Blackstone Valley

State

Massachusetts

Ride Level

All Levels

Ride Types

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Eammon Carleton

Berkshire East Ride

Date

Repeats every week every Thursday 30 times .
3/31/16 (All day)

Berkshire East hosts a Pioneer Valley NEMBA ride every Thursday starting at 6:00 PM. The rides choose different trails every week and are a lot of fun.

They are aimed at advanced beginner and up level riders. 

For more information and to make sure that the ride is on, contact the ride's leader. Read more about Berkshire East Ride

Event Leader

Harold Green
handmgreen@comcast.net

Public Ware River Watershed Trails Info Meeting

Date

1/13/16 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Amazingly it's been a year since our last public informational meeting about the public access issues to the large trail network in the Ware River Watershed. A lot has happened in that time. Let's discuss what's happened, where things stand, answer questions, and discuss next steps. We will also discuss other projects in the area to help find alternate places to recreate.

We'll be sure to cover this as well:
http://nemba.org/news/nemba-presents-ware-river-watershed-proposal-eoeea Read more about Public Ware River Watershed Trails Info Meeting

Location

Rutland Town Library, 280 Main St, Rutland, MA 01543 -- Lower rear entrance

Event Leader

Brett Russ, Friends of the Ware River Watershed, Wachusett NEMBA
bruss@alum.wpi.edu

NEMBA Presents Ware River Watershed Proposal to EOEEA

Friday, December 18, 2015

NEMBA Presents Ware River Watershed Proposal to the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs

 
Boston, MA, December 18, 2015:  Representatives from the New England Mountain Bike Association (NEMBA) met with the leadership of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EOEEA) to discuss mountain bike access to the Ware River Watershed in central Massachusetts.

Wachusett NEMBA has formally requested that mountain biking be allowed on certain singletrack trails in the watershed and that the state collaborate with NEMBA and a newly formed Friends of the Ware River Watershed group on an independent analysis of the trail network.

According to Wachusett NEMBA’s Brett Russ, “we are grateful to Secretary Matthew Beaton, Undersecretary Ned Bartlett, Assistant Secretary Daniel Sieger, Director of Legislative Affairs Stolle Singleton as well as Senator Brownsberger, and Senator Anne Gobi’s aide John McNamara for taking the time to hear about the issues facing the citizens surrounding the 25,000-acre watershed. We believe that NEMBA’s proposal for greater access will be a win-win for everyone involved.”

The watershed has 35+ miles of singletrack trails that have been used by all manner of non-motorized recreationists including hikers, mountain bikers, equestrians, hunters, fishermen, snowshoers, and cross-country skiers for decades. Mountain biking on singletrack was prohibited in 1994 under the management of the Metropolitan District Commission but was not enforced until August 2014.

“We believe that by partnering with NEMBA and allowing mountain biking in the watershed, we’ll be able to help steward the property and further protect the water supply”, says NEMBA executive director Philip Keyes.

While only a handful of singletrack trails are shown on the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) - Division of Water Supply Protection’s official maps, most of the singletracks have existed for decades. However, there are some new, unsanctioned trails that were built without permission which are of legitimate concern. However, rather than crack down on the activity of mountain biking, NEMBA proposes that the DCR partner with the organization to evaluate the existing trail system to determine which trails are sustainable and pose no threat to the water quality.

“We think that legitimizing mountain biking in the watershed will allow us to harness the energy of the recreating public to help protect this critical natural resource. Our members can help educate other trail users, report issues such as illegal trail building, dumping, and partying, and work to create a multi-user trails community that can maintain and protect the trails”, says Brett Russ. NEMBA hopes to partner with the newly formed Friends of the Ware River Watershed to build a broad community of trail stewards.

NEMBA is now in the process of providing more information to the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, and will continue to seek support to review and implement NEMBA’s proposal.

NEMBA will be planning an open meeting to discuss the proposal mid-January, 2016.

Link to NEMBA's Ware River Watershed Proposal (PDF)

In the photo, left to right, Bill Boles, Brett Russ, Secretary Matthew Beaton, Adam Glick, and Philip Keyes Read more about NEMBA Presents Ware River Watershed Proposal to EOEEA

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