Central MA

Wachusett NEMBA Chapter Ride & Meeting

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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Event Date

September 8 2014 6:00pm to 9:00pm

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

September 27 2014 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

Finding Solutions and Improving Mountain Biking in the Ware Watershed

Friday, October 3, 2014

On September 25th, 2014 Director Jonathan Yeo of the DCR Department of Water Supply Protection and some of his staff met with members of Wachusett Chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association (NEMBA) and NEMBA staffers, Philip Keyes and Bill Boles, to discuss recreational issues facing the Ware River Watershed.  Also in attendance was Dick O’Brien, chair of the Massachusetts Recreational Trails Advisory Board (MARTAB). Mr. Yeo expressed serious concerns over the presence of mountain bikes on non-designated trails as well as the creation of additional unauthorized trails.

Currently, the Ware River Watershed is home to many singletrack trails adding up to at least 20 total miles. However, only three of those trails (the Midstate Trail and two trails dedicated to horseback riding) are recognized by the DWSP. For the last 30 years, residents have been mountain biking on this trail network without realizing this activity has always been banned. Bicycling is only allowed on roads and rail trails. Hikers, on the other hand, are permitted to walk anywhere they choose throughout the Ware River Watershed regardless of the presence of a trail.

NEMBA offered to provide solutions to curb unauthorized trail building and riding by working with the agency to create a legitimate and sustainable trail system for mountain biking, hiking, trail running and XC skiing, but this offer was firmly declined by Director Yeo. Instead, the Division says that it plans to dismantle all unauthorized trails and increase enforcement of the bicycle ban. NEMBA feels that the best course of action here would be to recognize bicycles as a valid trail user and work with, rather than against, those aligned with the agency's mission of maintaining the highest possible water quality. The presence or absence of bicycles on trails has not impacted water quality in the past 30 years and, with sustainably designed trails, would not do so in the future either.

NEMBA believes that the DCR DWSP should allow trail based recreational opportunities for all non-motorized recreation. Existing trails should be reviewed for environmental sustainability and passive recreation (which includes mountain biking) should be promoted and pro-actively managed in cooperation with dedicated user/service groups such as NEMBA. The 25,000 acre Watershed is critical habitat for the water supply of 2.5 million ratepayers, primarily in Greater Boston, but it is also an important open space that should offer meaningful public benefit to all tax-payers, and especially for the communities in which the watershed is situated.

Mountain biking and hiking have similar environmental impacts and should be managed together. There are numerous studies attesting to the similarity of physical impact between hiking and biking -- and there are no studies which state that hiking has no impact or that the impacts of mountain biking are dramatically different than hiking. The recreational analysis done by DCR in the Resource Management Plan (RMP) for the Middlesex Fells Reservation states that "with respect to these two recreational impacts, these two recreational uses have similar impacts and should be evaluated similarly."

NEMBA believes that providing singletrack opportunities for mountain biking would be beneficial to the local communities who are looking for places to recreate. The current policy unjustly excludes mountain biking on trails as a legitimate activity in the watershed, and the lack of authorized trails for hiking and mountain biking have created a recreational vacuum that is currently being fulfilled by creating unauthorized trails. We feel strongly that by working with NEMBA and our dedicated volunteer base, DWSP can actually improve Ware Watershed water quality further by fixing or closing current unsustainable trails and providing new trails that are properly designed and built away from sensitive areas.

Finally, State Representative Anne Gobi met with NEMBA representatives on October 2, 2014 and offered her full support for NEMBA's efforts. We look forward to working together with our elected officials as we improve the situation we currently face in the Watershed.

NEMBA asks the mountain bike community surrounding the Ware watershed to respect the current regulations and on only ride on trails where bicycling is allowed. Read more about Finding Solutions and Improving Mountain Biking in the Ware Watershed

Ware Watershed & Mountain Biking

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Members of Wachusett NEMBA will be meeting with Department of Conservation & Recreation land management for the Ware River watershed to discuss issues relating to mountain biking on this property. Mountain bikers have ridden on the many trails within the Watershed for years without issue nor impact to the drinking water supply. However, the DCR Watershed has decided to enforce a long standing ban on bicycles from all woods trails. Hikers, dog-walkers and equestrians have access to many of the trails but mountain bikers are completely excluded.

NEMBA believes that the DCR Division of Water Supply Protection should change the recreational use policies at the watershed to include mountain biking, as well as other forms of passive, sustainable recreation.

The Ware River Watershed abuts Rutland State Park, a small 200+ acre parkland that allows mountain biking. Read more about Ware Watershed & Mountain Biking

PV NEMBA Charlemont Trail care or ride

This is a fun ride, possibly including some trail workthat will be held until Thanksgiving. Join us for a good ride.  Bring lights! Read more about PV NEMBA Charlemont Trail care or ride

Event Date

Repeats every week every Thursday until Thu Nov 20 2014 .
September 25 2014 6:00pm

Location

Charlemont, MA

Region

Chapter

Berkshire
Pioneer Valley

State

Massachusetts

Ride Level

All Levels

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Harold Green

BVNEMBA Tuesday Beginner Rides

New to mountain biking? Looking to ride at a mellow, social pace with friendly people? Want to introduce a significant other or your children to the sport in a no-pressure environment? This is the ride for you! We ride easier trails, shorter loops and at a slower pace. Nobody will be left behind and although we can't guarantee that it'll all be smiles, we'll do our best to help you have a good time while providing opportunities for you to challenge yourself as well.

We try to leave the parking lot by 6pm and we'll try to finish every ride by dark. If you have a helmet or bar light, it would be a good idea to bring it, just in case.

The next ride location is always posted at www.bvnemba.org/rides.php Read more about BVNEMBA Tuesday Beginner Rides

Event Date

Repeats every week every Tuesday until Tue Sep 30 2014 .
May 13 2014 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Location

To Be Determined

Region

Chapter

Blackstone Valley

State

Massachusetts

Ride Level

Beginner
Novice

Ride Types

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Eammon Carleton

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