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Massachusetts DCR Budget Alert

Monday, April 16, 2018

DCR Action Alert 2018

The Massachusetts State Legislature will shortly decide the budget for the Department of Conservation and Recreation which manages our State’s Forests and Parks.

Because of budget cuts the agency has lost nearly 400 full-time positions (30% of its workforce) in the last seven years. DCR currently has 839 full-time equivalent staff, down from 1,279 in 2008. These devastating budget cuts have led to closed and poorly maintained facilities, lack of forest and park staff and almost no trail maintenance.

To restore the DCR to its former level of effectiveness DCR needs more money.

The MA House Ways and Means Committee’s proposed FY19 budget is $40 million dollars That’s $2 million over the Governor’s proposed budget. But, Representative Smitty Pignatelli of Lenox has proposed to increase that by an additional $2 million.

We urge you to call your State Representative today and ask them to support Representative Pignatelli’s amendment to fund DCR Account 2810-0100 at $42 million.

Debate on the State’s FY19 budget is ongoing. Call your Representative now and spread the word.

You can look up your State Representative and their phone number at wheredoivotema.com

DCR is responsible for the stewardship, management, and safety of our parks, beaches, forests, pools, dams, skating rinks, and campgrounds, totaling 450,000 acres of land across over 250 properties, including nearly 2,000 miles of trails and forests that protect drinking water supplies for millions of people in the Commonwealth.

This more than just about mountain biking. It’s about protecting our State’s outdoor experience. Read more about Massachusetts DCR Budget Alert

December Meeting

Date

12/17/17 5:00pm to 10:00pm

We'll wrap up the fall season and start planning some specifics for Winter and Spring.
 
Prior to the meeting we'll meet at 5:00 to attempt a ride from the Berkshire East main parking lot, climbing to the summit and descending something fun. There will be loose snow on the trails, so not much traction will be available, bring whatever you have.
 
Meeting to follow just up the hill at Harold Green's house on East Hawley Rd in Hawley. Those not riding, be at the house at 7:00. Driveway isn't huge, and is a bit hilly, car pooling from Berkshire East is a good idea.
 
Harold will make a pot of soup, have some beverages on hand, and have some plates of cookies, bring whatever might be appropriate in addition.

Location

Berkshire East for Ride, East Hawley Rd for meeting

Chapter

Pioneer Valley

Trail

Event Leader

Harold Green
pvnemba@gmail.com
4133483491

Pioneer Valley NEMBA Chapter Meeting

Date

10/3/17 (All day)

Please join us Tuesday, October 3rd at 6 pm for a PV NEMBA meeting hosted by Harold Green at his home in Hawley. It would be great to have your involvement especially in planning for fall trail maintenance. The agenda is generally as follows:

Discuss Chili Ride planning
Update Shop Ambassador Sheet
Update on Earl's reroute/signage
Update on Sugarloaf reroute

Discuss DCR Partnership Grant application for Charlemont/Hawley

 

Contact me for directions or more information.   harold.f.green@comcast.net

Thanks and hope to see you there.

  Read more about Pioneer Valley NEMBA Chapter Meeting

Chapter

Pioneer Valley

Event Leader

Harold Green
harold.f.green@comcast.net

PV NEMBA Practice your technique/Worlds ride at Orchard Hill trails

Event Date

Repeats every 2 weeks every Tuesday until Tue Nov 21 2017 .
9/12/17 5:00pm

Orchard Hill Observatory, Amherst

Take the service road up to the observatory and park there.

  • Ride Leaders: Sam Veggeberg + Eric McManimon
  • Length: 1-1.5 hours

Directions (source: https://www.umass.edu/sunwheel/pages/orchard.html)

Orchard Hill Observatory is located at the top of Orchard Hill. You can get there by either going to the Sylvan dorms following the treeline on the East side of the hill up to the telescope or by going to the Orchard Hill Dorms and following the gravel road (turn left when you get to the road (if you go right it will take you across the bottom of the hill). The local cellular phone company has been kind enough to install a huge communication tower adjacent to the telescope. If you make your way to the base of the tower you will find the telescope. Read more about PV NEMBA Practice your technique/Worlds ride at Orchard Hill trails

Location

Orchard Hill Observatory, Amherst

Chapter

State

Massachusetts

Ride Level

Beginner
Novice
Advanced-novice
Intermediate
Advanced-intermediate

Ride Types

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Sam Veggeberg
781-835-8052

Charlemont Trails/Thunder Mountain Bike Park Boo Fest

Date

10/22/16 (All day) to 10/23/16 (All day)

Mark your calendars now.  We're combining the Resort's annual Boo Fest, featuring family games, contests, and fun, with an XC Bike event.

Details to be finalized, but Saturday will the the XC Rides, and Sunday a Dual Slalom and all the kids fun!

 

Location

Berkshire East Mountain Resort

Chapter

Pioneer Valley

Trail

Event Leader

Harold Green
harold@berkshireeast.com
413 348 3491

Chili Ride #7

Date

11/21/15 12:30pm to 6:00pm

Chili Ride #7 is scheduled for Saturday, November 21st! The Chili Ride is a great way to round out the fall: a 2-3 hour mountain bike ride on classic Wendell singletrack at an intermediate pace, followed by a chili-themed potluck at Bill's house across the street from park headquarters. The rides start at 12:30pm from the Wendell Ranger Station (392 Montague Road, Wendell MA) and will go for about 2-3 hours. This will be an unmarked ride, and groups can go out as they form (self-guided) or join a local expert for a tour of their favorite trails. All riders are welcome (note that there will not be a designated beginner ride), there will be a hiking group for anyone interested! This late in the year New England weather can be unpredictable so be sure to layer up, bring snacks and plenty of hydration. We should not be needing lights for this ride but feel free to bring one, just to be on the safe side. As it is hunting season bright colors are strongly encouraged! Chili Cookoff: As before, we will be having a chili cook-off this year - bring your favorite chili, side dish, appetizer or dessert for a chance to be crowned the 2015 PV NEMBA Chili Champion!! The party after the ride will be at Bill Gabriel's house just before the ranger station on the right (334 Wendell Road, Millers Falls); if you're bringing food you can drop it off at his house before the ride between 11:45am and 12:15pm. You can also leave your car in his driveway and bike over to the ranger Station (parking will be limited at the ranger station). Directions to the Wendell Ranger Station: From the east or west: Take Rte. 2 to Rte. 63 south through Miller Falls, Wendell Rd. over R.R. bridge, take Montague Rd. and follow signs. From the north or south: Take Rte 47 North to Route 63 North. Travel approximately 6 miles and follow lead in signs approximately 2 miles to the Park Headquarters. (From RT63: turn right on Highland St (before center of Millers Falls) to intersection with S Prospect St, turn right onto S Prospect St and follow that all the way up -turns into Wendell Rd, bear right) Directions to Bill Gabriel's house (from Millers Falls): Follow the signs to Wendell State Forest. Bill's house is on the right just before the Ranger Station, brown house with a red barn sitting back from the road (334 Wendell Road, Millers Falls). Feel free to contact me with questions for further information, car pooling or just to let me know you're coming. Hope to see you all soon! If you're unsure if the ride is still happening (rain, heat, surprise blizzard etc.) call me the day of the ride - leave a message and your phone number if I don't pick up and I will call you back. Location: Wendell State Forest, Park Headquarters, 392 Montague Road, Wendell MA Contact: Bill - barkeater334@gmail.com - 413-423 3737

Location

Wendell State Forest

Chapter

Pioneer Valley

Trail

Event Leader

Steffi Krug

KIDS RIDE - Kona Bicycles MTB Adventure Ride at Great Brook Farm SP

Event Date

9/13/15 10:15am to 11:30am
Come join MVNEMBA for a Kids’ Ride at the Kona Bicycles MTB Adventure Ride at Great Brook Farm SP on Sunday September 13th. Kids’ Rides are a great way for kids and teens to build strong bodies, build confidence, have tons of fun and enjoy being outside! The ride begins at 10:15 and will go between 2-3 miles depending on group. For more information about the day including directions, please visit http://www.nemba.org/events/kona-bicycles-mtb-adventure-ride-great-brook....

Chapter

State

Massachusetts

Ride Level

Beginner
Novice
Advanced-novice

Ride Types

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Barry Moore

Charlemont Trails System Trailfest 2015

Date

6/6/15 (All day) to 6/7/15 (All day)

We're holding another Trail Fest Weekend in Charlemont in anticipation of the grand opening of the Thunder Mountain Bike Park.  We'll be working exclusively on trails outside the park, but integral to the greater Charlemont Trails System. 

Projects will include: 
Benching and Buffing sections of Wilderness Peak and Silver Doe that were re-routed to avoid conflict with single directional trails in the park.
Finish Flagging, Roughing, and Beginning to Buff a new trail connecting Sweet 16 to the top of Red Zone.
Armouring a troublesome wet area on Silver Doe.

Attendees will receive a choice of a complementary Weekend pass to Thunder Mountain Bike Park, a complementory pass to a Monroe Bridge or Fife Brook Whitewater Raft Trip with Berkshire Whitewater or a complentary Mountain Top or Valley Jump Tour with Berkshire Canopy Tours.

There will be "Dry Camping" - no 24 hour facilities - on site Friday and Saturday night.  Work Days will begin at 9:00 AM and go to approximately 4:00 PM.  Lunch will be provided both Saturday and Sunday.  Rides will be FrIday and Saturday evening at 5:00.

Please RSVP to Harold - indicate what tools you might be able to bring.

 

Location

Berkshire East Ski Resort, Charlemont MA

Chapter

Pioneer Valley

Trail

Event Leader

Harold Green
harold.f.green@gmail.com
413 348 3491

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