Tuesday, May 10, 2022
NEMBA Awards $30,000 for Signature Trail Grants
NEMBA’s Signature Trail Grants program provides funds for exceptional trail projects spearheaded and executed by a NEMBA chapter. Since 2018 this program has awarded $120,000 for significant regional trail projects.
- Uxbridge, MA: Blackstone Valley NEMBA Will build a Skills Park at the West Hill Dam. WHD is an extremely popular riding area in BV’s region. The skills park will add to the extensive network of trails which BV is building on the ACOE property. In 2021 BV hosted a MBAS ride there with over 250 participants. The Skills Park should be open in time for their 2022 MBAS event. There will be picnic tables and skills challenges for everyone, even kids. $4,500 awarded: Project managers Ryan Oliva and Brian Belfer.
- Franklin, NH: Central NH NEMBA will build trails on the city's 600-acre Great Gaines Memorial Ski Area. These will supplement the five miles of trails already there. These trails will be machine built downhill/enduro flow trails. With a 250’ elevation change these trails will be quite interesting. The ski area is just outside the city of Franklin and close to Franklin Falls Dam, Paige Hill and the Northern Rail Trail which will make Franklin NH the center of the regions riding. $8,500 was awarded to partially pay for this project. Project managers Kyle Matzke, Matt Bowser.
- Ashland, NH: Pemi Valley NEMBA working with the Squam Lakes Association and the Squam Lakes Conservation Society will create a three-mile MTB trail network at the 450-acre Whitten Woods Community Forest. These will be the first of many MTB trails in the Squam Lake Watershed area. $8,500 was awarded. Project Managers Slade Warner and Bree Howard.
- North Conway, NH: White Mountains NEMBA, partnering with the Upper Saco Valley Land Trust and Kennett High School will construct a trail network in the Pine Hill Community Forest. This practice and competitive loop will abut Kennett High School augmenting the training ground for the Kennett HS MTB team and local riders. It is part of a much larger trail building project to be undertaken by the USVLT and White Mountains NEMBA $8,500 was awarded. Project Manager Maryanne Dunfey.