Signature Trail Grants

These grants are for exceptional trail projects spearheaded and executed by a NEMBA Chapter and are limited to the creation of new trails and trail systems. NEMBA has awarded $70,000 since the inception of this program.

2020

  • Burlington, CT: Johnnycake Mountain Trails by Northwest CT NEMBA. Project Description: To create a sustainable network of top-notch mountain bike specific trails that will re-open access to this parcel of land expanding the existing network and provide access to future connections with local commerce centers and a planned municipal park. Working in conjunction with the Town of Burlington additional parking areas are also slated to be constructed to provide additional access points to our expansive trail network. In addition to the construction of the new trails, a vital part of the project is to eradicate less desirable, unsustainable and illegally constructed trails remaining from the past. This project will add over 10 miles of trails to the property. Project Timeline: two years. Project Manager: Jonathan Regan. $10,000 awarded.
  • Kennebec County, ME: Kennebec Highlands Climbing Trail by Central Maine NEMBA. Project Description: An intermediate friendly 1 – 1.25 mile climbing trail in the Kennebec Highlands, one of the largest tracts of land with the most wilderness feel in Central Maine. Our goal is to make it both more approachable to a broader spectrum of riders and to create a loop out of the trail system. This trail will add needed mileage to the existing trail network and create a larger loop that connects to 2 other trails and give more options to riders for how they will experience The Highlands. Project Timeline: Summer 2020. Project Manager: Christopher Riley. $10,000 awarded.
  • Wyman Township and Carrabassett Valley, ME: Stoney Brook Trail System by Carrabassett Region NEMBA. Project Description: coordinate construction of a non-motorized trail network in Wyman Township and Carrabassett Valley, known as the Stoney Brook Trails. The project will include 12 to 15 miles of new user specific trail, trail head and parking access. Trails will be constructed for all abilities, in a stacked loop configuration and built to the highest level of sustainability possible. Project Timeline: Spring 2020. Project Manager: Warren Gerow. $10,000 awarded.
  • Dedham, ME: “Endo Trail” Trailhead Connector Trail by Penobscot Region NEMBA. Project Description: This project will connect the newly constructed segments of Overlook trail directly to the network trailhead. The project will bypass eroded and deteriorating rake and ride trails to double the mileage of sustainably built singletrack within the network and add a beginner friendly offering to a network that currently only has intermediate and advanced trails. Project Timeline: August 2020. Project Manager: Tyler Peabody. $5,000 awarded.
  • Sandwich, MA: Maple Swamp Viewing Platform and multi-use trials by Cape Cod NEMBA. Project Description: Construct a viewing platform with picnic table and multi-use trails to access the “overlook” at Sam Nye’s mountain. We would clean up the area and remove stumps, sticks and make the area a “destination” point and must visit landmark in the Maple Swamp system. We would use a licensed arborist or town of Sandwich arborist to do vista pruning to create an amazing view. Project Timeline: Spring 2020. Project Manager: Mike Dube. $5,000 awarded.

2019

  • Oxford, CT: Rockhouse Hill Trail Project Housatonic Valley NEMBA. Project Description: Rockhouse Hill was a little used parcel of some 700 acres. Housatonic Valley NEMBA has worked with the Oxford Youth Conservation Corp and the land manager to develop over 4 miles of new trails. This grant will be used to construct 10+ miles of new trails on the way to achieving HV NEMBA's goal of a 20 mile trail system. Project Manager: Paula Burton. $10,000 awarded.
  • Bucksport, ME:  Great Pond Mountain Trail Project Penobscot Region NEMBA. Project Description: The Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust manages 4,500 acres of land. This project will construct a 3.6 mile machine built singletrack to the top of Great Pond Mountain and down the back side. This trail will add to the existing trail network. Half of the new trail will be on smooth rock offering specatcular views of the surrounding mountains. Project Manager: Craig MacDonald. $10,000 awarded.

2018

  • Auburn, ME: Mount Apatite Inner Loop Trail Central Maine NEMBA. Project Description: Add a 3 mile  Inner Loop trail to Mt. Apatite's trail network and rehabilitate or reroute some of the "legacy" trails that are in poor condition. Mount Apatite is the primary riding area in the Lewsiton/Auburn area. This project which has a lot of community support and many local businesses will supply additional funding and labor. These trails will greatly enhance Mt Apatite's trail system.  The Inner Loop will be a beginner friendly trail. Project Manager: Christopher Riley. $10,000 awarded.