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  • April 20, 2022 7:57 AM | Debbie St.Cyr (Administrator)

    Singletracks.com recently posted an article written by Maureen Gaffney regarding the work being done in Boggs.

    "Redwood Trails Alliance in 2022 is a force to be reckoned with. Formed in 2020, RTA works across three Northern California counties—Sonoma, Lake, and Napa—to “advocate for our diverse community of trail users. We teach responsible trail stewardship and offer volunteer trail work opportunities along with planning and construction services for trails for all to enjoy” according to their mission statement."

    FULL BOGGS ARTICLE HERE


  • April 20, 2022 7:56 AM | Debbie St.Cyr (Administrator)

    Trione-Annadel State Park update: We've been working with our Bay Area District leadership to negotiate a 2 year Donation of Services Agreement to authorize project work and maintenance work in Trione-Annadel State Park.  We finalized the terms of our contract, sent it through partnerships office and legal office.  Next steps are to get signatures from RTA and the Directors office.  Final stage is to go through Department of Finance and it's done.  This is the first contract of this type done with our district for TASP.  

    How the partnership works:  Friends of Trione-Annadel is committed to raising funds for trail repairs and recently donated the FOTA Kubota to Redwood Trails Alliance for use in TASP.  Redwood Trails Alliance will run volunteer crews and our trail team for repairs and maintenance work. State Parks will provide the guidance and support needed to approve and assist with the backlog of work.  First project up is Lawndale from the parking lot to the creek crossing.

    We recently submitted a grant request with the support of our Bay Area District leadership and park staff to fund a part time volunteer coordinator position for work in TASP to allow us the capacity to assist with maintenance work such as clearing trees and overgrowth in trails.

    We continue are advocacy effort towards implementation of a road and trail management plan.  This will be a long process and we will need help from the community to give input on what you'd like to see when the time comes.  Again, this is a very long process but we are committed to keeping the conversation going and advocating for a streamlined method.  


  • April 18, 2022 7:54 AM | Debbie St.Cyr (Administrator)

    Greetings Redwood Trails Alliance supporters!

    We’ve been working hard to bring more trails and better trails to our tri-county area.  Excitedly, we are on track to add 12 new miles of trail and a new pumptrack in 2022!  We’ve been busy and we are stoked! 

    Our trail team under has been going gangbusters with trail project planning, mapping, excavating, improving existing trails, and training youth crews on durable trail construction.  We’ve increased our community volunteer opportunities and added an all-community new trail build in Taylor Mountain. If you’re out and about and see the team, give them a shoutout.  As you know, we’ve been growing rapidly over the past year. We are proud to have a full-time trail team and have plans to continue to grow our team over the next couple years.  We have you to thank for our success! Expanding our trail team is due to your supporting memberships and donations.

    Where we've been. Where we are. Where we will be: Boggs Mountain Demonstrations State Forest, Moore Creek Park, Skyline Wilderness Park pumptrack, Trione-Annadel State Park, Sonoma Valley Regional Park, Monte Rio Redwoods, Wright Hill Ranch, Helen Putnam Regional Park Hood Mountain Regional Park, Mark West Springs Regional Park and Pinnacle Gulch Regional Park.  

    We recently expanded our internal work and hired a full-time person to help myself and provide internal project management support for our trail team.  This is huge!  Rachael Bean transitioned from our trail team and into the office.  Her experience as a trail builder makes her a perfect fit!  Being supported internally will provide more time to focus on our advocacy efforts, communications, strengthening our partnerships and continue to develop our relationships with community leaders who see trails as an asset.

    Our board of directors is also expanding.  If you’re interested in what we do, reach out to me directly.  deb@trailsalliance.org  3 spots are currently open.  We have an enthusiastic, positive and deeply engaged board of directors who donate their time and expertise to ensure we are meeting our mission, vision, purpose, and values.  Serving on the board for Redwood Trails Alliance is an opportunity to be involved in strategic planning, advocacy at the highest level and a great opportunity to get the inside scoop on trail projects, past, present, and future. 

    We held our first bike giveaway in 2022 to support our Bring Back Boggs campaign and raised $80,000 towards rebuilding Boggs trails! Even though the bike giveaway is over we continue to raise funds. Bring Back Boggs  We recently launched our Trails Don't Build Themselves campaign in support of Dan's Wild Ride and Moore Creek Park trails.  Check out our project support page HERE. Thank you to the private donors who pledged $50,000 to start off our fundraising efforts.  Check our project page as we continue to update more projects we need funding for.

    Last but not least, our Redwood Trails Alliance merchandise is on the way! We expect to have merchandise by the end of April.  We'll update our STORE with photos soon.

    Thank you for you being outdoor enthusiasts enjoying trails across Napa, Lake and Sonoma counties!  We are grateful for the love and support to bring more trails and better trails!  

    We hope to see you on the trails, at one of our trail dig days and/or our events.

    Stay stoked and get outside!


    Debbie St.Cyr, Executive Director

    Redwood Trails Alliance


  • February 17, 2022 4:27 PM | Debbie St.Cyr (Administrator)


    Greetings Redwood Trails Alliance supporters and partners!

    I am excited to announce the launch of our Bring Back Boggs bike giveaway!

    Redwood Trails Alliance has teamed up with Trail House Santa Rosa to support more trails and better trails in Boggs and beyond!

    Trail House of Santa Rosa donated a Specialized Stumpjumper Expert mountain bike worth $5,900 to raise funds towards reconstructing trails in Boggs Mountain Demonstration State Forest.  

    Our trail team is currently working on Bear Bones trail with Boggs Peak trail next in line and an estimated completion of both trails coming up on March 3rd.  Supporting the Bring Back Boggs campaign will support construction of these two trails and more throughout 2022.  Funds will also support community volunteer days with the first one being February 26th.  Event sign up will open soon with limited space.

    We are working in partnership with Friends of Boggs Mountain to continue rebuilding the well-loved 22-mile trail system lost during post wildfire cleanup after the 2015 Valley Fire.  We are even more excited to build trails to support bringing back much anticipated events in May of 2022 such as Bike Monkey's Boggs Race and the Norcal Interscholastic Cycling League state championship race and Adventure Day to support the close of their 2022 season.  

    We all know the impacts of wildfires across Napa, Lake and Sonoma counties.  We have a lot of work to do to help our partnering land managers bring trails back for our community of users to enjoy, and we have a long way to go to get to the finish line.

    I am even more excited to announce support from Lake County District 5 Supervisor, Jessica Pyska, who dedicated $25,000 in funding towards our Bring Back Boggs campaign and a donation of $15,000 from Calpine Corporation.  

    You don't have to be an MTB user to support our campaign!  You don't have to ride to be a part of rebuilding trails.  If you are the lucky winner of this exemplary bike and you don't ride you can sell it, donate it to a kid in need or whatever your heart desires.  We will leave those details to you, but will happily help with any questions you have.

    For more information on how to donate and support our Bring Back Boggs campaign click BRING BACK BOGGS.

    Join us as we begin the 1st launch of many for our 2022 fundraisers to support multiple projects across Napa, Lake and Sonoma counties. 

    Thank you for joining us on our journey to bring you more trails and better trails!

    Debbie St.Cyr, Executive Director



  • January 26, 2022 3:17 PM | Debbie St.Cyr (Administrator)

    FRIENDS OF TRIONE-ANNADEL DONATES KUBOTA U17 TO REDWOOD TRAILS ALLIANCE

    Working in partnership to improve trails in Trione-Annadel State Park


    Friends of Trione-Annadel (FOTA) and Redwood Trails Alliance (Trails Alliance) in partnership, combined resources to improve trails and assist Trione-Annadel State Park (TASP)with  maintenance and trail repairs.  

    Friends of Trione-Annadel is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to protecting the health of our treasured local state park, Trione-Annadel. Through donations from the community, FOTA supports the maintenance and development of its trails, structures, and open spaces - ensuring a healthy environment for wildlife and continued accessibility and safety for the public

    Redwood Trails Alliance, a 501(c)(3)non-profit is an advocate for our diverse community of trail users. We teach responsible trail stewardship and offer volunteer trail work opportunities along with planning and construction services for trails for all to enjoy.

    FOTA donated a Kubota U17 purchased through private donations in an effort to expand capacity to work in Trione-Annadel State Park.  After consulting with State Parks Bay Area District leadership the decision was made to donate both the mini-excavator and trailer to Redwood Trails Alliance who has been working on a partnership with FOTA and State Parks as the trail consultant and construction organization to conduct trail repairs.  

    On January 12, 2022 Friends of Trione-Annadel President, Don McCullough and Redwood Trails Alliance Executive Director, Debbie St.Cyr signed a donation agreement between the two organizations. In the agreement Redwood Trails Alliance will take possession of the Kubota U17, endearingly referred to as FOTA Kubota, for use in Trione-Annadel State Park.  Redwood Trails Alliance will add the Kubota to their fleet to be used for maintenance and trail repairs in TASP.

    Together, FOTA and Trails Alliance will work towards trail improvements, maintenance and host volunteer trail work days throughout 2022 and 2023. Stay up to date on both organizations and upcoming work they’ll be conducting in the park by becoming a member and supporting future efforts.

  • September 26, 2021 3:02 PM | Debbie St.Cyr (Administrator)

    Have you been out to explore the newly opened Sky Lupine Trail in Taylor Mountain Regional Park? We worked in partnership with Sonoma County Regional Parks and Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation to design and construct the Sky Lupine Trail

    To support more trails in Napa, Lake and Sonoma counties join us www.trailsalliance.org funds go toward #moretrails #bettertrails

    Thank you TOPO Collective for the awesome footage.  Sky Lupine Trail


  • September 09, 2021 1:19 PM | Debbie St.Cyr (Administrator)

    VOLUNTEER:

    Trail work has returned for the Redwood Trails Alliance!  We couldn’t be happier to share the joy of getting dirty with our community. Stay tuned for email announcements of future volunteer events in Helen Putnam Regional Park and Foothill Regional Park.  Signup links will be in future email announcements. 


    MEMBERSHIP:

    Already a member of Sonoma County Trails Council or the Redwood Empire Mountain Bike Alliance?  You can log in to your account HERE to check your membership status.  Your membership has already been transferred to Redwood Trails Alliance.  

    REMBA Members: Your login  will be your email you originally signed up with.  You can choose forgot password to do a password reset and login to your account. 

    SCTC Members: Login using the email address we use to contact you, then select forgot password and set up your Redwood Trails Alliance member account. 

    SCTC Members: We will be transitioning away from Paypal for membership and donations and will use your credit card in the Wild Apricot membership software system going forward.

    Are you a current member of SCTC and REMBATHANK YOU! And you are automatically a member of Redwood Trails Alliance at your previous membership level.  You can apply your duplicate membership to next year's membership or donate your duplicate membership to support trails in Napa, Lake and Sonoma Counties. 

    Our membership software allows you to manage your membership, donations and track volunteer hours and events.

    You’ll receive an automatic prompt when it’s time to renew your membership.  Membership fees go towards supporting trails through volunteer support, tools & equipment needs, safety gear etc.  Join the Redwood Trails Alliance to support more trails and better trails.

    Have questions?  Reach out to deb at deb@trailsalliance.org

    TRAILS:

    Have you visited Foothill Regional Park lately?  Our skilled and energetic trail team completed a realignment of the entire Alta Vista Trail (photo below) earlier this year and will be back again to do a realignment of the Ravine Trail in early September.


  • August 31, 2021 8:24 AM | Debbie St.Cyr (Administrator)

    The Redwood Trails Alliance was created through the union of the Sonoma County Trails Council and the Redwood Empire Mountain Bike Alliance.

    In November 2020 the Board of Directors of both corporations agreed to join forces and to pursue their common Mission as Redwood Trails Alliance, with an initial Board of Directors combined from both nonprofits. By joining forces, the new Trails Alliance will be able to increase the quality and quantity of our local trails for more trail users while respecting the environment we visit.

    Their work includes education, advocacy and trail projects which are funded by memberships, donations, and income from trail construction and training services. 

    Trails Alliance projects have included trail design, construction, and maintenance. Trails Alliance is currently working at several Sonoma County Regional Parks, including Helen Putnam in Petaluma, Foothill in Windsor and Taylor Mt. in Santa Rosa and recently completed trail work at Napa County’s Moore Creek Park. 

    The new organization will be co-led by Ken Wells and Deb St.Cyr. 


    (photo credit: PINE Photo and Video by Dan Quiñones)

    Ken, the RTA’s Trails Director, has been on trails all his life with over three decades of trail advocacy and construction experience. His efforts have been recognized with a long list of awards.

    Deb is the RTA’s Executive Director and comes to the partnership with over 20 years of volunteering with nonprofits.  Powered by a passion for the outdoors, Deb stepped into the trail building and mountain bike advocacy world after a devastating wildfire destroyed her home, community and local trail system. 


    The Ken and Deb partnership creates a powerful combination of organizational skills, nonprofit knowledge and trail construction experience, establishing a solid foundation to build more and better trails for all.

    With the substantial experience, knowledge and resources that is now the Redwood Trails Alliance, RTA is a respected leader of the trails community in the North Bay. Trails Alliance recognizes the environmental and social challenges our communities face, as well as the critical role being outside provides for our mental, physical and social wellbeing. Trails Alliance provides the essential link to the natural world - trails. 

    Trails Alliance is committed to the creation and stewardship of a network of durable and enjoyable trails to enable people to visit our amazing landscapes.

    #MoreTrails #BetterTrails

    For more info:

    Website:www.trailsalliance.org 

    Follow us on Instagram and Facebook: @trailsalliance

    Contact: Debbie St.Cyr deb@trailsalliance.org 602-677-2861



  • July 08, 2021 11:45 AM | Debbie St.Cyr (Administrator)

    It has been several months since our last message to you all, and for that, we apologize. Rest assured, our work to build quality trails for our diverse community of trail users has continued in the field while the integration of our two organizations has been proceeding in meetings on Zoom.

    And despite the challenges of a pandemic, the start of a new era for trails in our region is here.

    The Board of Directors of the Sonoma County Trails Council and the Redwood Empire Mountain Bike Alliance have officially combined forces under our new name, the Redwood Trails Alliance.

    The new organization will operate under the leadership of Executive Director Debbie St. Cyr and Trails Director Ken Wells, with a full-time trail construction team as well as more resources devoted to trail advocacy, education and volunteer trail work in the Sonoma, Napa, and Lake County area.

    With some critical initial steps taken, we are now in the process of setting up new social media and a website to communicate with you, our trail community. Stay tuned!

    Meanwhile, here are a few updates on some of the cool things our team has been doing.

    Strengthened our successful partnership with Sonoma County Regional Parks through a series of park trail repairs and realignments in Helen Putnam, Foothill, Taylor Mt. and Hood Mt. Regional Parks. And that’s just in the spring of 2021. More projects are lined up for more parks throughout Sonoma County.

    Supported our local high school mountain bike teams give back to their communities and the trails they love. We combined volunteer trail work and education to create a fun and engaging environment while learning why we do trail work, with projects at Skyline Wilderness Park, Moore Creek Park, and at the PUC Forest.

    Established new and better relations with State Parks – Bay Area District to advocate for our beloved Trione-Annadel State Park and how we can partner to work towards returning to community volunteer days and making trail improvements. Stay tuned for updates on those agreements.

    Began the initial trail design for a new trail system at Suscol Headwaters Park.

    With COVID vaccinations here we have re-started our volunteer workdays and there will be more opportunities to give back to your favorite trails and parks.

    The Redwood Trails Alliance has arrived....


  • October 01, 2020 9:29 AM | Debbie St.Cyr (Administrator)

     

    Photo Courtesy of Mike Dunn. Rattle Snake Ridge, Angwin

    Greetings REMBA Supporters.

    We find ourselves in the throes of yet another destructive wildfire.  This year continues to be challenging and our ability to get outside significantly interrupted, again.  Whether it is COVID restrictions, poor air quality, evacuations or park closures it’s been challenging to get out and ride.  The desire to want to help or do something to feel in control of the situation is prevalent.  Believe me we feel it too! 

    Across REMBA-Land many of our favorite properties are impacted due to the Glass Fire.  We are working daily with land managers across REMBA-land to keep up to date on closures and assessments.  We are all curious to find out the status of our favorite local parks and trails.  Land managers are respectively allowing firefighting personnel the space they need to work on extinguishing fires.  As soon as land managers can safely gain access, they will assess damages and we’ll have a timeline when to expect openings.

    One of the best things we can do right now is have patience and respect park closures.  We are all unfortunately experienced in what happens in the aftermath of a destructive wildfire.  Our past experiences taught us it takes time to get life back to normal including our trails.  With another red flag warning over the next couple of days, it is important to respect all closures. 

    We’ve put together a list of informational links for you to check the status of your local parks and current trail conditions.

    SONOMA COUNTY:

    Sonoma County Regional Parks:

    https://socoemergency.org/emergency/wildfire/

    Visit @sonomacountyregionalparks on social media for more up to date information.

    State Parks:

    @TrioneAnnadelStatePark on Facebook

    https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=480

    https://sugarloafpark.org/

    *Please note Trione-Annadel is closed due to fires.  Spring Lake is also closed and will remain closed until the evacuation advisory is lifted for that zone.

    NAPA COUNTY:

    Napa Open Space Districts provides daily trail updates on their website:

    https://napaoutdoors.org/news/

    Social media:  @NapaOpenSpace

    Skyline Wilderness Park:

    https://skylinepark.org

     Social media: @skylinepark

    Pacific Union College Demonstration and Experimental Forest

    Social media: @PUCforest

    Note: PUC Forest is closed until further notice

    LAKE COUNTY:

    Boggs Mountain Demonstration State Forest is closed to vehicle traffic.  Check road closures and air quality prior to visiting.

    www.boggsmountain.org

    Facebook: @FOBMCA

    AIR QUALITY:

    Purple Air

    ROAD CONDITIONS:

    CALTRANS or call 1-800-427-7623

    To all those impacted by fires on ANY level, we are thinking of you.  Please feel free to reach out to me directly at deb@mountainbikealliance.org if you have specific questions or you know of someone with a need REMBA can help fill. We look forward to the day when we can ride and have a beer while sharing stories of recovery and perseverance.  When times are darkest remember we are strong, and we have proven that strength time and again.  I have no doubt we will prove it again this year.

    Hang tight!



    Deb Bloomquist

    Executive Director - REMBA


    Photo courtesy of Supervising Ranger, Neill Fogarty. Trione-Annadel Visitor Center
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