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  • October 01, 2020 9:29 AM | Anonymous member (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
  • August 18, 2020 12:53 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Your REMBA trail crew is at it again! This time in Napa County at Skyline Wilderness Park! REMBA, in partnership with Friends of the Napa Open Space District and Skyline Park Citizens Association are working collaboratively to repair and realign a section of Skyline Trail just east of Lake Marie. We are stoked to work with partnering agencies who share the same goals as REMBA. More Trails! Better Trails!

    During rainy weather, Skyline Trail ends up muddy necessitating a seasonal trail closure which prevents access to the stunning peak views in Suscol Headwater Preserve. Once improvements are complete there will be four-season access to Suscol Headwaters Park, accessible only via Skyline Wilderness Park. Stay tuned for updates on our progress. #moretrailsbettertrails


    You can help support current and future projects such as Skyline Wilderness Park through your REMBA membership. Are you a current member? If not, sign up https://mountainbikealliance.org/  




  • May 18, 2020 9:22 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We're so excited to have easier access to our trails due to loosening of restrictions at various locations in REMBA-Land.  There were a lot of outdoor enthusiasts enjoying the warm sun and awesome trails this past weekend.  That's a wonderful thing.  We're sending a gentle reminder regarding restrictions still in place to adhere to in order to maintain access to trails currently open and have the ability to park near trail heads.  We know that as REMBA members, you're some of the best-behaved and most conscientious trail users on the trail, so we need your help to kindly educate users on what the guidelines are regarding PPE.  There are numerous people who are simply unaware of the restrictions currently in place.  Remember to follow your county health officers guidelines as they may vary slightly or may change.  See below for general guidelines to follow for the safety and health of those around you and to keep our trails open.

    ·  If You’re Sick, Stay Home: Trails and parks should be treated like any other public space and if you’re sick you should opt to stay home and keep everyone safe.

    ·  Go Solo & Avoid Crowds: If you’re visiting the parks, please only come in groups of family or people that you live with. Going outdoors during this time is for our health and not for socializing in groups.

    ·  Maintain 6 Feet Social Distancing: Please be mindful of your surroundings and maintain 6 feet of social distancing space at all times.

    ·  Cover Your Cough: Always sneeze and cough into a tissue, or if one is not available, into your elbow.

    ·  Do Not Shake Hands: Limit physical contact to members of your immediate household. No unnecessary physical contact in parks.

    ·  Trail Etiquette: Please leave extra space when passing people on trails. If you’re in a group, this means making a single file line and stepping off the trail to allow safe space for people to pass.  Remember to slow down and announce yourself as you ride up on other users so you’re not blazing past people unaware of your presence.

    ·  Face Masks: Follow your county’s health order regarding masks.  In general wear your mask in high traffic areas such as parking lots and trailheads.

    ·  Be Nice/Say Hi:The golden rule.  It doesn't cost anything to be nice! 

    FOR MORE INFORMATION WATCH OUR COVID-19 VIDEO

    HERE

  • May 14, 2020 1:26 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    As of Wednesday May 14, 2020, more restrictions were loosened for some parks and facilities throughout Sonoma County Regional Parks. County social distancing protocols are still in place, so let us do our part to maintain access and have the pleasure to do what we love, ride our bikes on trails.

    By following a few guidelines, we increase our chances of safeguarding easier access to our trails. Wear PPE especially in high traffic areas like parking lots and trailheads, no group rides, be extra communicative with other trail users (no blazing by), try to park away from the trail and ride there, restrictions loosened for Sonoma county residents only and as always be nice out there. For details click the link for the Press Democrat article.  Sonoma County Begins Broader Opening. To stay up to date on Sonoma County Regional Parks click the following ling to their website. SCRP


  • December 30, 2019 9:46 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Greetings REMBA supporters and MTB enthusiasts!


    2019 has been a year of tremendous growth for REMBA.  We're proud of our achievements over this past year and look forward to continuing to build on the successes we had this year with your increased support and participation.

    Our achievement highlights for 2019

    • Hired an Executive Director. Former Chairwoman, Debbie Bloomquist enthusiastically accepted the Executive Director position and has been tirelessly working to further REMBA’s message and build partnerships with land managers and business supporters and YOU, our membership.

    • Purchased a trailer and tools to support volunteer trail work and our professional trail building team. 

    • Hired two full time trail crew team members and two seasonal hand crew

    • Received a specially-designed trail maintenance e-bike for trail team use!. 

    • Partnered with Napa Open Space District and built Whiskey Ridge and Conn Peak Trails, adding approximately 3 miles of new trail to the already existing 15 miles of trails in Moore Creek Park.

    • Partnered with Pacific Union College and the St. Helena Thunderbirds high school mountain bike team to maintain trails in the PUC Forest.

    • Worked with PUC to officially open PUC Forest to the public for the first time in 30 years!

    • Enthusiastically sponsored the construction of informational kiosks for PUC Forest.  Stay tuned for the installation of those kiosks.

    • Partnership with Skyline Wilderness Park in Napa for trail maintenance and volunteer efforts.

    • Worked with CAL FIRE, Napa Open Space District, Napa Land Trust and Pacific Union College to begin flagging the Dans Wild Ride reroute to move the existing trail onto a fully legal alignment..

    • Officially endorsed Napa Open Space District’s Measure K which will raise funds for open space protection and outdoor recreation throughout Napa County.

    • REMBA and Sonoma County Regional Parks worked together to design new trail in Shiloh Regional Park.  REMBA crews began flagging proposed routes. Stay tuned as we continue to strengthen our partnership.

    • REMBA has consistently met with local California State Parks staff regarding Trione-Annadel State Park and is maintaining a relentlessly positive outlook on this diamond for our MTB community. Tracking and nudging Annadel progress is one of REMBA's highest priorities, but has also proven to be one of the most difficult nuts to crack due to the massive State Bureaucracy. We'll continue to build relationships and push for progress and have enlisted CAMTB, the California Mountain Biking Coalition to help at the legislative level in Sacramento

    • REMBA began meeting with Friends of Trione Annadel State Park to work together on efforts to work on trails within Annadel.

    • REMBA went before the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors to show support for the Sonoma Ag and Open Space Vital Lands Initiative to provide land conservation throughout Sonoma County.  

    • We successfully rebuilt the Santa Rosa Pump Track!

    • REMBA was deeply involved with Friends of Boggs Mountain to help rebuild trails in Boggs Mountain Demonstration State Forest.  Our efforts helped rebuild almost 6 miles of single track.

    • REMBA worked with the County of Lake Parks and Recreation Department to assist with grant writing and give advice for the MTB only Mt. Konocti trail while environmental studies are underway.

    • REMBA and REI partnered for a trail workday in Boggs for the REI Dirt Sweat and Beers series.  We had almost 80 volunteers come out and dig over 1 mile of trail.  

    As you can see REMBA’s been busy over the past year and we plan to continue that momentum into next year!  

    What’s Next?

    • Contractor License.  REMBA will begin work towards officially getting a contractor’s license.  This is critical for REMBA to enter into the bidding process with government agencies to get paid to build trails.

    • We’ll continue our advocacy efforts and trail construction for the Dan’s Wild Ride Reroute. 

    • REMBA, in partnership with Pacific Union College will provide support as needed for the PUC forest parking lot installation as part of the official public opening of PUC forest

    • February will be REMBA’s first VIP fundraising event.  Stay tuned for details and how to get your ticket.  This will be one event you won’t want to miss.

    • Member party!  The annual REMBA member appreciation party is a tradition we will continue to carry out.

    • Continue working with Sonoma County Regional Parks and start digging new trails in Shiloh Regional Park.

    • Oat Hill jump line! Say what? Yep, you heard correctly.  REMBA in partnership with Napa Open Space District will begin work on a “features area” in the lowermost section of Oat Hill Mine Trail.  

    • In partnership with Sonoma County Trails Council, Napa Open Space District and Conservation Corps North Bay, REMBA will begin building Catacoula Trail in Moore Creek Park.  REMBA and NOSD have already flagged the approved route and will begin construction in spring 2020.

    • SCRP and REMBA will begin site visits and design ideas in Mark West Regional Park area to add trails to the existing trail system.

    • REMBA in partnership with the NorCal High School Cycling League will provide opportunities for high school MTB teams within REMBA-Land to support Teen Trail Corps and encourage our kids to get outside.  REMBA is currently working on scheduling workdays in Annadel, Helen Putnam, Skyline, Angwin, PUC Forest and Boggs.

    • REMBA will begin work with NOSD to work towards building trail in Suscol Headwaters in Napa County.

    What REMBA has accomplished and will continue to achieve is made possible ONLY by you!   Without you we wouldn’t be able to advocate for mountain bike access and MORE and BETTER TRAILS!  A huge set of thanks is due to our donors who’ve funded new trail projects and allowed us to purchase a trailer and tools,all our volunteers who continue to show up for trail work and maintenance, land managers and agencies who support outdoor recreation and are willing to partner with us to help make new and better trails a reality.  A special thank you to all the MTB organizations who’ve given us advice and guidance as we continue to grow. Your assistance and experience are invaluable. Thank you to trail lovers throughout the land who are the beating heart of REMBA, we wouldn’t exist without you.

    Let’s get dirty in 2020 on MORE TRAILS and BETTER TRAILS! 

    With a heart full of gratitude,

    Deb Bloomquist

    Executive Director



  • October 08, 2019 8:32 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    REMBA received a $10,000 grant from REI to go towards the restoration of Boggs Mountain Demonstration State Forest trail system. With the grant money we’re able to add to our trail building tools. Check out our new BOMAG 10/30 vibratory plate compactor. Thank you, REI for your continued support of REMBA. Also, shout out to Bobcat Total Equipment and Rental – Santa Rosa for your help with the purchase and delivery of our equipment. Thank you Friends of Boggs Mountain for our awesome partnership. #moretrails #bettertrails



  • October 03, 2019 7:58 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    REMBA supporters!  Are you a member?  Do you need to renew?  We need your help and now is the perfect time to join or renew.  Your membership supports all aspects of trail building across REMBA-Land.  We’re heading into a busy season building NEW trail and tuning up existing trail in all three counties. We need your help to continue bringing #moretrails and #bettertrails right to your front door!
    Your membership dollars support our professional trail team as well as volunteer workdays, tool purchases, future pump track projects, advocacy efforts to increase trail access and housekeeping details like insurance and Tecnu!
    Become a REMBA member today!  Don’t forget REMBA is a 501(c)3 organization relying solely on tax deductible donations and your membership; you are our lifeblood

  • April 22, 2019 7:23 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    REMBA members have you renewed your membership yet? Are you a non-member and want to join? Now is a great opportunity to sign up or renew. The FIRST 20 people will receive a REMBA pint glass along with their membership. Wait! What? A pint glass? Yep all yours with your renewal or new membership.
    That’s not all. If you join or renew now you won’t have to mess with all those details at our annual membership party. June 8th at Skyline Park we’ll have a catered lunch after the fun rides we have planned. This year is a family friendly event complete with activities and even a kid zone. Pretty awesome. You can RSVP to our event on our website at the same time you renew or join. It’s that easy. Click "join us" to renew or sign up.  Go to our "event" page to RSVP to the party you don't want to miss.
    Why become a member? Your membership supports our new trail projects and trail maintenance days. We currently have professional trail crews building new trail in Moore Creek, Angwin and Boggs Mountain Demonstration State Forest. We have Sonoma County new trail projects our advocacy team has been diligently working on finalizing details. We have regular trail maintenance in Angwin at PUC forest, Skyline Park and we’re in constant talks with land managers to schedule even more new trail projects. Help us get new trails by joining and supporting REMBA.



  • February 15, 2019 7:47 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On February 10th REMBA had the pleasure of hosting some trail repair work at Pacific Union College Demonstration and Experimental Forest.  REMBA, along with the St. Helena Thunderbirds High School Mountain Bike Team, PUC management and community volunteers were able to restore and reconnect singletracks which were covered in debris during the fire break project where masticating machines were brought in to create a critical fire break for the forest and the town of Angwin. A crew of 30 kids and adults went into the singletracks area in “the maze” and along the west side of Ridge Road in the north end of the PUC trail network.  The connections between those singletracks and ridge road were covered by masticator debris and the volunteer crews worked to clear/restore the connections and make those trails rideable again.  Volunteers worked up a sweat all morning until lunchtime where REMBA provided lunch and smiles to a hard-working crew.

    Thank you, St. Helena Thunderbirds for your enthusiastic work on the trails you love to ride.  Your team exemplifies trail stewardship and we’re stoked to be a part that stewardship with you.

    Thank you, Peter Lecourt, PUC Forest Manager for encouraging our youth to get involved in their community and being a great partner with REMBA. (photo credit: Briana Marie Photography, St. Helena Thunderbirds mountain bike team, Peter Lecourt and Tony Cale)


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