Redwood Empire Mountain Bike Alliance

REMBA Chair update

December 03, 2018 1:02 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Hello fellow mountain bikers and REMBA supporters.  We have so much to be stoked about so grab a chair and hang tight.  Your REMBA crew hit the ground running after our last board meeting with trail work, advocacy work, event support, fundraising and the less exciting but no less important business aspect of growing the REMBA name.
The biggest news is Boggs Mountain Demonstration State Forest will officially be open for day use only on July 16th.  No camping permitted yet but it’s all in the works to get the infrastructure back in place.    REMBA is partnered with Friends of Boggs Mountain (FOBM) who works directly with Boggs management to assist in getting new trails built. Currently no trails exist due to damage from the salvage logging operation.  We’re stoked to be a part of building the new trail system on the property and to have more trails to ride in REMBA-Land.  Check back soon to see when shovels meet the ground.
We successfully held our first REMBA trail work day in Angwin at the Pacific Union College Demonstration and Experimental Forest.  We cleared a bunch of poison oak, brush and dead trees off the trails.  Thank you for all the volunteers who came out to help.  We had a great time out on some cool trails and look forward to doing more work in partnership with PUC.  Stay tuned for the next Angwin work day.  Good times will be had.
The Ridge Trail Puncheon is complete in Trione-Annadel State Park!  With the help of a grant we were awarded through REI we were able to purchase the materials to rebuild the puncheon.  We’re grateful for all the volunteers who stepped in over the course of the last couple months in some seriously hot weather to help move materials, help with the build, and lots of brushing work.  Thank you, we couldn’t have done it without you.  Check out the pictures of the build on our Facebook page.  Pretty cool stuff.
REMBA has been working with the Parks department in Lake County at their request to assist with building a one way all mountain bike trail that drops down from the top of Mt. Konocti down to the midway point of the mountain.  Stay tuned as we move forward with this project.  Super stoked to hear the words MTB Only!
We’re going to spread some more stoke soon in Napa County.  We’ve been working with land managers in Napa along with some donors who’d like to see the expansion of trails within the county.  There are a few miles’ worth of shovel ready projects and we’re stoked to have the capacity to help facilitate that growth.  Stay tuned for more updates on our mission to have more trails and better trails in REMBA-Land.  More details to follow.
We’re pleased to announce we finalized a contract to hire a trail boss to help with volunteer trail days and trail project management for all the projects headed our way.  We’re stoked to have Tony Cale join our trail team.  Hiring Tony is one more step towards building a solid trail team to accommodate getting new trails implemented and maintaining current trails.
REMBA was also able to present another check to the Skyline Wilderness Park Association to help replace the trail signs they lost in the October fires.  Thanks to the fundraising efforts of Santa Cruz Bikes, we’ve been able to assist the park to help get trails re opened and restored.
In other news we’ve been working with Sonoma County Regional Parks to build a strong partnership within their organization to assist with trail maintenance and potential new trail projects.  REMBA and Sonoma County Bike Coalition teamed up and held a fun fundraiser at Lagunitas where we made almost $1000.00 for each organization.  REMBA was also a part of a successful Dine to Donate with Il Posto Trattoria in Napa.  In our advocacy efforts REMBA sent letters of support for the McCormick Ranch Acquisition in Sonoma County and support for the Great Redwood Trail Project which we’re happy to see bikes are included as users for the 300-mile trail system.  We also moved forward with learning a new program to roll out our membership management plan and we’re currently in the application process to receive a grant to purchase the software.
All in all, a productive month.  We have a lot more in the works so stay tuned to our social media pages where we announce our ongoing projects, trail work days and updates on what’s happening in REMBA-Land.  Feel free to attend our board meetings where all the fun decision making happens.
Once again, thank you for all your support.  We’ll be announcing the yearly member appreciation BBQ soon so be on the lookout for that.  You won’t want to miss the excitement we’re planning this year.
Happy trails and stay stoked!
Deb Bloomquist
Chairwoman – REMBA

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