Windstorm Trail Work Tomorrow

The big winds caused some trail damage this past week and though most hikers and bikers think the Forest Service clears and maintains all the trails we all love to hike and ride it’s actually volunteer groups, such as the Disciples of Dirt Mountain Bike Club (DOD), who contribute many thousands of hours to trail work each year.  The various government agencies don’t have the manpower or budgets to do it all on their own anymore. After this weeks big winds DOD is gearing up to get some of those local trails cleared. The following information comes from Paul Timm, the Trailwork Coordinator for the DOD:

Lending a Hand via Flickr: North Cascades National Park

Each spring the DOD, and our sister club in Oakridge the Greater Oakridge Area Trail Stewards, or GOATS, organize multiple trailwork parties to tackle cutting out all the trees that blow down, repair the trail where erosion may have taken a toll, and cut back brush that encroaches.  Many of our members are certified by the National Forest Service to operate chainsaws, and many of us have had field training on the right way to build and maintain trail from both the NFS and IMBA, the International Mountain Bika Association.  IMBA is the recognized leader in trail design for safety and sustainability. See  www.imba.com for more info.

Last Sunday’s wind storm caused some serious damage that everyone is aware of.  Here it is 4 days after the storm as I am writing this, and some folks are still out of power.  What do you think happened in the woods?  Lots of trees fell and are blocking trails.  To that end, we are organizing an immediate effort to reopen the trails in our winter playground near Lorane.  If you think you might like to come out to lend a hand we could use you

we are organizing an immediate effort to reopen the trails in our winter playground near Lorane.  If you think you might like to come out to lend a hand we could use you.

 If you know where the gravel pile is…show up Saturday, March 19 at 9am.  If you need directions, email me directly paul.cheri.timm@gmail.com and  I will zap directions back to you. Continue reading “Windstorm Trail Work Tomorrow”

MTB Eugene and Disciples of Dirt get the attention of the Eugene City Council

Mountain biker Daisy LaPoma holds a sign that says "I Yield to Hikers."

Members of the newly formed mountain bike advocacy group, MTB Eugene, and the Disciples of Dirt (DoD) mountain bike social and trail maintenance club attended the Eugene City Council meeting on Monday, April 26th to protest the recent closing of the Ribbon Trail to cyclists. Over 50 people met in front of the city council chambers before the meeting to plan and make pro-mountain bike trail-use signs.  The goal of the gathering was to show the city council that mountain bikers are a large constituency, and to explain to them that mountain bikers and hikers can live together in harmony on Eugene’s trails.  Even though the signs were not allowed inside the chambers, the sheer number of attendees and convincing testimony from several MTB Eugene and DoD members definitely got the attention of the city council.

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