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Wow, what a great turnout we had for the February 22nd Sweetwater trail day! Thanks to everyone who came out and helped rough in the new section of trail that is due to be completed this year. Keep an eye out for upcoming work days.
Make sure to take a moment and check out the new Sweetwater trail system map, as well as photos from the work day.
Thanks to everyone who came out last week and Borderlands Brewing Co. Together we raised just over $1700 for the Tucson Mountain Park Improvement Project. 2.5 miles of new single track trail have been laid out already with another 1.5 for this segment from the 4 way to Goat HIll.
Your donations help get these projects done! Since we are an all volunteer organization, these funds will go directly toward providing lunches for volunteers (150(+/-) for the Yetman Bypass Project last year), replacing worn tools/gloves, and to help pay some portion of the Cultural and Biological surveys for Pima County.
Thanks! Hope to see you all in the Spring when we start construction!
Monday, November 17th – 7:00pm
We encourage you to come out on Monday, November 17 at 7:00pm for the second community meeting. Location is at Emily Gray Junior High School at 2300 N. Tanque Verde Loop Road. The FRP folks will be reporting the input they’ve gathered from the various user groups and organizations that utilized Redington Pass. We need to have a great MTB user turnout. If you haven’t yet taken the FRP Survey, you can do so on their website.
This Saturday! Join us at Barrio Trails in Tucson, 10-2.
Are you ready for IMBA’s Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day, presented by Subaru? Events involving thousands of kids and parents, like this one advertised in Panama, are taking places all over the U.S. and across the world this weekend! Haven’t signed up for an event yet? Find one near you and help spread the joy of riding trails to the next generation:
You may have seen notice of the proposed management plan for the Ironwood Forest, comments due 9/2. This plan would limit bicycle use to existing doubletrack roads exclusively! It would have the effect of excluding 90 miles of beautiful single track within the Ironwood National Monument and sets a bad precedence for mountain biking in southern AZ. SDMB has led rides out there over the years since our inception, bike packers love the solitude and the possibilities for exploration, and it is a unique place where human powered quiet recreation opportunities are appropriate to enjoy the land with minimal impact to it or the floura or fauna. And it help mitigate issues relating to illegal motorized use, northerly migration, trafficking, dumping, etc…
CLICK HERE TO SEND A LETTER – I’ts an easy click through online process, and be sure to share with friends!
Here is some background from the document. For information on Trails, check out page 11 of the NEPA document. The only mention of bicycles is on page 24:
Non-mechanized Non-motorized Uses 3.13
Monument roads, primitive roads, and administrative roads are available for non-mechanized non-motorized use, including foot, horse and mountain bicycle. Livestock and human-pulled wagons and carts may also be used on these routes provided that the route is physically suitable for passage without improvement or causing damage to Monument objects. Use of non-motorized mechanized methods of transport (bicycles, wagons) is prohibited on non-motorized trails.
Monday, April 28th – 7-9:00 p.m.
Please join us and the Friends of Redington Pass (FRP) next Monday, April 28th, 7:00-9:00 PM, for a community meeting on the future of Redington Pass. We would like to get a good turnout from all the users in the Pass and we need your support to represent mountain bicyclists interests adequately!!!
The purpose of this first meeting is to get input from everyone interested in the Pass. FRP is developing a Collaborative Area Management Plan proposal to submit to the Forest Service with recommendations on how to improve management of the Pass. We have been working with them to focus on what people enjoy doing now in the Pass, areas where there are concerns, and what they would like to see in the future. Participants will be locating special areas and areas of concern on sets of maps we are preparing for the meeting. We will also be reaching out over the summer and early fall to attend others’ group meetings to gather more input. In addition, FRP will also be creating a space on our website for people to provide input on line.
Please note that the meeting location is in the Lew Sorenson Community Center at the Emily Gray School (east side). For more information, visit the FRP website.
SDMB Board Meetings – 3rd Monday of Each Month
Our regularly scheduled meetings are the third Monday of each month, except June and July, and are always open to the public. Please join us Monday May 19, 6:00-8:00 at Café Passe, just to listen, provide input, or to get involved.
We are collecting nominations now for Officer and Board Positions. Know someone who should be included? If you or someone you know has extra time to give back, or has an interest in organizing all the fun stuff we do, there is a place for you in SDMB! Contact us or come to our next meeting for more information about how you can get involved.