Local Screening of Pedal-Driven: A Bike-Umentary

The Mount Shasta Trails Association, the US Forest Service, and the International Mountain Biking Association will be showing the new documentary film “Pedal-Driven” on Friday, February 3rd, 2011, at 7 PM at the Black Bear Gallery in Mount Shasta.

This award winning one-hour documentary examines the issues surrounding mountain bike trail management and conflicts between mountain bikers and public land management agencies like the US Forest Service.   “Our primary theme here revolves around sustainability”, said writer/director Jamie Howell.  “Mountain biking is exploding around the world. We have to find new, cooperative approaches that both allow it as a legitimate use and manage it in a way that prevents the destruction of our precious and limited natural spaces.”

Pedal Driven: Mountain Biking DocumentaryFor more than two years, the film-making team traveled across the Western United States, compelled to tell a story of clandestine groups of rogue mountain bikers who build illegal trails on America’s public lands. Footage was collected from both sides of the conflict, battle lines were drawn, illegal trails were ripped out and existing trails were shut down.  Along the way, a shift occurred with both sides coming to the table, new partnerships were forged and sustainable biking opportunities were built.  The film aims to inspire a dialogue about where mountain biking belongs on the American landscape and to explore the responsibility we all have to balance our personal interests with the need manage our public lands in a sustainable manner.   The film is laced with stunning scenery, thrilling ride scenes with professional riders, and candid interviews with land managers, mountain bikers, and community leaders from around the West.

Representatives from the US Forest Service, the Mount Shasta Trail Association, and the International Mountain Bike Association will be on hand to discuss the issues raised by the film and to foster a constructive dialog about mountain bike trail management and opportunities in our community.   In addition, there will be an update on the Gateway Trail project, an exciting new recreation trail built in cooperation between the Forest Service and the Mount Shasta Trail Association.

You can find out more about the film and watch a trailer at www.pedaldriven.org.

For additional information, please contact Joe Wirth at the Mount Shasta Trail Association at 926-2858 or Kai Allen at the US Forest Service at 926-9610.

Trail Building Workshop in Mount Shasta November 4-5, 2011

The MSTA is pleased to present the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) Trail Building Workshop on November 4-5, 2011 in Mount Shasta.

There’s no cost, and you’ll even get a free lunch. (And who doesn’t love a free lunch?)

Overview

  1. Presentation on the economic benefits of trails (Friday evening)
  2. Classroom workshop on essential trail building elements (Saturday morning)
  3. Field instruction and hands-on trail building workshop (Saturday afternoon)

Friday November 4 @ 7pm at the Gallery in the Black Bear Building (upstairs)

Join us for a presentation by IMBA crew on the economic benefits of recreational trails in small towns and an update on the construction of the Gateway Trail.

Saturday November 5 @ 9am: meet at 701 South Mount Shasta Blvd. (CalTrout office)

IMBA’s Trail Building School teaches IMBA’s philosophies and trains local volunteers and land managers on how to build and maintain sustainable trails.  The school involves a classroom session in the morning and a hands-on workshop in the afternoon.  Elements covered:

  • Introduction to the Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew
  • Trail building theory
  • Essential elements of sustainable trials
  • Designing the trail
  • Rerouting and reclaiming trails
  • Advanced trail construction techniques

The workshop will finish around 4 p.m.

Who Should Attend this Trail Building Workshop?

  • Any trail user (bike, pedestrian, equestrian, etc.)
  • People interested in or tasked with trail design, building and maintenance, such as land managers and city planners
  • Community service: those who oversee a community service program, those who need to complete a community service project
  • Anyone who would like to understand the elements for trail sustainability
  • High school mountain biking teams and local scout troops
  • Cycling teams, urban planners, parks and recreation majors, etc.

 Lunch and Tools Included!

The Mount Shasta Trail Association will provide all tools necessary for the hands-on trail building workshop and also provide lunch for all participants. Please bring appropriate work clothes, shoes, rain gear, gloves, etc.

For More Information: Contact Andrew Braugh, 530-440-5921 or drewbraugh@gmail.com

 

Construction Begins on the Mount Shasta Gateway Trail

We’re finally making it happen with the Mount Shasta Gateway Trail folks!

Map of the project: click here.

And here’s our press release…

Mount Shasta, October 9, 2011. The Mt. Shasta Trail Association (MSTA) is pleased to announce that work has begun on the Gateway Trail project.  MSTA President Joe Wirth stated, “The Gateway Trail is an important piece of our overall vision for trails serving the community and its visitors.”

This project will result in the development of approximately 7 miles of shared-use non-motorized trails on National Forest System lands immediately east of the City of Mt. Shasta.  The trail network will be open to hikers, runners, mountain bikers and equestrians.  It is primarily being funded by a Federal Highway Administration Recreation Trails Program grant administered by the California Department of Parks and Recreation.  Additional efforts – in the form of labor, funding or materials – are being provided by the MSTA and the Shasta-McCloud Management Unit of the Shasta-Trinity National Forest.  The Forest Service conducted an environmental analysis of the project earlier this year, giving the project the “green light.”

The ongoing work involves the clearing of vegetation and roughing in of a 36” to 48” trail tread by Trailscape, Inc., a contractor hired by the MSTA, plus additional labor is being provided by a Deadwood California Department of Corrections crew.  Specific segments of the existing “Tunnel Trails” will be incorporated into the overall trail network after reconstruction work remedies problems with drainage, alignment, and grade.

” I know that everyone will be excited about the new trail”, said Kai Allen, Recreation Manager for the Forest Service, ” but for safety and resource protection, the trail is closed, and we are asking that everyone be patient until it is completed. If construction goes as scheduled, the trails should be open for use as soon as next summer.  Prior to opening of the trails, a parking area with an information kiosk will be developed just off the Everett Memorial Highway.”

Besides MSTA and the Forest Service, conceptual planning for the trail included Mountain Runners and the City of Mt. Shasta.  The City has also recognized the importance of the Tunnel Trails in its City of Mount Shasta Bicycle, Pedestrian and Trails Master Plan in 2009.  Many volunteer hours have already been contributed and there will be more opportunities for volunteers in the future.

Gateway Trail Project Manager Position

The Mt. Shasta Trail Association, Inc (MSTA) is looking for a qualified person to manage its Gateway Trail Project.

The Gateway Trail involves the construction/reconstruction of 7 miles of non-motorized trail on federal lands administered by the USDA Forest Service, adjacent to the city of Mt. Shasta.  The project is being funded by a grant administered by the California Department of Parks and Recreation, and involves both trail development and a trailhead facility.  The Project Manager would be coordinating all aspects of the project, working with contractors, Forest Service employees, and MSTA personnel.

Project Manager Qualifications:

  1. Experience with non-profit grant management, strategic planning, and budgeting.
  2. Strong relationship with local community members, businesses, government agencies, and outdoor recreation community
  3. Knowledge of NEPA, CEQA, and other federal/state environmental regulations
  4. Knowledge of the Gateway Trail project site and boundaries (Also known as the “Tunnel Trail”).
  5. Knowledge of Recreational Trails Program (RTP) requirements, as administered by the California Department of Parks and Recreation.

The Project Manager would function as an independent contractor, and would need to cover their own benefits, taxes and other costs such as transportation.  Work hours would be part-time, averaging approximately 8 hours per week.  The contract would establish project benchmarks and deliverables, and put limits on the amount of time the Project Manager would work.  Compensation would be $45/hour.  To apply for this position, please mail a statement addressing the above 5 qualifications to:

Mt. Shasta Trail Association
PO Box 36
Mt. Shasta, CA 96067

Or email the statement to:

Please submit all statements by September 24, 2011.

Your Public Comments For the Mount Shasta Gateway Trail Needed

One of the most significant achievements of the Mount Shasta Trail Association in the last year has been obtaining a grant (with the help of partners) to create the Mount Shasta Gateway Trail on Shasta-Trinity National Forest land on the east side of Everitt Memorial Highway and just north of the town of Mount Shasta.

It’s not official yet, however. We need your official public comments on the proposal. Drew Braugh is the very talented consultant who wrote the grant and shepherded it through the approval process. According to Drew, there are two ways you can officially make a comment:

1. Electronic comments can be submitted in an email message to:

Comments-pacificsouthwest-shasta-trinity-mtshasta-mccloud@fs.fed.us

Subject: Gateway Trail

Please attach an identifiable name to comments!

2. Or by visiting the Mount Shasta Ranger Station Office at:

204 West Alma Street
Mount Shasta, CA 96067
Office hours for hand delivery: 8am-4.30pm Monday through Friday

Comments must be submitted to:

Randall J. Gould, Acting District Ranger

ATTN: Emelia Barnum204 West Alma Street

Mount Shasta, CA 96067

(530) 926- 4511

Please submit comment by September 1st 2010.

For questions contact: Andrew Braugh, 530-926-3768, drewbraugh@gmail.com or Emelia Barnum, 530-926-4511

Environmental Documentation, Scoping Letter, and Legal Notice, can be found at:

http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_content.php?project=29962