Wednesday, March 4th, 5-8pm
Burns Street Bistro/North Missoula Community Development Center (1500 Burns Street)
UPDATES ON NEW TRAIL PROJECTS AND ACCESS!
MTB Missoula staff, board members, and partner groups will be on hand to talk about new, shovel ready trail projects, get feedback on access issues, and chat about programming. Here are some highlights: Mount Dean Stone - We will break ground on a new trail on Mount Dean Stone this spring, which will take you from the South Hills Spur to (pretty much) the top of Mount Dean Stone! Also, in January, project partners applied for a $93,000 grant to build even more singletrack up there. Come learn what it's all about and how to support the effort! BLM (and e-MTBs) - Montana is fortunate to have Brad Colin of the Bureau of Land Management living and working from the Butte Field Office. Brad is on the national planning team for e-bike policy on BLM land, and will be joining us to chat about e-bikes and how the agency is approaching management. Come ask Brad a question! USFS (and fire) - The Missoula Ranger District is on the cutting edge of how the US Forest Service is preparing for fire management in the age of climate change. Katie Knotek will be out to chat about the Wildfire Adapted Missoula program and what it means for recreation, forest health, and the future of how we engage with the forest. This is big, and will have a real (positive) impact on your daily life. Let's talk about it. Five Valleys Land Trust - Five Valleys owns the land at Marshall Mountain where we have been able to build some pretty sweet trails. They're also driving the bus on Mount Dean Stone (and a ton of other projects). They'll be out to chat about the future of what open space means to Missoula and what's in store close to home. It's good stuff, but don't take our word for it. Nez Perce-Clearwater Forest Plan - The Nez-Clear is in Idaho, sure, but it will have an impact on how the Lolo and Bitterroot Forest Plan revisions shape up when they do happen (some day). Some of our advocacy committee will be out to chat about the current plan revision and get feedback from you on what you would like to see out there (and help inform our comment). They'll also let you know how to comment on your own and stay engaged in the public process. This is the nitty gritty of how access works, and we need to hear from you! Youth Programming - The kids are all right. We'll have reps from the Zootown Derailleurs and the Missoula Mammoths NICA program out to talk about youth cycling programs and how to get involved. Spring Deralleurs registration opens on March 8!
At MTB Missoula we work for you, the members. Membership is a big part of how we get things done, and we need to count you in our ranks! This work literally cannot happen without your support. When you join or renew your membership you are building trail, protecting access, and getting more kids on bikes. When you join or renew between now and Missoula Gives on May 1, you have the opportunity to get some sweet swag like custom grips and a limited edition hat or flannel. And if you join us on the west side next week we'll get you all that and a Big Sky Brewing beer (or two) on us. Come see your summer friends; trail season is right around the corner. And shout with any questions!