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Dedicated to tracking, coordinating, and discussing trail maintenance activities in the PNW. Idea is to create a single clearinghouse to help get the word out about the different trail work projects and weekend crews so people can get involved in maintaining and improving their favorite riding areas. Washington was chosen to give a geographic center, but area of interest is PNW.

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  2. My crew signs the annual agreements with Gifford Forest districts. This year was difficult as they require Covid safety that is just not realistic when herding cats as we do. Even so the trails were cleared of blow down, tread work performed and brush removal. The crazy high winds in September had us removing an insane amount of fresh fallen trees, one trail had literally hundreds to clear, luckily multiple crews got it back in riding shape within a couple of weeks. All in all a good year so far. More tread repair happening on October 17. Thank you to all who volunteer.
  3. 47 members and no activity since February 24th, I'm guilty too. There has been a lot of work done over spring and summer. Going into fall and winter let's keep it going. I'm going to be hosting several more work party's at Tahuya this winter. I'm sure there's other areas too. Let's get this going again and try to get more people involved.
  4. Just got this Ryobi electric chainsaw for my Birthday to replace my gas Stihl. My cousin used these this season at their Christmas tree farm. He said they were getting 6-8 hrs of use. Really light and it'll be so easy to throw in a small pack.
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    http://pantra.org/event/pantra-nettleton-gulch-cleanup-2020/
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    Thanks but can't make that weekend.
  7. John just announced the next set of working parties. Looks like camping and March 13-15. More to follow on location, but this should be a really good one!
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    Talk to John Eaton at Dirt Cheap Cycle (360-427-3478) and get out to see Shelton Dirt Rider the weekend of March 13-15 for trail parties!
  9. Why? This was posted 2 weeks ago. I think we all know what happens once our NOVA ORV funds get used to fix a road.
  10. From 2 weeks ago:
  11. Not directly maintenance, but very relevant and happening January 29th at 9am. Can NOVA-ORV Funds be Used to Address Road Maintenance for Damage Caused by ORVs? Here's an opportunity to get involved and make a difference. Specifically aimed at retired folks and guys with Wednesday morning off. The Washington State Recreation & Conservation Funding Board will meet at 9am January 29th to hold the discussion above, as well as others relevant to us as offroad motorized users. If you can't get away but would like to understand the discussion and its impacts on us as a user group, you can tune in to the televised version here, but you won't be able to comment as you could in person. https://www.tvw.org/watch/?clientID=9375922947&eventID=2020011300 The link is also a survey, so when it asked why I came, I stated: "Came here to state that NOVA ORV funds should NOT be allocated to address road damage attributed to ORVs because there is no way to differentiate damage from authorized users such as pickers and logging vehicles (not recreational), hikers or bicyclists driving to trailheads (not motorized), and any number of other users." Once that door is open, you know NOVA funds will be raised for every pet road project. Location: Natural Resources Building 1111 Washington St SE Olympia, WA 98504 https://goo.gl/maps/QEUSgxZfnEqcsS7W7
  12. Not directly maintenance, but very relevant and happening January 29th at 9am. Can NOVA-ORV Funds be Used to Address Road Maintenance for Damage Caused by ORVs? Here's an opportunity to get involved and make a difference. Specifically aimed at retired folks and guys with Wednesday morning off. The Washington State Recreation & Conservation Funding Board will meet at 9am January 29th to hold the discussion above, as well as others relevant to us as offroad motorized users. If you can't get away but would like to understand the discussion and its impacts on us as a user group, you can tune in to the televised version here, but you won't be able to comment as you could in person. https://www.tvw.org/watch/?clientID=9375922947&eventID=2020011300 The link is also a survey, so when it asked why I came, I stated: "Came here to state that NOVA ORV funds should NOT be allocated to address road damage attributed to ORVs because there is no way to differentiate damage from authorized users such as pickers and logging vehicles (not recreational), hikers or bicyclists driving to trailheads (not motorized), and any number of other users." Once that door is open, you know NOVA funds will be raised for every pet road project. Location: Natural Resources Building 1111 Washington St SE Olympia, WA 98504 https://goo.gl/maps/QEUSgxZfnEqcsS7W7
  13. You. Guys. Are. AWESOME!!! Three charter clubs, the NMA, and DNR all working together. Hell yeah! Borrowing write-up notes: Thanks to everyone that came out to Tahuya today and helped brush the trails. Between Bremerton Cruisers MC, River City MC, Tacoma MC, Tahuya Trail Riders, and the NMA we had 62 folks show up and accomplished some great work brushing miles of singletrack trails on the Hurd Rd side. Thats's 431 hours of work documented, which is well over $7000 for DNR grants!! The weather actually was perfect too, and how lucky is that?! We impressed DNR with our large turnout, and we all agree that we should do this again in the future. It'll be interesting to see how quickly 60 people could re-establish a section of lost trail through a clearcut. Dave Hiatt is working on walking and flagging trail for that right now! Thanks to Steve DeCoy and to Doug Ferguson of BCMC for leading us out to the work sites. Thanks to River City for the burgers and dogs afterwards. NMA president Marc Toenyan brought the new ST240 trail machine out to show us and the DNR how it works, it'll be good to see the difference it makes out in the forest when they get going. Huge success and we couldn't have done it without all of you. Be proud of what you did today, and tell your friends to come out to the next one! One per month, and we'll get February announced shortly!
  14. No way! We have upwards of 40 people currently signed up! Maybe 50?? Great news indeed! If you're not signed on to the facebook event or rilled up under TTR, TTC, or BCMC (I have RCMC numbers), please let me know. Helps with the meal planning so I can get everyone fed!
  15. This is subjective to weather. Meeting place TBD due to logging around staging area 2
  16. Due to logging in around staging area 2, meeting place TBD
  17. SDR work party weather permitting. Due to logging around parking lot 2, staging area TBD.
  18. SDR work party weather permitting. Staging area TBD
  19. ***New Work PARTY dates**** February 8 and 9 February 22 and 23 Subject to snow closures/reschedules TBD on where it will be staged at. Parking lot 2 has logging all around it. I will keep people posted when i know more.
  20. Just posted on facebook by John ATTENTION, All members attending SATURDAY's Jan 18th work party: Saturday is a NO-GO due to bad weather!!! It's still snowing out there. Hoping tomorrows warmer rain melts everything SUNDAY IS A GO! meet at 2400 gate Lake Trask Road SUNDAY at 8:30am proceed to the pipeline crossing Let your friends know about the schedule change, please share John
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    General Announcements: Minor changes planned for these meetings. Location: Every other month (January, March, May, July, September) will be held in the East Public Meeting Room of the Robert Drewel Building, 3000 Rockefeller Ave, Everett from 7:00 – 9:00 PM. The months in between (February, April, June, August, October) will rotate the meeting location to different locations that may include but not be limited to Monroe, Snohomish, Sultan, Mill Creek, Startup. No meetings will occur in November or December. Discussion Topics: Each meeting DNR plans to have a more thorough presentation regarding topics that govern how DNR operates. January and February meetings will have brainstorming opportunities for the public to suggest topics that interest them. Non-Motorized: DNR staff met with State Parks staff and agreed on projects for the 21-23 grant cycle. Multi-purpose trail with downhill mt bike option west of the State Park. Trail reroutes – circumvent new/expanding beaver pond near Wallace Lake; new trail adjacent to current mainline road that will be abandoned with the Brushcrasher timber sale. Started SEPA for trails west of Wallace Falls State Park. Expect to open for public comment sometime in March/April. Met with Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance on maintaining trails using an RCO grant they received to help. Motorized Updates: Motorized Parking Lot Update: Continue to work with PACE Engineers to acquire Land Disturbance Activities Permit from Snohomish County. Anticipate being shovel ready by July 2020. Looking to coordinate with the Northwest Motorcycle Association (NMA) and the Washington Off Highway Vehicle Alliance (WHOVA) to get help maintaining the ORV trails in Reiter since they received RCO grants too.
  22. Reiter has a lot of history to it. It was once world-class, having hosted international trials events and tons of races like the 24-hour Buttstomper and the season opening races. Then...well, it was taken away from us. Closed to all motorized access for a while. I don't have all the history because I moved to Washington in 2011 and only really started riding here several years later. Suffice to say, it's a sore topic and the 2-wheel community feels like it got screwed...because it did. But how to move forward? We've been lied to in the past about the DNR and various agencies wanting inputs, but maybe this time (January 2020) is different. I don't think we can ignore it. I hate to be forced to work inside the arbitrary box that the various requirements and parameters puts us in, but the alternative is 7 miles of shitty gravel walking trails and nothing worth riding up there if you're anything but a complete novice. Maybe this is an opportunity? It all starts with speaking up. First focus meeting of the year with DNR is Wednesday January 22nd at 7pm in Everett. Recent update on WA DNR meetings for Reiter: General Announcements: Minor changes planned for these meetings. Location: Every other month (January, March, May, July, September) will be held in the East Public Meeting Room of the Robert Drewel Building, 3000 Rockefeller Ave, Everett from 7:00 – 9:00 PM. The months in between (February, April, June, August, October) will rotate the meeting location to different locations that may include but not be limited to Monroe, Snohomish, Sultan, Mill Creek, Startup. No meetings will occur in November or December. Discussion Topics: Each meeting DNR plans to have a more thorough presentation regarding topics that govern how DNR operates. January and February meetings will have brainstorming opportunities for the public to suggest topics that interest them. Non-Motorized: DNR staff met with State Parks staff and agreed on projects for the 21-23 grant cycle. Multi-purpose trail with downhill mt bike option west of the State Park. Trail reroutes – circumvent new/expanding beaver pond near Wallace Lake; new trail adjacent to current mainline road that will be abandoned with the Brushcrasher timber sale. Started SEPA for trails west of Wallace Falls State Park. Expect to open for public comment sometime in March/April. Met with Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance on maintaining trails using an RCO grant they received to help. Motorized Updates: Motorized Parking Lot Update: Continue to work with PACE Engineers to acquire Land Disturbance Activities Permit from Snohomish County. Anticipate being shovel ready by July 2020. Looking to coordinate with the Northwest Motorcycle Association (NMA) and the Washington Off Highway Vehicle Alliance (WHOVA) to get help maintaining the ORV trails in Reiter since they received RCO grants too.
  23. WHAT: Gifford Pinchot planning meeting 2020 WHO: @Leftdagrid WHEN: 6pm, January 23rd WHERE: Hawaiian Style Grill, 5000 E 4th Plain Blvd A106, Vancouver, WA 98661 WHY: Looking for stake holders support and feedback for GPNF work in 2020. Please PM Leftdagrid with your name and phone if you will be attending.
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    Discussion here: https://thumpertalk.com/forums/topic/1318773-reiter-foothills-public-forum/
  25. I updated the description! Mark your calendars! PNW Dirt Talk trail party 25 January at Tahuya. Meet at Elfendahl Pass Trailhead 8AM; riders meeting and then moving by 8:30. That gives us enough daylight to work a few hours and then get a rip in to enjoy the fruits of our labor! Coordination is ongoing, but DNR and NMA are already tracking, as are River City MC, Bremerton Cruisers MC, and Tacoma MC. If the timing works out, we could have the NMA Heavy Maintenance Crew with the ST240 single track excavator out there for people to get a look at and get excited about. Still trying to see if that can happen. This will primarily be a drive and walk work party, though we'll wrap up with lunch so you can get a few hours of riding in. Target location is going to be south across Hurd Rd. We'll have keys. Wear comfortable work/walk clothes and dress for the weather of course! Suggested tools are trimmers, loppers, trail rakes, and a few pulaskis. I'll personally have a chainsaw, 2 sets of gas trimmers, folding saw, machetes, Macleods, a Max Axe toolset, and 3 semi-feral children to throw at the trails. Oh, and I'll have a grill. River City MC is going to provide lunch! So if you're coming, please sign up and please reach out so I can get a rough tally for grocery shopping the day before! As always, I'm very much open to suggestions on locations and organizations to work with on the PNW Dirt Talk "trail program" or whatever we're calling it. One a month, the more new places the better. Right now low land riding in WA is almost certainly limited to Walker Valley, Tahuya, and Green Mountain for the public stuff and Shelton Dirt Rider for private. What else have ya got? If you feel like taking the lead or co-lead of any future event, I'd love to share the responsibility and the work...and your energy!
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