Flow Trail Update: Volunteer Work Events Off to a Great Start

Forest. Dirt. Dig. You just *get* it. Photo courtesy Josh Davidson.

Forest. Dirt. Dig. You just *get* it. Photo courtesy Josh Davidson.

WARNING: read this in a place where it’s okay to jump up & down with extreme excitement. Really. Dig every word.

Stewards host first official workday; big progress on Epicenter Cycling-adopted Segment 5
The Flow Trail at Demo volunteer work events are off to an enthusiastic start with a great turnout for our first official dig day on Saturday, February 22. Over 35 people helped dig, compact, sculpt, shore up, and drain some nice sticky soil that will form the hardened tread of Segment 5, generously adopted by local bike shop Epicenter Cycling. The workday was infused with hospitality provided by the Stewards of Soquel Forest, a small non-profit that supports the recreation and education elements of Soquel Demonstration State Forest’s mission. The Stewards fueled volunteers for their day with morning coffee and carbs, followed by a selection of sandwiches, fruit and cookies for lunch, and a post-project tailgate party featuring quality snacks and cold bee…. beverages for all to enjoy.

BELL pitches in
A motivated crew of 15 BELL employees pitched in the day before our official volunteer event, giving volunteer trail crew leaders the chance to practice their leadership skills. This industry giant’s self-hosted work day also offered the opportunity to energize their BELL Built grant program through IMBA… er… speaking of which… WE JUST FOUND OUT WE’RE A FINALIST FOR! We learned of this literally upon publishing this blog; stayed tuned for more info—you know we’re busting to give you the full lowdown on this extraordinary opportunity.

Next work event sponsored by MTBR, includes camping at Demo (!!)
The next work event—sponsored by MTBR—is scheduled to run Saturday and Sunday, March 15-16. This fun-filled work weekend includes optional tent camping at the Enduro™ helipad—a first-ever opportunity to camp on Soquel Demonstration State Forest grounds! Volunteer crew and tent spots are limited for this event; register here. Follow the exciting flow trail documentary and commentary on MTBR’s NorCal Forum here.

>> Learn more about this highly-anticipated trail and how you can help by volunteering, donating and/or sponsoring!

(Clockwise): Shawn Wilson of Epicenter Cycling visits Segment 5 during the mechanized rough-in phase and decides to become an official adopter of the Flow Trail; Crew leader Tom Wilson oversees his motivated team of tree hugging trail building youth; The Stewards of Soquel Forest: Scott Robinson, MBoSC VP Daryl Breuninger, and former SDSF Forest Manager Thomas Sutfin; BELL Brand Manager Niki Jaimes takes a moment to survey the progress made. Photos 1-3 courtesy Stewards President and Flow Trail at Demo Project Manager Patty Ciesla; BELL photo courtesy Bogdan Marion.

(Clockwise): Shawn Wilson of Epicenter Cycling visits Segment 5 during the mechanized rough-in phase and decides to become an official adopter of the Flow Trail; Crew leader Tom Wilson oversees his motivated team of tree hugging trail building youth; The Stewards of Soquel Forest: Scott Robinson, MBoSC VP Daryl Breuninger, and former SDSF Forest Manager Thomas Sutfin; BELL Brand Manager Niki Jaimes takes a moment to survey the progress made. Photos 1-3 courtesy Stewards President and Flow Trail at Demo Project Manager Patty Ciesla; BELL photo courtesy Bogdan Marion.

 

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