Volunteer trail workers pose with raffle prizes at the end of a productive work day. Photo by Drew Perkins.
Volunteer Trail Work Day Recap: 12/6, presented by the Stewards of Soquel Forest
A dedicated 37 volunteers showed up at Soquel Demonstration State Forest (SDSF) on a rainy morning this past Saturday for the first trail work day of the 2014/15 season, presented by the Stewards of Soquel Forest.
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) SDSF Forest Manager Angela Bernheisel kicked off the day by addressing the crew. After applauding their volunteer effort, Angela asked for their support and that of the mountain biking community at large to help manage the growing issue of unauthorized trail use and trail building on SDSF and neighboring private landowner property, pointing out that such activity jeopardizes the future of mountain biking at SDSF.
Fueled with coffee and breakfast treats courtesy Whole Foods, crews then headed into the forest to perform much needed drainage maintenance on Braille and Sawpit, cleaning out old drains and adding new ones where needed. This maintenance work will help the trails weather the significant storm event forecast for Thursday this week. The rain relented and glimpses of blue sky were seen by lunchtime. A gourmet lunch was provided by the Stewards of Soquel Forest and Summit Store.
After a long but productive day of work, volunteers enjoyed post-work refreshments, also provided by the Stewards, and a fun raffle featuring product from Bell, Epicenter Cycling, and Santa Cruz Coffee Roasting Company.
Former CAL FIRE SDSF Forest Manager Thomas Suftin, who pitched in with a volunteer crew, expressed how impressed he was with the event’s organization. Other feedback echoed this sentiment from long-time volunteer Ben Harold, who also worked on the Emma McCary Trail: “I love volunteering for MBoSC events—I get a lot more out of them than I put in.”
Huge thanks to each and every volunteer for the hard work, and to the Stewards of Soquel Forest, Whole Foods and Summit Store for the hospitality!
A trail crew heads to their work site in the mist. Photo by Bruce Dorman.
Volunteer crew leader Bruce Dorman takes care of a drainage problem. Photo by Julie Kanagy.
Volunteers were also rewarded with an amazing sunset view over Soquel Creek and SDSF courtesy Mother Nature. Photo by Bruce Dorman.
Next Volunteer Trail Work Day: 12/20, presented by Adventure Sports Journal
Volunteer Work Day #2 is scheduled for Saturday, December 20, with Adventure Sports Journal generously providing the day’s hospitality. We expect to resume work on the flow trail that day and would love another big turnout of help.
Volunteer involvement is crucial to completing the flow trail, and work days are scheduled for twice a month. Check out the schedule and mark your calendar! All are welcome at our workdays—no trail work experience required. Bear in mind that work days are weather dependent. Windy and wet weather may produce hazardous conditions, or limit workday productivity.
Registration for volunteer trail work days is REQUIRED. Sign up for the December 20 event HERE.
The SDSF flow trail was featured as the Adventure Sports Journal cover story in their April/May 2014 issue. The article was written by SDSF flow trail builder Matt De Young with photography by MBoSC volunteer Bogdan Marian.
Other ways you can help:
- JOIN OUR WEEKDAY DIG CREW: We will also hold informal work days during the week Tuesday through Friday, weather permitting. Contact us for further details if you can join us.
- ASSIST WITH OTHER TASKS: If you want to help out, but aren’t keen on digging, there are still lots of ways you can help out without breaking a sweat; check out our Help Wanted page for ways you can get involved.
- SPONSOR A VOLUNTEER TRAIL WORK DAY: Promote your business while supporting a community driven project by pitching in to help MBoSC put on an A+ Volunteer Trail Work Day. Your sponsorship donation will provide hospitality for volunteers as well as cover MBoSC’s costs to plan and organize the event. Learn more here.
- DONATE EQUIPMENT/RAFFLE ITEMS/CASH:. We need to raise another $140,000 in order to complete the flow trail. We also could use raffle items to reward our volunteers with, and certain equipment useful for trail building. Details here.
- TAKE OUR SURVEY: Have you ridden the flow yet? We want to know what you think. Your feedback will help us evaluate our work so far and plan the remaining segments. Chime in here.