Greetings REMBA supporters and MTB enthusiasts!
2019 has been a year of tremendous growth for REMBA. We’re proud of our achievements over this past year and look forward to continuing to build on the successes we had this year with your increased support and participation.
Our achievement highlights for 2019
- Hired an Executive Director. Former Chairwoman, Debbie Bloomquist enthusiastically accepted the Executive Director position and has been tirelessly working to further REMBA’s message and build partnerships with land managers and business supporters and YOU, our membership.
- Purchased a trailer and tools to support volunteer trail work and our professional trail building team.
- Hired two full time trail crew team members and two seasonal hand crew
- Received a specially-designed trail maintenance e-bike for trail team use!.
- Partnered with Napa Open Space District and built Whiskey Ridge and Conn Peak Trails, adding approximately 3 miles of new trail to the already existing 15 miles of trails in Moore Creek Park.
- Partnered with Pacific Union College and the St. Helena Thunderbirds high school mountain bike team to maintain trails in the PUC Forest.
- Worked with PUC to officially open PUC Forest to the public for the first time in 30 years!
- Enthusiastically sponsored the construction of informational kiosks for PUC Forest. Stay tuned for the installation of those kiosks.
- Partnership with Skyline Wilderness Park in Napa for trail maintenance and volunteer efforts.
- Worked with CAL FIRE, Napa Open Space District, Napa Land Trust and Pacific Union College to begin flagging the Dans Wild Ride reroute to move the existing trail onto a fully legal alignment..
- Officially endorsed Napa Open Space District’s Measure K which will raise funds for open space protection and outdoor recreation throughout Napa County.
- REMBA and Sonoma County Regional Parks worked together to design new trail in Shiloh Regional Park. REMBA crews began flagging proposed routes. Stay tuned as we continue to strengthen our partnership.
- REMBA has consistently met with local California State Parks staff regarding Trione-Annadel State Park and is maintaining a relentlessly positive outlook on this diamond for our MTB community. Tracking and nudging Annadel progress is one of REMBA’s highest priorities, but has also proven to be one of the most difficult nuts to crack due to the massive State Bureaucracy. We’ll continue to build relationships and push for progress and have enlisted CAMTB, the California Mountain Biking Coalition to help at the legislative level in Sacramento
- REMBA began meeting with Friends of Trione Annadel State Park to work together on efforts to work on trails within Annadel.
- REMBA went before the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors to show support for the Sonoma Ag and Open Space Vital Lands Initiative to provide land conservation throughout Sonoma County.
- We successfully rebuilt the Santa Rosa Pump Track!
- REMBA was deeply involved with Friends of Boggs Mountain to help rebuild trails in Boggs Mountain Demonstration State Forest. Our efforts helped rebuild almost 6 miles of single track.
- REMBA worked with the County of Lake Parks and Recreation Department to assist with grant writing and give advice for the MTB only Mt. Konocti trail while environmental studies are underway.
- REMBA and REI partnered for a trail workday in Boggs for the REI Dirt Sweat and Beers series. We had almost 80 volunteers come out and dig over 1 mile of trail.
As you can see REMBA’s been busy over the past year and we plan to continue that momentum into next year!
- Contractor License. REMBA will begin work towards officially getting a contractor’s license. This is critical for REMBA to enter into the bidding process with government agencies to get paid to build trails.
- We’ll continue our advocacy efforts and trail construction for the Dan’s Wild Ride Reroute.
- REMBA, in partnership with Pacific Union College will provide support as needed for the PUC forest parking lot installation as part of the official public opening of PUC forest
- February will be REMBA’s first VIP fundraising event. Stay tuned for details and how to get your ticket. This will be one event you won’t want to miss.
- Member party! The annual REMBA member appreciation party is a tradition we will continue to carry out.
- Continue working with Sonoma County Regional Parks and start digging new trails in Shiloh Regional Park.
- Oat Hill jump line! Say what? Yep, you heard correctly. REMBA in partnership with Napa Open Space District will begin work on a “features area” in the lowermost section of Oat Hill Mine Trail.
- In partnership with Sonoma County Trails Council, Napa Open Space District and Conservation Corps North Bay, REMBA will begin building Catacoula Trail in Moore Creek Park. REMBA and NOSD have already flagged the approved route and will begin construction in spring 2020.
- SCRP and REMBA will begin site visits and design ideas in Mark West Regional Park area to add trails to the existing trail system.
- REMBA in partnership with the NorCal High School Cycling League will provide opportunities for high school MTB teams within REMBA-Land to support Teen Trail Corps and encourage our kids to get outside. REMBA is currently working on scheduling workdays in Annadel, Helen Putnam, Skyline, Angwin, PUC Forest and Boggs.
- REMBA will begin work with NOSD to work towards building trail in Suscol Headwaters in Napa County.
What REMBA has accomplished and will continue to achieve is made possible ONLY by you! Without you we wouldn’t be able to advocate for mountain bike access and MORE and BETTER TRAILS! A huge set of thanks is due to our donors who’ve funded new trail projects and allowed us to purchase a trailer and tools,all our volunteers who continue to show up for trail work and maintenance, land managers and agencies who support outdoor recreation and are willing to partner with us to help make new and better trails a reality. A special thank you to all the MTB organizations who’ve given us advice and guidance as we continue to grow. Your assistance and experience are invaluable. Thank you to trail lovers throughout the land who are the beating heart of REMBA, we wouldn’t exist without you.
Let’s get dirty in 2020 on MORE TRAILS and BETTER TRAILS!
With a heart full of gratitude,