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Frederick Watershed Pump Track Workday

April 16th, 2014

Our landscaper will be out early in the morning and needs labor. Bring a shovel (spade and flat if you have them). Once the landscaping work is done, we’ll be working on the pump track shaping and drainage.

Come out and help us kick off the season!

Saturday April 19th, 2014 8am – 12pm

Location: Frederick Pump Track – 1300 North East Street, Frederick, Maryland 21701

Quick clip from the Frederick Pump Track grand opening on Vimeo.

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Frederick Watershed Cleanup Day

April 16th, 2014
Saturday, April 26 at 8:30am
Mountaindale maintenance shed – http://goo.gl/f6y6ej
The Common Market Co-op has organized a Watershed clean up day and we are one of the sponsoring organizations.
The Common Market, The Bicycle Escape and The Bike Doctor Frederick will all be giving away gift cards to randomly selected volunteers, so come out and clean up the place we all love, a true, green gem in Frederick.
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Frederick Watershed Advisory Committee

April 16th, 2014

The Mayor has announced a Watershed advisory committee will be created. Information from the notice is reproduced below:
Ad Hoc Watershed Advisory Committee
“As I look at the many possibilities that our Watershed holds for recreational purposes, I have decided to create this Watershed Ad Hoc Advisory Committee. Bringing a wide and well-rounded range of knowledge to the table ensures that utilization of the Watershed for recreational purposes will be done in such a way as to preserve our natural resources. The intent is for the public to be able to enjoy the natural beauty and recreational activities suitable to the area. I, along with City staff, look forward to getting this committee up and running.” said Mayor Randy McClement.

The goals of the Ad Hoc Watershed Advisory Committee include:

Recommending revisions to the existing Forest Stewardship Plan in order to bring better definition to allowable recreational uses.
Assisting with the development of a City-sanction trail network system that preserves water quality, environmental habitats and sensitive areas while providing multi-use, sustainable recreational trails
Assisting with the development of a long-term Trail and Watershed Forest Maintenance Plan

All Ad Hoc Advisory Committee members will serve a one-year term with extension by request. The committee is to be comprised of one Aldermanic representative (non-voting), The City of Frederick Deputy Director of DPW Operations, The City of Frederick Superintendent of Water Treatment, Department of Natural Resources (DNR) representation and the following:

Organized User Groups – 10 members representing hiking, hunting, biking, horseback riding, running, and other general recreational group
Local Resident – 1 member who is a County citizen residing within 0.5 miles of the Watershed Boundary
City Residents – 2 members who are City residents
Business – 4 members who either own or operate a businesses within the City

Meetings will be held monthly with additional meetings scheduled as needed. These meetings will be advertised and are open to the public.

Interested individuals should send a recent resume and letter of interest noting the Watershed Ad Hoc Advisory Committee to Amber Grimes, Commission Coordinator, 101 North Court Street, Frederick, MD 21701 or email to agrimes@cityoffrederick.com by 4:00 PM on Friday, April 18, 2014.

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Watershed Management Meeting

December 10th, 2013

Location: City of Frederick Boardroom

Date: October 31, 2013

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Purpose of Meeting: Inventory of trails and sensitive areas

Meeting Called by: Marc Stachowski, Deputy Director of Public Works, The City of Frederick

Main Presenter: Melissa Stevens Nash, Potomac Watershed Forester, MD DNR Forest Service

List of Attendees:

Craig Lambert, Superintendent Water Treatment, City of Frederick

Kelly Russell, Alderman, City of Frederick

Ann Hairston-Strang, Forest Hydrologist, MD DNR Forest Service

Larry Maxim, Watershed Forester, MD DNR Forest Service

Mark Toms, Natural Resources Biologist, Inland Operations, MD DNR Fisheries

John Mullican, Natural Resources Biologist, Inland Operations, MD DNR Fisheries

Dan Feller, MD DNR Wildlife

Donnie Rohrback, MD DNR Wildlife

Ben Stone, MD DNR Technician

Philip vanWerkhoven, MORE

Clyde Hicks, The Trail House, PATC

Todd Bauer, MORE

Joe Whitehair, MORE, Bicycle Coalition

Ryan Delaney, MORE, IMBA

Dave Kalt, MORE

Tom Rinker, The Bicycle Escape, Frederick Bicycle Coalition

Karen Gardner, Frederick News Post

Meeting minutes:

The meeting was opened at 10:00 a.m. by Marc Stachowski who introduced himself and his staff members. Marc asked those in attendance to introduce themselves.

Marc asked Melissa Stevens-Nash to start her photographic image presentation. An image of “Frederick City Watershed Mountain Bike Trail Assessment” was shown. The map included 83.7 miles of trails and 109 points of interest. Photographs were shown of structures, fire rings, debris locations, constructed trails, ramps, jumps, bridges, and tool caches.

Kelly Russell asked if any more booby traps were found at the watershed. In response to the question, Larry Maxim displayed a spray painted booby trap which was retrieved from the trail area. The trap was constructed of bored oak and 20 dry wall screw spikes. The trap will be turned over to the police department.

Marc commented on the role that The City of Frederick intends to pursue in the future regarding the Watershed. Efforts will be made in toughening up the existing ordinance.

Marc asked the groups that were in attendance for their help in correcting what has gone wrong at the Watershed. Suggestions were proposed from the audience. One suggestion proposed inviting other interest groups, not represented at the meeting, to be present at future meetings. In order to obtain their feedback in the process, it was suggested that the groups include horseback riders, trail runners, and climbers. Another suggestion was proposed to identify best practices for the selection and construction of a sustainable trail loop that could be utilized at the site.

Ann Hairston-Strang suggested that the selection of a trail should take into consideration sediment concerns at stream approaches and where trails intersected streams be kept to a minimum. Downhill steep slopes should be avoided in the selection process, also.

Marc stated that the Mayor and Board of Aldermen will be making the ultimate decisions on any suggestions as to how to redo the Forest Stewardship Plan. The first steps need to involve cleanup of the existing trails and the selection of a loop which provides less impact to endangered and sensitive species areas. The groups could make suggestions on identifying which trails need to be rehabilitated and which need to be shut down.

Marc asked the groups if there was anything they needed in order to proceed with the trail selection process. A large map of the “Frederick City Watershed Mountain Bike Trail Assessment” with GIS information was requested by the groups. The map and GIS information will be provided to the groups by the Forest Service. A work group session will be scheduled after the first of the year at the DPW facility.

The meeting was adjourned at 11:45 a.m.

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Frederick Watershed FAQ

December 10th, 2013

What is the latest word on the Frederick Watershed?
As previously reported, the continued building of “rogue” trails is a hot issue with Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Frederick Department of Public Works (DPW). DNR and DPW define “rogue” trails as any trails built without permission. In the summer of 2013 DPW allocated funds for a complete trail inventory in order to assess and map the trails that currently exist in the Watershed.

The City called a meeting at the end of October and invited DNR to present to a small group the results of the trail mapping. Representatives from Mid-Atlantic Off Road Enthusiasts (MORE), the Frederick Bicycle Coalition (FBC), and the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC) were among those invited to attend.

Who did the trail inventory?
The City provided the funds, and DNR hired a contractor to GPS over 80 miles of trail.

Why was a trail inventory done?
The City and DNR are concerned with the unchecked trail building and overall health of the forest. The City is moving forward with developing a recreation plan as part of their overall forest management plan, and determining what trails already exist is an early step to this.

What does this mean for existing trails?
As part of its recreation plan, Frederick City intends to establish a trail network in the Watershed. To accomplish this some existing trails will be closed, while others will be better maintained. There has not yet been a determination as to which trails stay, and which trails go.

When will the recreation plan be put into place? When will we see changes to the trails?
At this point, the City is in the very early stages of the planning process. Representatives from MORE, FBC, and PATC have suggested that the City create an open meeting process that will encourage feedback from all user groups.

How will the City determine what trails stay?
The City has asked representatives from MORE, FBC, and PATC to review the trail map and make suggestions for which trails to keep. As mentioned above, we have suggested a formalized process be established so all user groups can provide a voice to the discussion. The City/DNR have the ultimate say as to which trails, or trail systems stay or go. A lot of the selection will be based on the environmental impact and/or the sustainability of the trail or trail system.

When will next steps take place?
TBD, but there will likely be a follow up meeting in January 2014 to discuss establishing a formal process.

What Can I do to Help?
Most importantly do NOT build or modify any of the trials at the Frederick Watershed unless the City has approved the work. Second, attend meetings and show support for respectful and sustainable mountain biking. Third, say thanks. Let the Frederick City officials know that you value the Watershed as a resource.

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Downtown Frederick Grand Opening This Sunday!

September 26th, 2013

Join us this Sunday the 29th from 11:30am to 2pm for the official Grand Opening of the Downtown Frederick Pump Track.  We’ll have refreshments and riding clinics with a couple of local racers.  Come out and show your support for cycling in Frederick, MD!

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Sept 22nd the Gran Fondo National Championships are happening in Frederick!

September 11th, 2013

The Gran Fondo National Championships are returning to Frederick for a second year.  Last year was a success and it’s on pace for more then twice as many riders this year, plus they are having a huge post ride party with food, drinks and music.  This is a big deal for Frederick and could turn into a huge event in the future.  We would love to see this event become a tradition in Frederick, so if your interesting in riding please visit Gran Fondo National Championships Frederick to register.  If aren’t riding but would like to volunteer,  please email: info@granfondochampionship.com, the first 10 people to volunteer will get a free pass that they can transfer to another person for entry into the event.

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Pump Track Construction Update

July 25th, 2013

We have broken ground for the Downtown Frederick Pump Track.  After 2 full days of construction we will be continuing to work on Thursday July 25th – Saturday July 27th.  If you have some free time consider helping out with the construction.  We have tools, but if you have tampers, rakes or shovels to bring please bring them with you.

If you can’t make it out to help with the construction, please consider donating to the construction costs and maintenance of this great project.  Just click this link and make a donation.

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