Archive for the ‘Mountain bike’ Category
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 email@example.com by 4:00 PM on Friday, April 18, 2014.
We want to keep everyone up to date on the latest information about the Watershed. Please see several important items below:
First: Be careful – we were just sent pictures of boards that were spiked with razor blades that were found on trails off of Fishing Creek Rd. Other trail sabotage has been found in the past included boards spike with nails and fishing line strung across the trail. If you find anything, DNR has asked for it to be left alone and reported it as follows: “When anyone finds something like razor blades in boards within the Watershed, please do not disturb this important piece of evidence and call the Frederick County Sheriff’s office at 911 as this appears to be a criminal act. If anyone encounters a hunting or natural resources violation, please call 410-260-8888 as this is the number to DNR’s central communication office who will relay any complaints to our NRP officers.”
Second: Another logging operation is underway covering 41 acres. It is taking place east of Gambrill Park Rd and south of Hamburg Rd (see attached map. Note: the black dotted line is Stoner Road). This is impacting trails in the area. As we get more info we will post updates.
Finally: Last week Frederick Department of Public Works (DPW) called a meeting to discuss some watershed issues. DPW oversees the Watershed from the City side. The meeting was with DNR, City staff and representatives from MORE (Joe W. and Phil V.) and PATC (Clyde, owner of the Trail House and also an MTBer) were invited as well. DNR attendees included their Western Regional Manager, the DNR wildlife manager/land manager and 2 DNR Foresters. The City had the head of DPW, the Superintendent of Water Treatment and a transportation planner from the Mayor’s bicycle advisory committee. DPW had two main topics on the agenda:
- Rerouting an eroded section of the Catoctin Trail north of Delauter Rd
- The “rogue” trails in the watershed
On the Catoctin trail reroute, the City has wanted us to do this for the past 2 years but DNR approval has been delayed. All is now approved and we are hoping to start corridor clearing in mid or late January. Stay tuned.
On the rogue trails:
- The continued building of “rogue” trails is a hot issue with DNR and DPW (DNR and DPW define these as any trails built without permission). The DNR foresters who are out on the ground reported seeing changes and new trails cropping up from week to week. They have found and confiscated tool caches.
- A DNR Forester suggested taking a complete trail inventory of the property so they know what they’ve got on the property and what is in areas that impact endangered or protected species, etc. They are going to look at the cost of hiring someone to do it and give a proposal to DPW. A trail inventory does not automatically “grandfather in” all the trails. It will be a starting point for drafting a recreational use plan.
- The current Forest Management plan mentions MTB but the city suggested it needs a more comprehensive section on all recreation
- DNR Forester suggested a committee should be formed to discuss this moving forward with all users groups and interested parties represented
- DPW said there was a complaint this week from a local resident about mountain bikers shuttling/racing – most likely shuttling only, we guess the racing was just speculation but we are trying to get more information on the complaint. The city has received 3 mountain biking complaints from residents in the last few months. The mayor is personally receiving complaints, so they are on record with the city at a very high viability level.
- Signage: DPW is going to install more signs with the rules of the watershed (like the new one at Sand Flats).
- DNR land manager would like to see only the blue trail and a few spur trails off of it but also says the city needs to decide what it wants to do with things on the property
- Phil/Clyde/Joe emphasized you cannot close down trails without offering better alternatives or trails will be opened back up. Having a single, linear trail (Catoctin) which is considered official is not going to work
- DNR Regional Manager agrees a single linear trail is not a viable solution
- All parties we met with agree that mountain biking and recreational uses have a place in the watershed but the hot-button issues need to be resolved or access is at risk.
- The head of DPW asked us to communicate this message to the MTB community: rogue trail building needs to stop.
To follow the discussion, please go to http://www.more-mtb.org/forum/showthread.php?p=236948&mode=linear#post236948
UPDATE: Tonight’s meeting time has change to 7:30
Tuesday, February 14th at
7pm 7:30pm, FBC will be presenting our pump track proposal before Frederick City Recreation and Parks. Come out and show your support for a cool bicycle facility.
What is a pump track? A pump track is a dirt play ground for bicycles, providing a continuous loop with banked turns and rolling mounds of dirt. This allows riders to travel without pedaling by utilizing momentum to keep moving. Pump tracks are used by bicycle riders of all ages to develop essential skills in a low risk environment while also developing fitness. Pump tracks are inexpensive to build, take up a small footprint in the park and require very little maintenance making them ideal for city parks.
The meeting will be at the Talley Rec Center at Baker Park, 121 North Bentz Street, Frederick, MD 21701.
This Friday and Saturday, January 6 – 7, 2012 is modern firearms deer season in Region B which includes the Frederick Watershed and nearby Greenbrier State Park. Stay safe out there!
Update: Live music by the Bar Cons
Do you have bike gear you want to get rid of? Are you looking for a deal on bike parts? Then come buy or sell at the Frederick Bicycle Coalition Bike Swap on October 2nd, 2011. The swap will be held at Dublin Roasters Coffee, 1780 North Market Street in Frederick, MD.
The swap is free to attend. Vendor spots are $10 for an 8′ x 8′ spot. All proceeds benefit the Frederick Bicycle Coalition. If you have bikes, parts, or clothing you need to buy or sell, this is the place to be.
Here are the details:
Date: Sunday, October 2nd (rain date: Sunday, October 9th)
Time: 9-1 (sellers can begin setting up at 8AM)
Cost: Free for buyers. Sellers pay $10 for a 8′x8′ spot, bring your own table.
Location: Dublin Roasters Coffee. 1780 North Market Street – Frederick, MD – 21701. Map link
To reserve your space, click the PayPal button below and purchase your spot.
Need more info? Contact Jay (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Herb (email@example.com) and they will help you out.
Big thanks to Dublin Roasters Coffee, home of Frederick’s fresh roasted coffee and a big supporter of bicycling!
Update: Trail work date has been moved from Saturday to Sunday
Emmitsburg will be hosting a trail work day on
Saturday, October 8, 2011 Sunday October 9th, 2011 from 8am until 1pm.
The day will begin with free coffee, bagels, doughnuts and juice.
The day will end with a free barbecue in Emmitsburg.
Please join us for a work day in the woods! We will meet at Rainbow Lake on Hampton Valley Road just west of Town. Google Maps Link
If you have any questions, please contact TODONNELL@EMMITSBURGMD.GOV