The time has come to build. Construction on the 30 plus new features on Lower Corral trails starts Monday May 5th. TAMBA and the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship (SBTS) have an official partnership to build the Corral Trail Enhancement project. SBTS has more than 10 years of experience building trails on US Forest Service land and has the proper insurance, personnel and equipment to lead this project.
A formal contract has been signed between the SBTS, who will act as lead contractor. TAMBA raised $25,000 in private donations in the last year to help pay for this project. The money will be used to pay for labor, equipment rentals and materials costs. All work performed will meet the design intent and criteria of the construction documents and approval of the U.S. Forest Service.
The construction team will be led by legendary Downieville rider/builder Henry O’Donnell and be a mix of SBTS employees and TAMBA volunteers including Kris Morehead, Benny McGinnis and Kevin Joell. Oversight will be provided by the LTBMU staff. Construction is expected to take up to four weeks working Monday-Thursday. It is advised that users take alternate routes around Lower Corral such as Incense Cedar Trail to avoid delaying construction activities.
TAMBA and SBTS will jointly hold a volunteer workday from 9 am to 4 pm on Saturday, May 17, followed by a get together Saturday evening at Divided Sky and a guided mountain bike ride on Sunday.
Want to find out what TAMBA has planned for 2014? Want to get involved more? Renew your membership? Party and dance it up with your mountain bike friends? Come on out to the American Legion in South Lake Tahoe on April 23rd from 6pm to 9pm. It is free and it is fun.
Hard working volunteers!
The snow is melting fast and we are on the brink of Tahoe’s mountain biking season. Here are 8 ways you can consider getting involved with TAMBA this spring.
- Come out to one of our trail days. Are you excited about the upcoming Corral Trail improvements that will be starting full time on May 5th? Help out by coming to our fun-filled volunteer trail building day with the Sierra Buttes on Corral on May 17th.
- Become a crew leader. On April 5th and 6th we’ll be partnering with the USFS to train new TAMBA crew leaders. Sign up today at http://mountainbiketahoe.org/crew-leader-training/
- Donate goods or services. We are always trying to gather raffle prizes for our spring and fall membership drive parties. Prizes don’t need to be bike-related. Spring Party is scheduled for April 23rd!
- Donate food for our hard working volunteers. Do you have connections to some tasty food or beverages? We need to feed and hydrate our volunteers on trail days.
- Donate your time and expertise. Are you a photographer, videographer, graphic designer, or PR guru? We are always looking for help.
- Become a TAMBA member. Your annual membership dues help support trail building, maintenance, future projects, and outreach. http://mountainbiketahoe.org/join/
- Make a tax-deductible donation. TAMBA is 100% volunteer run and no one is paid a cent, but we do need money to keep the gears running. Besides improving existing trails and building new ones we also need to pay for insurance, training, and other administrative costs.
- Be a good ambassador for the sport! Slap a TAMBA sticker on your bike. On your car. Be a respectful mountain biker and spread the good word of what we are doing! Run into some lost souls on the trail? Tell them about the awesome resources at www.tamba.org.
TAMBA will be hosting a U.S. Forest Service-approved crew leader training course the weekend of April 5-6 in the Tahoe area. The Forest Service has stringent training requirements for volunteer crew leaders, and this training may also be accepted by other land manager agencies. The training will be taught by Kevin Joell, TAMBA’s Trails Director, and Jacob Quinn, Trails Engineer for the Forest Service, Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. Each has 20-plus years of trail building experience.
Topics will include volunteer management and supervision techniques, safety briefings and job hazard analysis, and emergency procedures and communications. Although trail building standards and best practices will be reviewed, it is expected that attendees will have participated in multiple sanctioned trail days previously. First Aid and CPR certification is also required of crew leaders. It is not included in this course but will be offered separately.
Saturday April 5: 8:30am -5:00pm at the LTBMU Forest Supervisors Office, 35 College Drive, South Lake Tahoe, CA
Sunday April 6: will be in the field, location TBD
The cost is $40 for non-TAMBA volunteers, free for TAMBA volunteers, RSVP required.
CLICK HERE to register
More info email Kevin at trails @ mountainbiketahoe.org