AND FIND OUT WHY THEY’RE CALLED WORK PARTIES
2016 has been a highly productive year for NWTA trail work, with more than 7,100 on-trail volunteer hours invested in our riding destinations, our communities, our joy.
We’re poised to up our game in 2017. Late last year we organized our trail work volunteers into Local Stewardship Teams (LSTs for short). LSTs — each with an empowered lead, a well-defined region, and clear, yet evolving, goals — create just enough structure to accelerate our on-trail progress.
Today, these Local Stewardship Teams are in place:
Cascade Locks: Andy Jansky and Andy Crump
Clark County: Michael Lenz
Eichler Bike Park: Brian Shelton
Falls Creek: Andy Crump
Gateway Green: Tom Archer, Will Heiberg (skills), Tom Slovak (singletrack/gravity), and Jason Van Horn (dirt jump)
Growlers Gulch: Jim LeMonds
Henry Hagg Lake: Bruce Gudmundsson and Lee Duncan
Lacamas / Fallen Leaf: Sean Vergillo
Mount Hood (West): Joel Armstrong
Mount St. Helens: Andy Crump, Jim LeMonds, and Andy Jansky
Sandy Ridge: Brent Sullivan and Tom Slovak
Scappoose / Rocky Point: Andy Jansky (southern area) and John Campbell (northern area)
Stub Stewart State Park: Joe Rykowski and Daniel Katten (freeride trails)
Tillamook State Forest: Ben McCormack, Mike Estes, Adam Graff, Fred MacGregor, Ryan McLane, and Matthew Weintraub
Ventura Park Pump Track: Sarah Olsen and Jason Van Horn
Washougal Bike Park: Ed Fischer
What’s needed now is to boost the horsepower under the hood of each LST. Have you ever wanted to better understand what it takes to lay in a great line? Perhaps you have a favorite trail you’d like to see taken to the next level? Care to be part of a team that creates nationally-recognized destinations, such as Sandy Ridge?
If so, now is your time. In 2017, every site in the list gets the love. How much love is up to you.
So do this: Go to the map on our Trail Teams page and click on the pin for the LST you’d like to get involved in. You’ll find the LST’s dedicated email address; click it and fire off a quick note of interest. Newbie or expert, with one morning or all year to give, it doesn’t matter.
Loving the dirt is what matters. Do it now.