Old friends and new faces joined the NWTA Board and Staff on Saturday, October 22 for our annual Trail Stewardship Planning meeting. Over the last two years, the NWTA Lead Stewardship Teams (LSTs) worked with all of our dedicated trail steward volunteers to creatively plan for maintenance and builds while navigating the landscape of challenges that lingered from the pandemic. This year, things felt almost “back to normal.” Smiling faces and handshakes were certainly not lacking all across the room!
NWTA is truly run by our volunteers. It’s the volunteer power and passion that drives all of our work and accomplishments. During the day-long meeting we celebrated all that we had accomplished in 2022; spoke of the challenges we encountered and plans to overcome them; and looked forward to all that is in store for 2023 at each trail system area that NWTA stewards.
Some highlights include
- The progress and timeline for the North side rebuild at Rocky Point
- Completing Party Wave and The Get Down rebuild at Klootchy Creek
- A skills area refresh at Gateway Green
- New sections of the Gorge 400 Trail in Cascade Locks cleared for bikes
- Plus updates from Stub Stewart, Ventura Pump Track, Sandy Ridge, Tillamook State Forest trails and Eichler Bike Park
…and LOTS of winter brushing, drainage and other maintenance work at each trail system after a long, dry summer!
Many trail systems also posted their work party dates. Keep a close eye on all of our social media outlets and upcoming newsletters for dates and locations. If you have any questions about any events, or want more information about a particular trail system, please reach out to [email protected]. Thank you for all of your support and hard work!
We are extremely grateful to Chris King Precision Components, who graciously hosted the Trail Stewardship Planning meeting at their Portland headquarters. Chris King is a long-time, dedicated sponsor of NWTA and supporter of local trails and the bike community. So much of the upcoming 2023 trail work is made possible by our sponsors, who also donated lots of swag for our volunteers in gratitude for their hard work. Thank you to Yakima, Cyclepath, Metropolis Cycles, Fat Tire Farm, Trek and Hopworks Urban Brewery and Blackstone Stitchworks for the swag – the little extras to help show our gratitude.