Some activities this weekend and heads up about fall meetings:
1. Bearberry Bluff Trail Grand Opening / Ribbon Cutting, Saturday, Sept 22, 11 am. (MSB event) Meet at the Bearberry Bluff picnic table, just east of the Long Lake Connector. There will be a ceremony then you can bike, run, or hike the trail afterwards. (hopefully, the weather will cooperate so the trail is firm)
Bearberry Bluff is the yellow trail in the lower right corner of this:
Click on colored trails for trail name.
(yellow - because the soils can't support horses yet. We're hoping that after breakup they'll be able to use it after it's been compacted.)
It's getting rave reviews from everyone using it!
2. Crevasse-Moraine Master Plan Kick-off Site Walk. Sat, Sept 22, 9am-10:45am. The walk will be ending at the south end of CMT, so those that want to attend the ribbon cutting will be a little closer to where they need to be. This is intended for frequent users of the CMT area and is a first step in the master plan. About a dozen participants representing various uses have been contacted to participate in this. Others can come, but "we're hoping for a focused, small group comprised of folks who are very familiar with the site and its natural conditions."
1) To help us document and verify existing conditions and concerns - slopes, drainages, vegetation, man-made features, general soil conditions, and areas of sensitivity and interests.
2) To learn more about site opportunities and constraints specific to the parcel.
If you have questions, please contact Sara Wilson Doyle of USKH, 907.352.7813
This CMT master plan is funded by MSB with USKH being the consultant.
3. Two public meetings for the Crevasse Moraine Master Plan (MSB with USKH as consultant) will likely be in October and November. I'll let you know when more specifics are available. These are the next public steps after the walk (focused group) on Saturday.
4. Mat-Su Trails & Parks Foundation Trails Master Plan for the Mat-Su Borough (region) subregional meetings will likely be held in October, probably on weekends. This is a borough-wide master plan of which the MGT is a part. I'll let you know more when we know more. (MSTPF is funding organization with Agnew::Beck / USKH as consultants)
For 3 and 4, tentative dates are being considered, and we might know more next week - or not. I wanted to give you a heads up that things are happening, but if I waited for those details, it would be too late to let you know about this weekend's activities.
5. Our next MGT meeting will likely be in October or November, after we find a hole between these other meetings, so we don't get people too confused.
6. New MSB imagery for the MGT area is getting close to being available, but I think they're still working on getting it accessible by users (at least a week or so ago, I wasn't able to access it). (Lidar is still being processed.) At any rate, when I have time this winter, I'll update the map (.pdf) with the new imagery and trails. That will be incorporated in new trailhead posters, etc. In the meantime, the online map (linked above) already has the new trails on it.
7. There's a few people I added to our email list this time who are frequent-user contacts (trails plan), so thought you'd be interested in getting on our email list. It comes out when there's something to say - on average about once a month, sometimes a little more frequently. If you don't want to be on the list, then please let me know, and I'll remove you. (Usually I only add people that request to be on the list or Buy a Post participants.) The information is available on our website also. www.matanuska-greenbelt.org
If you know of anyone who would like to be added, please have them contact me.
See you Saturday at Bearberry Bluff and CMT.