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MGT Updates May 19, 2013

posted May 20, 2013, 12:49 AM by Dot Helm
Nice to see some sun! Just some reminders of things to do while waiting for trails to dry (they *will* dry sometime).

1. Mat-Su Trails Master Plan. Comments are due by May 24. Background and download links are here:
It's really important to make comments - good or bad - on the plan since we're hoping that this could guide trails planning, construction, and maintenance (yes, the "m" word) as well as prioritizing funding in the MSB for years.

2. Glenn Hwy MP 34-42 Project. Open house. Wed, May 22, 4-7pm. Palmer Community Center (Depot). Stop by anytime. This affects entering Matanuska Lakes SRA and potential crossing from proposed new visitor center to the SRA from the Glenn Hwy. Find out what's happening and give your input.

3. Regarding the winter that won't die. Most of our trails are still predominantly too wet to use. I've been going out about every 7-10 days at the south end (first to dry) and going on foot until I hit mud, retreating, trying another trail until hitting mud, repeat
Trails around the farm fields are about the best, but even some of them are still wet.

The trails that were drying are wet from the snow, but others are draining, and others still have standing water and snow. The almost-dry trails will probably take another few days to a week to dry, assuming the weather stays like this (40+ and sun). Others are looking at a couple weeks - at least. (glad we're not planning on a mtn bike race in early June)

The good news is there was some green today:  Just ignore the ice on the lake. I did see some mtn bikers on Matanuska Lake ice late Sunday afternoon.

Crevasse remains closed for construction and breakup - and it's usually the last to dry out anyway.

Use the hardened bike paths and trails in the meantime.