Just wanted to update everyone on work days on the trails. http://www.matanuska-greenbelt.org/calendar
If folks have other activities, please let me know to add them.
A few of our folks attended the Borough's Trail Care Training work day at CMT on May 12. Mark Gronewald had an excellent powerpoint for the classroom part, then went out on the trails to line out and rough cut a new trail - EZ Flow - and start working on it.
The work day on May 26 has been cancelled. (downed trees have mostly been removed already!!)
June 2. Alaska State Trails Program is putting on a National Trails Day work party (and some festivities after). 10:30am to 4:30 pm at Matanuska Lake Trailhead. Much of the work they're considering so far looks like it's right near Matanuska Lake. These are always fun since it's frequently different people and projects than we normally do.
http://www.matanuska-greenbelt.org/trail-maps has the map of trailheads near the bottom.
(Yes, I know there's 3 running races that morning. Come after your race.)
Mark has a MSB trails crew building the new Bearberry Bluff (hope that's right) trail in Greenbelt Central. He is offering volunteers the opportunity to come join them (probably Mon-Thurs), but you might want to make arrangements with him as to where to meet him in the field (Mark.Gronewald@matsugov.us). If he develops more structure, we'll post it here. This makes it super neat for folks who have trouble making work days setup by various clubs. This provides a really sweet opportunity to apply some of the skills folks learned in the trail training class.
June 9 is Mooseberry Stampede Mountain Bike Race, a 10.5mi route through all the properties of the Matanuska Greenbelt, including the famous Mooseberry Mesa. Starts at Crevasse-Moraine Trailhead. Funds raised from this get put back into the trails. As always Matanuska Creamery ice cream and goodies after the race, and it is part of Colony Days. Anybody interested in volunteering, please contact me. We mostly need people on the course on race day to be sure the racers stay on course and to remove markers afterward. Online registration ahead of time helps us plan better and is cheaper than race-day registration.
August 9 is Agriculture Appreciation Day - noon to 6pm - at the Matanuska Experiment Farm. Trails are part of the program. We'll have more information as we get closer.
Progress with trailhead structures and posters: I talked with Mat-Su College folks yesterday about where to locate the structures amidst all their construction and think we found some solutions. I'm anticipating / hoping both the College and the remaining State Parks structure are installed within a month. (but we know how good my crystal ball is)
See you on the trails and have fun. Don't forget the National Trails Day work party on June 2.