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Sustainable Trail Building Class

posted Oct 9, 2010, 7:52 PM by Dot Helm   [ updated Oct 13, 2010, 2:42 AM ]
Posted Oct 13, 2010: Cancelled (insufficient enrollment)

Posted Oct 9, 2010:

Remember that our Mat-Su College is offering a non-credit Community
Education class in Building Sustainable Trails. This is a great
opportunity for Matanuska Greenbelt supporters and others to learn
about building sustainable trails in this trail system.

http://www.matsu.alaska.edu/students/courseSchedule/2010FA/scheduleAC...

Saturday Oct 16, 2010, 9am-5pm. Cost $35.

That includes 2 hrs of classroom, then 6 hrs of trail work.
Participants assist in the layout and construction of a typical
section of non-motorized singletrack trail. Tools will be provided.

To the best of our knowledge, this is the first a trail building class
has been offered at the college, and could be the first of other
opportunities, especially considering the change in leadership there.
The posts and some of the signs should be installed by then also
(depending on how fast sign manufacturer works).

To register, if you’re already a student, just register for the
course  - you know the procedure.

If you’re not a current student, apply for non-degree admission (no
fees), follow the directions for admission and class registration
here:
http://www.matsu.alaska.edu/students/admissions/nonDegreeSeeking.htm
Just keep following the prompts and you’ll get to the registration and
can pay online if you want. The magic number CRN # is 78883, which is
listed in the first link. It’s fairly seamless, and I was able to
figure it out this morning and pay online. There’s also a paper route
if you prefer.

They need a minimum number of students to have the class and make a
decision to hold the class or not about 10 days before the class. It
could also fill up. So sign up soon. If you take the paper route,
allow time for mail. You can also register in person.

Also, I suspect VMBaH will be having a trail work day on Mooseberry
Mesa in late October (after this) to fix some rutting on the hills and
clear trees and will let you know when a date is decided on.

Some people have asked about Buy a Posts. Yes, we're still doing Buy a
Posts to include as much grassroots support as possible. BUT try to
get your paperwork in as soon as possible so we can get the donor
plates made and installed before winter. In case you hadn't noticed
the leaf colors, we're getting close to end of what we can do this
year, esp. considering it takes a couple weeks for donor plates to be
made. All the 2009 donor plates are finally installed. We'll start
adding the 2010 donors as we get more signs installed. We've had 36
donors so far and would like to make 40.

I'll send out a progress report (lots of progress, lots of changes),
probably next week, but I wanted to get these two things out ASAP -
course registration and Buy a Post reminder - since they are time
sensitive.
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