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NSRA IS HAPPENING…

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The Pump-house Trail is under construction. On December 9th, 2018 the above team broke ground, launching the NSRA Trails Project. Getting a new project started is always hard, but now it’s official – WE ARE DIGGING!

It was a “special” session, meaning scheduled and non-public, led by Ryan Rettinghouse that is a DNR Fire Crew Trainer. Ryan, the red hardhat, stands with six trainees. He will return on March 3rd, 2019 with another class, one that’s three times larger.

Skagit Valley College’s Wildland Firefighting Class will be another closed session, with a third – Cascades Job Corps College & Career Academy on April 13th, 2019. All three will precede the first PUBLIC session, that will be May 11th, 2019.

But as noted above, getting started is hard. We are very pleased Skagit Valley College and Cascades Job Corps stepped up, but beyond those sessions – our calendar is open. We also need a team of skilled builders, to help lead and train new volunteers, and will need a nonprofit setup and functional, as quickly as is possible.

There’s so much to do, and with only a handful of us – we need YOUR help. If you are interested, please email us:  JT@SkagitTrailBuilders.org.

And lastly, please take Mount Vernon’s Parks & Rec. Comprehensive Plan survey. To end the City’s moratorium on adding trails at Little Mountain will require strong public push back!

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READY, SET, GO…

Great news, the first volunteer session at the SWIFT Center is scheduled for May 11th.

Budgets, contracts and trail projects are firming up, so building is on the horizon. Pictured here Art Tuftee stands with the tools purchased by Skagit County Parks & Recreation, that are securely stored onsite by the Port of Skagit.

Funding volunteer sessions is next. Volunteers donate time, but hosting sessions is not cheap. There are a great many costs to cover…

Trained crew leaders arrive early and stay late. They get their instructions before the session, then haul out and place the hand tools where they will be needed. They help train and lead volunteers; ensuring attendees are safe, effective, and that they have a great volunteer experience.  Afterwards tools must be picked up, cleaned, organized, sometimes sharpened – and put away.

Furthermore, volunteers deserve ‘great’ lunches, snacks, and to ‘earn’ volunteer tee shirts.  Over several sessions, with a minimum of ten hours, a volunteer tee shirt is earned. They show our appreciation, while helping with recruitment.

To do all of this, a nonprofit umbrella organization (to accept donations) MUST be setup. The best volunteer groups are well-resourced. We know the community supports trails, and in the past made generous donations to help.

Might helping form a board interest you?  If so, please click here – and let us know. 

 

 

Please VOTE for trails…

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In the Skagit Valley Herald, and above, we see that Mount Vernon wants your input…

In the last Comprehensive Plan trails was their “top ranked recreation,” with trails development ranked as their “top recreational priority.”

Please take the Survey, it’s IMPORTANT!

*Notes: “Top ranked rec.” on Table 5.3, page 43; and “top rec. priority,” pages 78-83.

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Equipment / Public Survey…

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On Friday Skagit County Parks and Recreation took delivery (above) of a brand new Canycom power carrier. It was bought for our use on the upcoming trails project. The first volunteer trail building session is scheduled for this Spring.

We are working to finish the trails plan, as Skagit County is hard at work on their comprehensive plan. Like at Little Mountain Park, now almost a decade ago, for those trails to happen “first” the public had to show support for them. That made the trails project a priority, and secured funding.

We need your help, please VOTE for local trails. Completing the County’s Comprehensive Plan survey, expressing support for parks and trails, is how we make them a priority.

Please tell your friends and family, this is an important opportunity and happens only ever six years – explained here.

Join us in Sedro-Woolley…

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This Thursday, June 7th at 6:30 p.m., Skagit County Parks and Recreation will host an important meeting. Skagit Trail Builders sincerely hopes you will attend. Sharing your thoughts “in person” at this Parks and Recreation Comprehensive Plan meeting, showing your support for trails, will be very helpful. A strong show of support will help make the case for the NSRA trails project!

“The Comprehensive Plan lays the groundwork for the future of our parks and rec system and outlines our priorities for the next six years,” said Parks and Recreation Director Brian Adams. “We want to make sure we’re funding and prioritizing the right programs and projects – and the only way we can do that is by hearing from the people who use our parks and participate in our recreation programs.”

We hope to see as many of you at the meeting as possible, even if you’ve already attended one of the previous meetings. Making an appearance to support trails “in the town” of our next trails project just makes good sense. Trail politics has never been bean bags, we need to collectively show we care!

  • This Thursday, June 7th at 6:30 p.m. – the meeting is going to be held at the Sedro-Woolley Senior Center, located at 715 Pacific Street

We hope to see you there…

Introducing Skagit Trail Builders

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Mount Vernon Trail Builders has become Skagit Trail Builders.

We’re pleased to announce that we are working with Skagit County Parks and Recreation, so we have the potential for other trail projects.  But potential trail projects only come to fruition when there is public support…

Please show your support for local trails this Thursday (5/10) at 6:30 pm.  The meeting will be hosted by Skagit County Parks and Recreation, and will be held at the Mount Vernon Senior Center, located at 1401 Cleveland Street.

This is the second meeting of Skagit County Parks and Recreation’s Comprehensive Planning process, and it is very important!

Not everyone supports trails, and that small constituency is vocal and they always show up.  Please stand with us, showing your support for trails – even if the weather is really nice.  Great weather can be distracting to trail lovers…

We sincerely hope to see you there!

Turnout doubled on 1/23/16…

Here (above) we’re at our safety meeting. A couple families joined us for their first time, which helped to double our turnout. Weather was tough again, which slows progress. But with twenty-four (24) volunteers we got a great deal done.

In this image (above) you’ll see some of our new volunteers, wet and dirty…

You can see (above) the work we’re doing on the Rooty Re-route.

As always (above) our young volunteers had fun and were a hoot.

After a session like this you can see what it takes clean up (above) …

We hope to see you this weekend, Saturday 2/13/16.