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Skagit Valley College’s Wildland Firefighing Class on 12/9/18…


The Pump-house Trail is under construction. On December 9th, 2018 work on the NSRA Trails Project began, it’s official – WE ARE DIGGING!

This Skagit Valley College Wildland Firefighting Class is a “special” non-public session. It was led by Ryan Rettinghouse, a DNR Fire Crew Trainer, he is in the red hardhat – with his six trainees. He will return on March 3rd, 2019 with another class. This was a solid session, in spite of some tough weather. Thanks everyone!

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Ready, Set, Go…

Great news, our first ‘public’ volunteer session is scheduled for May 11th.

Budgets, contracts and trail projects have firmed up, so building is on the horizon. Pictured here Art Tuftee stands with tools purchased by Skagit County Parks & Recreation, being stored onsite by the Port of Skagit. This is great, thanks!

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 instructions before the session, then haul out and place the tools where needed. Rain or shine, they help train and lead volunteers; ensuring safety, effectiveness, and 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. The shirt shows 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. 



Equipment / Public Survey…


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…


On Thursday, June 7th 2018 at 6:30 p.m., Skagit County Parks and Recreation will host an important meeting. We hope you will attend, sharing your thoughts “in person” at this Parks and Recreation Comprehensive Plan meeting, showing your support for trails. 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

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 trails this Thursday – May 10, 2018 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.

Starting a New Year (1/9/16)…

We again had twelve (12) volunteers. The weather was much better. Above you’ll see some of the work we did. Working on the Rooty Re-route continues.

In this image (above) you’ll see Ms. Gray carefully cutting a root. At the upcoming session she and her dad will receive the MVTB volunteer shirts they earned.

And in this third image you’ll see that the Estep family’s soup can be enjoyed in more than one way. It was a great session, thanks everyone.