July 2020 Board Meeting Notes

Board Members:         Eric Berg, President Anika Heilweil – Midd College Liaison Carl Robinson, Vice President Ashar Nelson, Treasurer Andrew Hirsch, Trail Boss Ariel Kent, Social Media Jeff Taylor Mike Leydon, Membership Scott Hardy, VergennesOthers in attendance: John Peters, Mark Bowman George Lawrence, Alan Hebert Virtual and physical meeting attendees in bold.Note taker; Andrew Seth Beck, Bristol REGULAR BUSINESS Public Comments- John Peters is wondering about the Vergennes project and would like to learn from the process. He will contact Scott directly. President’s Report –  Management Plan for the parks in Middlebury is still needed.  MALT work has been going on  in Wright park with an emphasis of laying gravel in wet and rooty areas. Jackson Trail – need to do a work day. Will be Working on by-laws with Ashar to present to the board and members.  The By-Laws would cover elections, positions etc… Treasurer’s Report – Money Items, Grants, Fundraising Nothing new. Membership Report  59 memberships 100 people including families.  Down a bit from prior years. Boost membership?   Mid season newsletter? End of season party?  September for outside gathering? Social Media Report – All things Digital If you have content suggestions let Ariel know. communication sooner is best! Email minutes asap to members Two email blasts a month would be ideal.   Trails Report Middlebury–  Work Days – Aug 8, sept 12 Jackson trail work day needed to open up to bikes.  This will be our first session on the 8th. Andrew will assign/ make a choice list of  sections to prune to memberships and board members.   Trails Report Moosalamoo – A few trees down on Chandler and Leicester Hollow Ashar will give a report on the Oakridge project at a later date. Trails Report Bristol – Here is the update from New Leaf –  We will be having an official trail building day this Saturday from 9-12. June 18 We continue to collect funds from the returnable can basket at the VBT facility and have added a grip of all metal tools that have already been put to good use. We refurbished and improved two of the bigger existing berms to help with a few dead spots in the flow.  The first is the Shelbow (the long sweeping left that ends in a rock ride). The second is the steep tight left that comes off of the cliff. This is a massive improvement as it now has a legit pocket and you can carry speed into it. The goal is to add some rollers after each that can be pumped to further help with the flow. The new trail from the mid station to the parking lot is underway (shown in orange below). We have done basic clearing (trees, limbs, leaves) for the top 2/3, three total corners. The duff is off and basic shaping is complete through the exit of the first corner. The next corner (a right) will be another big berm similar to the Shelbow (the berm up top that ends in a rock ride). Between that berm and the third corner we will be putting some form of a structure to […]

June 2020 Board Meeting Notes

Meeting notes from our June 2020 Board Meeting. This meeting was held virtually but discussed possible upcoming events that followed COVID guidelines.

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Spring Updates From ACBC

However, our normal routine of dusting off and tuning up the trusty steed to ride the trails has been delayed as we have worked to minimize the spread of COVID-19. We have been in close contact with the Middlebury Area Land Trust through all of this and they have decided it is in the best interest of the community to have the trails open, but with precautions.