Help our Chapters restore trails following a catastrophic weather event
Major Storm Recovery Fund
The Major Storm Recovery Fund was created to ensure that VMBA has access to financial resources that will help quickly bring a trail network back online after an extreme weather event. These funds, along with our Major Storm Recovery Plan, are designed to support our Chapters in their response to such events.
What is Major Storm Damage?
Damage to trail systems from major storms can vary – a windstorm that knocks down the overstory, an ice storm that tears down branches, a flood that wipes out culverts or stream crossings, or heavy rain that results in significant erosion. What constitutes “major damage” will be defined in various ways. For some, it will be the cost associated with acute damage; for others, it will be the percentage of trails damaged in a network. For example, if a major culvert or bridge was washed out and destroyed, it may be comparable in impact to a half mile of trail needing to be rebuilt.
2023 Storm Damage
Following a historic storm that dropped 8+ inches of rain across much of the State, we have yet to assess and document its impact on our trail systems. Some initial reports of areas that will require extensive rehabilitation include:
Jamaica Area Mountain Bike Alliance (JAMBA)’s recently completed trail, Hard Corps, was 90% underwater.
Riders in Plainfield and Marshfield (RIPM) have blowdowns throughout their network and bridges that were eroded and, in some cases, completely relocated by the storm.
Montpelier Area Mountain Bike Association (MAMBA)’s North Branch Trails have extensive debris, eroded trail tread, and damaged berms and drainages to repair.
Southern Vermont Trail Association (SoVTA) encountered several blown-out culverts in the Stratton Town Forest, requiring complete excavation and installation of new up-sized culverts.
Learn more about our Flood Response
Donate to the Major Storm Recovery Fund
Donate today to help our Chapters when a major storm event happens. Your donation ensures the longevity of our outdoor infrastructure for years to come.