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Camel's Hump Management Plan

The Camel's Hump State Forest Management Plan is currently being developed. VMBA is working with with chapters and the Vermont Huts Association to advocate for a corridor that will support your long-range riding opportunities via the Velomont Trail; a contiguous trail from Killington to Stowe. We need to ensure the management plan includes a corridor that links Mad River Riders to WATA. Public comments are welcome until the 15th. VMBA is asking each of you to make your voice heard to help ensure that your trail is meaningfully included in this plan, which will be in place for approximately 20......more

13 New Trail Projects

VMBA, members and chapters united to supported 13 chapter trail grant proposals totaling $50,000 this year! A strong annual fund makes this possible and ensures that the advocacy voice of riders remains strong and effective. Thirteen chapters are starting new trail projects this year because of your participation. Here's the quick recap: Fellowship - New 3+ mile trail in Sleepy Hollow... MAMBA - New pump track in Montpelier WAMBA - New loop and parking area for the Aqueduct Trails Upper Valley - boulder moving equipment to share with other chapters Slate Valley - professional design for new trail in Lake......more

Annual Meeting Summary

Chapters and members came together in Montpelier on Nov. 30th for an amazing night of discussion highlighted by the organization's advocacy victories and of course, this year's trail grant awards. Huge thanks to Cabot Cheese, Bluestone Pizza, SAP soda and Long Trail Brewery for ensuring everyone had the fuel to stay engaged! Major Take-a-ways from the meeting: Membership is over 4400 this year and add-ons jumped from 278 last year to over 950! The trail grant increased by 35% from last year - $50,000 distributed among 14 chapters Act 250 will be seeing some real progress this next legislative session......more

Regional Summits Need MTBers

Whew.... what a year. A lot has happened with VMBA, chapters and state leadership in 2017. The future looks incredibly bright. VMBA's VOICe initiative has united our best local businesses around their enthusiasm for Vermont's trail infrastructure. These partners understand that a volunteer force is largely responsible for building the trails that are driving a statewide discussion focused on the potential of Vermont's outdoor economy. VMBA has successfully developed a sustainable bridge between commercial enterprise and trail-based nonprofits. As a result of their participation, VMBA's advocacy message has evolved to incorporate the desires of employers eager to share Vermont's amazing......more

Season Update

It's shaping up to be an amazing season. We're about to hit 4200 members (over 900 add-ons) and after what felt like never-ending rain, the trails are riding well. Chapters have worked together to organize trails days, rides and are making plans for next year already. Linking chapters is the hot topic and VMBA chapters have been supporting VT Huts with information, which is key to knowing where huts should be placed. The association is most excited about how well the chapters are doing: Grateful Treads is developing new relationships and access in state land near Jay Addison County MTB......more

The Governor's Executive Order

Last year the VT Trails and Greenways Council completed a successful economic impact study. At the same time, VMBA launched the VOICe initiative, which was the first to bring .COM and .ORG together to advocate for better support of VT's amazing outdoor recreation. The combination of these initiatives has been inspiring to state leadership. On June 15th Governor Phil Scott singed an executive order announcing the creation of " VOREC " the Vermont Outdoor Recreation Economic Collaborative. The purpose of the group is to "Leverage Vermont's outdoor recreation assets, brand, and culture to sustain, grow, and drive economic development in......more

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