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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Biketoberfest!!!!

2nd annual BiketoberFest
Port Gamble, September 26 & 27

BiketoberFestWest Sound Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance (EMBA) BiketoberFest on the Port Gamble trails. Night ride w/ campfire, SuperD race, Poker Run, 7 Bike Shops, 7 Breweries, Demos, Games, Prizes and a Bike Raffle!
Location: Uplands trailhead, off hwy 104 just south of Port Gamble.

BiketoberFest is great for families AND given the memorable mud of 2013, we're sure there is guaranteed perfect weather this year!

    Help design Phase II of the Sound to Olympics Trail on Bainbridge!

    Reposted from NKTA:

    On Wednesday, September 17th at 7pm @ Bainbridge City Hall, neighbors from across the Kitsap Peninsula are invited to the initial community meeting hosted by the Bainbridge Non-Motorized Transportation Advisory Committee (NMTAC) to help design the second section of the Sound to Olympicsregional trail on the Island between Winslow Way and Vineyard Lane--building active transportation connections with all West Sound communities. The meeting will present project context, purpose, and goals; note physical and financial constraints; and receive input from stakeholders on potential elements and alternatives.
    The City of Bainbridge Island has been awarded three grants to design and construct more than a mile of the Sound to Olympics Trail from the toll booths at the Washington State Ferries Terminal up to High School Road--thus connecting the entire Winslow business district, civic centers, neighborhoods, schools, ferries and Kitsap Transit with a bicycle and pedestrian spine route along SR 305. The first two of three funded segments will be built in 2014, connecting up to the existing non-motorized bridge which crosses the Winslow Ravine along the east side of the highway at the Vineyard Lane development.
    BI Sound to OlympicsThe awarding of these grants is a huge accomplishment for a small municipality and all West Sound communities competing with larger municipalities which have specialized staff to track funding and write such grants. Broad support, including that from the North Kitsap Trails Association, has been a major factor in this funding success. Funding sources prioritize projects which serve the greatest numbers of people, support denser development to minimize sprawl, and connect to regional centers--in this case, Seattle.
    The first of these grants, through the Washington State Department of Transportation's Pedestrian and Bicycle Program covers design and construction of both the STO and on-road bicycle facilities in the SR 305/ Olympic Drive corridor through the intersection of Winslow Way--Winslow's main street. Two very well attended public meetings hosted by the Bainbridge NMTAC have helped narrow down design alternatives and a final design recommendation is being developed which will integrate with this next STO section.
    BI Sound to OlympicsThe second grant, through Puget Sound Regional Council's Transportation Alternatives Program will construct the STO on the east side of the highway by Umpqua Bank at SR305 & Winslow Way north to Vineyard Lane, incorporating an existing trail from Cave Avenue, which is separated by a buffer of trees from the highway. This grant also provides preliminary design for the remaining route up to High School Road, including a separated grade bicycle-pedestrian crossing of the highway near Vineyard Lane, i.e. bridge or tunnel--which will break up a mile long super-block to connect neighborhoods and key destinations on both sides of SR 305.

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

    Selective Logging at Newberry

    Selective logging has begun out at Newberry. Or 20' wide road building, depending on where you look. Work areas are behind the fire station and behind the gas station. 

    If you wish to ride Locomotive Breath, get out there ASAP. The woods that trail exists in are all dog hair so that trail will never be the same. 

    Supposedly the affected trails are going to be put back in, but experience on other public lands leaves that in question.

    At any rate, be aware of and look out for changes in familiar trails the next time you go out there.

    Saturday, July 26, 2014

    Port Gamble Trail Grants


    From NKTA:


    Kitsap County applies for 3 Port Gamble Trails grants

    Port Gamble Trails Conceptual PlanNKTA is working closely with Kitsap County and County staff to help with three applications for state and federal grants to acquire Port Gamble land for trails. This spring 35 community members from 17 organizations helped create the Conceptual Site Plan for Port Gamble Trails in a series of three workshops. Thanks to all of those who participated and our professional volunteers (Wenzlau Architects, Fischer-Bauma , Sean Parker & Doug Maraist) ! You can find the "Conceptual Plan" and the accompanying goalsonline.
    Kitsap County is already using that work to seek grant funds. One of the grants is focused on acquiring the Sound to Olympics Trail corridor and the other two are to buy land on the Babcock ridge for a 200 acre Mountain Bike Ride Park. Our partners, West Sound Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance (EMBA) plan to invest lots of volunteer hours to turn that dream into reality. Providing the right location for the most active recreation (further away from sensitive areas) is a goal that many of our partners support. Our community rallied around this grant effort and we were able to get 26 letters of support, including Washington Bikes, Congressman Kilmer, Senator Rolfes, Representatives Hansen and Appleton, Visit Kitsap, Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe, Kitsap Audubon, Kitsap Public Health district, all our local bike organizations and partners in Poulsbo, Kingston, Suquamish, Bainbridge and the non-profit community.
    Port Gamble TrailsSpecial thanks to Kitsap County and the land owner, Pope Resources who have given us this next opportunity. County Commissioners Gelder, Streissguth and Garrido, plus Parks Director Dunwiddie all supported the grant effort and put their stellar staff to work on the project. The grants have been submitted, presentations will happen in August and the projects will be ranked this fall. We won't know the final outcome until mid 2015, after the state budget is approved. Read Commissioner Gelder's article on the Ride Park projects.
    It's important to remember, even if all 3 grants succeed, we still have a LONG way to go. The great majority of the Port Gamble trails and land still have no identified funding source. With 534 acres of the shoreline in County ownership, the County now owns about 14% of the Port Gamble land and trails. If we are successful with all three of these next grants, we'll have secured trail access to just under 30% of the Port Gamble trail network. 

    Thursday, June 12, 2014

    Grants and Green Mtn!

    Copy, put your name on this to assist Jesse in getting a grant for future trail planning on Green.
    Send to:
    jesse.sims@dnr.wa.gov
    Washington State Recreation and Conservation Funding Board
    PO Box 40917
    Olympia, WA 98504-0917
    Dear Members of the Recreation and Conservation Funding Board,
    I am writing on behalf of (INSERT NAME OF ORGANIZATION) to express our enthusiastic support of DNR’s proposals to the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office for planning and development projects located on the Kitsap Peninsula.
    The proposed projects are part of a broader vision developed by the Green Mountain and Tahuya State Forests Recreation Plan, which guides how recreation will be managed on DNR-lands on the Kitsap Peninsula over the next 10-15 years. Public input and participation during the process helped identify recreation trends and issues that are addressed in the plan.
    The following proposed projects were identified as a high priority during the planning process. These proposals address the need to improve access at popular recreation sites, expand trails and connections to meet growing public demand, and reduce natural resource damage. Proposals also ask for much needed funding to aid DNR in their ongoing maintenance and education and enforcement work. The proposed grants are listed by their title in numerical order:
    14-1843 Tahuya & Green Mountain Maintenance
    14-1844 Tahuya & Green Mountain Education and Enforcement
    14-1845 Tahuya trail water quality –Phase 2: Continue working to eliminate sediment delivery issues associated with recreation trails serving Dirt Bikes, Quads, 4x4’s, Equestrians, Mountain Bikes, Hikers, and fishing and foraging.
    14-1846 Green Mountain GM-1 Area Planning: Design of a new trailhead and motorized/ multiple-use trails in the western half of Green Mountain State Forest serving ORV’s, mountain biking and hiking
    14-1847 Tahuya 4x4 Trail Development: Expansion of 4x4 trails in Tahuya State Forest and enhancement of technical features on the trails
    14-1848 Green Mountain Trail Planning: Planning and design of non-motorized trails in the eastern half of Green Mountain State Forest serving hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding.
    We consider DNR to be a valuable partner in the stewardship of public lands, which provide valuable opportunities for people to connect with nature within easy reach of 60% of the state’s population. We fully support DNR in their ongoing work to improve public access and provide enjoyable and sustainable recreation opportunities for a wide range of users including hikers, mountain bikers, equestrians, trail runners, motorcycle, ATV and 4x4 riders, campers, fishers and nature enthusiasts to name a few.
    Thank you and we hope that you will also support these projects.
    Sincerely,

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014

    Blog offline for a while

    The blog will be offline for a while.  It will remain up for maps access and links.

    There may be some chatter on the KMB Facebook page in the meantime.