2013 Family Picnic and MTB Ride

This year we had our Family Picnic and MTB ride at Maribel Caves. It ruled! Here's some pics.

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Mountain Bike Trail DEVO Approved for the City of Manitowoc!!!!

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Our organization has gained approval from the Manitowoc City Council and the Park&Rec Dept to
develop a Mountain Bike Trail System at Camp Vits City Park. Thank you all that have attended
these meetings (supporting and opposing parties)!! At the City meetings, The NEW OM had the
support of The Wisconsin Speleological Society, The Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin and the
Manitowoc Fish And Game. We did face opposition at these City meetings like any project that is
State, City or County. Some of these people showed concern about sensitive vegetation and the wild
life that resides on this property. And the neighbors of this park showed concern of people
trespassing on their property.
 We are going to work with the Wisconsin DNR to get the Natural Heritage Inventory looked at on this
property.
 What is natural Heritage Inventory?
Natural Heritage Inventories are designed to inform the public and give them a tool to use in
planning the future of their communities. County and municipal planners; federal, state and local
agencies; businesses; environmental consultants; developers; private citizens, local conservation
organizations; and many other groups use these studies to help make land-use decisions. With
increasing emphasis on planning within the Commonwealth, these studies are important for the
conservation of  natural resources.


 And for the Neighbors of Camp Vits, The NEW OM will work with the Manitowoc City Engineering
Dept and the City Planner to find the exact borderline of city and private property. We will then
design and build a split log fence with a sufficient buffer area placed on the city property to give the
neighbors the privacy and respect that they deserve.
 
Along with the trail development, we also need to plan and work on taking care of the overwhelming
user impact that Camp Vits is suffering from.
 
This trail system is going to be opened to other user groups to enjoy…..this is NOT only for the
Mountain Bike Community.
This is just the beginning for something GREAT for Manitowoc!!!!


 Please take note that this is WORK IN PROGRESS and anything stated above is subject to change.
We plan to do this right the first time and we may need to take in consideration other avenues to
make this project work for all.


Please feel free to contact me to discuss any issues.


-Wade Marks- President
THE NEW OM
920.905.2809

This is what a Split Log or Split rail Fence looks like.


Family Picnic & MTB Ride

OOOH yeah.....This will be our 4th year for our "Family Picnic&MTB ride". This year it will be at Maribel Caves. This is always a great time! What can be better than hanging out with our FAMILYS & Friends eating good food and Mountain Biking. Please bring your own meat to grill and a dish to pass. This just isn't a good time for us avid Mountain Bikers, it's also a great social atmospher for our kids too.

Hope to see ya on the 7th
-The NEW OM-

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Camp Vits....User Erosion

If approved....We plan to develop a sustainable environmentally friendly trail system for our community to enjoy. Our club will not only open up this beautiful park to multi user groups; we will also work on fixing existing user erosion, re-vegetate some of the plant life, and remove invasive plants. Our short term goal for this park is to make a beginner Mountain Bike trail with advanced riding options on the flat North West section of Camp Vits Park. Our long term goal is to gain the financing and volunteers to build two bridges on the South West side of the park, to make the entire property accessible to the public.

this is what the entrance of the park looks like now.

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Mortorized vehicles are NOT allowed in the park. But right now...nobody can stop them.
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ATV's have chewed up this section of land so bad that they started to braid the trail around the tree to the left causeing more impact and erosion.

below is a pic of the creek that is seperating this property from the North and South side. Hopefully we can connect these two sections of land with a bridge.


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Manitowoc Cnty Fish & Game Meeting

Last nite I was invited to the Manitowoc County Fish and Game Meeting to speak about our potential MTB Trail project at Camp Vits Park. The presentation was not only informing their committee about what we want to develop at the park but also to gain some financial and volunteer support. They have voted and agreed to donate $500 to our club when the project is approved by the Manitowoc City Council. What I feel is more important that any dollar amount giving to our club is the that this organization fully supports and believes in our club and what we are doing for our community.

Thank you Manty Cnty Fish&Game - The NEW OM

Manitowoc Cty Council meeting about MTB trail at Camp Vits


Last night I got the chance to speak at the Manitowoc city council meeting about our MTB trail Devo at Camp Vits. The meeting went extreamly well. We have full support from the Cty Park&Rec Dept, The Mayor and the board. Hopefully we should be moveing forward on this project soon.

The HTR covered the story here: http://www.htrnews.com/article/20130604/MAN0101/306030355/Manitowoc-park-may-new-mountain-bike-trail

MOUNTAIN BIKE CAMP OUT

We have gained permission to camp for one nite on the property that we made our trail on. This is going to be alot of fun! The park does have bathrooms but...no running water. We are charging $15 per camping unit. All the cash will go towards future MTB'n projects in Manitowoc Cnty. Bring the entire family for a nite of fun camping and MTB'n.

Maribel MTB Trail is still CLOSED

 Dude...it's 50 degrees and sunny....let's go ride!!!


Before you go ride'n on any MTB Trail, it would be wise to find out if that trail system is open. Trails may be closed in the winter and part of the spring or closed after a hard rain. Trails around the state are starting to open up but most are still closed due to our super awesome long Wisconsin winter. Ride'n on closed trails can cause user impact (see the ruts in the pic below). Ruts can then hold water and cause more impact on the trail and the environment.

Please RESPECT all trails that are closed.
 
Maribel MTB Trail is still closed. Please be patient & wait a few more weeks.

THANKS from all the trail stewards from around the state of Wisconsin and beyond!

Mountain Bike Trail in the city of Manitowoc????

This past Friday, George Kaptiz and myself had a meeting with Justin Nickels (Mayor of Manty),  Kevin Glaeser (Manty Parks) and Paul Braun (Deputy City Planner for Manty) for possible Mountain Bike Trail Development in the city of Manitowoc. The Property that we are looking at is Camp Vits City Park. This park is 76.62 acres of undeveloped land. The meeting went extremely well and the attendees were very perceptive to our club and what we stand for. As of right now, we have gained permission to design and pin flag a beginner/intermediate trail loop on the upper level of the park. And we will need to design other Mountain Biking trail options for advanced riders. These trail designs will then be submitted to the Manitowoc City council and will hopefully get approved to build trail .
keep an eye out for any and all updates.

2013 Trail Building Education Course


 2013 DNR Trail Training Courses Open for Registration
Attendees will graduate from this 4-day class with a greater knowledge and understanding of current trail design and construction techniques. Each day of the training will have a classroom component and hands-on application. Attendance at all four days of the training is required. You’ll be taught how to create natural (dirt) surface trails that:
        *  Minimize impact to resources
        *  Minimize maintenance
        *  Do not go beyond capacity of the land
        *  Keep users on the trail
Each day of the course builds upon the knowledge from the previous day. Day 1 covers trail design and layout; Day 2, trail construction; Day 3, trail maintenance; and Day 4 is when you’ll put it all together for practical application and obtain completion certificates. The training is free to public trail volunteers and land managers. Cost for other attendees is $425. The 2013 trainings will be held in Eau Claire, La Crosse, and Madison areas. For more information and to sign up: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2013TrailTrainings.

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