The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District has finished their regional workshops, but it’s still possible to send input via their website.
Midpen has identified several goals for open space preserves, based on input gathered over the past eight months. These goals are taken into consideration when deciding what actions, activities, projects, and programs are top priorities for preserves.
On their website you can rate these goals according to what is most important to you, They ask that we review all goals before rating them, and not rate each goal the same – it’s important to convey which goals are more important than others:
- Love it! = This is a top priority for me!
- Like it! = This is a priority for me, but I have higher priorities.
- It’s OK = I see how that can be important, but it is not a high priority for me.
- Neutral = This is not a priority for me.
In addition to overall goals there are proposed projects that you can also give input on. Some of the projects have a mixture of component – you can add comments to clarify support for specific parts of a project.
Update from Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District:
“Construction has resumed at the staging area at El Corte de Madera Creek Open Space Preserve. We are working on retrofits to the drainage system to address the issues we encountered last winter. Once construction is complete, we will be monitoring the drainage system’s performance through this winter’s storms. For this reason, we don’t yet have an estimate on when we will be able to open the staging area. We appreciate everyone’s interest in the project and especially their patience. We are looking forward to being able to open the staging area as soon as possible next spring.”
Santa Clara County Parks staff have been working on a new segment of the John Nicholas trail in Sanborn County Park – when finished, the trail will be open to mountain bikers! Volunteers have been helping with the trail this summer… stay tuned for trail work days this winter!
Big news: we’re now an IMBA chapter, and we’ve changed our name to Silicon Valley Mountain Bikers – see our e-news update for more info! New links: svmtb.org, facebook, and meetup!
Here is the link to the Spring 2013 newsletter.
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The California State Parks Foundation requests our assistance in urging the Legislature and governor to allocate the recently-identified State Park and Recreation Funds (SPRF) revenues back into our state park system.
Despite recent statements from the governor, they are concerned that it is not a done deal that the Legislature intends to allocate the $20.3 million in State Park and Recreation Fund (SPRF) revenues back into the state park system. They are concerned that legislators may feel tempted to put those funds elsewhere, or claim to put them into state parks but simply reduce the park system’s General Fund allocation at the same time.
The Legislature wraps up in roughly 3 weeks, and these decisions will be made quickly. The following link is available for sending input to legislators:
He’s running – not mountain biking – but longtime ROMP member Gary Gellin is attempting to set a new record on the 165+ mile Tahoe Rim Trail, starting Monday 8/13. 28,000 feet of climbing, all at altitudes above 6200′. Standing record is 38 hours, 32 minutes.
Update, 8/16: Gary went 80 miles before stopping due to a knee injury – great accomplishment!!!
Gary is supporting the Tahoe Rim Trail Association through this effort; if you’d like to contribute, visit here. Note “TRT speed record” in the comments box.