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We are pretty excited, the USFS has finally released the dogs to a proposed trail that would connect a system of of trails from Forest City to Downieville. The new route would utilize in part, a little known historic trail called the Mexican and the end of the North Yuba Trail. It will be 12 miles long with a elevation difference of 3000ft. Since the USFS is so broke we need to raise $2000 by spring for the NEPA for Phase one which will go from NYTr > Top of existing Mexican. SBTS just finished the NYtr so that section is sweet. Yuba Expiditions has offered to help raise funds too.

Our group, Forest Trails Alliance is a collection of trail advocates from the bay area to the foothills. We have been developing trails above Downieville for a few years and our intent is to create an extensive system of trails south of Downieville that will connect Bullard's Bar, Forest City and Downieville/GreyEagle.

Much of the Downieville area has been built out and compromised by OHV access. The TNF USFS is pushing new trail development south onto the Pliocene Ridge. SBTS is aslo having good luck expanding opportunities in PNF on the eastern side.

Not much on existing human resources in the region so most people are from out of the area. We have around 100 miles of trail on our USFS prospectus to build for the next 5 years, so a lot of trail. We need to expand our talent pool. We currently utilize two excavators, a walk behind DW and numerous other machines. We also have built several stone arched trail bridges and some other unique trail features. All by donation so far!

The existing trail system is based out of Forest City, an old mining ghost town with 20 homes. Several of the houses were purchased by mtn bikers and we hope to acquire another for our club soon. Pretty sweet spot where you can ride right out of the yard onto trail.

Besides other trail builders, we are looking for any suggestions for grants or ways to raise money for this project. Your feedback would be appreciated. More info and photos at www.foresttrailsalliance.org

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We raised $3,500 with a T-shirt sale:

100 Organic Cotton T's donated by manufacturer

Logo space sold on the back

Cool graphic for the front to make everyone want one

Sold them at the local bike shops for $30 and $34.99 off our website (inc shipping)

Or get one free after volunteering after your third trail work event.

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One local bike shop (PEAK MTN BIKE PRO) raised over $9,500.00 in a series of movie at a bar night raffles.

Grass roots...

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PS A family member just moved to Nevada City, I might be out in the spring to visit.
 

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I understand the FS has been recieving a lot of federal stimulus money for various projects. Also funds are often recieved for "capitol improvement projects". The trick is to have folks in the FS that are on your side and will submit proposals to the Regional Office (in Vallejo). There, the folks who divy out the money decide what projects are most deserving. Some projects that recieve money are a total joke, so I would think a project like this would be deserving. It all depends on who's on your side and how much effort they put into it. The fact that the FS wants you to pay for NEPA makes me think you've got some work to do.
 

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If you guys think that this stonebridge is the only thing Zachi and FTA have created, you should see the other awesome works they have done.

Now imagine all this kind of creative trail building in the downieville area, but with more trails added on to the current trails systems out there.

Weekend trips wouldn't be enough time to cover all the trails out there!

Looking forward to expanding on a great network of trails!
 

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Just remember that projects that you or anyone else might consider a joke are serious and worthy to others. There are probably more than just a few people who consider Mt bike trails a joke.

By law the FS can't "want" you to pay for NEPA by law they are obligated through cost recovery to charge you for the time they put into any kind of permitting, be it NEPA, or special use, etc. It is commonplace for a proponent to pay for the NEPA work for their project in the name of expediency. You can ask the FS to do the work, but they are typically so buried that paying for it yourself, while a lot more expensive than having the GFS produce the document, is generally a lot quicker. The caveat is that the FS still has to review and approve/disapprove the work you or your contractor submit.
 
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