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So Mountain Reservation Trail Cleanup Volunteer Opp'y

Now is the time to put your best mtb foot forward and help the South Mountain Reservation clean their trails. The South Mtn Conservancy has been recently involved in the Lewis Morris TCC day and was impressed with the dedication and professionalism of that event, and with the ongoing efforts of the folks at JORBA, the powers that be are now in discussion with mtb groups. No, So Mo is not open to bikes, but if we can get enough mtb'ers out for this trail day, their minds may change. Greg Murray from JORBA has said that attitudes at So Mo have really changed for the better from 10 years ago. Therefore, there is an opportunity to do some good here and possibly change minds and erase negative perceptions of the past with mtb use at So Mo.

Here is a link to the web site doing the cleanup:

http://www.somocon.org/TrashCleanup.htm

The event that JORBA is asking any and all mtb'ers to attend is this Sunday.
10 AM
Sunday, April 24 So Mo Reservation, West Orange. (near Turtleback Zoo)
Tulip Springs & Shady Nook

Tulip Springs & Shady Nook areas are off of Cherry Lane. Maps are found here:

http://www.somocon.org/Map of SMR.htm

www.Turtlebackzoo.com has good directions then you can easily find SMR once you are there.

http://www.turtlebackzoo.com/modules.php?name=Directions

I'll be there with the wife. We plan on doing the trailwork, then heading over to the zoo for a few hours. 8)

Edit: this event goes on RAIN or SHINE. JORBA reps request that we indicate our "mtn biker status" in some way, for example by wearing a cycling jersey or a hat. I think the idea here is to pitch in, yet the make sure its known (in a subtle way) that we're responsible mtb'ers here to help. :) They also *may* be supplying work gloves but many folks bring thier own (I'll bring my own).
 

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Mergs,

Thanks a lot on the information. I will be attending with my IMBA t-shirt on!!! I have been wondering what I have to do to get involved, but things seem quiet. I was upset about missing trail work at Lewis Morris. It would be great if we can get So Mountain opened to Mtb bikes and I am willing to dedicate a lot of time to the effort. This could be the start of something good.

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Mergs,

Thanks a lot on the information. I will be attending with my IMBA t-shirt on!!! I have been wondering what I have to do to get involved, but things seem quiet. I was upset about missing trail work at Lewis Morris. It would be great if we can get So Mountain opened to Mtb bikes and I am willing to dedicate a lot of time to the effort. This could be the start of something good.

Cmaz44
cool, see ya there... i will have some sort of mtb shirt on, probably last year's Jim Thorpe MTB weekend or something similar.

yeah... fingers crossed. i think JORBA is really tryng to open a dialog and it takes small steps to change the minds of those who are against mtb (for mostly all the wrong reasons)
 

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Follow up to Cleanup

Hello there folks, It wasn't the prettiest day, but we left the park cleaner than we found it. My brother and I drove up from Toms River to give out support. I hope, like everyone else, that the powers that be at South Mountain realize we are a resource as well as patron of the park. I know there was one angry man out there, but he doesn't know how to ride a bike. Hope to see all of you again, Jess
 
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