Northern Allegheny Mountain Bike Association                      

       Enhancing the mountain bike experience through trail advocacy and community relationships.    

Jakes Rocks Project

11/10/2014

Update Jakes Rocks MTB Trail Project EA Public Comment for USFS

Now is your chance to submit your comments regarding the Jakes Rocks MTB Trail Project. The Link below describes all the details and where you must send comments. The deadline for comments to the USFS is December 5th 2014.

http://www.fs.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsinternet/!ut/p/c5/04_SB8K8xLLM9MSSzPy8xBz9CP0os3gDfxMDT8MwRydLA1cj72BTUwMTAwgAykeaxRtBeY4WBv4eHmF-YT4GMHkidBvgAI6EdIeDXIvfdrAJuM3388jPTdUvyA2NMMgyUQQAyrgQmg!!/dl3/d3/L2dJQSEvUUt3QS9ZQnZ3LzZfS000MjZOMDcxT1RVODBJN0o2MTJQRDMwODQ!/?project=40494


12/20/13  


Update ? info from Frank MaGuire,,,, Imba midatlantic director and occasional beer drinker

1. Things are still rolling along.. Two different grants have been secured/reassigned bringing the project funds into the $250,000 range, which should be close enough for the first phase to be completed, some of the campground connectors, some of the blue intermediate and one or two of the black routes.

2. Timeline- we know nothing is ever definite, but the EA completion could/should happen this next calendar year, If the EA is completed by Summer, that would allow for possible clearing of the corridor in the Fall, the selection of the contractor and begin construction in Spring 2015.

Scoping will likely occur this Spring.. the ANF will announce the proposed action and contact stakeholders for input.. we will be asking for a positive letter campaign from friends near and far for support.


Probably a public meeting happening in Warren, PA in March 2014

 

NAMBA-ANF will likely formalize a maintenance agreement for the future trail system, along with possible work on some existing trails to establish a good, trusting working relationship.

It may seem like we have been talking about this for years.. well we have.. but the news of having a significant amount of funding waiting to go to the contractor, is a huge bit of news that ought to make everyone consider that the project is moving in the right direction, some of you might even consider locking yourself in a dark room, putting a towel over the crack below the door and letting out a short, timid squeal of anticipatory joy.

 

There may be more news (hopefully just as positive) in January,





The Northern Allegheny Mountain Bike Association is currently working with The International Mountain Bicycling Association?s Trail Solutions to construct a 35 mile stacked loop trail system on the Allegheny National Forest in the Jakes Rocks area. These trails will consist of beginner, intermediate and expert level loops designed to challenge everybody from first time riders to seasoned mountain bikers.

The Jakes Rocks Trails will provide recreational opportunities for the region as well as another tourist attraction in the Allegheny National Forest.

Donations to this project can be made through NAMBA as a tax deductible contribution, Please click here for more info.

NAMBA is excited to be working on this project with the following organizations:

 

Pennsylvania Kinzua Pathways  The mission of Pennsylvania Kinzua Pathways is to attract visitors to the area surrounding the Allegheny Reservoir, educate them on the rich history of its past, provide facilities to enjoy the present, and enhance wilderness access and stewardship for the future.

http://www.pennsylvaniakinzuapathways.com/

Allegheny National Forest   A special thank you goes to District Ranger Anthony Scardina for his ongoing effort to see the Jakes Rocks Trails Project come to fruition.

http://www.fs.fed.us/r9/forests/allegheny/

International Mountain Bicycling Association

The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit educational association whose mission is to create, enhance and preserve great trail experiences for mountain bikers worldwide.

http://www.imba.com/

IMBA Trail Solutions

Trail Solutions is IMBA?s professional fee-based trail consulting program. We offer trail services that range from trail planning, design, and construction to trail management, education and volunteer teamwork. Our organization excels at careful and diligent planning and collaboration to create trail systems that provide high-quality experiences for diverse visitors, minimize environmental impact and user conflict and require less maintenance over time. We are experienced with trail master planning, risk management planning, community collaboration, GPS/GIS mapping and more.

http://www.imba.com/trail-solutions