The FVMBA extends a warm welcome to Ryan McIsaac, Siobhan Peters, and Owen Titerle, our inaugural summer trail crew!
Ryan has many years of trail building and maintenance experience and supporting mountain bike advocacy at Thornhill in Maple Ridge and is taking on the position of Trail Crew Lead. Siobhan and Owen join the team as junior trail crew, supported by funding through the Canada Summer Jobs program. The FVMBA was successful in its application for the grant for two 8 week positions.
Trail crew is working with local trail builders in each authorized riding area, providing support for general maintenance and other projects. Focus is primarily on Red Mountain and Bear Mountain in Mission and Sumas Mountain in Abbotsford as the Canada Summer Jobs grant is specific to the electoral district of Mission, Matsqui, and Fraser Canyon.
In their first week of work, the crew replaced an old boardwalk on Lower Bypass on Red. Rotten wood covered with torn mesh not only looked bad, but was unsafe for the tender paws of our four-legged friends. Now decked with split cedar, it’s safe for all. Check it out while the cedar scent is still fresh!
The crew has also been busy on other trails on lower Red, clearing drains and digging out mud on Gun Club Bypass, and replacing two small bridges on That’s What She Said and Moth Ejection. Other projects include assisting Eugene with adding drainage to the exit of Bomba on Bear Mountain and this week the crew headed to Sumas to work on Squid Line. Stay tuned for more updates!