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Paulding SORBA Update

We, Paulding SORBA, are at it again and have an exciting year ahead of us.  We've broken ground at Mt.Tabor Park by initiating another Gateway Trails project. This trail network will target our community here in Paulding County and hopefully provide many of you an opportunity to improve the community
you inhabit.

We're are starting several initiatives which encompass many facets of giving back.  "Make Your Mark " which describes a
volunteer drive we are hoping to get rolling to aide in the construction of nearly 7 miles of trails to be built at Mt. Tabor. We are hoping that many of
you will opt to either ride or hike these trails to increase your fitness, nature hikes, etc. These trails are going to be interpretive for all users alike. We hope to have several fund raisers throughout the summer to aide us in purchasing signage that will describe these trails.

SORBA Board of Directors Meeting

Saturday, Feb. 28
8AM-3PM Meeting
Ride at FATS after the meeting

Thurmond Lake Office & Visitor Center
510 Clarks Hill Highway
Clarks Hill, SC 29821

We are providing a light breakfast on Saturday, lunch and dinner.

Paulding SORBA Taps into Community Volunteers

Last summer, in a joint effort with West Ridge Church, over 100 volunteers participated in a two-day event to complete a 1-mile beginner trail at Sara Babb Park in Dallas, Georgia. On March 21st, 2009 Paulding SORBA will join with two local Starbuck Coffee Shops in a Make Your Mark Community Volunteer project. Starbucks will recruit staff and customers to work on Paulding SORBA's Gateway Trails project at Mount Tabor Park in Paulding County, Georgia. The goal is to accumulate 100 hours of volunteer time in this one-day event. With the 100 hours of volunteer time Paulding SORBA will be able to apply for up to a $1000 grant from Starbucks.

Trail Riders and Land Agencies Both Win When They Cooperate

ImageTwo wonderful trail projects are being developed as you read this. Each project is at a different stage of development, but both are the result of supportive cooperation between volunteers and the responsible government land manager agency. Neither project would exist without this cooperation. Both projects were initiated by volunteer suggestions and supporting action. The Dry Creek Trail System is the larger of the two projects. It will provide 25 miles of shared trails to be enjoyed by equestrians, mountain bicyclists, and hikers. The Garland Mountain Horse & Hike Trails will provide 12 miles of trails shared by equestrians and hikers. Both trail systems will provide multiple loops so users may travel short or long distances as they desire.

Tuscaloosa SORBA’s Trails Enriched by Adoption

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Alec Wheeler (left) and Michael Cornwell shingling the slippery bridge on Five Bridges loop

"I'm not sure who originally suggested our Adopt-A-Trail program, but it has been a great success," says Richard Russell, chapter President, "There are about 12 miles of trail at Munny Sokol Park, and the idea came about for individuals or groups to adopt one or more of the 20-plus named trails at Sokol." The adopters do light trail maintenance, raking, and trash pickup. This regular maintenance gives the trails a nice cared-for look, and frees up workdays for more major projects.

Many of Munny Sokol's trails have been adopted by chapter members and volunteers. Adopters choose parts or loops of a trail or trails to care for and agree to keep up their adopted section. Richard has his name down for Antique Creek, although he unofficially adopted the entire trail system years ago. "At this time of year," says Richard, "we concentrate on raking the trails, and someone, not necessarily the same person, comes out several times a week. There is a friendly competition to see whose trail looks the best".

Appalachian Mountain Bike Club Pitches in for Windrock Fall Festival

The Appalachian Mountain Bike Club helped out with the Windrock Fall Festival, held November 18th and 19th, outside of Oliver Springs, TN. The festival is primarily a downhill festival, but because we built cross country trails on the property this summer, we were able to host a cross country ride, led by our president, Randy Conner. Vice President Brian Hann loaned a truck owned by his construction company, Dewhirst Construction, for a shuttle. The truck allowed up to 30 riders and bikes to be shuttled up the mountain at one time.

The conditions were cold and rainy (snowy on top the mountain), but that didn't stop over 80 people from traveling from as far away as Arizona to participate. The folks from cane creek, I-9, Morewood, Specialized, Sick Lines and Maxis all came out to donate goods for a raffle. Local Pro down hill rider and AMBC board member Doug Ferguson was the key organizer for the event, and did a great job getting the word out. DH National Champion Geritt Beytagh was out with his sponsor Morewood Bicycles. The folks at Coal Creek allowed us to use over 2,000 feet of vertical drop to build the trails, and the Mayor of Oliver Springs, Chris Hepler, drove the shuttle truck. We had many volunteers involved, and they were real troopers, braving the imperfect elements to pull off this excellent event.

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