Dig Day: Sunday Feb 7, 11am

Come get your hands dirty this Sunday!

Lots of work has been going on over the past two months on the new trail that we are excited to share with you.We have a couple sections that still need to be finished up and some bridges to be built.

Meet at the Yellow Gate at 11:00am.

Bring whatever tools you have, shovel, Pulaski and rakes. Bring water and Snacks.

Hot Dogs will be BBQ at the end of the day so you don’t go home hangry.

Dec 6th – Dig Day

Come see the crazy progress and throw down on our new intermediate flow trail project!
From here on out UMBA will be hosting dig days on the first Sunday of every month from 10:00 – 1:00 and slinging some burgs and dawgs back at the cars to all of you hungry volunteers.
Bring out some picks and loppers if you’ve got em, lots of other tools up on the trail already.

Bring a mask, hand sanitizer will be on-hand, event socially distanced.

Markus Rannala,

President, UMBA

More Good News!

Ready for some shoulder season stoke???

UMBA just got confirmation that we have been approved for our first grant! Tourism Vancouver Island shares in our vision to bring an inclusive trail system to the west coast and has decided to support our initiative with $15,000 through their Catalyst Fund. We have been working closely with Ucluelet First Nation to develop an approval system for trails on treaty land and are ready to break ground on a new collaborative project.

The location of the new trail was specifically chosen for its mellower terrain and will be a true intermediate addition to the network. As well as covering the cost of much needed tools and building materials, the contribution of the Catalyst fund will allow us to provide paid positions for the UFN youth trail crew. With the new project approved we are finally ready to get you guys out on the ground again.

Come out this Sunday at 10am to check out the progress and lend a hand!

Markus Rannala

President, UMBA

It’s official!

Feels like a good time for some good news!

I am absolutely thrilled to report that the Ucluelet First Nation has voted in favour of a formal land use agreement! Recognizing the need for consent to ride and improve the existing trail system on First Nation land was a founding principal of the society and as such this represents a huge landmark for UMBA. We are looking forward to future collaboration and would like to give a huge shout out to Carey Cunneyworth whose work inside UFN has been instrumental in pulling this together.

Our work on establishing inclusive machine built trails within the adjacent Barkley Community Forest is ongoing and we could really use your help! We have a goal of applying for grants by this fall in partnership with the municipality however we are still in the lengthy process of finalizing our BCF land use agreement. Any support that you are able to show right now will make a huge difference in the speed of our work.

Please pick up a membership if you don’t already have one and take the time to advocate to our municipal council.

Markus Rannala

President, UMBA

Spring Update

Greetings fine people, feels like time for another update on all of the exciting progress!

The UMBA board has been busy over the last few weeks assembling all the working pieces of a non profit society. Needless to say it has been a learning experience for us all, but also very rewarding to see things come together! As of this week we have:

  • Secured an insurance policy.
  • Opened a bank account.
  • Nearly completed a website equipped with PayPal for our membership platform.
  • Entered into discussion with both UFN and the BCF regarding stewardship / possible construction of sanctioned trail networks.
  • Secured administrator status on Trailforks in order to make much needed updates.

Soon we will be offering memberships to the public and as things return to normal, resuming weekly rides and community work parties.

A big shout out to the volunteers that came out last week to help remove all of the first generation features and debris from the trails. Providing active stewardship of existing trails will be the cornerstone of building our relationship with local landholders!

Stay Tuned,

Markus Rannala

President, UMBA