As many of you probably already know, the trails down at the end of Melrose/Park Center (AKA “Flightline”) and the Calaveras Lake area are dangerously close to being developed upon. Preserve Calaveras is trying to acquire the land and permanently protect it from further development. Right now, they are desperately trying to set up a fund that will allow them to leverage more grant and foundation money to acquire this land. They need to raise $50K by April 1st and so far, they only need about $5000 more. I’ve been in touch with the president of Preserve Calavera, Diane Nygaard, and I’m working with her to spread the word to the members of the mountain bike community. If any of you feel so inclined as to make a small donation (even if it’s just $5…no amount is too small) or volunteer your time to help save our trails, you can visit their website at www.preservecalavera.org. Here’s a little blurb from Diane in regards to why this fund is so critical…you can also read more on their website. In addition, she has visited Flightling and is really impressed with the trail building that has happened in recent years. It would be a shame to have so much hard work torn up to make way for more development.
“Preserve Calavera is a local grassroots group working to preserve the largest remaining native habitat in coastal north San Diego County. We need to raise $ 50k by April 1 in order to get an initial land acquisition fund established through the San Diego Foundation. This seed money will then be able to leverage grant, foundation and public money- using the successful model of the San Diego River Park and others. We have already raised almost 90%- but need your help now to raise that last 10% or they risk losing thousands of dollars in matching grants that have already been pledged. Tax deductible checks can be mailed to Preserve Calavera at 5020 Nighthawk Way, Oceanside, Ca 92056- or you can donate by credit card through their website at preservecalavera.org. If we each do a little- together we can do a lot- but we need to act now before the bulldozers are on the hillside.”
Spread the word to anyone else you might now who uses and loves these trails!
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