MBOSCers,

Today and everyday, we are thankful for you. You are what keeps us doing what we do best: building and maintaining sustainable trails. Tomorrow, November 27, is Giving Tuesday, and we hope you'll consider giving back to your trails by becoming a member of MBOSC, your favorite local 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

FREE EVENT AT SANTA CRUZ BICYCLES
Join Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz (MBOSC) and Santa Cruz Bicycles for a presentation by Chris Wilmers of the Santa Cruz Puma Project, "The Mountain Lions of the Santa Cruz Mountains". This presentation will tell the story of the journey of the mountain lions living in Santa Cruz over the last ten years. Though encounters between mountain bikers and mountains lions are rare, their paths cross more than you might think...

Like all MBOSC events, there will be beer, tacos, and a raffle! New Bohemia Brewing Co will be pouring beer and Tacos El Chuy will be serving up everyone's favorite local tacos. Santa Cruz Bicycles will be raffling off one of their famous Reserve Carbon wheelsets, Santa Cruz schwag, and a host of other rad prizes! Donít worry, MBOSC will throw in some schwag, too!Ride your bike to the event and feel good knowing your trusty steed is in good hands at free bike valet from our friends at Bike Santa Cruz County!

ACTION ALERT: SUPPORT ACCESS AT COAST DAIRIES
We need your help ensuring recreational trail-users have access to Cotoni-Coast Dairies National Monument, a crucial connection to San Vicente Redwoods. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is beginning the planning process for this land, which is near Davenport. We have the opportunity, as mountain bikers, hikers, and equestrians, to speak up at the BLM's public workshops and advocate for access. Please attend one of the public workshops listed below to support public access.

Cotoni-Coast Dairies Planning Public Workshops

  • LOUDEN NELSON - December 4, 2018 | 5:00-7:00p Louden Nelson Community Center, Multipurpose Room 301 Center Street, Santa Cruz
  • BONNY DOON - December 13, 2018 | 5:00-7:00p Bonny Doon Elementary School, Auditorium 1492 Pine Flat Road, Santa Cruz
At these workshops the BLM will be explaining the planning process and seeking feedback on potential access points to the property. It is extremely important that we as trail users show up and express support for the development of parking and staging areas which have been controversial on the north coast. There is a very active and vocal community who will be working to minimize the amount of public access to the property so we will need to show lots of support for access and trails. Trail development will be contingent upon identifying adequate parking areas and feasible points for public access so lets show up and support the BLM in identifying proper areas.
*Notice where the planned San Vicente trail network ends and Cotoni-Coast Dairies NM begins.
Why is trail access at Cotoni-Coast Dairies National Monument important?
CCDNM sits between San Vicente Redwoods, and Davenport and the forthcoming Rail Trail. Trail access to that property will be essential for providing connectivity between the planned 30 miles of trails at San Vicente Redwoods and the coast. This will be a key component for better trail connectivity in the county. The BLM will take public input very seriously when doing its planning so it is essential that the community speak up and advocate for trail access.

This will be the first workshop for this planning process. Future meetings will get into specifics for land and trail access so stay tuned. Please consider giving a few hours of your time to attend one of these meetings to ensure that this amazing property is accessible to the public.

NOW HIRING TWO INTERNS
ADVOCACY AND OUTREACH INTERN
MBOSC is seeking a part-time Advocacy & Outreach Intern for our growing non-profit organization. Under the direction of the Community Outreach Coordinator, the Advocacy & Outreach Intern will assist with advocacy, outreach, and administrative tasks. The ideal person for this role will be someone who can work independently, and is a people-person who is excited about MBOSCís mission and values.
TRAIL INTERN
MBOSC is seeking a Trail Intern to support and expand our trail and bike park stewardship program this upcoming trail work season. The Trail Intern will work closely with our trail crew to plan and implement trail construction, design, and maintenance projects. This position is ideal for candidates who are looking for experience in environmental science, natural resources management, or other related fields.

TRAIL ACADEMY UPDATE
Join us this week for our next Trail Academy class, 200: Volunteer Crew Management. In this class students will improve their skills for volunteer management. We will go over the responsibilities of Trail Crew Leaders, trail work safety, and talk about strategies for managing a crew to get high quality results and build teamwork. We will also practice dealing with uncomfortable situations with a fun game.

We are looking forward to two upcoming classes:
  • 200: Volunteer Crew Management - 6:00-8:00pm, Wednesday 11/28 in Santa Cruz, or Thursday 11/29 in Saratoga
  • 105: Basics of Trail Maintenance - 9:00-3:00pm, Saturday, 12/15

WEST ENGELSMANS REROUTE: BACK ON TRACK
The West Engelsmans Reroute Project at Wilder Ranch is back on track thanks to recent rains!

We are past the brushing stage and onto bigger projects like rock armoring, and preparing and starting excavation. This is when things get exciting, and the trail starts to look more like a trail. We hope you will join us anytime Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:00pm. Please RSVP below.
MORE PROJECTS ON WEST ENGELSMANS: Please join us for our first Dig Day of the season on December 8th sponsored by Santa Cruz County Horsemens Association, and Trail Academy class 105 on Dec 15th.

GIRLS ROCK TINSEL-N-TREAD HOLIDAY BASH
Hey Ladies! Itís time to trade in your helmet for a party hat as Girls Rock takes it indoors! Join Girls Rock as they celebrate 2018, and raise funds for the year ahead. Everyone is invitedóbring your wallets, your friends, housemates, spouses and partners!
  • Food, drinks and fun
  • $20 Mystery boxes containing items worth up to $150
  • Silent auction with fantastic items to raise funds for Girls Rock
  • Games and other prizes to be won!

Entrance is free but space is limited, so please register on Eventbrite for this event.