August 25, 2017: 6:30 p.m. Southern Appalachian Bicycle Association (SABA) monthly meeting at Brother’s Restaurant in Murphy, NC.
Guest Speaker Terry Palmeri is on the August 25 agenda. She is will be talking about the benefits of SABA becoming an IMBA/SORBA chapter. Please make plans to attend, we need everyone’s input.
Do You Ride a Bicycle?
The Southern Appalachian Bicycle Association (SABA) will hold a meet and greet potluck dinner at Nottely River Valley Vineyards on Friday evening, July 28, 2017 at 6:30 PM. Come out and meet other cyclists in the area and enjoy a great evening at the vineyard. Bring a friend and/or your family!
The event will start off with a wine tasting presented by vintner, Steve Thompson and will follow up with a potluck dinner. Please bring a dish to share.
If you wish to participate in the wine tasting (optional), Nottely River Valley Vineyards charges $8.00 per person to taste 5 wines and includes an engraved Nottely Wine glass to take home.
The vineyard is located at 1150 Old Culberson Road, Murphy NC, 28906. Since the event venue is unique, we ask that you rsvp to firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know how many will be attending.
We hope to see you there!
Visit the events Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1673098632723424
*Note: due to State regulations, you cannot bring alcoholic beverages into the vineyard, however wine will be available for tasting and by the glass. The vineyard accepts cash and credit cards.
For additional information about the vineyard, visit http://nottelywine.com
“Please see the date in August for the USFS open house to provide input into local issues, etc. This would be a great opportunity to see how many people we can get to this to voice our desires to add more trails at Jackrabbit. We need as many folks as possible to make an appearance and be vocal.
At the recent open house in Hayesville (for the long range bicycle plan), there was discussion as to why the planned road revision on Hwy 69 did not have bike lanes, and the DOT said only two people made comments at their open house in regards to this. If we want more trails we have to show up and be vocal about it.”
ASHEVILLE, N.C., June 6, 2017 – The U.S. Forest Service will hold open houses across the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests from late June to early August to provide the public with opportunities to talk with Forest Service staff about local issues, district projects, and the Nantahala and Pisgah Forest Plan revision.
“Public attendance at meetings like these helps us to understand your needs, concerns, and values and helps you understand Forest Service programs and activities,” explains Allen Nicholas, Forest Supervisor for National Forests in North Carolina.
The open houses allow the public to talk directly with Forest Service staff one-on-one. Each District Open House will highlight the areas within that district. District rangers and members of the Forest Plan revision team will be available to discuss the materials each of the following days and locations:
- June 29, 6-8 p.m.: Grandfather Ranger District at Foothills Conference Center, 2128 S. Sterling St., Morganton
- July 11, 6-8 p.m.: Nantahala Ranger District at Tartan Hall, 26 Church St., Franklin
- July 13, 6-8 p.m.: Pisgah Ranger District Office, 1600 Pisgah Hwy, Brevard
- July 25, 3-6 p.m.: Appalachian Ranger District at Appalachian District Office, 632 Manor Road, Mars Hill
- July 25, 3-6 p.m.: Cheoah Ranger District at Cheoah District Office, 1070 Massey Branch Road, Robbinsville
- August 8, 3-6 p.m., Tusquitee Ranger District, Brasstown Community Center, 255 Settawig Rd, Brasstown
The Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests have been revising their Forest Plan, a required document that provides a general framework to guide management of the Forests. As part of the process, 30 public meetings have been held in communities throughout western North Carolina.
Over the past year, the Forest Service has been releasing pre-draft plan materials on the National Forests in North Carolina website – www.fs.usda.gov/goto/nfsnc/ncprevision. Additional materials are posted to the site’s Plan Revision Under Construction page as they become available.
“This material is not a preferred alternative or even a draft plan. It represents our latest thinking which has been shaped by public input,” said Michelle Aldridge, planning team lead. “In particular, we heard a lot from the public about how places matter to them, so we created a new chapter on Geographic Areas to reflect that.”
By separating the Forests into 12 distinct landscapes, Geographic Areas highlight opportunities for restoration and sustainable recreation; connections to nearby communities; and partnerships with the public, other organizations, and governments in different parts of the Forests. Each geographic area also has goals identified that will serve as emphases for management during plan implementation.
Management Area plan components outline how the general forest areas of Interface, Matrix, and Backcountry will be managed. A set of pre-draft maps shows these places on the forest landscape, and adjacent lands not managed by the U.S. Forest Service are included for context. Results from the required Wild and Scenic River Evaluation and information on possible Special Interest Areas are also currently posted on the website.
By fall 2017, the public will have had an opportunity for early review and input on nearly all aspects of the developing plan. When the Forest Plan draft is finalized, the public will again have an opportunity to review the plan during the formal comment period after the complete draft plan and alternative analysis are released in spring 2018.
While there is no formal NEPA or legal comment period at this time, the Forest Service is accepting input at NCplanrevision@fs.fed.us with the subject line “Spring 2017 material Plan Building Blocks” or by mail at this address: Attn: Plan Revision, National Forests in North Carolina, 160A Zillicoa St, Asheville, NC 28801. Comments will be most useful when received by August 31.
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WE NEED YOUR HELP NOW!
We are less than $2,000 away from meeting our goal for a matching grant for the new Piney Knob Trail System in Murphy, North Carolina. If you have ridden at our Jackrabbit Hiking and Mountain Biking Trail System in Hayesville, NC, then you know the quality of work we put into our projects.
Please Help Now, time is of the essence as our window is closing.
Sorry, the event has been cancelled by Chief Jacobs of the Murphy Police Department due to conflicts in scheduling. We will announce the new date as it becomes available.
Come join us at the bicycle safety rodeo!!!
Sunday June 4th at the Hiwassee Valley Pool and Wellness Center in Murphy from 2pm to 4pm.
Our goal is to make cycling safe and enjoyable for the children in our community!
This event is sponsored by the Town of Murphy, Hiwassee Valley Pool and Wellness Center, Southern Appalachian Bicycle Association and Jim Miller State Farm.
Lots of prizes to be given away!!!
The second round of the 2017 UCI MTB Eliminator World Cup takes place in Columbus, Georgia (USA) from June 3rd to June 4th. Be there!
For addition information about the MTB Eliminator World Cup Go Here.
Watch some of the best moments from the 1st round of the 2017 UCI MTB XCE World Cup in Volterra (ITA) below:
President Trump’s budget is out and infrastructure is on the chopping block … including options like safe places to walk and bike. The president’s budget proposal is just that: a proposal.
Write your member of Congress today! Tell them to say “no” to cutting funding for trails, walking and biking.
The White House’s “skinny budget,” released yesterday, would cut $2.4 billion from the Department of Transportation. These proposed cuts come at a time when the president has promised a $1 trillion investment in America’s infrastructure-and could limit opportunities to build trails, sidewalks and protected bike lanes.
The president’s budget proposal specifically recommends cutting TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) grants, which provide funding to empower communities to coordinate roads, rails, trails and more. Working together, this infrastructure creates a balanced transportation system. Communities like Missoula, Montana, and Cleveland, Ohio, have received TIGER grants to build trails, sidewalks, protected bike lanes and other projects that give people safe ways to get around.
There is never enough of this funding to meet demand, but it has been transformative where given. Cutting this invaluable program would be misguided.
Not only are trails safer ways to get around, they offer a huge return on investment in terms of providing more options for mobility, keeping families healthy and boosting local economies.
At a time when pedestrian and bicycle fatalities are rising, the president’s budget cuts to transportation would prevent communities from investing in safe places like trails, sidewalks, protected bike lanes and more.
Thanks for your support.
Executive Director, American Trails