April 8, 2017: 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Volunteer workday on the Piney Knob Trail System in Murphy, NC. Meet at the trailhead.
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
The following meetings will be held for public input regarding the Southern Blue Ridge Bike Plan. We will be reviewing the draft bicycle routes in the surrounding areas. Please plan on attending.
March 25, 2017: 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Volunteer workday on the Piney Knob Trail System in Murphy, NC. Meet at the trailhead.
February 25, 2017: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Volunteer workday on the Jackrabbit Trail System in Hayesville, NC. Meet at the trailhead.
The Trail Committee meeting is set for Thursday March 2nd. 6:30pm at Ingles in Blairsville in the dining area.
March 24, 2017: 6:30 p.m. Southern Appalachian Bicycle Association (SABA) monthly meeting at ShoeBooties Cafe in Murphy NC.
We have reached our maximum class size for the chainsaw refresher scheduled for February 18 (and 19th if necessary). If any volunteers did not make the list, we can try again this fall or next spring. Please let Heath Emmons know ASAP if your plans change and you cannot attend.
If you are a volunteer and wish to take part in future chainsaw certification classes, please contact SABA here.
We are looking to put on a chainsaw refresher class on the Cheoah RD on February 18 (and 19th if a second day is needed for field evaluations). We think we can accommodate a maximum class size of 20 people. First priority will be for those folks whose saw cards will expire in 2017, second priority is new sawyers wanting certification, third priority will be all others who expire after 2017. Please see the attached spreadsheet to confirm your expiration date. Group leaders, please forward this email to your group members as appropriate or to anyone I may have missed. I will need a response no later than January 30th. If for some reason we exceed the class size of 20 participants, we can explore putting on another class later in the fall depending on instructor availability.
Regarding new sawyers, please do not attempt to qualify if you are not comfortable handling a chainsaw or if you do not have any prior experience. Current 1st aid and CPR will be required prior to the class. Thanks.
Natural Resource Specialist
Nantahala National Forest
Cheoah and Tusquitee Ranger Districts
p: 828-479-6431 x4102