Merrimack Valley Chapter of NEMBA was formed in
1998 to address the needs and concern of the mountain
bike community in the Greater Lowell area. We
draw our core members and volunteers from communities
like Dracut, Tyngsboro, Lowell, Westford, Chelmsford,
Billerica, and others. Our primary focus has been
the maintenance and upkeep of the Lowell Dracut
Tyngsboro State forest. We have on occasion been
involved with trail maintenance in other locations
such as Great Brook Farm in Carlisle, Thanksgiving
Woods in Chelmsford and the Groton Town Forest.
It is our hope that we can expand our activities
to the Townsend State Forest as well. There is
a lot of untapped trail potential out in Townsend.
Of course this all comes down to our ability to
recruit members and volunteers who can step forward
to make these activities possible.
local chapter has been averaging 4 Trail Maintenance
events a year in the Dracut State forest. We have
built several new trails in the last few years
and have an aggressive plan for more trails and
boardwalk projects. We want to enhance and maintain
access to the trails for all mountain bikers as
well as other users. Because of its proximity
to a large urban area, our activities also include
general cleanups of litter, construction debris
and blow down by natural causes from storms etc.
etc. This work is less glamorous but the experience
is just as rewarding as we start to take back
the forest. And of course we love to ride. Our
local rides might take us to Groton, Townsend,
Tyngsboro, Carlisle, Chelmsford, Billerica, Hudson
NH, and of course Dracut.
to the future we will continue our trail maintenance
events in the forest. We have proposals to cut
new trails and construct new boardwalks to gain
access to sections of the forest previously inaccessible.
We will continue working with local citizens groups
who share our same concerns and desires for the
forest while enhancing our visibility and status
with the local land managers. We want to continue
to create a positive image of our mountain bike
community to insure that the forest and the trails
will be there for us when were ready to ride.
You can't sit back and assume somebody else is
going to take care of the problems. We need to
grow our chapter with fresh volunteers and members
who want to step forward and get involved to make
a difference. But the bottom line here is our
love for our sport of mountain biking.