Leaving No Trace is Good; Leaving a Positive Trace is Even Better [Trail Flow]

Land managers in Washington state and Western Australia are seeking public input on trail plans this week while the Purposeful Adventures campaign is encouraging riders to make a positive impact.
Allestree Park proposal. Provided photo.

Trail Flow is a roundup of all the mountain bike trail related news of the week including new trail builds, advocacy, and planning. Do you have trail news? Email [email protected] for possible inclusion.

Allestree Park Biking Group in Derby seeks input on trails plan

Derby, Western Australia

The Allestree Park Biking Group is seeking public input on a trail plan developed in conjunction with the town council and Derbyshire Wildlife Trust. Proponents point out the proposed trails prioritizes the natural environment and would take up just 5% of the parkland. Interested parties can submit feedback using this online form.

Screen shot from fs.usda.gov

Gifford Pinchot NF soliciting feedback on sustainable trail plan

Washington state

Gifford Pinchot National Forest in southern Washington is seeking public input on a proposed Sustainable Trail System Plan. The goal is “to help guide the future management of recreational trails on the forest as well as benefits to the community,” and comments can be submitted online via the interactive plan linked above or via email to [email protected] through September 30, 2023.

Photo: Deschutes Trail Coalition Facebook post.

Cog Wild receives grant for Ride and Dig program

Bend, Oregon

The Deschutes Trail Coalition in Oregon recently announced this year’s Small Projects Grant award recipients, which includes MTB group Cog Wild. The Cog Wild Ride and Dig program will use funds “to create a curriculum around trail sustainability and stewardship and implement a trail workday (in partnership with COTA) during a 3-day program with Realms HS students.”

Purposeful Adventures campaign encourages riders to make a positive impact this summer

Anywhere, Anyplace

Going for a mountain bike ride is fun yes, but it can be more than that with a purposeful approach. That’s the idea behind the Purposeful Adventures campaign which encourages riders (and hikers) to not just leave no trace, but to leave a positive trace.

One of the most concrete examples of leaving a positive trace is picking up trash during a ride, and Purposeful Adventures has partnered with Trash Free Trails to encourage riders to get involved. Check out the graphic above to get ideas for other ways you can leave a positive trace on the trails this summer.

Construction begins on 94km, $47.1 million Wangetti Trail

Queensland, Australia

Work has begun on the Wangetti Trail in Queensland, Australia which aims to connect three national parks. Plans call for $47.1M (AUD) in funding to complete the 94km trail, which will be open to mountain bikers and hikers alike.