Riding the new Sawpit Trail will be a whole lot more fun than working a sawpit. In the old days of logging in the Santa Cruz Mountains, felled redwoods were laid across a pit in the ground. Then two men would work a long, crosscut saw up and down, ripping the logs into planks for transport out of the forest in a wagon. Creating the new Sawpit Trail will be hard work, too, but well worth it.
MBOSC is a 501(c)(3) trail stewardship organization that is heading up the design and construction effort of the Sawpit Trail project, and we need your help to make it happen! We need to raise $300,000 to not only recreate Sawpit Trail, the one-time logging road in the Soquel Demonstration State Forest (SDSF), as a modern, advanced mountain biking trail, but also maintain it and all other trails in SDSF over the next five years.
Dedicated in 1990, the 2,681-acre SDSF is one of eight demonstration forests in California managed by CAL FIRE. These unique areas provide the landscape for a mix of public uses. “Recreation has alway been part of the goals of state forests,” said Thomas Sutfin, who served as forest manager for 19 years. "State forests, as opposed to state parks, host a variety of uses, including forestry education, forestry research, timber harvesting, and recreation. The challenge is to achieve a balance of all the uses.”
At MBOSC, we are acutely aware of what it takes to manage these spaces in an era of shrinking budgets. Demand for outdoor recreation continues to grow, however park and land managers lack adequate resources to create new trails and maintain existing trails. That's where MBOSC comes in. As recreational trail users, we believe it’s our duty to take an active role. If we want more trails and riding opportunities, strong public-private partnerships and investment are needed. The Sawpit reroute will only happen if the community steps up to fund it. No public funding has been identified.
For every $5 you contribute to support Sawpit Trail construction and maintenance of all SDSF trails for the next five years, you'll be entered into a drawing to win the Santa Cruz Bicycles production model of your choice. No matter which model you choose, you can pick the top-of-the-line-full-bling build. So go ahead, buy a few entries (maybe even a few more), start drooling over all the bikes on their website, and dream about that first ride on your brand new bike. Now all you gotta do is just cross all your fingers and toes that we draw your name!
We are so grateful that you helped us achieve our original $100,000 fundraising goal, and then helped us exceed our stretch goal of $110,000, raising a total of $113,065! Don't forget, the first $100,000 were matched 2x by generous donors, which means together we raised $313,065 to support Sawpit Trail construction and maintenance of all trails in SDSF for the next five years.
The online fundraiser closes Monday, January 13, 2020, at 11:59PM Pacific. The drawing will take place Tuesday, January 14, 2020.
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Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz was founded in 1997 to support, preserve, and expand trail access and responsible mountain biking in Santa Cruz County and has since become a highly skilled trail stewardship organization with expertise in advocacy, trail and bike park design, construction and maintenance, and project funding. We are driven by passionate volunteers and high-caliber professional staff who promote legal and sustainable mountain bike access through trail building, hosting races and events, and collaborating throughout the county. MBOSC has proven to be an invaluable partner for local land managers, investing nearly $1,000,000, over 10,000 hours of staff time, and over 20,000 hours of volunteer time (a $550,000 value) in trail construction and maintenance since 2012. We are focused on furthering our mission to make Santa Cruz the best place to be a trail user!
Santa Cruz Bicycles (SCB) and MBOSC are longtime partners working to expand and promote sustainable trail access in the Santa Cruz area. In 2018, SCB partnered with MBOSC as we launched our new independent membership program, helping raise over $100,000 and bring in 1,000 new members. SCB even purchased memberships for all employees! Staff members are encouraged to participate in volunteer trailwork days, and the SCB team even managed regular maintenance of the Westside Pumptrack near their factory. SCB supported both the 2019 Old Cabin Classic and Surf City CX races as a co-title sponsor, and their Factory Racing Team was well represented on the race courses. Thanks SCB, we are looking forward to working together for years to come!
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