BSTRA NTD logo greenBSTRA’s National Trails Day Ride and Fundraiser – Saturday, June 8, 2019

New Location:  Great Brook Farm State Park, Carlisle, MA

Sponsored by Yered Trailers, Medfield, MA

Bay State Trail Riders Association, Inc. (BSTRA) is planning a 27th Anniversary Celebration of National Trails Day on Saturday, June 8th, 2019 at an exciting new location – to be announced soon.  We invite you to come out and join us for this opportunity to ride the beautiful trails at our new location — and to participate in our other festivities being held at this event.  

Why such a big celebration? Because if there is just one day of the year that defines what BSTRA is all about, it is National Trails Day!

National Trails Day (NTD) exists to encourage all Americans to get outside, connect with local outdoor clubs, businesses, community groups, and parks and recreation departments as well as federal land managing agencies to experience, appreciate and celebrate trails — the natural places where they can find scenery, peace, happiness and health. Dedicated volunteers, outdoor enthusiasts, trail lovers, and those new to the outdoors are all key ingredients to National Trails Day. It’s a time to give back to trails and introduce new people to the outdoors.
It is in that spirit of National Trails Day that BSTRA holds an annual NTD fundraising event to raise money for Massachusetts trail projects.

  

                                                         Participants at Previous NTD Event

Join the Celebration….Festivities start at 9:30 AM with registration check-in

Who Can Participate and Event Activities

Open to both BSTRA members and the public, the event offers marked trails for horseback riding and hiking– an opportunity to get the whole family out to enjoy our beautiful trails. After enjoying time on the scenic trails at our new location, return to the parking area for lunch, presentation of awards, and raffle of items donated by BSTRA’s many NTD prize sponsors. This year’s NTD event is sponsored by Yered Trailers of Medfield, MA, but there are many other sponsors who have made the prize packages, raffle table and lunch so awesome. Go to our Business Sponsor Directory (Sponsors tab) to view all our business sponsors.

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How to Participate—Registration

There are three ways to participate.

(1) Come to ride, enjoy lunch and the raffle:   Pay the registration fee to participate: $35 for adults, $17.50 for juniors, and $20 for lunch only.

(2) Ride and Collect Sponsors:  Register same as above and download your NTD Sponsor Papers..  Your registration fee can be refunded when you collect $100 or more on your NTD Sponsor Papers. Get your NTD Papers in advance and collect tax-deductible sponsor contributions for Massachusetts trail improvements.  Sponsor checks are to be made payable to BSTRA, Inc. The eight participants and two runners up bringing in the largest dollar amount in sponsor contributions will each be awarded generous prize packages to thank them for their efforts.

(3) Collect Sponsors Only:  Register online and be sure to check off the box that you are collecting sponsors only.  Sponsor checks are to be made payable to BSTRA, Inc. You will still be eligible for the prize packages for the top eight participants and two runners up as long as your NTD Sponsor Papers and collections are submitted to NTD Organizer, c/o 76 NW Main St,, Douglas, MA 01516 and received by June 8th; or come join us for lunch on National Trails Day and submit them in person prior to the 11 am deadline.
Although pre-registration is not necessary to ride, it is recommended in order to receive a gift bag given to the first 50 registered participants.

What Paid Registration Provides to Participants

Top Prize Winners at one of our NTD Events

♦ Access to beautiful marked trails at this ride location
♦ BSTRA NTD Gift Bag to first 50 registered participants–includes a commemorative embroidered item, free raffle ticket, and other items
♦ A Delicious Italian Buffet for Lunch–including fruit salad, green salad, eggplant parmesan, meatballs, pasta and desserts
♦ Competition for Prizes for 8 Top and 2 Runner Up Sponsorship Collections

♦ Participation in huge Raffle–usually with more than $3,000 in prizes
♦ The knowledge that you gave back to trails AND lots of fun!

Trail Projects are Funded by this Event

Every year BSTRA puts money into our MA trail system.  We select trails which are badly in need of maintenance, whether it is brushing back, grading, adding fill, correcting erosion issues, cleaning out or adding drainage ditches, repairing or building bridges, adding trail signage — or some combination of these trail improvements.

BSTRA is kicking off a major trail maintenance project in Upton State Forest in early 2019.  It is a large $51,000 project to improve both Park and Middle Roads within the forest.  BSTRA was awarded a DCR Partnership Grant which covers half the expense of this project, and BSTRA funds the remaining 50% match.  And that is just one of the exciting trail improvement projects planned for the year.  We also have work scheduled for West Hill Dam, Uxbridge; Douglas State Forest; Upton State Forest; and Hodges Dam in Oxford.  It’s going to be a busy year with significant improvements to trails!

BSTRA is exploring additional trail improvement projects for 2019, and we will be making an announcement once our selection process is complete.  If you know of a worthy trail project on public land and would like us to consider it, please contact bstra@charter.net

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2015 SNETT Improvements at Stone Arch Bridge

 

2017 Wallis Pond Cart Path Trail after project completion
2018  Bridge Completed in Douglas State Forest

2017 Improvement to Inman Hill Wildlife Area Access Road, Mendon

Interesting statistics —

In 2018 more than 108,950 individuals participated in 1,203 activities in all 50 states.  Participants among the most popular activities included equestrians, hikers and mountain bikers.

There was a total of 312 trail work projects reported, completing 3,954 total miles of trail improvements.  This was accomplished by 24,192 volunteers, contributing a total of $2,658,100 in volunteer labor value.

National Trails Day was originated by the American Hiking Society in 1993.

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