NOTE: BSTRA would like to hold its National Trails Day Ride and Fundraiser at a new location in 2017. This event is scheduled for Sunday, June 4. Please share your suggestions for a location by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
BSTRA’s National Trails Day Ride and Fundraiser—June 12, 2016
Sponsored by Paresky Flitt & Company, LLP, Certified Public Accountants—Wayland, MA
Bay State Trail Riders Association, Inc. (BSTRA) is planning a 24th Anniversary Celebration of National Trails Day on Sunday, June 12th, 2016
at the Greenbriar parking area adjacent to Army Corps of Engineers Hodges Village Dam in North Oxford. Why such a big celebration? Because if there was just one day of the year that defined 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.
Join the Celebration….Festivities start at 9:30 AM with registration check-in
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 of Army Corps of Engineers Hodges Village Dam, 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 Paresky Flitt & Company, LLP, CPA’s, of Wayland, 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.
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: $30 for adults, $15 for children under age 12, and $15 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 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 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 prior to June 12th; 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
♦ Access to marked trails thru the park.
♦ BSTRA NTD Gift Bag including commemorative tote bag , media lounger and other goodies to first 50 registered participants
♦ Competition for Prizes for 8 Top Sponsorship Collections
♦ Free Raffle Ticket
♦ Participation in huge Raffle with more than $2,000 in prizes
♦ The knowledge that you gave back to trails
Trail Projects are Funded by this Event
Every year BSTRA puts money into our MA trail system. We select a trail which is 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 has selected two trail projects already for 2016.
One project is the building of a new multi-user trail in the Douglas State Forest — a joint effort by BSTRA, Department of Conservation & Recreation (DCR), and the Blackstone Valley Chapter of NEMBA. The new trail connects SW Main St, Douglas, to an existing trail that connects to the Southern New England Trunkline Trail (SNETT). The new connector trail has already been cut in this Spring by BSTRA, DCR and NEMBA, working together to create this trail. The framework for the new bridges has been already completed and all that is left is the decking for the bridges.
The second project is located in Mendon and involves improvements to the Inman Hill Wildlife Conservation Area trails. This area and abutting conservation properties offer 13 miles of trail open to a variety of users including hikers, equestrians, mountain bikers and other non-motorized users who use them for outdoor recreation and fitness. BSTRA has been approved for a grant from the Recreational Trails Program administered by DCR to improve .7 of a mile of trail where work is needed.
BSTRA is exploring additional trail improvement projects for 2016, and we will be making an announcement once our selection process is complete.
In 2015 we completed a big trail project which was in conjunction with a grant we received from the Blackstone River Valley Heritage Corridor, Inc. to improve a total of 5.3 miles of trails by re-grading, brushing back, opening drainage swales and adding stone dust to cover sections of cinder stones. This project entailed work in the Douglas State Forest and on the Southern New England Trunkline Trail in the towns of Uxbridge and Douglas, MA. Under the terms of the grant, BSTRA paid a 50% match to the money awarded by the grant. BSTRA raised from National Trails Day the required $13,400+ to complete this project. Total value of this project was just over $26,800.
Interesting statistics —
How National Trails Day was celebrated across the country last year: In 2015 more than 176,000 trail enthusiasts participated in 2,329 NTD events nationwide, and 24,700 volunteers participated in 456 trail projects, resulting in labor worth more than $2.1 million. More than 1,500 miles of trail were maintained or constructed by volunteer groups. Other participants hiked or walked 354,000 miles, paddled 13,600 miles, rode horseback for 36,000 miles and biked 123,000 miles.
Happy participants at BSTRA’s National Trails Day Ride
National Trails Day was originated by the American Hiking Society in 1993.