BSTRA NTD logo greenBSTRA’s National Trails Day Ride and Fundraiser – Sunday, June 12, 2022

Location:  Greenbrier Recreation Area, Hodges Village Dam, Route 12, Oxford, MA

GPS:  581 Main St, Oxford for house right by entrance

Sponsored by Whitehorse Truck and Trailer Sales and Service 

 

Bay State Trail Riders Association, Inc. (BSTRA) is planning a 30th Anniversary Celebration of National Trails Day on Sunday, June 12th, at a location that is sure to please.  We invite you to come out and join us for this opportunity to ride the beautiful trails offered from this location — and to participate in our other festivities being held at this event.

Covid Protocol:  Stay home if you are sick.

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 on properties open for equestrian use.

   

                                                         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 non-members, the event offers marked trails for horseback riding– an opportunity 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 Whitehorse Truck and Trailer Sales and Service of Northbridge, 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 of our business sponsors.

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How to Participate—Registration

Registration is open to both members and non-members.  Come as a pre-registered rider or come and register at the ride.  PLEASE NOTE:  LUNCH IS GUARANTEED ONLY TO PRE-REGISTERED RIDERS and deadline for Pre-Registration is June 8th.

There are three ways to participate.

(1) Come to ride, enjoy lunch and the raffle:   Pay the registration fee to participate: $35 for adult members; $40 for adult nonmembers; juniors (age 17 and under) ride free; 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 $250 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 Mary Wood, 40 Fairway Rd., So Yarmouth, MA  02664 and received by June 10; or pre-register and come join us for lunch on National Trails Day and submit them in person prior to the 11 am deadline.
The first 50 pre-registered participants and volunteers will receive a Free Gift Bag!

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 Free Gift Bag–includes a commemorative item, free raffle ticket, and other items (For first 50 registered riders)
♦ A Delicious Lunch  (For pre-registered riders)
♦ Competition for Awards for 8 Top and 2 Runner Up Sponsorship Collections

♦ Participation in large Raffle
♦ The knowledge that you gave back to trails AND lots of fun!

 

We encourage participants to go out and collect sponsors on their Sponsor Papers.  You will want to be one of the winners of the ten Award packages being given away on National Trails Day to the Top 8 and 2 Runners Up.! The more you collect, the better your odds are of winning an Award Package!

Get your Sponsor Papers at :  SPONSOR PAPERS

 

 

 

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 has several  trail maintenance projects in the pipeline for 2022, including a project to improve passage on the Red Pine Trail in Douglas State Forest (at a cost of approximately $26,000), making improvements to BSTRA’s property abutting the SNETT to establish connecting trails, and additional projects in Douglas and Upton.  These projects include bridge improvements and other trail improvements which will all significantly impact these trails for a variety of user groups. It’s going to be a busy year with significant improvements to trails!

BSTRA is always open to considering additional trail improvement projects. 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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