Volunteers Needed For Trail Work
Time to prepare for the quickly approaching season! We’ll be meeting at the BRVSC Clubhouse (197 N. Dorchester Road, Wentworth, NH) at 9am this Saturday, 9/12 for a day of trail work.
We’ll have all tools and equipment needed to get the job done, but you can feel free to bring loppers, chainsaws, etc. if you have them readily available.
If you bring an ATV, it must be registered and meet all NH OHRV rules.
**Please note that volunteers must be current, active BRVSC members, as only members are covered under our insurance policy. Someone will be available to process memberships beginning at 9am that morning if you are due to renew. You can also renew online here. Thank you for your cooperation!**
Monthly Meetings Restart This Week
This Saturday, September 12 is also the first monthly meeting of the 2020-2021 season.
Club meetings are held on the second Saturday of the month, September through June.
This month, we’re still practicing social distancing so we’ll hold business outside beginning at 5pm.
We regularly see 20-30 members at our monthly meetings throughout the season. Lots of business is covered each time and we love to hear voices from all over. Please add all meetings to your calendar and try to make them!
This weekend we hosted our first trail work day of the off-season. Around 8 o’clock Saturday morning, 13 smiling faces met at the clubhouse ready to rock. After catching up over coffee and muffins, they split into groups to tackle various sections of Corridor 8.
One group addressed a couple of rotted trees leaning over the trail.
The trees leaned away from the road (and the powerlines, phew!) and were taken down without issue. Although the trees were rotted at the root, lots of healthy wood remained. The usable sections of tree were cut to length, loaded onto a trailer and trucked out.
Next up, these folks headed further down Corridor 8 to clean up a large tree down on the side of the trail. Work came to a temporary halt for everyone but one lucky Kubota operator (thanks, Nikki!) who fought a stubborn stump that refused to come out.
After dealing with the stump, the crew could finally restart their saws and cut the tree into log lengths. The trail was too muddy from Friday night’s storm to move the logs that day, so group #1 called it quits.
Meanwhile, another crew tackled the new section of Corridor 8 (the logging area, parallel to Hooper Hill Road). If you rode this section last year, you’ll remember that it typically struggled to retain a decent snow cover.
In an effort to resolve that issue, these members spent their day lugging bags of grass seed and bales of hay. They spread that stuff over a half mile of trail!
This should help stabilize the surface of the trail, build a solid snow base and decrease mud. Cross your fingers. Beefing up this section of trail clears the path to great conditions in higher elevation and could seriously extend our snowmobile season.
Join Us Next Time
Join us for the next trail work day on Sunday, June 14, and every second Sunday of the month moving forward. We’d love to have you!
Out of respect for our landowners and due to lack of snow, Baker River trails are officially closed for the season.
Thank you for another great year, for having patience while we did our best with what the weather brought us, and for your unending support. We couldn’t do what we do without you!
There is still riding out of the clubhouse this weekend if you head East on Corridor 8, following Cheever Trail and head into the Hog Hill/Groton Area. Our trails out that way were groomed last night. Expect some dirt and water bars on your way out of the Clubhouse. There is one stretch about 150′ long. Once you get into higher elevation in Groton, there is still plenty of snow and good conditions.
At this time Corridor 8 West to the Green Camp is closed, but you can access Corridor 5 South and our higher elevation trails from neighboring trail systems (Hebron, Lyme Pinnacle, Mt. Cardigan). A member rode from Hebron last night and reported they had just groomed and that trails were phenomenal. On our end, Ten Mile Road, Rocky Loop, and Townline Pond were groomed early this morning and in good condition.
The Clubhouse is open Saturday and Sunday, 8 to 4 with the usual goodies. Be sure to stop in Sunday morning for our monthly Pancake Breakfast Buffet.