2021 WMBC Membership Drive
Help support the WMBC by becoming a 2021 member today!
Donations over $35 will receive a 2021 Member sticker, donations over $100 will receive a sticker and a limited edition WMBC / Treelines Tech T-Shirt, and donations over $250 will receive a sticker and a limited edition WMBC / Treeline Hoody.
(NOTE: Apparel supplies are limited and availability may change, so colors may have to change when we print these in January).
Also, below is a quick update from our Executive Director, Eric Brown:
What a crazy year!
I don't think anyone saw 2020 going down like it did and when the shutdown happened in March, it forced us to shudder our after-school bike clubs, bike rodeos, trail days and all events for the year including a 3 day bike, band and beer festival at the Waterfront.
During the pandemic, we've worked really hard with the City and other land managers to keep the trails open - despite getting serious pushback from some in the community. Our position was (and remains) that folks need trail access for their mental and physical well-being during this stressful time and the trails have never been busier!
Like many non-profits, we are way down in overall revenue (-50%) because we often fundraise by getting people together and, frankly, haven't felt right about sticking our hands out during such a weird time on our planet. Our virtual Shoot the Trails was successful overall and we netted~$41k - which was only $17k short of last year.
We know many people in our community are struggling, but if you have the means, follow this link to Become a Member in December!
Despite the pandemic, our Trail Crew Leader, Ryan Joslyn worked solo on the mini-ex (with select volunteers) much of the year building the two new climb trails (Huff and Puff and Bottoms Up) along with coordinating maintenance projects with our trail adopters and managing the post-logging clean up.
Our Education Director, Charlotte Waller, worked with Bellingham School District for 5 weeks during the summer to get 25 Latinx youth out on bikes and just wrapped up a similar 8 week program called "Connections" at Shuksan and Kulshan Middle Schools that got 110 underserved students outdoors on bikes. The logistics to get these programs going with COVID were a ton of work, but totally worth it. Additionally, some of our after-school bike clubs started back up in the Fall and it was great to see the kids out riding.
We are also in trail planning mode with the DNR near Olsen Creek, Galbraith and looking at other opportunities with State Parks along with coordinating the parking lot project.
On that note, below is the latest update about the parking lot.
Jeremy Disch and Jed Sims (Powertek Surveyors) finished our survey for the area.
Ed Miller and Liliana Hansen (Miller Environmental) finalized the Critical Areas Report
Jon Hansen and Chris Luna (Associates of Earth Sciences and Construction by Champion) dug test pits and Jon got the Geo report completed.
Janicki Logging have committed to clearing the trees and taking the organic and stumps onto Galbraith.
JP Slagle (Freeland and Associates) got the final design and sent off to Josh Erholm at RAM for an estimate.
Josh Erholm and Barry Dikeman (RAM Construction) came back with their new estimate from the design revisions - $398k
Current WMBC fundraising is at $295K
Carrie Veldman (RJ Group) just finished the SEPA report and we are scheduling a Permit Pre-Application meeting in mid-January with the City..
Our goal is either late-Spring / early Fall 2021 for construction.
A huge shout out to Adam at Treelines Northwest for his support of our annual fundraising campaign with his artwork of an iconic feature on Galbraith! We hope everyone has a great holiday season and thank you for supporting the WMBC!
Stay Safe, Stay Sane!