A volunteer's signature from long ago
Dirt biking has been growing in popularity for quite some time now. Unfortunately, the paid workforce supporting Washington trail systems hasn’t grown commensurate to dirt biking popularity and subsequent trail utilization.
Many off-road motorcyclist volunteer their time in an ad-hoc way; they meet with a few riding buddies and then clear some brush as they ride. This is helpful in keeping the trails open, but short changes the off-road community in the long run if those volunteer hours are not accounted for. That’s because your volunteer hour equals almost $15 towards a grant from NOVA or RTP. Hundreds of volunteers equals thousands of volunteer hours which grows to tens of thousands in matching funds. Getting your hours counted is simple. All that’s needed is a couple forms to be completed by the volunteer and an agreement on where and what work will be performed. The NMA would like to help ensure your hours are counted. So be sure to report your hours to the NMA and to the land manager so your hard work is counted!
For years, motorcycle clubs and individual dirt bikers have recognized this shortfall and have performed trail maintenance as a volunteer workforce. This has been a great help to land managers and our sport. But as more riders take to the trails, more help is needed. Dirt bikers must rally the strongest volunteer workforce ever seen in Washington. Not just because of dirt biking popularity but also to backfill a severely understaffed workforce.
Reestablishing Trail Tread
The NMA Trail Maintenance Workforce is a selfish volunteer program – the sole mission is to self promote the sport through instilling a sense of trail ownership among dirt bikers in Washington State. This selfishness inherently benefits the environment, land managers and the preservation of off-road motorcycling. Collectively, NMA members volunteer thousands of hours annually.
Trail maintenance work parties are a great way to learn about new places to ride. You also gain knowledge on trail design and what riders can do to increase trail longevity. It’s also a great way to meet new friends who have a mutual passion for dirt biking.
Don't worry about what time of year it is. NMA memberships expire at the end of your membership term - on the anniversary date. For example, if you're paying for a membership in July your renewal will come due in July the following year.
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