NEMBA buys 'Nam



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PRESS RELEASE Contact: Philip Keyes 800-57-NEMBA [email protected]# New England Mountain Bike Association
PO Box 2221 Acton MA 01720 www.nemba.org

THE NEW ENGLAND MOUNTAIN BIKE ASSOCIATION BUYS LAND TO PRESERVE TRAILS IN MILFORD, MASSACHUSETTS

Cycling Organization Becomes the First in the Country to Buy Land for Open Space Protection and
Recreation

Milford, MA -- (October 21, 2003) -- The New England Mountain Bike Association (NEMBA) announced
today that they have taken title to 47 acres of open space in Milford, Massachusetts in an area
known as the Upper Charles River Headwaters. This campaign marks the first time that a mountain bike
advocacy organization will purchase, own, and manage its own trail system, and the project marks the
largest single investment undertaken by mountain bikers to preserve open space. NEMBA successfully
raised the $210,000 needed to purchase the popular riding area two months before the option that was
purchased in the fall of 2002 would run out.

"We are thrilled to have raised the money ahead of schedule," says Executive Director Philip Keyes.
"When this historic project started a year ago, we had no idea of the ground swelling of support
that we'd receive from mountain bikers and the cycling industry. We believe that outdoors
organizations should not only help public efforts to conserve open space, but that they should also
undertake private measures to protect our landscapes from development and provide more outdoor
recreational opportunities. The notion that a relatively small group such as NEMBA has the ability
to preserve land has captured the imagination of individuals who would not normally donate to a land
conservation project."

The land acquisition is part of a complex partnership between numerous organizations trying to
protect a patchwork of privately-owned open space totaling over 500 acres in the Upper Charles
Headwaters area of Milford and Holliston. Some of the organizations that have been involved are The
Trustees of Reservations, the towns of Holliston and Milford, Executive Office of Environmental
Affairs, the Upper Charles Conservation Inc., and the Department of Environmental Management (now
the Department of Conservation and Recreation). In addition to protecting the open space from
development, there are plans to develop a rail trail near to the property.

"I congratulate NEMBA on successfully raising the funds to protect key open space in Milford,
Massachusetts," says Ellen Roy Herzfelder, Secretary of Environmental Affairs of the Commonwealth of
Massachusetts. "This project is a great example of how non-governmental organizations can play an
important role in preserving Massachusetts landscapes for the benefit of the public and the
environment."

While the majority of donations came from New England mountain bikers, individuals from all around
the country contributed: Arizona, California, Colorado, Washington DC, Indiana, Maryland, Minnesota,
North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, and
Wyoming. The International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA) challenged mountain bikers from around
the country to support the cause by issuing a match for all individual donors outside of New
England. IMBA’s Executive Director, Tim Blumenthal, said, "By raising a quarter million dollars to
buy and preserve an important piece of land for our sport, NEMBA has again raised the bar for other
mountain bike advocacy groups."

The cycling industry also played a significant role. Local bicycle dealers --such as Wheelworks,
Landry's, Cycle Loft, Bicycle Alley and Gear Works-- not only donated to the cause, but also worked
with their suppliers and manufacturers to generate total donations of over $50,000.

Clint Paige, president of Wheelworks, worked closely with the group to garner industry support. "I
am very grateful to the key dealers in eastern Massachusetts and numerous regional and national
suppliers that have helped us reach our $50K industry goal for this project," says Paige, "but none
of this could have happened without the incredible commitment of NEMBA and its tireless leadership."

NEMBA met its goal two months ahead of schedule; last year the organization purchased an option on
the land for $15,000, an option that gave the organization until the end of this year to raise the
money. Now that the deed is transferred, NEMBA plans to place a conservation restriction on the land
to protect it from development and will implement its trail management plan to allow all
non-motorized users free access to this popular area. NEMBA hopes that the site will become a model
for the an environmentally sound trail system, a laboratory for trail building techniques, and an
inspiration to other non-profit groups to preserve open space for conservation and recreation and to
build their own trail systems. NEMBA will install a bronze plaque on the property to acknowledge the
support of major individual and industry supporters, to be unveiled next spring.

The New England Mountain Bike Association is the largest regional non-profit advocacy organization
in the US, with over 4300 members and 17 chapters throughout the New England states. For more
information, visit www.nemba.org.

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Stephen Baker

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MPDBlue says:

<snip good stuff re. Vietnam>

Izzat ANOTHER new addie for you, John? How are we supposed to keep up?

Steve ;-)
 
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Andrew Thorne

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>PRESS RELEASE

<snip>

That's some of the best news I've read in a long time. Great great stuff. And congrats to all who
worked to make it happen.

-Andrew
 
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Mpd Blue

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Stephen Baker wrote:
> MPDBlue says:
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> <snip good stuff re. Vietnam>
>
> Izzat ANOTHER new addie for you, John?

Aye.

> How are we supposed to keep up?

actually I'm consolodating, to make the transition to "damned yankee" easier. the townhouse is going
up for sale, and the family unit is moving down at the end of the schol-year

> Steve ;-)

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Mpd Blue

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Andrew Thorne wrote:
>>actually I'm consolodating, to make the transition to "damned yankee" easier. the townhouse is
>>going up for sale, and the family unit is moving down at the end of the schol-year
>>
>
>
> So is it the weather, the cost of living,

both of those were contributing factors, for sure

>or the barbecue

That, and the selection of what they call "big beers" down here. I can get Sierra Nevada's Big Foot
Ale for $9.00 a six pack!!!! I can't even FIND it or Duval, in NH.

>that convinced you to stay?

actually it was this thing called "steady employment"

> And remember, if you really want to stop someone dead in their tracks down here, just tell them
> you think Hillary Clinton should be President.

I thought it was Monica Lewinsky for Prez.....

>Either that or say something favorable about gun control. Gets 'em every time.

I was thinking of puttin a bumper sticker on that say's: "I support the Brady Bill" It ought to look
swell next toteh 102" steel whip CB antenna on the Volvo wagon ;-) Where can I get a horn for my car
that plays Dixie? (you kjnow like form the Dukes of Hazard ;-)

> And give me a shout if you're heading towards Oak MT. I have one of those damned knee-busting
> Redlines of my own now so I don't have to steal yours.

Whatchya doing next Tuesday?

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MPD Blue spray painted on a boxcar:
> Stephen Baker wrote:
>> MPDBlue says:
>>
>> <snip good stuff re. Vietnam>
>>
>> Izzat ANOTHER new addie for you, John?
>
> Aye.
>
>
>> How are we supposed to keep up?
>
> actually I'm consolodating, to make the transition to "damned yankee" easier. the townhouse is
> going up for sale, and the family unit is moving down at the end of the schol-year
>
>> Steve ;-)
>

I was wondering how long that 18 hour commute would last.

Penny S
 
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Pete

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"MPD Blue" <[email protected]> wrote

> Where can I get a horn for my car that plays Dixie? (you kjnow like form the Dukes of Hazard ;-)

Any truckstop..:)

Pete
 
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Mpd Blue

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Andrew Thorne wrote:

>>>So is it the weather, the cost of living,
>>both of those were contributing factors, for sure
> The fall is mighty nice down here, eh? This past weekend was the first time I've worn long pants
> on a Saturday since some time in April.

off duty, I'm still in shorts and tee shirts hitting the 80's every day Wifey say's they are
forecasting snow tonight back home ;-)

> I've been drinking far too much Yeung Ling (sp?) lately. I know it's from PA, but I could never
> get it in New England, and here it's only $5/6 in the supermarket.

their black and tan is tolerable/

>>Whatchya doing next Tuesday?
> Got any weekend trips coming up?

actually YES.. as of today, I just got switched to Mon. - Fri. "till further notice". Seems My Lt.
mentioned to an Inspector that I "knew something about computers." so I got called down to the C.J.
Building downtown to "help them figure a software problem out", next think you know, I'm converting
a 800 page word doccument (flat file) filled with names and offenses, into a relational database.

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On 21 Oct 2003 21:10:06 GMT, [email protected] (Andrew Thorne) wrote:

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>>PRESS RELEASE
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>That's some of the best news I've read in a long time. Great great stuff. And congrats to all who
>worked to make it happen.
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> -Andrew

For those of you who have never ridden the Nam It is awesome !

and Now it will be open to Mt Bikes Forever!!!
 
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