Hiking: hiking conditions are good. We started summer trail mowing in late June, and 99% of the trails have been mowed at least once. Grasses are short where mowed, often waist high (or higher) if not mowed.
Biking: the West Side trails offer the best biking, that area tends to be the driest (but BE SURE TO READ 'Important Updates' below). The East Side trails are surprisingly dry this summer, and more 'bike-able' than usual. On the East Side, after rainy weather avoid the trails far to the east, they usually are damp and soft.
Bugs: mosquitoes currently are a bit bothersome.
A 50-100 meter segment of West Side trail adjacent to a beaver dam is soggy between intersections H-I; you can walk your bike through this spot - but anticipate wet shoes.
Due to recent logging, on the East Side, avoid Rut Road between intersections 20-21-22. Click here for details
Due to active logging, on the West Side, avoid the loop between intersections D-E-D, and watch for logging traffic from A-B-C-D.
April 24, 2021: snow showers
Summertime mowing began in late June on the East Side trails. East Side mowing was completed on July 25th. The West Side was mowed in the last half of July. Click here for a map showing East Side mowing details.
Meeting called to order
by Dave Olsen, president, at 7 p.m. at the Warming Hut
Officers: Carolyn Chatterton, Frank Lowry, Dave Olsen, Jan Paulsen.
Members: Steve Brockman, Howard Chatterton, Wendy Zabst.
Motion by Olsen, second by Chatterton, to dispense with reading of the prior minutes. Unanimously carried.
Presented by Carolyn Chatterton. Discussion held. Steve Brockman questioned if there might be a way to pay a one-time license fee for grooming equipment. Dave Olsen will check into this. Motion by Frank Lowry, seconded by Steve Brockman, to approve the Treasurer's report as presented. Unanimously carried.
501C3 status discussed. Howard Chatterton suggested hiring someone to get this done. Frank Lowry said he would meet with Chris Buslee and get it taken care of.
Blue Hills Ascent race report was supplied by Tom Paulsen in a written form, and this was reviewed. Discussion held about pre-registration and wave seeding. Olsen suggested that teams be required to pre-register. Olsen suggested that there be two registrations – team and individual. Chip timing was suggested.
Other fundraising ideas: Olsen said that food stands at summer events are more work than the RCTA banquet.
Banquet: Howard Chatterton suggested a fish bowl 50/50 raffle for the banquet and silent auctions would work well for the banquet. Steve Brockman will check into the possibility of renting the VFW hall in Weyerhaeuser for the banquet.
Mowing and Trail Maintenance: Steve Brockman suggested that we look into buying or renting equipment to mow. Acre Ease is a $2,000 22-hp mower that hooks on a 4-wheeler and has four blades. Olsen asked Brockman to check into rental of mowing equipment. Lowry will head up bridge repair.
Insurance: Coverage for equipment and liability totals approximately $800.
Warming house: No need to seal at this time. Olsen will take care of soffit repair, and also will look into fixing the furnace.
Work Day: September 27.
Membership Dues: To remain at $40 for family and $20 for individuals.
Grooming equipment: Discussion was held regarding purchase of a Ginzu Groomer. Brockman moved, Lowry seconded, that the club buy a Ginzu Groomer. Motion passed unanimously.
To be carried over with additions as highlighted in bold
Election of Officers
Zabst nominated Dave Olsen for president, Chris Buslee for vice president, Jan Paulsen for secretary, and Carolyn Chatterton for treasurer. Seconded by Steve Brockman. Unanimously carried.
Motion to adjourn by Howard Chatterton, second by Brockman. Unanimously carried. Adjourned at 8:25 p.m.
Taken by Jan Paulsen, Secretary
A Listing of Active Committees