Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Trail Work Day this Sunday

Hello All, Despite the crappy weather, the Time Trials must go on and go on they will. We only have 10 days to get the trails ready to go and it looks like more rain for the next couple. We need to have a work day so we can finish the new beginner section of the River Trail for the kids race. We also need to get the rest of the trails groomed and ready to go for race day.

 What: Work on stuff

 When: Sunday the 21st, 10 a.m.

 Where: River Trail (west end, Dunning's side, or closest to TG, depending on your compass)

Who: Everyone

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Garlic Mustard Days of Destruction!

Dear Friends of the environment,

A reminder about our big garlic mustard events.  Mary Lewis just came back from flagging spots in Palisades we need to look at, with good news.  There is less than she expected, due to efforts from volunteers like you in previous years.  So we are definitely making progress!  The ground is thawed, it looks like we'll have good weather, in the 40's, and only a small chance of rain. 

(Special note to the group of Unitarians who have adopted Twin Springs: You will be getting another message about how the GM has not progressed so rapidly at Twin Springs, so the digging and pulling has been postponed until April 21.)

Here's the Info: 

Spring  is taking it’s time but the garlic mustard isn’t.  Here’s a reminder of our plans for destruction, hope you can join in.

Garlic mustard Days of Destruction!

Here are the gatherings that the new organization, Friends of Decorah Parks is planning.

Palisades park:  go on the gravel road past the entrance to the end of the road.
When: Sat. April 13  9:00-noon,  April 20  9:00-noon
Plan to arrive not later than 10, as we may be moving to other locations.
Bring gloves.  We’ll have hand diggers and hoes, but we could use more hoes.

If you’ve come in the past, we need your experience.  If not, we need your help. 
We need a lot of eyes out there.  

FoDP will plan events in other parks.  We also encourage you to think about adopting a plot.  

This is a great way to learn about this invasive, how to stop it, and have the immediate satisfaction of helping to save our parks.  

Send us a message if you’d like to be involved, or just show up.   Also if you know which day you can come, that would be nice to know.
If you have questions, contact Ellen Macdonald  419-0339

Thanks for your support!

Decorah Time Trials!

Registration and other information Here! Please Note: The Decorah Time Trials will be held on SATURDAY, April 27, 2013... Not on Sunday as in years past.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

April 2013 Meeting Minutes

Decorah Human Powered Trails
Cooper’s Pub/The Oaks
Monday, April 1, 2013

7:00 p.m. Call to Order by VP Lee Hackman

Roll Call: Kirk Johnson, Lee Hackman, Eric Sovern, Jeff O’Gara, Lars Hovden, Doug Osborn, Richard Gosen

Treasurer’s Report
$3,006.82 in Judy’s Park and Rec DHPT Account (no change from last month)
$881.03 in the checkbook.

Minutes from the Last Meeting

Reports of Officers, and Committees
Unfinished Business
1.     Iowa Bike Coalition Meeting (Nothing new)
2.     Trail Clarity and Signage  (continued discussion)
General consensus reached to NOT place more maps in key areas on the trails. Remove map holders at trail kiosks and put the map website URLs there prominently. The main rationale for not putting up more maps is “Where does it end?” We have marked all the major intersections and put up four large kiosks, and maps are available on smartphone apps and on the internet.  It was suggested that we mark a couple of routes (one long and one short) with colored dots on the trail markers.
4.     Updated e-mail list.
Lars is working on this.
5.    Fundraising/Sponsorships for 2013
Fundraising letters are out to past sponsors.  Follow-up will commence shortly.

New Business
1.    Trail work for 2013
There are several trees down on the new “Beginner Trail” on the River Trail.  Trails will need raking before the Time Trials in a few weeks.  We will schedule a trail workday at the appropriate time when the trails are dry enough. Members are asked to watch for the e-mail when it is finally dry enough to get out for a big day. There was some discussion on the Right of Way construction/damage on The Luge.  We will need to wait to see what REC has in mind to possibly restore the landscape when they are done with their line work.
2.    Time Trials (update)
3.    Chainsaw Safety Equipment. Voted unanimously to purchase two sets of safety wear to go along with the clubs two chainsaws.  Two uni-fit helmets with ear/noise protection and screen faceguards; two sets of safety chaps (one Size L, and the other size M), and two pairs of safety (anti-vibration) gloves (one pair Med. One pair Large) have been ordered along with various other supplies for the saws and the weed whippers. Everything should be in early next week.
4.    Other Items: Andy Nimrod / Park and Rec. inquired about our interest to lead some kids’ recreational mountain biking classes for 5 weeks this summer.  All agreed that we would like to help and that a mid-morning time during the week one day per week for 5 weeks (one hour or so per session) would probably work for those members who can get away from their work for a short time on weekdays.


*1st Monday of each month is DHPT Meeting Night.
*2nd Tuesday of each month is TT or Enduro. (as long as the weather permits!)
*4th Wednesday of each month is TT or Enduro. (as long as the weather permits!)

Upcoming races/events:

Saturday, April 27, 2013 --- Decorah Time Trials
Start Race at 2:00 p.m. Done by 6:00 p.m.  Sunday will be a fun club ride day for anyone staying over after Saturday’s race.
Friday, June 21-Sunday, June 23, 2013 --- Dirt Burger