Hello, fellow MORC-ers!
Welcome to our newly revised, quarterly newsletter. We’ve changed the format to be more engaging and transparent with you, our community. In the newsletters, you can look forward to Trail Focus articles, biographies about the MORC Directors, calendar events, trail projects, and
Download it today! MORC Newsletter Apr 2019
2018 Q3 Accomplishments Report
The MORC organization is comprised of a large network of volunteers (roughly 100 regular/recurrent individuals). Besides providing great trails and awesome experiences, the organization focuses on several initiatives in support of our mission. In order to better communicate the work we do, the following report is produced and published each quarter.
- Hosted REI National Trails Day
- Attended City of Minnetonka Open House
- $125,000 Recreational Trails Program grant accepted for Carver Lake Park
- …click here to read more
Monti the Moose!
Did you hear about “Monti” the moose? A young bull moose recently made headlines here in central Minnesota after he was spotted visiting several area parks in and around Monticello- including the mountain bike trails at Bertram Chain of Lakes! Our guess is he heard of the 4-miles of new trail and recently installed features, and just needed to see it for himself
Though it’s quite likely he’s now left the area, there’s a Facebook group dedicated to tracking his movements.
Battle Creek Awesomeness
|The Battle Creek crew have aggressively ramped up efforts to build, improve, and maintain trails! There are still 3 trailwork sessions scheduled yet this Fall, check out the Facebook page to learn more about supporting our efforts in St Paul, and to see images of all the awesome work our volunteers are doing out there. Trail Steward, Scott Thayer, has also established an email distribution list, email to join.
Click here for a .pdf download of the approved May meeting minutes
Winter is (Finally) Here-
And what an incredible year it’s been!
- Over 1,000 Members! We exited the now discontinued IMBA Chapter Program, allowing us to keep 100% of member dues local, and facilitating membership growth.
- Over 5,000 Volunteer hours! We saw outstanding work accomplished by our network of 100+ volunteers; over 10% of our membership are active volunteers.
- Over $700,000 has been contributed to MORC trails since 2016.
Looking to the future, many opportunities exist for MORC to expand our reach and provide greater trail access to underserved communities throughout the metro. In the past year alone, MORC has been involved with supporting the establishment of, or improvement to, 9 new trail systems not currently within the MORC ‘Family of Trails’.
Unlike a traditional business however, we do not sell our services in order to fuel our growth. We instead rely on the financial support of our community in order to both maintain what we already have, and to meet current demands for expansion. If you ride the trails, and you’d like to see more riding opportunities developed throughout the Twin Cities metro, we need your support!
We are truly fortunate to have such incredible access to trails, and it is thanks to our community of supporting members, contributing partners, and dedicated volunteers. Without you, this simply would not be possible.
Wishing you a happy new year, with gratitude,
MORC Executive Director