Advocacy in North Houston

GHORBA has some exciting news for trails in Sam Houston National Forest and Huntsville State Park.

GHORBA has been working with Sam Houston National Forest, National Forests and Grasslands Texas, and US Forest Service Region 8 to lower barriers to volunteering and better serve the needs of mountain bikers. This includes developing a GHORBA group volunteer service agreement modeled after the IMBA-SORBA Memorandum of Understanding for all Region 8 National Forests. A GHORBA volunteer also attended the SORBA Southern Mountain Bike Summit in May to meet with Region 8 representatives.

In Huntsville State Park, GHORBA volunteers met with the park superintendent and employees of the Texas Parks and Wildlife recreation and trails team in Austin, who oversee all state parks, for a site assessment of Huntsville State Park. This included reviewing areas damaged in Hurricane Harvey and requiring structures, materials, and machine intervention, what work volunteers can and can’t do, biological and cultural resource constraints, and procedures and timelines. Plans are being made to improve the park and make trails more sustainable.

Stay tuned for work parties planned soon in Sam Houston National Forest – Double Lake and the C57/NWCC/Hunstville Trail – as well as the state park trails!