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Mount Holly Update
Our first meeting with town officials from Mt. Holly on Monday, Sept. 27th went very well. The Trailblazers met with the mayor and city manager of Mt. Holly and city attorneys from Gastonia to discuss the possibility of building mountain bike trails on the 500 acre property located on the southwest shore of Mountain Island Lake. The property is currently owned by the City of Gastonia and is managed by the NC Forest Service. It is a buffer for the watershed that feeds the freshwater intakes for Charlotte, Mt. Holly and Gastonia.

The next step is a meeting on the site with a member of the NC Forest Service and the superintendent of Lake Norman State Park along with the city and town representatives. The LNSP superintendent will share their experience with mountain biking in the park and the relationship they have formed with our volunteers. A representative from the Clean Water Management Trust Fund who is involved with the conservation easement on the property will not be able to attend the meeting, but has answered some of our initial questions with generally positive answers. Of greatest concern are the issues of water quality conservation, security of the area and trail maintenance. The Trailblazers are addressing the concerns about creek crossings by proposing bridges over all streams to minimize sedimentation into the lake, and we are forming a trail maintenance proposal to address concerns about trail erosion. The town of Mt. Holly will present a proposal for security of the area.

We hope that things will stay on their current positive track and we will update you on the results of our next meeting.

Frank Pietras
Tarheel Trailblazers

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