SDMBA Makes a Donation to Earth Discovery Institute
Board member Rich Julian; with members Gardner Grady, Everett Neuman and Kevin Mortensen; presented a check for $1,000 to Earth Discovery Institute to help fund the education program that is conducted at Crestridge Ecological Reserve.
This donation was ecstatically accepted by the EDI board and greatly appreciated. As Cathy Chadwick (President of EDI) pointed out, the EDI board spent hundreds of hours planning the yearly fundraiser that only took in $2k. In that perspective, SDMBA's donation of $1k is a major contribution. One thousand dollars will provide the education for one entire class (30 students) for this year at Crestridge.
As a celebratory "thank you," Cathy got together with Seki Cycles in Santee (sponsor of Crestridge Ecological Reserve) and made some custom cupcakes. They included honey stinger wafers, Seki Cycles chain logo, and a picture of Rich . . . I mean Lance Armstrong on them (I’m sure he approved).
Why would SDMBA donate this money to EDI?
Earth Discovery Institute not only runs an education program at Crestridge Ecological Reserve – where last year a group of 5th graders built ½ mile of new trail – but it is also the public outreach / volunteer portion of Crestridge.
Due to federal spending cuts the EDI education program grant has been pulled a year early; This leaves the EDI in a precarious position to keep funding the 3,300+ students that come to Crestridge to learn about nature & build sustainable trails. As a partner of EDI, SDMBA wanted to help out in any way that we could. Keeping children connected with nature is a priority.
Where did this money come from?
SDMBA was recently paid to performed work in the South Crest area. This included creating a go-around trail for multi use trail users at the south crest entrance; It also includes grading work on the emergency escape route fire road for Crest residents to use in case of another fire.
Carlos Orosco, Jeremy Rose, Gardner Grady, John Holloway and Kevin Mortensen earned SDMBA $2,000 for their hard work over several weekends.
It was decided with unanimous support from the board and those that volunteered their time on these 2 projects, that SDMBA would re-invest that money back into Crestridge.
With this $1,000 donation, $1,000 remains – How is SDMBA going to re-invest the rest into Crestridge?
The board unanimously approved allocating the funds as follows:
$750.00 for trail signage.
If you have ridden at Crestridge without a guide you’ve probably gotten lost or, at least, missed some of the better trails. SDMBA will provide funds for trail signs that will show the trail name and our SDMBA logo. This will be a permanent reminder for all user groups that it is SDMBA that volunteers its time to create great sustainable trails at CER.
$250 for trail building materials / supplies.
Sometimes we’d like to see a feature or remedy to a trail problem that will cost money – money that land managers don’t always have at their disposal. So as we work our way across Crestridge Ecological Reserve rehabilitating and replacing old eroded trails, we’ll have a few dollars to spend as we see fit for bridges, drainage, and special tools – whatever we need to provide a top quality trail.
If you would like to come out to Crestridge and volunteer your time to help us build great trails, please email Kevin – Our next trail work day will be February 18th; This will be a lighter work day than the last couple and will be a great way to get introduced to Crestridge Ecological Reserve.