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Join the McDowell Sonoran Bike Patrol


Last year I made a commitment to join the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy as a Bike Patrol Steward. I use the McDowell Mountains to hike and bike and have reaped tremendous pleasure from doing so. They also reside in my backyard and I am in awe of their beauty and am thankful to have such a beautiful venue so accessible. I wanted to “give back” to help develop and preserve the trails for future riders.

When I inquired about being a steward, my primary interest was with the Bike Patrol which involves riding the trails to monitor for maintenance and if necessary, assist riders. The trails are located as far south as Lost Dog Trailhead (Via Linda) to Brown’s Ranch Trailhead (Dynamite and Alma School). There are approximately 140+ miles of trails to monitor and sometime this year, the City of Scottsdale is hoping to acquire another large parcel. The need for volunteer patrollers is huge!

The Conservancy, being in partnership with the City of Scottsdale, is required to have all these areas patrolled on a regular basis. There are very few paid employees of the City of Scottsdale working with the Conservancy, so volunteers are critical to help maintain the preserve.

I am inviting you to join me as a volunteer steward. The commitment is minimal:

1) Attend a Steward Orientation class
2) $50 registration fee (one-time) that pays for a volunteer shirt, badge and other supplies
3) Flexibility and “no-pressure” commitment to volunteer hours
4) You can do your bike ride and patrol and have a blast doing it!

Several SMB members are stewards and I hope to be able to help grow the patrol program. This is a really easy commitment with huge rewards. So, think about it and join us!

There is an orientation class coming up very soon:

September 18 (Tuesday) 6:00 p.m.
Gateway Trailhead (Thompson Peak/North of Bell Road)

You can register by contacting the conservancy at[masked] ext 104. PLEASE DO NOT RSVP ON THIS SITE.

If you are unable to attend this session, you may still participate until you can attend the next session in November. Please contact me if this schedule is more accommodating.

If you need to talk with me to learn more, please contact me at 480.760.5945. Hope to be able to serve with you in the future!

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  • Rodney

    Hi Carole,

    I am curious to know if the fifty dollar registration fee is due at the time of the Steward Orientation class held on the 18th?

    By the way, exactly what color is that volunteer shirt? Does it have the following BIG letters across the chest and shoulders, VOLUNTEER STEWARD?

    Is the badge metal, tin or plastic?

    What do you mean by "log your hours" while out on a bike ride/ patrol?

    OH, and one other thing ~ thank you very much for your volunteer Stewardship and alerting people like me to get involved. I am very interested and plan to be there on the eight teenth! ;-)


    September 6, 2012

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