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Happy New Year & Farewell, but not Goodbye!

By January 1, 2023General

Thank you for the years of support! I, Rob Maple, wanted to personally say Happy New Year to each and every one of you and thank you for your continued support while also saying farewell.

2022 was another amazing year for our amazing local trails. In summary, we have upwards of 30 miles of natural surface trail, we have invested another 2,750 hours of sweat equity into them this year (10,850 hours in total), we have close to 10,000 social media platform supporters, we have 800+ people dialed in through email, and we have 1000s of trail lovers and users visiting our region just to hit our trails. In simple statistics, things are trending in the right direction and further highlights our desire for ecotourism through the use of our trails. We really couldn’t have reached these goals without you. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Although very challenging to say and with great sadness, after almost 6 years of leading the charge of FredTrails (plus another 5 years leading FAMBE), I have decided to pass on the torch of leading the day-to-day operational aspects of this great organization. I would like to say farewell, but not goodbye to everyone connected to our amazing local trails

With the support of my family, so many old and new friends, current and past FredTrails Board members, businesses, and all of the trail stakeholders, I say thank you for believing in me (and everyone who has sacrificed their time and money towards the mission of FredTrails). We have gained so much for our community and the path has been built to accommodate years of future fun and relaxation for generations to come.

I will forever be grateful to the people I have had the opportunity to meet and work with along the way in seeing this vision to reality. Thank you to all my trail friends! Special thanks to my amazing wife, Laura, and sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Lynn and Ben, for being by my side from day 1.

If you are wondering with my recent posts about big projects (Mine Run bridge, new trail(s), connectivity, etc.); yes, I will still be in the mix of things as it relates to some heavy lift items and helping to continue to support the mission of enhancing and expanding our local trails…and yes, I will still be an avid and daily user of the trails! Lastly, know that the future of the trails is bright with several fully approved and fully funded trail building projects. Thanks again and hope to see you all out on the trails in 2023! Stay tuned for the announcement of the new FredTrails Board of Directors.

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