Seven Mountains Conservation Corp. (SMCC) was formed in 2009 as a non-profit corporation by a group of off road motorcycle riders. They were frustrated with the lack of good riding opportunities, and saw that many existing trails on state forest lands were closed.
The founders didn’t want to limit membership to motorcycle riders since other user groups were also impacted by trail closures. They decided to open membership to mountain bike riders, trail runners, horseback riders, and hikers in solidarity of all user groups that need fun, challenging trails to enjoy their respective sports.
SMCC also recognized the opportunity to create a model where user groups worked together with existing conservation organizations to make sure that trails were designed in a sustainable manner. Through this model, conflict issues with groundwater, wild life, plant life, insect life, and historical sites would be addressed to minimize the environmental impact of trail use.The organization saw event promotion as a means of revenue generation, supporting the business model, and exposing different user groups to our wondrous forests in a sustainable manner. Dual sport motorcycle (a motorcycle that can transverse both roads and trails), mountain bike, trail running, and equine events were proposed.
The business plan called for all proceeds from these events to be used for the creation of new sustainable trails. Partnerships would be created with landowners to allow use of their grounds. No officer or member of SMCC would ever receive compensation for their efforts.In keeping with this mission, SMCC has so far organized 8 dual sport motorcycle events, hosted or aided in 7 mountain bike races, and held 2 adventure trail runs. More than 3 miles of new trail have been created on each of 2 parcels of land, recently leased to SMCC. As additional events are planned, details will be provided on this website and on SMCC’s Facebook page.
Seven Mountains Conservation Corp