A message from your Pacific Regional Director Anna Laxague
Dear Mountain Biker,
So much of what IMBA accomplished this year in the Pacific region serves as an example for projects everywhere — like California’s Lake Tahoe Trails Conference which addressed the problem of unauthorized trail building in state forests.
Tahoe shows that great, tangible things can happen when downhill riders and land management agencies find common ground. Plans are in place now for gravity-oriented trails that will be built with assistance from IMBA-affiliated clubs.
This outcome was fueled by IMBA’s Annual Fund, and there are so many other good things happening at IMBA’s local club level.
Further south, the Concerned Off Road Bicyclists Association is doing great work to help the Angeles National Forest improve freeride access and management.
New and re-organized organizations are popping up all over the West Coast using IMBA's guidelines for creating sustainable clubs.
A Northwest Regional Leadership Council was established, too. We're creating positive relationships with conservation organizations to maintain access through Wilderness negotiations and build new trails with a focus on land protection and conservation
Destination-worthy trails were added in our region, like the Sandy Ridge Trail System near Portland, California’s King Range Trails. A new system, the Cascade Locks system has been designed and will add 20 miles of mountain biking to Oregon's Portland metro area.
We want to build and protect more, but we need your help.
Please donate now. $35-plus donations earn a full-color calendar — a $14.95 value — while supplies last. Plus all donors receive 20 percent off at imba.com/catalog for the Holiday Season... and members save an additional 10 percent!
I'm also working closely with many clubs, land managers, industry leaders and advocates in our area to find solutions that will protect and preserve shared-use trails.
Please support the Annual Fund— it’s tax deductible.
You are not being asked to do it alone. Your dollars will be leveraged with contributions from fellow riders around the country, as well as support from the bike industry and numerous grants from federal and state agencies.
Our goals for 2011 are simple yet challenging:
Unite the mountain bike movement by strengthening our grassroots network of chapters, affiliated clubs and their members. IMBA includes almost 700 affiliated clubs and plans to have at least 50 chapters by the end of 2011.
Provide truly world-class riding experiences and model trail systems nationwide, particularly “Gateway” trails in towns and cities.
Protect natural lands and open space by bolstering volunteerism and sustainable trail design.
Expand on 2010’s successes with programs like America's Great Outdoors, Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day and Team IMBA to get more riders on bikes at every level.
Best wishes for 2011, and thanks in advance for your year-end gift!
Pacific Regional Director
P.S. Again, IMBA has very limited calendar supplies. Contributors of $35 or more receive a full-color 2011 calendar, but only while supplies last. Don’t miss out — 2010's calendar was great but these new images are even better.