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IMBA Southwest January News

Mountain bike advocacy in the southwest is off to a busy start for 2014. Here’s a summary of what’s going on around the region.

Instructor Certification Program (ICP) Coming to Arizona

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California State Parks Update

And what this means for mountian bikers.

This information comes to us from tom [dot] ward [at] imba [dot] com (Tom Ward,) IMBA Central California Region Director

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IMBA Southwest December News

IMBA Trail Building Fund Being Put to Good Use in the Southwest

I have been putting some IMBA Trail Building Fund dollars to work this fall on a couple of projects in the southwest. One was in Caliente, NV, in early December when we had Joey Klein, Trail Specialist from the IMBA Trail Solutions team spend a week there. Initially Joey met with BLM staff, State Parks staff, City and County officials, and discussed the project and then spent a week in the field, reviewing the terrain.

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Advanced Rock Armoring School in Sedona

Photo credit: Lars Romig & Joey Klein

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Master Trail Plan Taking Shape in Caliente, NV

An 18-month long advocacy process in Caliente, NV, is beginning to bear tangible fruit. Earlier this month, Joey Klein, a trail specialist with IMBA Trail Solutions, spent a week in the area reviewing the terrain, meeting with stakeholders and beginning to develop a conceptual plan for a trail network around town. His visit follows more than a year of regular presentations on the community health and economic benefits of mountain bike trails, and sustainable trail building practices.

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November Southwest Region News

Idyllwild, CA – Some May Valley trails reopened

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IMBA Attends National Scenic and Historic Trails Conference

This blog comes to us from Jeremy Fancher, IMBA Interim Government Affairs Director.

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May Valley, California, Trail Plan Update

Over the past 18 months, IMBA has been working in Idyllwild, Calif., with the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and IMBA's chapter there, Idyllwild Cycling, regarding May Valley, a popular recreation area accessible through the Hurkey Creek Campground. Funding was secured last year for the NEPA (environmental assessment) process via Riverside County and, as a result, we had an IMBA Mapping Specialist visit Idyllwild in December 2012 to work on mapping the inventory of the existing trails.

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Southwest Bike Park Summit a Success!

Mountain bike advocates from all around the southwest gathered last weekend in Tucson, Ariz., for a one-day educational session on developing bike parks. The event was led by Rich Edwards from IMBA's Trail Solutions program and funded through the IMBA Trail Building Fund.

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