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Australian Flow Trail Tuned and Advocates Trained

Trail Solutions recently traveled to Australia to demonstrate the latest trail building techniques and methods.

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Croy Creek Trail System Reconstruction Commences

Trail Solutions recently initiated the long-awaited trail reconstruction project at Croy Creek Trail System located just west of Hailey, Idaho. The trail system suffered damage during and especially after the 2013 Beaver Creek that burned over 100,000 acres. Heavy rains immediately after the fire caused widespread landslides and generally recontoured much of the terrain containing the Croy Creek Trail System.

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Top of Michigan Mountain Bike Association Receives Trail Building Fund Assistance

Just barely beating winter's arrival, IMBA Trail Solutions staff recently visited Boyne City, Mich., to assist the Top of Michigan Mountain Bike Association (TOMMBA), an IMBA chapter, in assessing a municipal park's potential for additional trail development.

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Central Illinois Trails Association Receives Technical Assistance

The Central Illinois Trails Association (CILTA) recently received technical assistance courtesy of IMBA's Trail Building Fund. IMBA Great Lakes Region Director Andy Williamson engaged IMBA Trail Solutions to assist CILTA with refining their vision for the enhancement of community-wide mountain bicycling opportunities.

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Motor City Mountain Bike Association Receives Technical Assistance

Trail Solutions Project Manager Alex Harrington recently visited Wayne County, MI to review advocacy efforts led by the Motor City Mountain Bike Association. MCMBA leadership is currently planning a fifteen mile long natural surface trail that connect greenspace from Newburgh Lake to the city of Dearborn Heights. This proposed trail would parallel the scenic Hines Drive and connect numerous greenspaces to create a natural surface connection between the varied recreational offerings of the Wayne County Parks Department.

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Trail Development Continues at Alsea Falls Recreation Site

Earlier this autumn Trail Solutions' Project Manager Alex Harrington completed an extension of the popular Springboard trail at Alsea Falls Recreation Site, a Bureau of Land Management property located in between Corvallis and Eugene, Oregon. This latest trail adds to a bike-optimized system that began with Springboard's construction last autumn and was initially extended by Trail Specialist Jason Wells' efforts from earlier this year.

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Powder Mountain Trail Construction Continues

A team of professional trail builders continues developing natural surface trails at Utah’s Powder Mountain Resort. IMBA Trail Solutions has created a master plan that will guide trail development at the resort and engaged Trail Dynamics to assist with the construction. Miles of high alpine trail are now completed and the reaction has been very positive. Once completed, beautiful views and thin air will define this trail experience.

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Cottage Grove Bike Park Benefits from Bell Built Grant

After several tireless months of work the Cottage Grove Bike Park, located in Cottage Grove, Minnesota, is about to unveil a new dirt jump area that will complement their existing 4X course and pump tracks that IMBA Trail Solutions constructed last year. Funding for the dirt jump area came from the 2014 Bell Built Grant that was awarded to the Minnesota Off-Road Cyclists (MORC) earlier this year. After reviewing the site and creating the design Trail Solutions engaged FlowRide Concepts to perform the installation.

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New Trail Under Construction at Powder Mountain

Trail Solutions is designing and constructing miles of new trails at Utah's Powder Mountain Resort. Trail Specialist Joey Klein developed a natural surface trail master plan to augment new development on the mountain. Summit, Powder Mountain's owners, are developing a new mountain community and elected to include a natural surface trails as an integral component of their new community.

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Trail Solutions Assists with Design

Trail Solutions’ Project Manager Alex Harrington recently assisted with the design of a short segment of the General Dacey Trail located in Shelbyville, IL. The General Dacey Trail Committee and the US Army Corps of Engineers along with many other stakeholders are installing a 7-mile mountain bicycling trail with the assistance of the Student Conservation Association.  The Committee contracted with Trail Solutions to provide technical design assistance for a short segment that will connect the existing General Dacey Trail with the new mountain bicycling trail now under construction.

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