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The Power of Design

            Ideally, digging in the dirt should be the easy part.  But before any Pulaski’s or chainsaws are busted out, a lot of work needs to take place to make the digging worth the sweat, blisters and sore backs.  For starters, when working on public land, there is an approval process that must take place with the land management agency, sometimes there’s a NEPA or Environmental Assessment.  Once the project has been Okayed, the design and on-the-ground work can begin.

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Check Out the New Trails near Coon Rapids, IA

The art of land management boils down to balance.  Offering recreational opportunities is only one piece of the puzzle, if even at all.  At the Whiterock Conservancy in Coon Rapids, Iowa, sustainable farming techniques are continually being developed while growing othe pportunity to fish, hike, bike, and camp.  Usually providing connectivity through a trail system and to town is an after thought, but Whiterock Conservancy developed a multi-use path connecting the vast 5,500 acres of land generously donated by the Garst Family to the town of Coon Rapids first.   The

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Kansas is not all Flat

Main image: IMBA South Central Region Director Steve Schneider applies his leverage in Kansas. 

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Community Excitement inspires Big Dreams in Montrose

City officials are rarely the first to see the light when it comes to accessible singletrack development—often it is local advocates who are the catalyst to an organized local trail vision. But a recent visit in Montrose, Colorado, was a great example of that minority, where community planners are the ones taking strides to create a community trails master plan and vision. It was refreshing to be invited to an area where there is ample enthusiasm from local mountain bikers, but also extensive buy-in and interest from folks who see value in mountain biking and it’s communal benefits.

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Chaffee County Continues to develop Trails in both Buena Vista and Salida

Boasting expansive views lined with massive mountains, Chaffee County Colorado offers up ample access to outdoor recreation. On the southern end Salida offers the S-Mountain trail system for mountain bikers and other trail users while Buena Vista up north is home to the Midland and Whipple Trails just east of town. Both communities are creating access to world-class recreation paired with quaint, small town amenities.

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Oregon Trails Keep Growing in Salem and Corvallis

Is it the lush, magical forests? Or the endless miles of trails situated in a variety of landscapes throughout the state? Maybe the copious vineyards, breweries, and great coffee? Or is it the arms-wide-open approach in certain areas for mountain bike trail development? For us, Oregon has provided us with many great experiences from visits in Hood River and Klamath Falls last year and some extended time off in Oakridge, Bend, Portland and Ashland in 2015.

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24 Hours in Weaverville

Races are a big part of the mountain bike scene, from traditional XC to downhill and enduro events, and the still-popular endurance (100 mile, 24-hour, etc.) formats.  Race events have created destinations by showcasing the host areas. and they help small communities broaden their reach by attracting riders from all over a region and sometimes, even from across the world. It’s an exciting endeavor for a community to take on a large-scale event, especially for a smaller community.

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Boggs Demo Forest Demonstrates Balance with Recreation and Extraction

Watching as a few excited volunteers excavated soil from the pine needle blanketed hillside as we worked to construct a trail reroute, enthusiasm was high as the project vision came more into focus. The trail, one that has been on the ground for more than 25 years, has provided its share of benefits to the demonstration forest. From recreation to access for timber extraction, this area offers a symbiotic relationship for a variety of beneficial uses.

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Land Trust keeps Recreation a Priority in Nevada City

Beautiful pine forests line Highway 20 as it works its way eastward from Nevada City, a Scenic Byway running from the Sierra Foothills into the heart of the arid, rocky mountains around Lake Tahoe. Nevada City is a quaint town with an extensive mining history. Downtown, this history is evident from the narrow streets, to the historic buildings and infrastructure. Known for it’s gold mining past, Nevada City is surrounded by extensive public lands managed by an assortment of agencies.

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Relationsip Building is Key to Improving Access at San Joaquin Gorge

As we made our way up the old legacy trails at the San Joaquin Gorge, it was obvious the mountain bike community utilizes this scenic and challenging trail system. Ride-arounds circumnavigate stairs and water bars work to divert water throughout the historic roads on the BLM property. Once populated by Native Americans because of its functional topography and access to water, the area is now home to a powerhouse that was constructed back in 1896.

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