Moving Mountain Biking Forward in Caliente
New chapters are coming on board in the Southwest in summer 2016.
- In Payson, AZ, we have the Rim Country Mountain Biking Association who is poised to do great work in pine country on the Mogollon Rim in partnership with the Tonto National Forest, who are supportive of RCMBA’s efforts.
- In Salt Lake City, UT, the Salt Lake Valley Trails Society aims to work on mountain bike access issues in the Wasatch front area, including large scale land protection projects and trail development in partnership with the Wasatch-Cache National Forest.
- In Reno, NV, the group formerly known as the Poedunks are rebranding themselves as the Biggest Little Trail Stewards and aim to expand trail building work on Peavine Mountain and around the greater Reno and Sparks area, while bringing more members into the fold.
We thank these groups for joining the IMBA chapter program and look forward to working with them.
Nevada Updates: Did you see the Bike Magazine article recently about our project in Caliente, NV? The piece has received positive feedback in the mountain bike community, and we couldn’t be more stoked about that. Great things are coming to that town, thanks to city, county, state and federal partner support. Following the progress with that project we recently met with leadership of Nevada State Parks and the Nevada Department of Tourism to discuss other locations around the state where we could replicate this success. We plan to visit several sites around the state this summer to look at those options; we’ll keep you posted on that. The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew also recently held a series of workshops in Elko, NV, with the local Bureau of Land Management (BLM) office, the City Parks and Recreation Department and the Snobowl & Bike Park. We’ll post a longer blog about that event soon.
Utah Updates: We recently attended the Utah Bike Summit in Salt Lake City to network with other advocates and meet with Tom Adams, recently hired as Director of the Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation. We discussed progress on our projects in Kanab and Cedar City and the Bears Ears National Monument process, which is in the works in San Juan County. In Kanab our plans for the first phase of trail construction have been presented to the BLM office, detailing 17 miles of trail extending from Jacob Hamblin Park, close to Main Street. In Cedar City our Trail Solutions staff will soon return to finish the 5-mile Lava Flow loop and commence additional trail planning for 2016.
Arizona Updates: Coming up the weekend of April 16 and 17 in Prescott, AZ, is a rock armoring training led by IMBA Trail Solutions. It will be attended by about 25 people from IMBA chapters and clubs from throughout Arizona, U.S. Forest Service staff and project managers from two youth training programs. It looks to be a great event where attendees will learn valuable rock armoring skills to take back to their home trails. Expected a longer blog and lots of photos to be published later in April.
We’re still on track for a volunteer weekend on June 18 and 19 on the world-renowned Rainbow Rim Trail on the north rim of the Grand Canyon. We are helping the U.S. Forest Service (North Kaibab Ranger District) with what will eventually become a 14-mile loop extension to the existing 18-mile trail. We’ll post details on the IMBA Southwest Facebook page in late April, so stay tuned if you wish to participate.
New Mexico Updates: We recently attended a public meeting in Amalia, NM, to present our position on the Forest Plan Revision for the Carson National Forest. We stated a position for improved mountain bike access in order to benefit local community residents and businesses, while still providing for a high-level of resource protection. We believe that alternative designations to Wilderness such as a National Recreation Area would be prudent in this case. Do you have an opinion on this matter? If so, please speak up and let the Carson National Forest know what you think. Our local chapter, Del Norte MTB Alliance, are also actively engaged in this process.
We’ll also be out in northern New Mexico again in mid-June to meet with the BLM, Angel Fire Resort and staff from Valles Caldera National Monument, with all of these meetings focused on bringing more and better mountain bike access to you.