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Mike Van Abel


Since 2004, Mike has steered the IMBA juggernaut as its President and USA Executive Director. He does so under the auspices and leadership of IMBA's volunteer board of directors. "It's a dream job and a privilege to combine one's personal passion with that of your vocational goals.", says Mike. His professional career spans over 30 years of not-for-profit work. "It's the dedication and generosity of volunteers and contributors that daily inspire me. And that makes the tough times and days when I wonder, 'Am I making a difference?', all come into perspective." "I am most fortunate to be part of a community that is making the world a better place."

A timely message to IMBA members and supporters: Wilderness policy agenda

Posted: December 11 - 2015

Since IMBA’s inception, the question of bikes and Congressionally designated wilderness (“Wilderness”) compatibility has been examined, discussed, and acted upon (e.g., IMBA Land Protection Toolkit... Read More

IMBA and the Sustainable Trails Coalition

Posted: August 24 - 2015

Photo by Leslie Kehmeier. In the aftermath of the stinging loss of access that mountain bikers recently suffered in Idaho’s Boulder-White Clouds, there has been a flurry of media coverage related to... Read More

A Celebration of Conservation - reinventing the BLM

Posted: June 24 - 2015

Pictured above, L to R: IMBA Executive Director Mike Van Abel, U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, and IMBA NorCal Region Director Laurel Harkness As the calendar clicked over to the new millennium... Read More

Be a Link in the Chain

Posted: October 20 - 2014

Should the bicycle and outdoor industries do more for IMBA? It’s a question that gets raised regularly, including at this year’s Interbike trade show gathering. As IMBA’s president and executive... Read More

A Call to Action for National Public Lands Day

Posted: September 26 - 2014

Note: Check out a cool video for an example of IMBA and its local affiliates' commitment to stewardship of public lands on National Public Lands Day. America enjoys copious natural resources,... Read More

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