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February Update For IMBA Southwest Region

February Update For IMBA Southwest Region

By: Patrick Kell
Posted: February 25, 2016

Multiple Comment Periods Open—Speak out for More and Better Access

There are several comment periods currently open with the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service in the Southwest. Your comments can be as simple as you like, however adding detail and specifics about trails that matter to you may enhance your statements. Are you in favor of technical hand-built trails? Do you have comments on Wilderness proposals? Would you like to see bike-optimized trails on public lands? Please submit your comments and rally your friends, club or chapter members to do the same. IMBA is currently developing comment letters for:

Our comments in Coconino will focus on the Western Civilization and Last Frontier area, where we will be advocating for bike-optimized trails with berms, rock features and technical challenge; along with beginner-friendly trails closer to the trailhead. Comments are due Feb. 29.

In Lincoln County, our comments are focusing on supporting ‘Alternative A’ (Section 2.2 in the link above) which calls for the development of 27 miles of singletrack and two trailheads on BLM lands around the City of Caliente, NV. We’ve been working on this project for three years and see enormous potential for trail development in the area. Comments are due March 1.


Attend a Government Affairs Workshop in Santa Fe

We are holding a one-day workshop in Santa Fe, NM, on Feb. 27 to support the work of our chapters and members when responding to Wilderness and National Monument proposals and Forest Plan Revisions. We will cover some case studies on recent scenarios and discuss how to research, prepare, organize and respond to such proposals. We are limited to 45 attendees, and currently have 41 folks signed up. Register Today!

IMBA Southwest Presents to Nevada State Parks Department

We recently presented to many Nevada State Parks staff at their annual training session in Mesquite, NV, and got a great reception from park rangers and head office staff. We are planning on heading up to Carson City in early April to meet and talk in more detail as we see a lot of potential with Nevada State Parks as gateways to larger trail networks. More on the Recent Nevada Presentation.


Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew Visits the Southwest

The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew started their 2016 roadtrip in the southwest region with two great visits, one in Kanab, UT, with 55 attendees and another in Prescott Valley, AZ, with 42 attendees. We received a lot of positive feedback about these events, and in Kanab the visit kicked off trail building on a new 17-mile system. In Prescott Valley the visit had a lot of key folks engaged in trail planning and interested in developing more trails in the area. Check out the Full TCC Schedule


Bike Festivals on Tap

Don’t miss the Sedona Mountain Bike Festival on March 4-6, to be held at Posse Ground Park in west Sedona. There will be guided rides and shuttles, lots of bike demos, live music, a beer garden, raffles, vendors and typically great weather. IMBA will have a booth there along with local chapter the Verde Valley Cyclists (VVCC). As a membership bonus if you sign up or renew your VVCC/IMBA membership for $35 you’ll get a free CST tire, and if you sign up at the $75 level, you’ll get a new Camelbak Lobo (limited to 20).

Drop by the IMBA booth at the Hurricane Mountain Bike Festival March 18-20 to learn more about our work and join or renew your membership.  At this festival, locals will take you out for a ride in the holy land of mountain biking, with Zion National Park as your backdrop. This is a great opportunity to ride Gooseberry Mesa, Guacamole and JEM Trail all in one weekend.



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