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January Update for IMBA Southwest Region

January Update for IMBA Southwest Region

By: Patrick Kell
Posted: January 22, 2016

Nevada State Parks Training in Mesquite, NV

We will be presenting at a training event in Mesquite, NV, on Jan. 28 to an audience of more than 80 participants from 23 state parks throughout Nevada, and we couldn’t be more pleased. These Nevada parks range from smaller day-use facilities of around 150 acres, up to larger parks of 35,000 acres with camping and trail networks that are often bounded by BLM lands. Our work in Caliente, NV, involves planning trails at Kershaw Ryan State Park, and we see potential for trail development at many other state parks. We’ll write up a detailed blog after the session and post it on the IMBA Southwest Facebook page.

Subaru IMBA Trail Care Crew Visits

Immediately after the session in Mesquite, our Trail Care Crew will be presenting a workshop nearby in Kanab, UT, on Jan. 28–30. We have been working productively here for about 18 months, planning trails and bike parks on both city and BLM lands in close proximity to downtown and city parks, leading into amazing red rock canyons and the Utah backcountry. Our work in Kanab is in conjunction with local chapter the Dixie Mountain Bike Trails Association. More details of the Trail Care Crew visit can be found here, and we hope to see you there.

The Trail Care Crew will then move onto Prescott Valley, AZ, on Feb. 5 and 6 to give a "Better Living Through Trails" presentation and host a Trail Building School. We have recently presented twice to the Prescott Valley Parks and Recreation Commission on community trails and bike parks and see a lot of potential in this region. More details on the Trail Care Crew session in Prescott Valley can be found here.

There will be a few more Trail Care Crew visits in Arizona and Nevada in the coming months. Stay tuned for those details and we hope to see you at some of these fun and educational sessions. On another note, the current Trail Care Crew (Jordan and Lani) finish their two-year stint in May 2016, and we are currently hiring a replacement crew. More details are available here, submit your applications soon for this amazing two-year road trip across the USA!  

Trail Planning in Cochise County, AZ

We are in the process of applying for a large grant to complete trail plans around several communities in Cochise County in southern AZ, with the focus of these plans being community wellness and increasing access to healthy outdoor recreation. We’ll keep you posted on how our grant proposal goes, and if funded, we’ll be looking ahead to late summer and fall 2016 to begin working in Cochise County.

Government Affairs Workshop in Santa Fe, NM

IMBA and the Santa Fe Fat Tire Society are hosting a Government Affairs workshop in Santa Fe, NM, on Sat. Feb. 27 from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. The focus of this session will be on Wilderness, National Monument and other land management proposals, and how mountain bike advocates can organize and respond to these proposals. We hope to see members of our five northern New Mexico chapters attend, plus any other interested advocates. Please mark your calendar if you're interested. More details will follow on the IMBA Southwest Facebook page by the end of January.

Rock Armoring Workshop in Prescott, AZ

We are excited to host a training session on advanced rock armoring techniques focused on mountain bike use, in Prescott, AZ, on April 16 and 17. We may have one or two additional places for this event, please contact patrick.kell@imba.com if you are interested in attending. We have invited selected IMBA chapters, mountain bike clubs and agency partners from around Arizona to participate. The session will host about 20 attendees and will be led by two experienced Trail Specialists from our Trail Solutions team. Attendees should expect to learn the skills to build sustainable rock armored sections on trail and we hope that they will take these skills back to their home communities to put into place on additional trail projects. A big thanks to the USFS, the Mountain Bike Association of Arizona and the Prescott Mountain Bike Alliance for funding this project.

Mountain Bike Festival in Hurricane, UT

Are you planning an early spring riding vacation in southern Utah? If so, come along to the Hurricane Mountain Bike Festival from March 18-20 and let the locals take you out for a ride in the holy land of mountain biking with Zion National Park as your backdrop. Ride Gooseberry Mesa, Guacamole and JEM Trail all in one weekend. For more information go to www.hurricanemtbfestival.com.

Thanks everyone for your volunteer work, encouragement and financial support!

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