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We Can All Get Along!

This weekend we worked in Gainesville Georgia with Northeast Georgia SORBA, a new IMBA/SORBA Chapter. Alongside them, the Chattahoochee Oconee Forest Service and the Chattahoochee Trail Horse Association came out to support our Trail Building School.

We worked at Jake/Bull Mountain on a connector trail that needed some TLC. There were several sections of the trail that were cupping, from erosion, and needed to be bench cut to regain a 5% outslope. The outslope is what allows the water to flow over our trails without picking up soil or sediment. Without outslope, the trail will become the watershed. We prevented further erosion by adding outslope to the trail, and we incorporated several drains along the way.

This was a great group! We really enjoyed having so many representatives from the various user groups present. There is a great collaboration occurring in Gainesville.

Thank you to all the Forest Service staff that came to our presentations and Trail Building School in support of SORBA and IMBA. The work these volunteers are learning to do can be valuable to your agency! We appreciate your willingness to cooperate and become more educated yourselves. Thank you to all the SORBA Chapters who had representatives come to our school as well! We had a great group this weekend, and typically, our classes are predominantly mountain bikers. This weekend, the Chattahoochee Trail Horse Association filled almost half of our classroom! Thank you so much for your partnership with IMBA/SORBA. We hope that this relationship continues to grow and develop in the years to come.

We want to pass along a special shout out to Nimblewill Baptist Church, for allowing us to use space for our classroom on Saturday. Also, thanks again to CTHA for hard work and help with the classroom and lunch.

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