January Updates from the South Central Region
Updates from the South Central IMBA Region from Region Director Steve Schneider
1. The city of Rogers, AR, recently broke ground on a flow/pump bike park and 11.4 miles of singletrack, to be built by Progressive Trail Design (based in NW Arkansas).
2. The Arkansas Nature Conservancy (ANC) has raised funds for a multi-use trail (including mountain bikes) on the Kings River in Carroll County, AR. The ANC acquired a 4,500-acre piece of land from a donor a few years back, committing to preserving and utilizing it for public access. The master plan should include 12-15 miles of trail, with river access for canoeing and kayaking, as well.
3. The city of Huntsville, AR, has contacted IMBA for advice so that it can move forward building mountain bike trails on city property using city employees. Steve Schneider will consult with land managers and offer support.
4. The Subaru-IMBA Trail Care Crew is coming to Mountain View, AR, the first weekend in February to help with continued efforts pertaining to the restoration of the Syllamo Mountain Bike Trails, which were damaged by an ice storm and logging operations, threatening its IMBA "Epic" status. The Trail Care Crew will teach a sustainable trail building and design class, with trail work to follow. Register here.
5. Three groups in the region will soon become IMBA chapters: the Midwest Off-Road Cyclists (MORC) of southern Missouri, Friends At Slaughter Pen Trails (FAST) in Bentonville, AR, and the Central Arkansas Trail Alliance (CATA) in Little Rock, AR.
6. Steve will soon be reaching out to and visiting mountain bike clubs in Memphis, TN, and Shreveport, LA. These groups have shown interest in supporting IMBA and would like to become chapters. Steve will also begin working in Oklahoma, with a visit to a club in Tulsa.