IMBA extends a HUGE "Thank you!" to everyone who has donated to the Trail Access Fund. Your support really does make a difference. Here's a short list of what you have helped to achieve:
In the West:
• IMBA is working to ensure bike access in legislation that will create a 500,000-acre stretch of public land in northern California called the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Conservation Area. Designation of this as a conservation area will preserve environmental treasures while allowing for mountain biking and other activities.
• In places like Idaho, where hundreds of miles of U.S. Forest Service trails in the Clearwater National Forest may close this summer, IMBA's legal team is working to reverse the Forest Service decision to close trails and ensure instead that bicycling is included as a legally-protected activity in future planning and legislation.
• The National Park Service has stated that mountain bikes may be allowed on the Great Plains National Scenic Trail running through several states in the Midwest.
• IMBA is working in a collaborative, community-driven process to protect two sensitive Wilderness areas in Colorado while also providing companion designations that allow for mountain biking. The effort could lead to model legislation and bike-friendly land protection measures for public lands throughout the country.
• IMBA is working to keep trails open in Oregon while promoting land protection and is working with Oregon's elected officials to conserve key wild areas via the use of bike-friendly land protection.
• IMBA Honorary Board Member and pro-mountain biker Rebecca Rush plans to ride across Idaho this summer to raise awareness about trails that would be closed due to Wilderness under the Central Idaho Economic Development and Recreation Act (CIEDRA).
In the East:
• The Sope Creek Trails in Georgia were built on National Park Service property. IMBA is working to gain access for bikes on trails that were purpose-built for mountain bikers but were unfortunately closed before they could be enjoyed.
• IMBA is getting National Park Service approval to open trails at New River Gorge in West Virginia. Atlantic Coast mountain bikers will soon enjoy world-class riding close to many of the region's largest cities.
• Baltimore County (MD) passed a resolution urging Baltimore City to allow bike access at the Loch Raven Reservoir because of the work and stewardship of IMBA and its affiliate, the Mid-Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts (MORE).
• IMBA submitted comments to the National Park Service to continue to allow bike access to trails around the Blue Ridge Parkway in Roanoke Valley, Virginia. Unfortunately, the current proposed plan would ban mountain bikes from the area.
Thanks again for your help and dedication to great riding opportunities all across the country!
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