From Patrick Kell, IMBA Southwest Region Director
Mountain bike advocacy in the southwest is getting off to a busy start in Spring 2012. I have been traveling throughout the region meeting with land managers from the US Forest Service and with local clubs and chapters.
So far, I have been out to Laguna Beach in southern California to meet local clubs and industry representatives and to St. George and Hurricane, UT, to catch up with the new IMBA chapter in that area (Dixie Mountain Bike Trails Alliance). I am currently working with the Cave Creek Cycling Association (north-east of Phoenix, AZ) to bring them onboard as an IMBA chapter and to hopefully see access in the Tonto National Forest; in the Sedona, AZ, area working with the Verde Valley Cycling Association (an IMBA affiliate club); the Sedona Mountain Bike Association (a new IMBA chapter) and the Red Rock Ranger District to address the issue of illegal trail-building. The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew also visited the area recently to help with the process in Sedona. I have also been out to meet with staff from the San Bernadino National Forest and local advocates in Idyllwild, CA, to work on planning a project there.
I will be on the road in southern California in mid-April meeting with clubs in Santa Barbara and Los Angeles, as well as attending the California Trails and Greenways Conference in Woodland Hills. Come along to Sea Otter in Monterey on April 19-22 and check out the IMBA booth. I will also be at the Whiskey 50 in Prescott, AZ on April 27-29, and hope to see you there!