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IMBA Southwest December News

IMBA Trail Building Fund Being Put to Good Use in the Southwest

I have been putting some IMBA Trail Building Fund dollars to work this fall on a couple of projects in the southwest. One was in Caliente, NV, in early December when we had Joey Klein, Trail Specialist from the IMBA Trail Solutions team spend a week there. Initially Joey met with BLM staff, State Parks staff, City and County officials, and discussed the project and then spent a week in the field, reviewing the terrain. It seems that Joey really liked the area from a trail development perspective and saw a lot of potential for a network of shuttle trails, singletrack for all abilities and pumptracks/skills areas in an around town.

Joey then headed down to Sedona, AZ to work with the Verde Valley Cyclists, Friends of the Forest, and the USFS on the Hogs Trails. This network is currently going through the USFS approval process, to be brought into the official trail system, with Joeys time there recently being spent on a rock armoring session for six volunteers and USFS staff. The goal was to train the participants on advanced armoring techniques that can be used on sections of the Hogs trails, as part of bigger project to get them approved and adopted. Stay tuned for a longer blog post and photos about this project and the conceptual planning process in Caliente, NV.

A big thanks to everyone who contributes to the IMBA Trail Building Fund and supported these projects. Those dollars are doing great things in our community!

Comment on U.S. Forest Service (USFS) Planning in Arizona

The Coconino National Forest is going through a forest planning process, including hosting public meetings in Sedona, Flagstaff and Happy Jack. Please attend and/or submit a comment letter providing your input. More information on dates and how to comment can be found here.

Similarly, the USFS in southern Arizona is conducting a Forest Plan Revision for Coronado National Forest, which will also include a series of public meetings and an opportunity to submit comments. More details of that process can be found here.

Stay tuned for a similar process in Idyllwild, CA in 2014, when the USFS there engage in a planning process for the May Valley area. We’ll post information as it becomes available.

Early 2014 Events in the Southwest

  • On January 30th 2014, IMBA will present the Better Living Through Trails workshop in Sierra Vista, AZ, in partnership with the Dawn to Dust Mountain Bike Team. This event is free and open to all, so please come along if you are in the area.
  • Also in early 2014, we’ll be meeting with advocates in Kanab, UT, to discuss trail development in the area. We have yet to set a date for this event, but please email me at patrick [dot] kell [at] imba [dot] com if you would like more details.
  • We’ll also have a booth at the 12 Hours in El Paso in El Paso, TX, on February 1st, 2014, spreading the word about our new chapter in the area, the Borderland Mountain Bike Association.
  • We’ll also be in touch in spring 2014 with those groups who were success with their applications to the Subaru-IMBA Trail Care Crew. A big thanks to all of those who applied for a visit in 2014.

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