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Flow Country Designation Process

The designation of a trail as a Flow Country Trail will bring significant benefits and publicity to a community or land manager/owner, helped in part by an international marketing program. The exciting nature of Flow Country Trails will attract riders and provide significant contributions to the livability and economy of host communities.

It is therefore necessary to have a rigorous review process to ensure that proposed Flow Country Trails adhere to the design guidelines, are sustainable, and, above all, fun to ride. Applicants (like communities, land management agencies, private landowners such as ski area operators and others) will apply for Flow Country Trail status through a clearly defined process that promotes transparency. Applicants will undertake the following steps:

Construction of new Flow Country Trails

1) Applicant will review online materials for Flow Country Trail design.

2) Applicant will chris [dot] bernhardt [at] imba [dot] com (contact) IMBA and submit a proposal that provides the following:

a) Proposed trail alignment shown in Google Earth. This can be substituted with a plan view of the proposed trail alignment on a map with contour elevation data and aerial photography.

b) Trail statistics including trail length, grades, and elevation gain/loss.

3) IMBA will review and approve the design if it meets the Flow Country guidelines.

4) Applicant will construct trail in accordance with approved trail design. Construction assistance is available for this critical step and professional assistance is recommended.

5) Applicant will submit a point-of-view video of a mountain bicyclist riding the entire trail. In addition, a site visit by a Flow Country Trails/IMBA representative may be performed.

6) Applicant will modify trail, if necessary, to conform with the Flow Country Trail guidelines based on IMBA review.

7) If approved, IMBA will designate applicant’s trail as a Flow Country Trail.

Designation of existing trail as a Flow Country Trail

1) Applicant will review online materials for Flow Country Trail design.

2) Applicant will chris [dot] bernhardt [at] imba [dot] com (contact) IMBA and submit a proposal that provides the following:

c) Trail alignment shown in Google Earth. This can be substituted with a plan view of the trail alignment on a map with contour elevation data and aerial photography.

d) Trail statistics including trail length, grades, and elevation gain/loss.

e) Point-of-view video of a mountain bicyclist riding the entire trail.

3) IMBA will review the design to verify that it meets the Flow Country guidelines. A site visit by a Flow Country Trails/IMBA representative may be performed.

4) Applicant will modify the trail, if necessary, to conform with the Flow Country Trail guidelines based on IMBA review. Construction assistance is available for this critical step and professional assistance is recommended.

5) If approved, IMBA will designate applicant’s trail as a Flow Country Trail.

Flow Country Trails will need to be maintained to remain in a condition of good repair. Pursuant to this, each site will be required to re-apply every four years to maintain its designation as a Flow Country Trail. Regular reassessment will protect the integrity of the Flow Country Trails experience for both the riders and other designees.

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