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IMBA Nominated for Conservation Colorado Award

For Immediate Release 05-14-2014
Contact: aaron [dot] clark [at] imba [dot] com (Aaron Clark)
IMBA Advocacy Manager
303-545-9011 x112

Conservation Colorado has nominated IMBA for its Rebel With a Cause Award for IMBA’s significant advocacy work protecting public lands in Colorado. IMBA is currently spearheading a cooperative approach between mountain bikers and Wilderness advocates to shape the Central Mountains Wilderness Campaign in three of Colorado's most populated mountain counties.

Conservation Colorado has celebrated its Rebel With a Cause gala for 13 years. It is the state’s largest political event centered around the environment. Four other organizations and individuals—Aspen Skiing Company, Citizens for Clean Air of Grand Junction, Jeff Parsons and Melinda Kassen—were nominated in conjunction with IMBA. The award winner, chosen by public vote, will be announced at the gala, May 22 in Denver, Colo. You may vote here.

IMBA has positioned itself as a leading advocacy organization for land protection and recreation access nationwide, and believes conservation and mountain biking can coexist. Its Public Lands Initiative and Government Affairs department work to support IMBA chapters by helping them engage with the conservation community to ensure a collaborative approach to crafting bike-friendly land protection proposals.

Through this work, IMBA has changed the game for how organized groups of mountain bikers are received and how this translates into effective mountain bike advocacy while helping protect public lands.

+ Read an interview Conservation Colorado did with IMBA’s Executive Director, Mike Van Abel, about some of his favorite places to play.