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International Mountain Bicycling Association

Recreation Forums to Set Course for Mountain Biking, Other Outdoor Activities

Boulder, CO

Five important meetings on recreation are being held throughout the country this March. Co-hosted by the National Forest Foundation (NFF) and American Recreation Coalition (ARC), the Outdoor Recreation Forums are open to the public (RSVP required) and will feature invited speakers and interactive workshops. Each forum will also include an opportunity for oral presentations by organizational representatives and individuals on any topic related to recreation on public lands.

Mountain bike advocates are encouraged to attend the meeting near them and ask for improved trail funding and access, programs to introduce new riders to the sport, better partnership models and other topics of concern. In addition to general recreation themes, each meeting will feature a special topic. More information and an RSVP form are available by clicking on individual meetings in the schedule below.

In April, NFF and ARC will present the findings of these forums to leaders in Washington, D.C. and use them to set a new direction for outdoor recreation on public lands. This is your opportunity to ask for improved future conditions for mountain biking and suggest programs to attract new riders to the sport.

Sample Talking Points

  • Mountain biking is an ideal activity for attracting kids and families to our public lands. Please include mountain biking in federal programs designed to introduce young people to outdoor recreation.
  • Other federal land agencies should adopt consistent mountain bike management policies similar to the BLM's National Mountain Bicycling Strategic Action Plan (pdf file).
  • Mountain biking has a positive economic impact on numerous public lands-oriented towns and cities across the country. Please develop effective models for interested communities to implement.
  • Mountain biking is a healthy, quiet, human-powered exercise compatible with roadless areas. Please preserve our access to these trail systems.
  • Mountain bikers donate 1 million volunteer hours annually. Please encourage partnership models that allow local clubs to work closely with land managers on trail design, construction, maintenance and access.

More Information

Please contact IMBA Policy Analyst Drew Vankat for more information and talking points specific to the meeting you plan to attend.

March 1, Golden, CO - Kids, Health, Partners
March 9, Marietta, GA - Tourism, Wildlife
March 12, Los Angeles, CA - Kids, Technology and the Outdoors
March 15, Portland, OR - Tourism, Kids, Health
March 22, Chicago, IL - Urban Partnerships, Education, Public Waters


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