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International Mountain Bicycling Association

California eNews, February 2008

02.18.2008
Boulder, Colorado

Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew Headed to California For Spring Visits
The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew will roll across California in upcoming weeks, with stops in Cupertino (March 27-30), New Castle (April 3-6), Fairfield (April 10-14) and Napa for the Sea Otter Classic. Speaking of Sea Otter ... don't miss IMBA California's 5th Annual Summit. Join us in the Chaparral Room, Campground B (Laguna Seca Recreation Area) on Friday, April 18, from 3 pm to 8 pm. Share your bike access concerns with land managers, club leaders and IMBA staff. To register, send an e-mail with the subject "SEA OTTER SUMMIT" to Cathy Haagen-Smit (include your contact information). Dinner and beverages provided at no charge to participants.

State Parks Alert Generates Nearly 600 Messages
The IMBA action alert on threatened cuts to the State Parks budget has already generated nearly 600 messages to the governor's office. Let's keep up the pressure -- the current proposal would close 48 treasured state parks.

Team IMBA Returns to Moab in 2008; Registration Opens March 15
If you love trails, love what IMBA does, and have always wanted to do more to help us in our mission, consider tackling one of the world's most prestigious 24-hour races. Join Team IMBA this October 11-12 at the 24 Hours of Moab. We are gathering committed riders to continue the great work accomplished last year when we raised more than $15,000 for new trails. Stay tuned to the Team IMBA web pages for updates as we move forward.

Comments Needed For Folsom Lake Recreation Area Draft Plan
CA State Parks has finally released the draft Plan/Resource Management Plan for the Folsom Lake State Recreation Area. You can read the draft plan online; a 45-day comment period ends March 24. Two public meetings are scheduled: March 5, 2008, 7-9 pm at Cavitt Junior High School, and March 11, 7-9 pm, at Folsom Middle School. Direct questions to Jim Micheaels.

Plan Now to Attend Ales and Trails Celebration on June 28
Get out your 2008 IMBA Calendar and flip ahead to June 28. You won't want to miss the swinging Ales and Trails party at China Camp State Park. Check an online video from last year's event to see what's in store.

Niner Bikes Announces IMBA-Themed Frame Contest
Niner bikes will create 25 frames and matching forks, painted with a special IMBA theme to benefit IMBA and enhance mountain bike advocacy. The theme will be chosen from riders' submissions. "For us, IMBA was the obvious first choice for this project," said Niner co-founder Chris Sugai. "They are the voice of our sport and do an amazing job getting out there to save and build sustainable trails."

State Parks Trails Conference Scheduled for May 28-31
Each year, CA State Parks holds a trails conference which is well attended by hiking groups, equestrians and mountain bicyclists. Trail advocates, designers, volunteers and staff will be gathering May 28-31 in San Diego. IMBA members have participated in valuable sessions each year. Ask your local club for a little financial support to send you!

Ask Your Senators to Modernize Hardrock Mining Policy
IMBA and its partners in the Outdoor Alliance (OA) urge you to contact your senators about the need to reform outdated hardrock minding laws. First, learn about the issues at stake by viewing an online video. Then, use the OA's action alert to make your voice heard.

Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program Faces Deep Cuts
The Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program (RTCA) arm of the National Park Service has long been a friendly agency to mountain bikers, helping bring new shared-use trails into existence. The agency now faces severe budget cuts in the administration's recently announced 2009 budget. Learn more with this online review of the RTCA's budget (PDF download), then contact your congressional leaders about the need to protect the RTCA.

Mountain Biking Scene in Wales Keeps Growing Stronger
From Gwyydr Forest to CWM Carn, mountain biking centers in Wales continue to expand. IMBA has worked with planners and trail builders in Wales for more than a decade -- experience there will help our North American ride centers develop into a similar success story.

Backcountry Bicycle Trails Club Seeks Executive Director
The Backcountry Bicycle Trails Club (BBTC) creates and protects sustainable mountain biking opportunities in Washington State. The BBTC is one of the largest and most active mountain biking organizations in the United States with over 1000 active volunteers and three staff people, including the Executive Director, Volunteer Director and Project Manager and an annual budget of $350,000. The BBTC is now seeking an Executive Director.

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