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IMBA California Singletrack eNews

12.16.2008
Boulder, Colorado

IMBA California Attends Forest Service Partners Conference
IMBA California was recently invited,along with other trails users and environmental groups, to a day-long conference that unveiled a new Forest program called "Trails and Trees." This is a three-year initiative that will create partnership bonds between the Forest and its various stakeholders to increase trail access through trail maintenance and construction, and to plant more trees, particularly in fire ravaged areas. IMBA California agreed to partner with the Six Rivers National Forest to, "create quality mountain bike trail opportunities." Other partners in the project will be The Big Foot Mountain Bike Club, local bicycle shops and unaffiliated local cyclists. The project promises to bring more trails to the far northern part of California, that has large areas of public land, yet limited trail access. For more information contact tom@imba.com

Rule Change Proposal for National Parks Anticipated Later This Month
A pending National Park Service (NPS) regulation change will benefit Americans by improving mountain biking experiences in national parks. The new policy would empower park superintendents to manage trails for bicycles, without sacrificing environmental review or public comment opportunities. IMBA anticipates a NPS announcement on the regulation change later this month -- stay tuned to our website for additional news, and to register your comments with the NPS.

Moab Trails Spared From Drilling-Related Threat -- For Now
IMBA applauds mountain bikers who came out in droves to protect iconic Moab rides from being displaced by oil and gas leases. Public outcry led the BLM to withdraw the vast majority of leases near famous trails like Porcupine Rim, Amasa Back and others. The BLM's decision reflects a growing understanding of recreation as a valuable public lands resource, but it may be a temporary victory because the leases havent been permanently closed. Moab advocates, including former IMBA Board President Ashley Korenblatt and others, will try for a lasting solution to this issue while also keeping an eye on remaining open leases near areas like Tusher Canyon.

Team IMBA Gears Up for 2009 Season
Team IMBA will kick off at the 2009 season with the 24 Hours of Old Pueblo. Squads of dedicated IMBA supporters will gather in the Sonoran Desert to ride and raise money for IMBA and local affiliates. Team IMBA riders will receive professional training advice and online fundraising tools, making it easy for them to reach their goals. Riders can win great prizes too -- including a GT Marathon Carbon Pro bike. (Hint: If you register with Team IMBA before Dec. 31 you'll have a good shot at winning the 2008 GT bike.) Contact Cimarron Chacon to ride with Team IMBA at Old Pueblo.

Longtime IMBA Representative Cathy Haagen-Smit Joins California Recreational Trails Committee
Recently, IMBA CA advocate Cathy Haagen-Smit received a 4-year appointment (which required approval by Governor Schwarzenegger's office) to the state's Recreational Trails Committee. With representatives from all over the state and from the various non-motorized user groups, the committee meets quarterly to discuss and advise California State Parks on trail matters. Cathy's mentor, Jim Hasenauer, served on the committee for several years. It is a important opportunity to speak for the mountain bicycling community on a statewide level.

California IMBA Leaders Expand Influence With New Appointments
Jim Haagen-Smit, also a longtime IMBA representative, and cofounder of his local IMBA club, was re-appointed by the Secretary of the Interior to serve a third term on the BLM Central California Resource Advisory Committee (CenCal RAC). Micheal Kelley has been a member of the BLM Northwest California RAC member for several years. Recently, Michael, Jim and IMBA CA Policy Advisor Tom Ward have been discussing BLM's current recreation management plan update for Cow Mountain near Ukiah, with locals in the Ukiah Valley Trail Group. Jim Haagen-Smit is also excited to announce his recent election to the board of the Placer Land Trust. Land trusts are becoming the latest land managers to embrace trails, an across-the-country trend. Jim urges IMBA clubs to support their local land trust, noting some superb trails efforts such as the Nevada County Land Trust's Deer Park trail and the Truckee Donner Land Trust's Donner Lake Rim Trail.

Dates Set for Greenways and Trails Conference
The 2009 California Greenways & Trails Conference is set for April 22-24, at the Tenaya Lodge at the southern gate to Yosemite National Park. Student scholarships will be available. Call for session proposals are due January 7. And due January 22 are applications for conference awards. Do you have a really cool trail project to brag about?! A new bridge? A fun event that included kids? Ask your club for some dollars to attend this great annual conference and expand your work. Contact Tom Ward tom@imba.com for more information.

Get Psyched for Sea Otter
If you haven't added the Sea Otter Classic to your 2009 calendars, now's the time! April 15-19. IMBA California's 5th Annual Sea Otter Summit is set for Friday afternoon/evening, April 17. Volunteer for the Summit Planning Committee by contacting Tom Ward, tom@imba.com.

CLIF Bar Family Foundation Announces On Your Behalf Gift Card Program
The CLIF Bar Family Foundation introduces On Your Behalf, a unique gift card program that encourages charitable gift exchange and allows gift card recipients to make contributions to the organizations of their choice -- including IMBA. On Your Behalf has partnered with 23 beneficiary groups focused on a wide array of social concerns, including environmental restoration and conservation, sustainable food systems and agriculture, and public health. Gift givers can purchase the On Your Behalf Gift Card on the CLIF Bar Family Foundation website in any denomination.

Trek Dealers Double Down on Support for IMBA
Through Trek's innovative One World, Two Wheels program, 90 Trek retailers have signed on as Double Down Dealers, matching Trek's pledge to send IMBA $10 per mountain bike sold. One of these retailers has made an extra special effort to advocate for mountain biking at the local level. Robb Rasmussen of Sioux River Cycles in Brookings, South Dakota, went the extra mile by coordinating a bike lane and trail planning conference last month. Great to have you on board, Robb!

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