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IMBA Trail Care Crew

Postby TheHeckler » Wed Oct 19, 2011 5:34 pm

Had this email come in from Larry Thomas of the US Forest Service. Thought it was pretty cool that they are trying to spread the love.

Dear Trail Volunteers;

This is not a Forest Service event, but you may be interested in attending. Note the need to register.


Subject: IMBA Subaru Trail Care Crew Visit November 5, Clarkesville, Georgia
Importance: High

Folks, sorry I didn’t get this out sooner but I’ve been out of town and did not have my distribution list. If you have received this previously, my apologies. I thought this would be a good opportunity for our CoTrails groups to start educating our volunteer workforce.

Although sponsored by the International Mountain Biking Association, the Trail Care Crew presents principles for sustainable trails for ALL USERS. The program is a morning classroom session and a field session in the afternoon and best of all it is FREE. Lunch is even being provided along with energy bars provided by Clif Bars.

This is the type of education we need to be providing for all of our volunteers and I would encourage you to share this opportunity with your groups and encourage some of them to attend. See the details below. We need everyone that is coming to register. If you have any questions, contact me.

Keith Owen

Subaru/International Mountain Bicycling Association Trail Care Crew Coming to Clarkesville, Georgia

The International Mountain Bicycling Association's (IMBA) Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew will be in Clarkesville, Georgia November 3-6 to talk trails, teach people proper trail building technique and spend quality time digging in the dirt. The visit is one of about 70 stops on the 2011 schedule. Everyone is invited to attend the weekend's events.

The award-winning Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew program includes two full-time, professional teams of trail experts who travel North America year-round, leading IMBA Trail building Schools, meeting with government officials and land managers and working with IMBA-affiliated groups to improve local mountain biking opportunities. IMBA's crews have led more than 1,000 trail projects since the program debuted in 1997.

The focal point of the weekend will be the IMBA Trail Building School conducted on Saturday, November 5 from 9 AM to 4 PM. The school is designed to equip trail volunteers and land managers with the knowledge to build trails that are sustainable, easily maintainable, protect the environment, and provide enjoyable trail experiences for all types of trail users. The day will consist of 3 hours of classroom work in the morning and an afternoon field session.

The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew program has inspired great volunteer trailwork across the U.S. and abroad - a big help to government agencies and land managers who have limited funding for trail construction and upkeep. As a direct result, there are now thousands of new and improved trails in all 50 states, Canada, Mexico and several European countries.

The Trail Care Crews teach "sustainable" trail building, which means building lasting trails that require minimal maintenance. This helps reduce trail damage, protects the environment and enhances visitor enjoyment.

The Crews travel in new Subaru Outbacks provided by Subaru of America. The company has been IMBA's leading sponsor since 1997.

All are welcome to join the Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew leaders when they come to town. Below is a schedule of events that are open to the public:

IMBA Trail Building School

Saturday, November 5, 9 AM to 4 PM

Clarkesville-Habersham County Library

178 East Green Street

Clarkesville, GA 30523

Lunch will be provided by the Upper Chattahoochee Cycling Club chapter of SORBA/IMBA. Energy bars provided by Clif Bars.

Please be sure to register if you plan to attend.

For more information and to register for the IMBA Trail building School, contact:

Keith Owen email - [email protected].

Phone – 706-776-7456

Or register online at

About the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA)

The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit educational association whose mission is to create, enhance and preserve great trail experiences for mountain bikers worldwide.Since 1988, IMBA has been bringing out the best in mountain biking by encouraging low-impact riding, volunteer trailwork participation, cooperation among different trail user groups, grassroots advocacy and innovative trail management solutions.

IMBA's worldwide network includes 35,000 individual members, more than 750 bicycle clubs, more than 160 corporate partners and about 600 retailer shops. IMBA's members live in all 50 U.S. states, most Canadian provinces and in 30 other countries. For more information visit

About Subaru of America, Inc.

Subaru of America, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered near Philadelphia, the company markets and distributes all-wheel drive Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of nearly 600 dealers across the United States. Subaru of America, Inc., is the only car company that offers symmetrical all-wheel drive as standard equipment on every vehicle in its product line. Subaru has been the best-selling import wagon in America for the past 20 years, based on R.L. Polk & Company new vehicle retail registration statistics calendar year-end 2002.
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