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by Jim Grover

IMBA-SORBA Forges Partnership with Georgia’s State Parks

On the heels of a decision to implement a $2 user fee for mountain bike trails in Ft. Yargo, Hard Labor Creek, and Unicoi State Parks, The Georgia Department of Natural Resources State Parks and Historic Sites Division is creating a partnership with IMBA-SORBA to maintain existing trails and create new, model trails, ushering in a new era of quality mountain biking in Georgia’s State Parks. The partnership will benefit mountain bikers who visit Georgia’s State Parks and volunteers who maintain the mountain biking trails in those parks.

CoTrails Announces Strategic Planning Events

After our successful CoTrails Strategic Plan launch meeting and Trails 101 weekend at Unicoi State Park last month, the implementation phase of the strategic plan now begins in earnest.  
We hope you have some or all of the following events on your calendars:
CoTrails Inventory Workshops
February 11 - 9:00am - 4:00pm – Conasauga Ranger District
Keown Falls near The Pocket Campground--see below for details.
February 18 - 9:00am - 4:00pm – Blue Ridge Ranger District*
February 25 - 9:00am - 4:00pm – Chatooga River Ranger District*

Southeast Bike Expo Debuts February 25th

SORBA Responds to Georgia’s State Parks User Fee for Mountain Biking

Georgia’s State Parks, Recreation and Historic Sites Division has decided to implement their proposed plan to charge mountain bikers an additional $2 fee to ride their bikes at Unicoi, Fort Yargo, and Hard Labor Creek State Parks. SORBA’s leadership would like to officially state their position on this issue.

Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew Begins 2012 Visits

Join the Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew to learn about sustainable singletrack design, maintenance and construction, as well as hear other presentations on club growth and how to work with land managers and community leaders.

Spring 2012 visits in the southeast:

Southeast Bike Expo to Benefit IMBA-SORBA

The Southeast Bike Expo is partnering with IMBA and SORBA to benefit mountain bike advocacy in the southeast.  This is the inaugural year of this event and we are hoping it will be a special one.  If you like to check out new bikes and show your love for trails, this is the thing to do in 2012.

Show Your Love for the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest

Trails don’t take care of themselves—CoTrails volunteers do! 
Please join us!

Examining Proposed Fee Change for Mountain Biking at Georgia State Parks

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources, State Parks Division has proposed $2 per-user fees for mountain biking at Unicoi, Fort Yargo and Hard Labor Creek State Parks, while maintaining the $3 fee at Fort Mountain State Park (in effect since 1997). The proposed new fees would go into effect in March, 2012.