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Subaru-IMBA Trail Care Crew Visits SORBA-Tallahassee

SORBA-Tallahassee hosted a weekend with the Subaru-IMBA Trail Care Crew on March 28-29, 2009. IMBA’s Kelly and Collins Bishop were on hand to assist SORBA-Tallahassee members with several trail projects, ranging from trail maintenance to the construction of a completely new section of the Redbug Trail. After meeting up on Saturday with Ken Foster (SORBA-Tallahassee president), Chuck Goodheart (Tallahassee Parks and Recreation Department Trail Supervisor) and a group of dedicated SORBA-Tallahassee volunteers, everyone headed out onto the trails at Elinor Klapp-Phipps Park.

IMBA TCC coming to Sope Creek on April 18

IMBA Trail Care Crew to visit Chattahoochee River on April 18

On April 18 the IMBA Trail Care Crew will be at Cochran Sholes / Sope Creek, in the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area (CRNRA), to help in our efforts to
complete the finishing work on approximatly 2 miles of trail realignments. This project is being executed under the authority of the
National Park Service (NPS) and we are strengthening our 20 year
partnership with NPS by taking the lead on this undertaking. The new
sections of trail will be replacing badly eroded sections of the 100 year
old farm road that connects Cochran Shoals to Paper Mill Road. These
trail realignments will be built per IMBA shared-use guidelines and have been
adopted by the NPS as the standard for trailbuilding. The new sections of shared-use (run, bike, hike) trail will provide an improved experience by encorporating the IMBA standards;
better sightlines will allow users to see further ahead to avoid
potential conflicts. Furthermore, a more sustainable trail will be in
place, allowing easier maintenance and longevity for the trails.

During the IMBA Trail Care Crew (TCC) weekend, we will have a social
gathering on Friday night, April 17, for anyone who wants to come meet Kelly & Collins Bishop
(TCC) and have a good time. The location will be the Cavern Bar in downtown Atlanta. On Saturday, April 18, we will have brief trail
building technique sessions in an outdoor classroom, two work
party sessions happening before and after lunch, group rides, FREE LUNCH and snacks, and various PRIZES to giveaway including a FREE entry to any 2009 trail run race presented by Dirty Spokes Productions and a FREE entry to any 2009 6/12 hour mountain bike race presented by Dirty Spokes Productions — and that’s just the beginning!
 
 


Schedule:
Friday, April 17
7:00-9:00pm
 
Social at Cavern Bar | www.thecavernbar.com | 1035 North Highland Ave | Atlanta 30306

Saturday, April 18
8:00am-12 noon
 
Work Party session 1 at Sope Creek with TCC
12 noon-1:00pm
 
Lunch (free for volunteers)
1:00-5:00pm
 
Work Party session 2 at Sope Creek with TCC
 
Both sessions of the WP's will include a brief outdoor classroom session pertaining to the type of work that we will be doing on the trail for that session.  There will be giveaways on both Friday night and Saturday.

***IMPORTANT NOTE FOR SATURDAY***

Please bring your bike and helmet as we will be working on the
new trail sections at Death Valley. We will stage tools near the
worksite so you won’t have to carry them in, but in order to maximize
our time, it will be faster if you can ride to/from the worksite with
your crew leader.  If you do not have a bike, please contact Charles at
clmyrickjr@gmail.com ASAP to
make arrangements. We encourage all users to come help and there are
options we can employ to get you to the worksite if you are not a
mountain biker.

If you can help in any of the following ways, please contact Charles Myrick at clmyrickjr@gmail.com

  •  Certified trail crew leader
  •  Public Relations at the car parks
  •  Set up / tear down of tents, tables, chairs, etc

As you go about your day to day business, please call, email, or
stop by in person and thank the following businesses who are graciously
sponsoring our events with the IMBA Trail Care Crew this weekend at
Sope Creek, in the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area (CRNRA):

55nine Performance www.55nineperformance.com

Atlanta Cycling www.atlantacycling.com

Atlanta Outfitters www.atlantaoutfitters.com

Cavern Bar www.cavernbar.com

Dirty Spokes Productions www.dirtyspokes.com

Free Flite Bicycles www.freeflite.com

Performance Bicycle Shops www.performancebike.com

REI www.rei.com

Rockledge Apartments www.rockledgeatl.com

These sponsors have contributed their support in the way of product,
space use, or money to help make this weekend successful and it’s very
important to us that you show them your appreciation for their
contributions.

Thank you Sponsors! We couldn’t do it without you!


Other upcoming events at Sope Creek include:
  •  Partnering with REI on a work party (early April)
  •  National Trails Day events, partnering with NPS (June 6)
  •  Weekly group mountain bike rides (Thursdays starting March 19)
  •  River work party on May 2 to help NPS with river interpretive trail signage
  •  Ribbon Cutting event on August 1

Paulding SORBA Update

We, Paulding SORBA, are at it again and have an exciting year ahead of us.  We've broken ground at Mt.Tabor Park by initiating another Gateway Trails project. This trail network will target our community here in Paulding County and hopefully provide many of you an opportunity to improve the community
you inhabit.

We're are starting several initiatives which encompass many facets of giving back.  "Make Your Mark " which describes a
volunteer drive we are hoping to get rolling to aide in the construction of nearly 7 miles of trails to be built at Mt. Tabor. We are hoping that many of
you will opt to either ride or hike these trails to increase your fitness, nature hikes, etc. These trails are going to be interpretive for all users alike. We hope to have several fund raisers throughout the summer to aide us in purchasing signage that will describe these trails.

SORBA Board of Directors Meeting

Saturday, Feb. 28
8AM-3PM Meeting
Ride at FATS after the meeting

Thurmond Lake Office & Visitor Center
510 Clarks Hill Highway
Clarks Hill, SC 29821

We are providing a light breakfast on Saturday, lunch and dinner.

Paulding SORBA Taps into Community Volunteers

Last summer, in a joint effort with West Ridge Church, over 100 volunteers participated in a two-day event to complete a 1-mile beginner trail at Sara Babb Park in Dallas, Georgia. On March 21st, 2009 Paulding SORBA will join with two local Starbuck Coffee Shops in a Make Your Mark Community Volunteer project. Starbucks will recruit staff and customers to work on Paulding SORBA's Gateway Trails project at Mount Tabor Park in Paulding County, Georgia. The goal is to accumulate 100 hours of volunteer time in this one-day event. With the 100 hours of volunteer time Paulding SORBA will be able to apply for up to a $1000 grant from Starbucks.

Trail Riders and Land Agencies Both Win When They Cooperate

ImageTwo wonderful trail projects are being developed as you read this. Each project is at a different stage of development, but both are the result of supportive cooperation between volunteers and the responsible government land manager agency. Neither project would exist without this cooperation. Both projects were initiated by volunteer suggestions and supporting action. The Dry Creek Trail System is the larger of the two projects. It will provide 25 miles of shared trails to be enjoyed by equestrians, mountain bicyclists, and hikers. The Garland Mountain Horse & Hike Trails will provide 12 miles of trails shared by equestrians and hikers. Both trail systems will provide multiple loops so users may travel short or long distances as they desire.

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