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There's Still Time to Register for the 2015 Southern Mountain Bike Summit

There is still time to register for the 2015 Southern Mountain Bike Summit, March 20-21 in Auburn, AL. Bob Allen, author of IMBA's new Bike Parks book, is our Keynote Speaker. We have other great presentations planned, as well as socials, bike demos, and bike rides. Visit to register. See the image below for the full schedule of events.

If you have an interest in mountain biking advocacy, you should attend this Summit.

IMBA-SORBA Welcomes Two Mississippi Chapters

By Robin Allen

NMTAIMBA-SORBA has granted provisional chapter status to North Mississippi Trail Alliance (NMTA) and Tri County Mountain Bike Association (TCMBA). These are the first two chapters to form in Mississippi. 

Please Comment on Timber Production, Wilderness Designations, and Management Prescriptions in the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests—Deadline extended to February 27, 2015

The USFS has extended the open comment period for proposed timber production and management prescriptions as part of the forest planning process for the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests. Timber production is defined on one of the USFS plan revision documents as “the purposeful growing, tending, harvesting and regeneration of regulated crops of trees to be cut into logs, bolts or other round sections for industrial or consumer use.”

Registration is open for the 2015 Southern Mountain Bike Summit

logo summitRegistration is open for the 2015 Southern Mountain Bike Summit! Join your friends and fellow advocates to learn more about what SORBA is doing in the Southeast to create, enhance, and preserve great mountain biking experiences! Summit dates are March 20-21, and we're meeting in Auburn, AL, home to the great trails at Chewacla State Park.

Support Alternative C for the Lookout Mountain Battlefeld General Management Plan Amendment

SORBA Chattanooga needs plenty of bodies there tonight and favorable comments towards Alternate C. The last meeting showed considerable opposition to this proposal.

Input Needed for Pisgah National Forest Plan

Please Comment on Timber Production, Wilderness Designations, and Management Prescriptions in the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests by January 6th, 2015

Tarheel TrailBlazers Host SORBA’s Fall Board of Directors’ Meeting

BOD pic66 enthusiastic advocates from the Southeastern region attended SORBA’s fall Board of Directors’ meeting in Charlotte, NC on Saturday, November 15. Attendees participated in a business meeting and strategic planning, and heard presentations on Mecklenburg County parks, and NICA in North Carolina.

EMBA Hosts Member Appreciation Cookout

EMBA logoThe Ellijay Mountain Bike Association (EMBA) held a Member-Aappreciation Cook-Out on Saturday, August 2, 2014 at the Sisson Company Pavilion in Cherrylog, GA. Along with showing their members just how special they are, the chapter also signed up ten new members. Attendees also enjoyed a Silent Auction that earned $600 for the chapter.

SORBA Begins Strategic Planning

On Saturday July 18, The SORBA Executive Board, comprised of Paul Farrow, Angela Allen, and Annabeth Purcell (Dan Zafuto was not present); Jim Grover of the IMBA Board; and the SORBA staff, Tom Sauret, Terry Palmeri, and Robin Allen, met to discuss SORBA, its mission, and its present state-of-the-Union. The group began to outline the discussion for the entire SORBA Board Of Directors at the November 15th meeting in Charlotte, NC.