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Bear Creek-Pinhoti Mega Work Party March 9

What better way to spend a day than in the forest, working on and riding your favorite trails? Join the Ellijay Mountain Bike Association (EMBA) as they host a Mega trail work party in the Chattahoochee National Forest on the Bear Creek and Pinhoti 1 & 2 sections of trails in North Georgia, near Ellijay. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m on March 9th, 2013, we'll be doing much-needed maintenance, then we'll treat ourselves to a ride afterward to enjoy the fruits of our labor.

SORBA Chapter Highlights for 2012

SORBA Chapter Highlights 2012

Here’s a sampling of the great work SORBA’s chapters accomplished this past year.

CAMP

  • Became an IMBA Chapter with over 100 members
  • Constructed 15 miles of single track
  • Constructed a 90'L X 8'W X 10'T wooden bridge
  • Constructed a beginner-level pump track
  • Received two RTP grants totaling $137,000 for tools, 10-12 miles of additional flow trails, bathrooms, changing stations, showers, & bike wash stations

SORBA Athens

Upstate SORBA Receives $10,000 REI Grant

Upstate SORBA (US) received a grant of $10,000 from REI’s Greenville store on Woodruff Road to support three trail projects; the expansion of the mountain bike trail system at Paris Mountain State Park (PMSP) and along the Reedy River Corridor in downtown Greenville, SC, and to  develop new trail at Pleasant Ridge County Park.  US will team up with REI, local government and thier dedicated volunteers for the three projects.

Alabama Trails Conference to be Nov. 1-2 in Jacksonville, AL

Get a foot up on some of Alabama’s top trails and their evolution during the second Alabama Trails Conference Nov. 1-2 at Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville.

“Dream, Plan, Build,” a two-day conference at the university’s Houston Cole Library, will include programs involving some of Alabama’s top trail planners, designers and builders and how they are helping make the state one of the premier destination for trail enthusiasts whether they prefer peddling, paddling, throttling or trekking.

IMBA and SORBA Board of Directors Convene in Gainesville, GA

The Board of Directors Meetings for the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) and the Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association (SORBA) will be in Gainesville, GA on November 9th and 10th at the Elachee Science Nature Center. IMBA’s Board chose Gainesville as their meeting site in recognition of the contributions that the Southeastern Region has made to mountain bicycling advocacy.

IMBA-SORBA Selects Woodstock, GA to Host 2013 Southern Mountain Bike Summit

IMBA-SORBA (International Mountain Biking Association-Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association) announces that SORBA Woodstock and the City of Woodstock, GA will host the second biannual Southern Mountain Bike Summit, March 22nd-24th, 2013. Advocates, enthusiasts, industry representatives, public officials and public servants will gather in Georgia’s scenic Piedmont to present, learn, network, socialize, and, of course, ride bicycles.

Let's Preserve the Recreational Trails Program (RTP)

The news that the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) survived the reauthorization of the transportation bill this year and remain fully funded should be really good news, right?  Now we in the trails community can kick back and begin to write new grants for more trails and wait for the projects to begin.

The CoTrails Initiative Releases Trail Assesment, Begins Next Phase

CoTrails Participants, Thank you to the many of you who participated in this week’s CoTrails general meeting at the USFS-Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest Supervisor's Office in Gainesville, GA.

It was another productive and informative session. Jeremy Wimpey, who led the professional trails assessment team, presented the highlights of their final report on the 200+ miles of selected recreational trails they assessed. The full report is now available online for your review at this link: http://go.usa.gov/vcc.

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