IMBA-SORBA donated proceeds of $1,643.00 from the Southern Mountain Bike Summit Silent Auction to the Community Focus Foundation of Brevard, NC. The donation will help fund the Bracken Mountain Trail Project , a six-mile singletrack trail connecting downtown Brevard, NC to Pisgah National Forest.
The Bracken Mountain Trail will run between the end of Music Center Drive by the Brevard Music Center and FS 476-C in Pisgah National Forest. Community members are interested in seeing this project realized, and are raising private funds to help move the project to completion. The Bracken Mountain fund was started with the help of the Community Focus Foundation to hold monies raised through various private fundraisers. The Community Focus Foundation has helped with several other community projects, including enhancement of the town with a bike pathway and the sidewalk sculpture project.
"Joining trails in the National Forest to the local community is a big step forward for Brevard, and it shows how this community appreciates recreation in the Pisgah National Forest. Opportunities to ride to the ride are not common today. We see this project as a model for other communites to embrace, so that these types of trails are the norm, not the exception. IMBA-SORBA wholeheartedly supports the Bracken Mountain Trail Project, and we're pleased to donate to this worthwhile project with funds raised at the Summit Silent Auction," says Tom Sauret, Executive Director of IMBA-SORBA.
Todd Branham with Long Cane Trails , LLC has been working with Brevard city planners and the USDA Forest Service to create a sustainable singletrack trail. Flagging the corridor has begun, and the 6-mile trail is estimated to be finished during the summer of 2012. Once completed, the trail will be included in the route on the final day of the Pisgah Mountain Bike Stage Race.