The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) is now accepting applications for 2016 visits from the Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew, IMBA’s grassroots educational program. Featuring a traveling team of two as well as nine regional staff members, the program offers everything from sustainable trail building schools to high-level land manager trainings, as well as organizational support for IMBA chapters and clubs.
IMBA experts work year-round throughout the United States, meeting with local mountain bike organizations, their land manager partners and the communities they serve to improve trail riding opportunities.
The Trail Care Crew program has inspired great volunteer trail work across the U.S. and abroad — a big help to government agencies and land managers who have limited funding for trail construction and upkeep. As a direct result, there are now thousands of new and improved trails in all 50 states, Canada, Mexico and several European countries.
Most local riding communities can benefit from the Trail Care Crew’s expertise. The crew offers many valuable services, including:
- Expert training on sustainable trail design, construction and maintenance
- Club/chapter development assistance
- Land manager training sessions
- Economic development presentations
- Community goal-setting and engagement
The deadline to submit requests for 2016 visits is November 15, 2015. Anyone may apply, but preference is given to organizations that submit thorough applications with clear goals in mind.
IMBA events are generally free and open to the public.