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IMBA Singletrack Update
1. IMBA NATIONAL NEWS:
IMBA AND NPS REACH BREAKTHROUGH AGREEMENT
If you've been enjoying the fine spring weather, you might have missed big news out of Washington, D.C. IMBA and the National Parks Service (NPS) recently hammered out a 5-year agreement designed to boost mountain bicycling opportunities in NPS units. All the scoop can be found at http://www.imba.com/resources/agencies/nps.html

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT THE IMBA/NPS DEAL
Newspapers, magazines, IMBA members and supporters from around the globe had good things to say about the IMBA/NPS agreement. Read their reactions at http://www.imba.com/resources/agencies/nps_feedback.html

NPS LOOKING FOR PILOT PROJECTS
In the wake of the recently announced IMBA/NPS agreement, IMBA members are being asked to suggest pilot projects for the NPS to review. IMBA and the NPS will work together to select final candidates in late 2005. Learn more at http://www.imba.com/resources/agencies/nps_pilot_idea.html

TEN $500 NORBA/IMBA GRANTS AVAILABLE
Ten Trail Tune-Up Grants are available to mountain biking groups seeking to jump-start trail improvement projects. To learn more, visit http://www.imba.com/news/news_releases/05_05/05_02_norba_grants.html

SUPPORT IMBA'S LEGAL DEFENSE FUND
Your donation to IMBA's Legal Defense Fund will help shape fair trail use policies and end discrimination against mountain bikers.
http://stores.yahoo.com/imba/caledefu.html

2. REGIONAL REPORTS:
SANTA MONICA TRAIL THREATENED (INCLUDES VIDEO)
Canyonback Trail is a critical access point to the Westridge-Canyon Back Wilderness Park, in Southern California's Santa Monica Mountains. IMBA and the locally based Canyon Back Alliance hope you'll view a streaming video clip, and learn how to take action to save this important resource. http://www.imba.com/news/action_alerts/04_05/04_28_santa_monica.html

200 NEW YORK LAND MANAGERS LEARN FROM IMBA
The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew has worked with more than 200 state and local land managers in New York in the past year. Four regionally focused outreach efforts, organized in partnership with the New York Office of Recreation and Parks, proved an effective way to bring IMBA's experts together with key decision makers. Read more athhttp://www.imba.com/news/news_releases/04_05/04_29_ny_trail_mgnrs.html

IMBA SIGNS AGREEMENT WITH VIRGINIA STATE PARKS
The State of Virginia and IMBA have forged an agreement to promote and protect mountain biking in the Old Dominion state. Additionally, the Richmond chapter of MORE received a "Local Hero" award at the Governor's Greenways, Blueways and Trails Conference, held May 2. http://www.imba.com/news/news_releases/05_05/05_13_virginia.html

SUGOI DIRT SERIES HITS PACIFIC NORTHWEST
In the past four years, the world-class coaches of the Sugoi Dirt Series mountain bike camps have given hundreds of women new skills and confidence on their bikes. This year, the Whistler, British Columbia-based Dirt Series will spread their love for the sport farther than ever before. Eighteen camps (15 are women-only) are being held across B.C., Alberta, the U.S. Pacific Northwest and the Bay area. Each runs on a two-day format and includes morning skill sessions followed by afternoon rides. The program also dedicates time to bike fit and maintenance, trail etiquette, and offers a host of opportunities to demo new gear. There's a limit of 36 riders per camp, and the participant to coach ratio never exceeds 6:1. Details at
http://www.dirtseries.com or 604-905-8876.




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