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IMBA Singletrack Update
1. IMBA NATIONAL NEWS
* IMBA Testifies in Congress on CA Wilderness
For the second time in a nine-month period, IMBA was asked to testify before the U.S. Congress regarding proposed Wilderness. On July 14, IMBA's Jim Hasenauer provided testimony on the Northern California Coastal Wild Heritage Wilderness Act (S.128/H.R. 233), a bill that threatens to ban mountain biking from 170 miles of singletrack trails. Read more:
http://www.imba.com/news/news_releases/07_05/07_14_imba_testimony.html

* Support Needed for Bike-Friendly VA Wilderness Bill
Working closely with the Virginia Wilderness Committee (VWC), IMBA has forged an inovative bike-friendly agreement that will protect parts of the Jefferson National Forest in southern Virginia as Wilderness, but keep trails open through alternative designations. Please consider writing a
letter in support of this bill, a model of compromise that could be replicated in many states facing Wilderness-imposed bans. Read more:
http://www.imba.com/news/action_alerts/07_05/07_07_virginia.html

* Grand Teton National Park Comments Needed by Aug. 1
IMBA and the National Parks and Conservation Association (NPCA) urge mountain bikers nationwide to ask for improved bicycling in Grand Teton National Park and the Jackson, Wyoming, area. A new transportation plan is
in the works, and public comments must be submitted by Aug. 1. Contact Grand Teton National Park Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott and voice your support for the Improved Alternative 4 transportation plan with IMBA's template at:
http://www.imba.com/news/action_alerts/07_05/07_14_grand_teton.html

* Oregon Clubs Offer Innovative Proposal for Mount Hood
The Oregon Mountain Bike Alliance (ORMBA) and IMBA have released an innovative proposal that would protect the undeveloped lands of the Mount Hood National Forest using a combination of diverse land protections, rather than a federal Wilderness designation. The ORMBA/IMBA plan includes a detailed map covering all the lands in the "Lewis and Clark Mount Hood
Wilderness Act," proposed in 2004 by U.S. Senator Ron Wyden. For details:
http://www.imba.com/news/news_releases/06_05/06_14_mount_hood.html

* North Dakota Air Force Base Partners with IMBA
The Airman Leadership School at Minot Air Force Base will team with IMBA to
build trails. "We're teaching service men and women to build fun, sustainable trails and they just love it. Plus, they take orders really well," says North Dakota rep Ron Luethe. Similar agreements with other Air
Force bases are on the horizon. Visit the North Dakota Cycling Federation website for the latest news: http://www.ndcycling.com/

* L.A. Times Says Adirondack Cyclists Could be Snakebitten
According to the L.A. Times, a pro-rattlesnake, anti-biking group is seeking
to keep bikes out of the Split Rock Mountain Wild Forest, in New York's Adirondacks region. Protected by state law, rattlesnakes are considered a threatened species in New York. Cyclists say that riding on 5 miles of
trails at Split Rock is a trivial risk to the rattler population. Bikes are allowed in 1.3 million acres of Adirondack wild forest and excluded from 1 million Wilderness acres. Read more here (requires registration):
http://www.latimes.com/news/science/wire/sns-ap-apn-rattlesnake-range,1,8554
6.story?page=1&ctrack=1&cset=true&coll=sns-ap-science-headlines

* Kona Freeride Grants Awarded
Seven 2005 Kona/IMBA Freeride Grants have been awarded, thanks to Kona
Bicycle Company's generous support. The clubs will each receive $1,000 cash grants to help create new freeriding, downhilling, and dirt jumping opportunities. To find out which clubs made the cut, and to see how they
plan to spend their money, visit this page:
http://www.imba.com/news/news_releases/06_05/06_23_kona_winners.html





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