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    Caution;  Merge;  Workers Ahead! 1st ever PA IMBA/DCNR grants deadline april 13th

    I know it's a short timeline but at least we can get it out of the way.

    I have been working with DCNR to find a way to better fund our trail systems. In short what we are going to do is let PA IMBA clubs apply for grants in the range of 5,000.00 for trail construction maintenance and other trail improvements. I am meeting with them on thursday to work this out but i would highly suggest to get some ideas together and what their cost are going to be so you can hit the ground running.


    examples:
    -trail tools
    -kiosks
    -trail signage
    -trail construction items

    be creative but realistic.

    more details to come friday.

    feel free to ask any questions.

    thanks
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    New question here.

    Hey Joe:

    So how do we(NEPMTBA) stand at Francis Slocum? Do we go through the ranger to access funds in his park? If we apply to DCNR do we need the rangers approval?

    We need a few bridges to span water areas. I spoke with the ranger and he told us "WE" would have to purchase or have the materials donated. The thing is the bridges have to be built to the specs and guidelines the park follows.

    Short story long as in government we will have a $10,000 bridge 10 feet long 3 feet wide!

    Sorry for all the questions

    More questions to follow

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    Does the club have to be an "IMBA Club" or not? Hubbard isn't an IMBA club, but I'm a member. Our main concern is of course, Merli. BTW, is it too late to set up an IMBA trail building school at Merli? ttyl, Fahn
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    Hey Joe

    Joe, I've been meaning to contact you regarding trail access at Nescopeck State Park. I've met with the land manager and I'm supposed to meet with him sometime in the near future. Do you have an e-mail address where I can contact you?
    Rick

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    hey guys, hope all is well. I'll have more definative answers tomorrow but i try and do this to help what's already in place. What i mean is receiving this grant money is a great way to build a long term relationship with local land managers. Sure it's tedious sometimes but we're all in it for thelong haul or ride i should say.

    1. i would definitely approach the ranger and get some feedback. If it's lumber you need then get some quotes for the grant. state parks do have guidelines for bridges but that's the way it goes i guess. I am meeting with DCNR tomorrow and will pose this situation.

    2. should you be an imba club??? You know what i'm gonna say but seriously, the grant are going to be under IMBA's non-profit and it comes down to giving the grants to affiliated clubs. If money is a problem then put the 35.00 as part of the grant. hek put down 105.00 to make you, the hiking and hunting clubs imba affiliated too I know i get banged around for pushing imba, but there is strenghth in numbers and it gives us automatic credibility esp dealing with DCNR NPS etc.

    if it''s a sticking point then talk to me offline and i'll make it work(i.e. pay the imba club membership through my petty cash drawer)

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    Good job!

    Joe:

    Thanks for doing this!

    I would like to be first in saying you are doing a great job and we appreciate what you have done in the past!

    We look forward to the progress that has grown due to your hard work.

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    lee, thanks for the words, but the more you guys do, the more it motivates me. i have to absorb everything today but the grants can't go for trail tools. A footbridge is a viable option, but this is where your relationship with the ranger comes into play. they should have the funds in place to improve it. If the bridge costs 3,000 but the impact study costs a minimum of 10k then it's not feasible.

    like i said let me abosorb some of this. Don't worry about the dealine though. I might have a conference call for club leaders to go over this.

    one thing i will submit for is funds to build a professional site for the state. I feel pretty strongly that we need to re-ignite KMBA.

    now i sleep

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    PA IMBA grants...

    well, it's freaky friday and the grant was mailed today. Have no idea if it will get approved. it's my first go at it and I wouldn't approve it if it came across my desk

    i learned alot.........like i have alot to learn.


    I did however learn we need to put the cart before the horse, or at least build the cart. I applied for monies to build a statewide website, conduct trailbuilding seminars, bike patrol seminars. Also i will be training someone to be a PA trails specialist to kind of have our own version of trail solutions. if approved they will be trained by imba and work hand in hadn with KMBA, IMBA and local clubs to develop trails etc.

    the website will be top notch. it will be built with your input. Want to start a club??? no problem, want to promote your club...no problem. Visiting to PA and want to find the perfect singletrack??? no problem.


    its a long slow process, but we will do it together.

    i will be reforming KMBA and will reach out to you to help that process.

    now to rest.

    btw; someone owes me $3.07 for postage

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    joe,

    you ever get to town when i'm around, i'll take care of that postage tenfold in drinks buddy. i can't even seem to find the time to keep up with the projects in my own back yard, and you're working on everyone's. my sincere thanks for that.

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    Dandy don, (old name of a market near my house) thanks, but WE'LL all be working TOGETHER

    we have a great local scene and they've nicely said "thanks, but we can't stand you anymore, go bug someone else" (i say that with a completely funny tone, i wouldn't trade our local scene with anyone else's. I know myself and i'd say the same thing to myself)

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    Nice looking logo for an even better idea. Thanks for your efforts!

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    not takin' credit

    for the logo. it was created when Kmba was created during the pgc crisis by the old imba rep tim cusick and others.

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    good times those, eh?

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