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    Caution;  Merge;  Workers Ahead! Pennsylvania Advocacy Thread

    I still think it's good to make seperate threads for topics like stony hill or local issues. We would use this for state wide or national issues. Post questions, suggestions and things your doing like best practices, challenges etc.


    here is some info on national issues

    SPECIAL REPORT: IMBA'S FEDERAL PUBLIC LANDS AGENCY NATIONAL CAMPAIGNS

    In last month's eNewsletter, we highlighted IMBA's national access agenda: Wilderness initiatives in 23 states; ensuring mountain bike opportunities receive Recreational Trails Program funding; commenting on USFS, BLM and NPS trail plans; rejecting legislative language that calls us mechanized; and maintaining access to national scenic trails (old eNews copied below).

    This month, we encourage Clubs and Reps to tie in at the local level with any of IMBA's federal public lands partners. You are IMBA. We hope you will use our national partnerships to leverage access on the local level. Here are some ideas:

    U.S. Forest Service:
    - Provide written comments on changing National Forest Plans that promote mountain bike access
    (http://www.imba.com/resources/organi...t_toolkit.html)
    - Watch for Forest Service recommendations that may expand Wilderness near trails that have mountain bike access
    - Watch for policy language that calls us "mechanized" and reject being managed with motorized trail users, ask to be managed with hikers and equestrians
    - Get involved in the trail inventory process that is now underway to make sure your trails remain open and become USFS system trails

    U.S. Bureau of Land Management:
    - Provide written comments to BLM trail plans that promote mountain bike access (http://www.blm.gov/planning)
    - Partner with the BLM and use their Challenge Cost Share Program to raise funding for local trail and patrol projects
    - Get involved in the ongoing trail inventory process to make sure your favorite trails remain open

    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers:
    - Volunteer on Corps project sites and build and repair trails. The Corps is the most enthusiastic IMBA partner and they may give you permission to build more trails than you can handle!
    (http://corpslakes.usace.army.mil/visitors/)

    National Park Service:
    - Work with your local NPS staff to host an IMBA/NPS pilot project
    - If pilot project status is too much of a commitment, request a Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew visit with your local NPS staff to explore dirt road and trail possibilities
    (http://www.imba.com/resources/agenci...tcc_visit.html)
    - Make sure to provide comments on changing NPS trail plans to promote mountain bike access (http://www.parkplanning.nps.gov)

    Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance:
    - Ask these professional trail and greenway facilitators to speak at a local club meeting about community trail projects
    - Partner with other trail user groups in the area to request RTCA project status (to see examples of trail and greenway projects in your area visit
    http://www.nps.gov/rtca/)

    SEPTEMBER ENEWS

    * Join IMBA's National Advocacy Campaigns
    Take a look at what IMBA is working on in Washington, DC (see stories below) and learn how you can plug your area into the mix.

    * IMBA Wilderness Campaigns Needed in 23 States
    Wilderness Proposals are in the works for the following states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia , Idaho, Illinois, Michigan, Mississippi, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wyoming. If you aren't involved, you risk watching hundreds of miles of trails close in your backyard. Write Jenn Dice at IMBA to find out who to talk to in your state. [email protected]

    * File an IMBA Response to Trail and Forest Management Plans One of the most important jobs for mountain bike advocates is to offer and record comments about any new trail and forest management plans in your area. These plans can affect bicycle access for 10 to 20 years, so missing the chance to comment can be devastating. IMBA has made it easy by writing 90 percent of what needs to be submitted - you just need to customize the letter for your management agency.

    To comment on Forest Service plans, click here: http://www.imba.com/resources/organi...t_toolkit.html

    For Bureau of Land Management Plans: http://www.blm.gov/planning

    For National Park Service Plans: http://www.parkplanning.nps.gov

    * Let's Get More Mountain Bikers Appointed to Trail Committees Congress has authorized $370 million for dirt trails over the next five years. That could be a lot of new singletrack - if you go get the money! IMBA is shifting focus from our RTP lobby campaign to helping clubs and reps apply for funding. A national team of IMBA leaders will be steering our two-part campaign to 1) make sure that an IMBA person serves on all 50 state's trail committees, and 2) encourage clubs to apply for grants. For more info visit: http://www.imba.com/news/news_releas...rans_bill.html

    * Don't Call Us Mechanized!
    Time and time again, we see land managers that designate mountain bikers as a mechanized user group and needlessly create another layer of management that ultimately hurts bike access. As you know, the natural resource impacts of biking is similar to hiking
    (http://www.imba.com/resources/scienc...t_summary.html) and it is extremely important that we are managed with other silent, human-powered recreation groups. If you know of a land manager who groups bicycles in with motorized users, please email Government Affairs Director Jenn Dice. [email protected]

    * Preserve Bike Access to National Scenic Trails
    If a national scenic trail runs through your state, please help IMBA make sure mountain bikers have continued access to these public resources. The most active national trail campaign revolves around the 4,000-mile North Country National Scenic Trail. Without public input, the Forest Service and National Park Service decided to make this a hiking-only trail. IMBA reps and clubs along the route are working to reverse this decision. For more info visit: http://www.imba.com/resources/agencies/nct_04_01.html
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    Joe Thank you

    I just sent an e-mail about Camp Mack, and I think if this goes well, should look at trying for some grant money. I like the logo.

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    second that logo, did you try any other colors?? green mountains sound nice to me, but i'm far too lazy to photoshop it.

    or even paint.

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    For the record i take no credit for that logo. That came from cusick and those guys in harrisburg. As imba reps we talked about not using the name b/c of the bad blood with the game lands but i kind of like it and it seems to work. Time will tell.

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    Looking to justify trails in your community????

    http://www.americantrails.org/resour...sparksecon.pdf

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hackamo
    Looking to justify trails in your community????

    http://www.americantrails.org/resour...sparksecon.pdf

    Thats a nice paper to save for future use. Thanks!

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    last chance to submit your IMBA TCC visits

    if you forgot, tomorrow is the dealing to request IMBA's Trail Care Crew. Please fill out the following to [email protected]

    Club or Organization Name:


    Contact person and full address (name, email, phone numbers, website):


    Name, contact information and location of land management agencies your organization is working with:


    Other land managers/government land agencies in the area, including contact names and information:


    Names/contact information of local biking/hiking/equestrian groups, bike patrols, Sprockids clubs, bike or outdoor shops that would be included:


    Names and contact information of local press that would be contacted:


    Names and contacts of local bike industry folks in the area:


    Brief description of the proposed project and how a Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew visit would contribute to expanded trail opportunities:


    When did the Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew last visit your organization?

    What is the best time of the year for a Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew visit? Are there times of the year that aren't conducive to trailbuilding (i.e. too cold, wet, hot, hunting seasons, etc.)?

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    did you mean the deadline???

    man, i don't think we have to worry, seems like they always manage to stop in here on their way somewhere.

    but a good heads up. might be we should try ofr something official, eh?

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    ... and if we just ...

    different way to go to meeting:

    I said for our november mtg that whoever rode to the meeting would have their 06' membership free. We had over 7 riders come to the mtg on their bikes. Unfortunately mine was a 50 mile round trip. Good base miles though. In the end a local bike shop donated the 70.00 in membership dues back to the club.


    www.bikevmb.com

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    thought the game lands were just a "screw it we'll ride em anyways" situation. Well maybe not. We've been slowing pushing to try and get something of a "singletrack approval package" which would allow groups to partner with the pgc to open singletrack. Nothing close to concrete yet, but we're at the "let's set a date to meet with all the regional land managers" phase. will keep everyone updated.

    see you on the trails

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hackamo
    thought the game lands were just a "screw it we'll ride em anyways" situation. Well maybe not. We've been slowing pushing to try and get something of a "singletrack approval package" which would allow groups to partner with the pgc to open singletrack. Nothing close to concrete yet, but we're at the "let's set a date to meet with all the regional land managers" phase. will keep everyone updated.

    see you on the trails

    Well, that is good news. Good work and keep us posted with any news or need for help.

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    Philly club?

    Question: Does anyone know of a group active in the Philadelphia area? I'm looking to get involved in some trail maintenance / advocacy, possibly to start something if it's needed. There doesn't seem to be a very visible presence (though we have some super fun trails.) Thanks for any help.

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    Jersey Action Riders, though based, obviously, in Jersey, does trail work at the Wiss. I've done tm with them on a number of occasions there...but it is difficult to get out to their club meetings because they are all held in NJ. Sorry I can't be too much help, but it is rewarding to join them and at least work in the Wiss.

    jerseyactionriders.org


    Quote Originally Posted by Dannokool
    Question: Does anyone know of a group active in the Philadelphia area? I'm looking to get involved in some trail maintenance / advocacy, possibly to start something if it's needed. There doesn't seem to be a very visible presence (though we have some super fun trails.) Thanks for any help.

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    Check here as well

    Quote Originally Posted by Dannokool
    Question: Does anyone know of a group active in the Philadelphia area? I'm looking to get involved in some trail maintenance / advocacy, possibly to start something if it's needed. There doesn't seem to be a very visible presence (though we have some super fun trails.) Thanks for any help.
    These guys do trail maintenance at other parks in SE PA as well:

    http://www.patrailhands.org/
    I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it. - Thomas Jefferson

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    taking off to meet with head of recreation for PGC. goal is to get committment to support pilot program of singletrack approval on SGL. Will post update after meeting.

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    been hearing rumors Joe, give me the info on the meeting.

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