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Archive for October 15, 2014

SDMBA/IMBA Land Manager Trails Workshop
We at the SDMBA would like to invite you and interested colleagues to a special event. We hope you can make it. If you can’t please pass this along to someone you think may be interested.
Thank you,
Gardner Grady
SDMBA/IMBA Crestridge Ecological Reserve Liaison
IMBA Trail Care Crew San Diego visit, December 4-7, 2014
You are invited to a special Land Manager Training day on Friday, December 5, 2014.
Subaru/International Mountain Bicycling Association Trail Care Crew Coming to San Diego
Expert team will join the San Diego Mountain Biking Association in 
sustainable trail building workshops with field work at Crestridge Ecological Reserve
The San Diego Mountain Biking Association regularly invites the International Mountain Bicycling Association’s (IMBA) Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew to visit our area. They will be in San Diego the weekend of December 4-7 to talk trails, teach people proper trail building technique and spend quality time digging in the dirt. The visit is one of 38 stops on the 2014 schedule. You are invited to attend the Land Manager Training Day on Friday, December 5, 2014. If you know of someone else you think would benefit from this session please pass this information on to them. 
Whos invited:
Local, state and federal land management agency staff in any applicable department, such as recreation management, upper management, planning, maintenance, construction, facilities, engineering, GIS/mapping; city and County officials.   
What is the Land Manager Training:
The Crew offers a presentation followed by discussion geared toward educating about IMBA’s work and the practice of building sustainable trails and managing trail users to improve the user experience. Following the training and lunch (provided) we’ll head out to the field for a hands on demonstration of what was covered in the presentation. 
Land Manager Training key topics:
Trail building theory, sustainable trail design and construction, user management techniques, erosion basics, volunteer management, natural resource management, stacked loop systems, understanding flow, effective signage, trail maintenance concerns, reroutes and reclamation.
Friday, December 5, 2014
8:00-9:00: Coffee and snacks
9:00–Noon: Land Manager’s Workshop
113 North Park Drive
Crest, CA 92021
Through the generous support of our sponsors we provide this training at no cost. 
For more information and to register for the IMBA Trail building School, contact: 
Register online here
Gardner Grady, SDMBA Crestridge Liaison: gardner(at)sdmba(dot)com, or
For a complete list of visit dates, photos and additional information on the Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew visit this page.

The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew, on the road since 1997, is IMBA’s grassroots educational program and an authority on sustainable trail building practices. Our team of professional trail experts travel year-round throughout the United States and beyond, leading trail work sessions, meeting with land managers and working with IMBA Chapters/clubs and the communities they serve to improve mountain biking 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.
About the San Diego Mountain Biking Association (SDMBA)
San Diego Mountain Biking Association  (SDMBA) is an IRS 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt, non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to protecting and promoting mountain bike access in San Diego County. Our 20-year-old association was formed by a small and passionate group of mountain bikers. In 2013 SDMBA became a chapter of the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA). Today our 100% volunteer-managed organization continues to grow with over 800 members.
SDMBA envisions San Diego County as a home and destination with a rich network of sustainable trails and bike parks providing mountain bikers and other non-motorized trail users with recreational, athletic, and educational opportunities.
Advocate for outdoor recreational access throughout San Diego County
Foster respect for the environment and educate trail users in safe and appropriate mountain biking use
Provide expert assistance in sustainable trail design, building, and maintenance
Work with other trail user groups, land managers, and policy makers to develop fair and responsible policies governing the use of public and private lands
About the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA)
The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit educational association whose mission is to create, enhance and preserve great trail experiences for mountain bikers worldwide.  Since 1988, IMBA has been bringing out the best in mountain biking by encouraging low-impact riding, volunteer trailwork participation, cooperation among different trail user groups, grassroots advocacy and innovative trail management solutions.
IMBA’s worldwide network includes 35,000  individual members, more than 750 bicycle clubs, more than 160 corporate partners and about 600 retailer shops. IMBA’s members live in all 50 U.S. states, most Canadian provinces and in 30 other countries. For more information visit
About Subaru of America, Inc.
Subaru of America, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered near Philadelphia, the company markets and distributes all-wheel drive Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of nearly 600 dealers across the United States. Subaru of America, Inc., is the only car company that offers symmetrical all-wheel drive as standard equipment on every vehicle in its product line. Subaru has been the best-selling import wagon in America for the past 20 years, based on R.L. Polk & Company new vehicle retail registration statistics calendar year-end 2002.
About the Earth Discovery Institute (our hosts)
The Earth Discovery Institute oversees the implementation of the Crestridge Habitat Management and Monitoring Plan, including stewardship efforts for land management, monitoring, and maintenance. Scientifically -based preservation and restoration programs are being created that integrally involve students and the community. Biologically sound ecological preservation programs are being established that are intertwined with innovative education programs, creating unique models of both. The community at large is the beneficiary of a healthy natural area, and a corps of stewards who understand, value and protect it.


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