FOBM is delighted to announce that we were recently awarded an educational trail building grant from the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA). The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew (TCC) are scheduled to come to Lake County on April 9th and will be at Boggs through Sunday, April 12th. Please note that this is a FREE event.
The Subaru/IMBA TCC, on the road since 1997, is IMBA’s grassroots educational program, with regional trail crews that travel throughout the US in Subaru-sponsored vehicles. The IMBA crew coming to Boggs will feature a “trails duo”, Jordan Carr and Lani Bruntz. The crew will hold presentations on the benefits of trails to communities, as well as sustainable trail building techniques based on IMBA’s highly-respected Trail Building School in the classroom as well as outdoors in Boggs Forest.
Celebrating its 13th year in 2015, the Friends of Boggs Mountain was among a select few to have received this nationwide, competitive grant. And this isn’t IMBA TCC’s first time at Boggs. The first crew came out here a few years after FOBM was formed. Back then, the TCC worked with FOBM volunteers to improve a seasonal creek crossing at popular Gail’s Trail, as well as a re-route of the Shaker Trail to connect to Gails near that crossing.
The application process was paperless, completed online, and exhaustive. IMBA’s quite rigorous in their expectations with regard to outreach, and inclusiveness to all types of trail users, not just mountain bikers. For this reason, it was a perfect program for FOBM, which addresses the needs of hikers, horseback riders and cyclists who love the forest.
In that spirit, FOBM is planning to reach out to FOBM members, government and community leaders, and folks on the Konocti Regional Trails (KRT) distribution list to inform them of this wonderful opportunity. The newly-formed IMBA Chapter, the Lake County Trails Coalition, is also anticipated to play a big role in this program.
In the hope of enlisting greater participation in other areas of the County, FOBM plans to hold one presentation on Friday, April 10, 3-5pm at the Board of Supervisors’ Chambers in Lakeport (255 N. ForbesSt.) on “Better Living Through Trails” with case studies on how trails have benefited communities.
The trail building school venue will be at Cobb Mountain Elementary School on Sat. April 11, from 9-noon, and then at Boggs from 1-5pm for hands-on trail building techniques. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided, courtesy of FOBM.
A social ride in the forest will take place on Sunday, April 12, at 10am, and will be led by the Lake County Trails Coalition and High School Mountain Bike Teams.
Many thanks to business member, Harbin Hot Springs, for accommodating our IMBA guests, to the County of Lake and Cobb Mountain Elementary School for providing the indoor presentation venues, to business members Hardester’s Markets, Mountain High Coffee and Books, and to Safeway for providing food & beverages for our hard-working volunteers!