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West Virginia Trail Symposium

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May, 1st – 4th 2014

The West Virginia Trail Symposium provides trail professionals, advocates, volunteers and users with a venue for sharing up-to-date trail management and advocacy skills; as well as a forum for networking and building support for accessible, sustainable non-motorized trail systems.

Presented By

Pocahontas Trails – IMBA – WVMBA – USDA Forest Service

 

Thursday May 1, 2014   7:30 pm, Fiddlehead Restaurant

Meet and greet happy hour and the International Mountain Bicycling Association Presentation: Club Care Discussion

*Dinner not provide, but a menu will be available.

A key element of building sustainable trails is ensuring that there will be a community committed to the trails’ existence.  The Club Care Presentation is designed to teach advocates and volunteers how to effectively organize in order to accomplish club goals.  Based on the Crews’ experience teaching hundreds of volunteer groups, they will share techniques that advocacy organizations across the country have used to reach goals, overcome challenges, improve land access and grow the mountain bike community.

Friday May 2, 2014   8:00 am – 4:00 pm, Elk River Touring Center

8:00 am – 9:00 am   Eight Rivers Yoga  Elk River Touring Center

10:00 am – 12:00pm Grant Writing Workshop

Presenters to include: Bill Robinson, Community Development Specialist West Virginia Dept of Transportation

 

Presentation on the grants available through the State of West Virginia.  Then, an open forum covering all aspects of successful grant writing: forming partnerships, budgeting, understanding your audience, goal and objectives, and more.

12:00pm – 1:00pm IMBA’s Better Living Through Trails Presentation (Frank Maguire, IMBA Regional Director, Mid Atlantic)

2:00pm – 4:00pm Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew Land Manager Training

This presentation will educate land managers about IMBA and the practice of designing, building and maintaining sustainable purpose-built mountain bike trails as well as the importance of partnerships with local mountain biking organizations to achieve great trails.

Topics of discussion will include:

  • Trail Building Theory
  • Natural resource management
  • Erosion basics
  • Stacked loop trail systems
  • Sustainable design & construction
  • Effective signage
  • Volunteer management
  • User management techniques
  • Understanding trail flow
  • Reroutes and reclamation

4:00pm Open Land Managers Round Table Discussion

6:00pm Campfire Happy hour / Cookout

Saturday May 3, 2014   8:00 am – 4:00 pm, Elk River Touring Center and Gauley Mountain Trail

8:00am – 9:00am Eight Rivers Yoga Elk River Touring Center

9:00 – 4:00pm Subaru/IMBA Trail Building School

9am-12 in-classroom Subaru/IMBA Trail Building School
12-1 Break for lunch (lunch provided by Pocahontas Trails)
1-4 On trail/ hands on trail building workshop (Shuttle to Gualey Mountain Trail)
4-6 Continue Trail Work/ or group ride hike

The International Mountain Bicycling Association will lead its Trail Building School, which teaches IMBA’s philosophies and trains local volunteers and land managers how to build and maintain sustainable, fun singletrack.  The school involves three hours in the classroom followed by about four hours in the field doing hands-on trail work and field instruction.

6:00pm Campfire Happy hour / Cookout

Sunday May 4, 2014   8:00 am, Elk River Touring Center

8:00am – 9:00am Eight Rivers Yoga Elk River Touring Center

9:30am – whenever Group Ride Day (Meet at 9:30 Elk River Touring Center)

Jesse Livingston and Lori Reed:

Jesse and Lori (aka “JLo”) are the 17th Trail Care Crew, and they bring big personality to IMBA’s most beloved program. Originally from Springfield, Missouri, they are in the final months of their two-year stint, which means they have worked in nearly every state in the U.S. They’ve built trail everywhere from Florida to Oregon, and have helped communities of all kinds rally together in support of their trail systems. Prior to working at IMBA, Jesse worked in the U.S. Navy as a Fleet Marine Force Corpsman, where he rendered emergency medical treatment as well as taught other soldiers to administer first aid, including during Iraq deployment. Lori was putting her degree in exercise science to good use in designing youth programs for her local YMCA. Both spent a lot of time volunteering with their local club, the Midwest Off Road Cyclists.

Aimee Ross:

Aimee Ross is IMBA’s Advocacy Manager.  As a member of the Government Affairs team she works on federal and state access and policy initiatives to protect, preserve and enhance mountain bicycling experiences.  She provides the knowledge of developing training materials, creating mass communication tools, social media campaigns and techniques to inspire local advocates to be active in mountain bicycling advocacy.

A graduate from Central Michigan University with a BS in Public Health Education and Promotions and a BAA in Recreation Management and Marketing, she headed west after graduation finding herself in Southern California and working her first industry job with Ellsworth Bicycles.  Continuing to develop her career within the cycling industry she spent additional time growing her knowledge with Zoic Clothing and most recently crankbrothers.  She shows a collection of experience from sales analysis, operations, policy, event management and product marketing.

Marty Caivano:

As Field Programs Coordinator, Marty runs the logistics of the Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew program, as well as oversees the National Mountain Bike Patrol. She also assists with the Instructor Certification Program, which is IMBA’s mountain bike skills instructor program. Marty joined IMBA after twelve years spent mountain biking every hour of the day that wasn’t tied up in other life-sustaining activities. In her former career, she lived behind a camera as a photojournalist, writer and videographer for newspapers and cycling magazines. She’s also a bike mechanic, working with Mavic, Shimano and USA Cycling at race events.

Trail Building School

The International Mountain Bicycling Association will lead its Trail Building School, which teaches IMBA’s philosophies and trains local volunteers and land managers how to build and maintain sustainable, fun singletrack. The school involves three hours in the classroom followed by about four hours in the field doing hands-on trail work and field instruction.

Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew Land Manager Training

This presentation will educate land managers about IMBA and the practice of designing, building and maintaining sustainable purpose-built mountain bike trails as well as the importance of partnerships with local mountain biking organizations to achieve great trails.

Topics of discussion will include:

  • Trail Building Theory
  • Erosion basics
  • Sustainable design & construction
  • Volunteer management
  • Understanding trail flow
  • Natural resource management
  • Stacked loop trail systems
  • Effective signage
  • User management techniques
  • Reroutes and reclamation

Club Care

A key element of building sustainable trails is ensuring that there will be a community committed to the trails’ existence. The Club Care Presentation is designed to teach advocates and volunteers how to effectively organize in order to accomplish club goals. Based on the Crews’ experience teaching hundreds of volunteer groups, they will share techniques that advocacy organizations across the country have used to reach goals, overcome challenges, improve land access and grow the mountain bike community.

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