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Trail Education, Contracting, and Patrol Programs

Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crews and Trailbuilding Schools

The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crews are back on the trail and focused on an ambitious mission to inspire more than 100,000 hours of volunteer trailwork in 2007. Their coast-to-coast tour features more than 50 two-day IMBA Trailbuilding Schools and presentations at multiple regional and national events.

The award-winning program includes two full-time, professional teams of trail experts who travel North America year-round, leading IMBA Trailbuilding Schools, meeting with government officials and land managers, and working with ImBA-affiliated groups to improve mountain biking and trail experiences.

The complete list of Trailbuilding Schools by date are posted on the National Trails Training Partnership Calendar. More details can be found at

IMBA World Summits

IMBA Summits have been held in Park City, Utah; Whistler, BC, Canada; and Washington, DC. The Summits are open to the public, and feature advocacy seminars, trailbuilding workshops, networking, great food, parties, and celebrity guest speakers. Topics include the economic power of trails, sustainable trailbuilding, liability and risk management, urban trail networks, and building club capacity. For more info see

Trail Solutions: A Wealth Of Experience, A Passion For Trails

IMBA's Trail Solutions is a fee-based contracting program staffed by former Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew professionals that have worked in every US State, each Canadian Province, and more than a dozen foreign countries. Trail Solutions professionals offer turn-key trail planning, design, construction, and education services. Trail Solutions provides custom trails training and education services to clients needing advanced training on trail planning and design, hand and mechanized trail construction, bike park planning and implementation, maintenance planning, building volunteer stewardship programs, and trails-based tourism and economic development.

Additional information can be found at or by contacting Trail Solutions Manager, Chris Bernhardt, at 720-308-2777 or by email at

National Mountain Bike Patrol: Assist, Educate, and Inform

The National Mountain Bike Patrol program provides non-enforcement assistance to trail users and land managers around North America. Patrol groups strive to assist, educate, and inform in a manner that encourages environmental sensitivity, safety, and preparedness. IMBA assists in helping new patrol groups form, certifying individual patrollers, and providing resources for equipment and medical supplies.

See more information on the National Mountain Bike Patrol program or contact Spencer Powlison, Field Programs Coordinator at 303-545-9011 ext. 101 or at See the IMBA website for these publications: National Mountain Bike Patrol Manual, Training Guidelines, Search and Rescue Training Manual, and Study Guide for patroller certification.

Trails Publications

Trail Solutions: IMBA's Guide To Building Sweet Singletrack

Trail Solutions is IMBA's premier trailbuilding resource. This 272-page book combines cutting-edge trailbuilding techniques with proven fundamentals in a colorful, easy-to-read format. Packed with more than 130 photos and 50 original illustrations, Trail Solutions is an essential tool for land managers and volunteer trailbuilders aspiring to raise their shared-use trail systems to the next level.

Published in 2004, the book has emerged as the leading source of sustainable trailbuilding information. Nearly 10,000 copies have been distributed to over 40 countries, and the guidelines have been adopted as official policy by hundreds of land agencies and recreation providers around the globe.

The book is divided into eight sections that follow the trailbuilding process from beginning to end. Readers will be guided through the essential steps of trail planning, design, tool selection, construction, and maintenance. Trail Solutions also describes how to secure funding and support volunteers to get the job done. It covers new ground by providing detailed advice on bermed turns, rock armoring, mechanized tools, freeriding, downhilling, and other pioneering techniques.

Managing Mountain Biking: IMBA's Guide To Providing Great Riding

What makes one trail a success, while another is unpopular or the source of conflict? Why do some trails last for decades with minimal maintenance, while others require expensive repairs? Managing Mountain Biking gives solutions for these and dozens of other trail-related dilemmas. Written for professional land managers, volunteers, and recreation providers alike, this 256-page book offers an essential collection of best practices for planning, designing, and managing successful trail networks and bike parks.

More than 50 experts including land managers, recreation ecologists, professional trailbuilders, and experienced advocates contributed to Managing Mountain Biking, creating the most complete reference of its kind. Strategies are clearly described with the aid of 270 color photos and 25 helpful illustrations; dozens of success stories from around the globe provide real-world examples of effective trail management.

Managing Mountain Biking breaks new ground with advice on overcoming user conflict, minimizing environmental impact, managing risk, and providing technically challenging riding. While Trail Solutions covers trail construction, Managing Mountain Biking focuses on solving mountain biking issues through innovative trail design, effective partnerships, and visitor management strategies.

Together, the two books provide a complete resource for better trail recreation. The books can be purchased, along with other trails and mountain biking publications, via the IMBA online bookstore. Quantity discounts available. Call 888-442-4622.


The National Trails Training Partnership

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The National Trails Training Partnership is an alliance of Federal agencies, training providers, nationwide supporters, and providers of products and services. Visit the online calendar of training opportunities, access hundreds of trail-related resources, read the news, learn how you can help, and see training resources in your state.

This material is based upon work supported by the Federal Highway Administration under Cooperative Agreement DTFH61-06-H-00023. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the Author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the Federal Highway Administration.



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