AMBA has carefully reviewed the forest service plan and has submitted detailed comments.
IMBA submits comment letter pertaining to the Draft Plan Alternatives and provides comment directly on several of those Alternatives.
As most of you know, the Cibola National Forest is going through it's Forest Service (FS) plan revision. With the large turnout of approximately 200 mountain bikers to one of their public meetings, the FS determined they wanted a mountain biker on their team to give them input to their plan. They chose a representative from the local IMBA Chapter for numerous reasons, including IMBA’s reputation as being a positive force in creating and managing trails. As that representative, AMBA President Dan Robets attended a 3 day FS workshop on shared stewardship of the Forest where he met many influential people and had the privilege of representing mountain bikers. Expect a draft plan to surface this summer.
AMBA recently partnered with the Sandia Ranger District and was awarded a $50,000 Recreational Trails Program Grant money for improvements in the greater Cedro area! In order to receive this grant, AMBA has committed to provide the required non-Federal match (close to $3,000) to make this project happen.
With this funding, the Sandia Ranger District will be able to hire a 5 person trail crew for the 2017 summer season to implement more improvements (including trail relocations and new trails) to an already great trail system!
Some of the work will include a number of relocations on trails around Oak Flats such as the Pine Flat Connector, Pine Loop, Oak Flat connector, near Cedro - Meadow Singletrack, Bear Scat, Powerline. Also there will be a few newly designated trails to add more connectivity.
AMBA is in the process of signing a volunteer agreement with the Forest Service to lead independent work crews on Forest Service approved projects. This will give us the convenience of scheduling our own work days. Recent conversations with the Forest Service indicate that they are moving towards a community supported trail system. That means it's ours to make the most of.