Feel like helping? Find out how to save your trails

Like bustin' down singletrack? Well learn how to fix it up as well  Credit: Elden Nelson/Active.com
For many of us, contributing time to help support local trail building and maintenance may be the key to keeping trails open in the areas near where we live.

For several years now, the International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA) with the support of Subaru has supported the Trail Care Crew program in many areas of the country to help local clubs in this effort.

Last year the Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew program visited 110 clubs and land management agencies in 40 U.S. states, two Canadian provinces and seven countries. In 2001, the award-winning Trail Care Crew returns for its fifth year, leading trail work sessions, trail building schools and meetings with mountain bike clubs and land management agencies across the United States, Canada and abroad.

Trail Care Crew veterans Joey Klein, Rich Edwards and Jen Edwards are also returning to the line-up. Their cumulative trail design, maintenance and construction expertise (along with their and world-wide perspective) is the heart and soul of the program's value to mountain biking and land managers.

The 2001 Trail Care Crew schedule is the strongest ever. Through the cold winter months, the crews' visits include South Carolina, Hawaii, Florida, Arizona, Louisiana, Tennessee, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Athens, Greece where Klein will work with the Union Cycliste Internationale, or UCI (the international governing body of cylcing), to develop the 2004 Olympic mountain bike course.

The spring schedule includes stops in Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, California, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine and Nevada.

The Crews will spend National Trails Day, June 2, in Potomac, Maryland and Pinetop/Lakeside, Arizona.

The summer and fall months will include New York, Vermont, Ontario (Canada), Michigan, Utah, Wyoming, South Dakota, North Dakota, Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Nevada, Minnesota, Nebraska, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Washington, Missouri, Kentucky, Ohio, West Virginia, North Carolina, Alberta (CAN), British Columbia (CAN), Alaska, Oregon and northern California.

To learn more about the Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew and find out where and when you can get involved with a TCC-lead trail work session or trail-building school in your area, visit IMBA's website, and click on "Trail Care Crew" link.

While online, you can also read the crews' journals and view pictures from TCC visits, as well as check out articles on trail design, maintenance and construction.

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