IMBA Hires New PLI Director, Adds Six New Campaigns

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For immediate release 7-20-2012
Contact jenn [dot] dice [at] imba [dot] com (Jenn Dice)
IMBA Government Affairs Director

IMBA welcomes new Public Lands Initiative Director, Aaron Clark, formerly of the Southern Rockies Conservation Alliance (SRCA). For nine years, Clark was the recreation campaign director, working on land management plans throughout the Rocky Mountains. Prior to his work with the SRCA, he was a middle school science teacher, and a cycling tour guide in France.

Clark will work a full-time schedule, based out of IMBA’s headquarters in Boulder, CO. Outgoing PLI director Ashley Korenblat will return to running Western Spirit, the successful bicycle touring company she founded in Moab, UT. “Ashley has long been a pivotal leader for IMBA,” said Mike Van Abel, the group’s executive director. “Her intelligent and passionate work on the PLI campaign has brought the recreation and conservation communities much closer together.”

IMBA recently added six new PLI campaigns to the 40 that were already underway:

  • Mountain Biking in National Parks: IMBA successfully petitioned the National Park Service to make regulatory changes that will streamline the process to open NPS trails to off-road cyclists.
  • Mountain Biking in National Monuments: IMBA is working in several areas across the U.S. to protect public lands and preserve mountain bike access through National Monument designations.
  • Mountain Biking in National Landscape Conservation System Lands: This effort with the Bureau of Land Management will ensure that current and new riding opportunities are secured in areas protected under the National Landscape Conservation System.
  • Columbine-Hondo Wilderness Act (NM): This bill will make the entire Columbine Hondo Wilderness Study Area into Wilderness with carefully drawn boundaries to protect mountain bike access and open a coveted trail that has been closed for more than 20 years.
  • Mount Hood Public Lands Protection Legislation (OR): The Mount Hood mountain bike community lost 100 miles of trail to a Wilderness bill. But, the tide has turned and IMBA is working with the Wilderness community on a new, more bike-friendly proposal.
  • Backcountry Riding in Southern National Forests (CA): The U.S. Forest Service in Southern California is currently planning for management of their backcountry lands and are considering a management strategy of Recommended Wilderness that would ban mountain bikes. IMBA is advocating for strategies and land designation that would preserve mountain bike access.

Visit the PLI webpages for additional updates.