More news from the Chickasaw National Recreation Area (they’re busy down there!) concerning an interesting workshop about mountain biking and trail building. This courtesy of the state Tourism Department:
National Park Service to host trail-building experts
SULPHUR – The Chickasaw National Recreation Area is hosting the International Mountain Bicycling Association’s Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew on March 6 to talk trails, teach people proper trail-building techniques and spend time digging in the dirt.
The event will begin at 9 a.m. at the park’s Travertine Nature Center. In the afternoon, participants will travel to the park’s Rock Creek Multi-Use Trail corridor for some hands-on practice. Everyone is invited to attend this trail-building event. For more information on this event, contact Randy Scoggins at (580) 622-7245. Registration will be available through IMBA’s Web site at: https://www.imba.com/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=5
The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew program includes two full-time, professional teams of trail experts who travel North America year-round, leading IMBA Trail-building schools, meeting with government officials and land managers, and working with IMBA-affiliated groups to improve mountain biking opportunities. IMBA’s crews have led more than 1,000 trail projects since the program debuted in 1997.
The crews teach “sustainable” trail-building, which means building trails that last a long time and require minimal maintenance. This helps reduce trail damage, protects the environment and enhances visitor enjoyment. The crew coming to Chickasaw is led by Chris and Leslie Kehmeier.
The Chickasaw National Recreation Area’s Rock Creek Multi-Use Trail is a network of more than eight miles of trail which connects the Platt Historic District to the Lake of the Arbuckles. It is along this trail that hiking, biking, and horse riding users will pass through two diverse ecosystems where the eastern deciduous forests meet the western mixed-grass prairies.