Mountain bikers are known for eating dirt out on the course. The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew program is designed to interest bikers who like to dig in the dirt as well.
The crew, sponsored by the car manufacturer and the International Mountain Bicycling Association, teaches volunteers and park service trail builders how to build trails that last, create minimal impact on the environment and are safe for bikers.
The program is coming to Chattanooga to teach the art and science of trailbuilding in early April; it's just one of the 55 stops on its schedule this year.
“The Crews teach “sustainable” trailbuilding, which means building trails that are environmentally sensitive, last a long time, and require minimal maintenance. This helps reduce trail damage, protects the environment, and enhances visitor enjoyment.”
More than 150,000 people have attended a Subaru/IMBA trailbuilding school since they started in 1997. The trail crew usually is invited by a local club or agency, although the sessions are usually open to the public.
Recently, a crew visited the Saguaro National Monument near Tucson to help 45 volunteers build a new section to the 800-mile long Arizona Trail.
The schedule and more information is available at the IMBA website.