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Trail Care Crew to visit Winder
Experts will teach sustainable trail building at Fort Yargo
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Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew visit

Friday, Feb. 18: Group Shelter B, "Better Living Through Trails" 6 p.m. This free program will provide information to improve your health through trail use.

Saturday, Feb. 19: Group Shelter B, "IMBA Trail Building School’ 9 a.m.-noon (lunch provided) trail construction 1-4 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 20: Meet at trail head, trail ride 10 a.m.

Winder — The International Mountain Bicycling Association's Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew will be in Winder Feb. 18-19 to talk trails, teach people proper trail building technique and spend quality time digging in the dirt. The visit is one of about 70 stops on the 2011 schedule and is open to all outdoor enthusiasts.

The Trail Care Crews teach "sustainable" trail building, which means building lasting trails that require minimal maintenance. This helps reduce trail damage, protects the environment and enhances visitor enjoyment.

The 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 local mountain biking opportunities. The crews have led more than 1,000 trail projects since the program debuted in 1997.

The crew will be presenting key information on trail building to Fort Yargo staff and guests. This will include classes on maintaining trails and better living through trails. Plans call for building a section of trail on Saturday to work on the skills that are taught.

The program has inspired volunteer trailwork across the United States and abroad — a big help to government agencies and land managers who have limited funding for trail construction and upkeep. As a direct result, there are now thousands of new and improved trails in all 50 states, Canada, Mexico and several European countries.

For more information and to register for the IMBA Trail building School, contact Douglas Chambers at Fort Yargo State Park, 210 S. Broad St., Winder by calling the park office at 770-867-3489.

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