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CLIF Bar and IMBA Award $6,000 in Grants

August 31, 2005 -CLIF Bar, a leading producer of energy foods and drinks, and the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) are pleased to announce the 12 winners of the 2005 Trail Preservation Grants program. The $500 grants will help clubs preserve and enhance trail access, promote environmental education, and inspire conservation.

In addition to supporting the Trail Preservation Grants, CLIF Bar contributes funds and provides energy foods for IMBA-sponsored trailwork events across the country.

“CLIF Bar’s ongoing relationship with IMBA is an incredibly valuable one. As a company devoted to community service and environmental education, supporting the IMBA Trail Preservation Grants is a no-brainer. We commend IMBA and the grant winners,” says Grady O’Shaughnessy, sports marketing manager at CLIF Bar.

Fifty-eight grants totaling $29,000 have been distributed since the IMBA/CLIF Bar Trail Preservation Grants program was established in 2001. Previous IMBA/CLIF Bar Trail Preservation Grant Winners can be viewed here: http://www.imba.com/resources/grants/clif_winners.html

The 2005 Trail Preservation grant winners:

Palm Beach Mountain Bike Association, West Palm Beach, FL http://www.pbmba.org Palm Beach Mountain Bike Association will work with local planners to reinforce the Dyer Park trail, one of the few mountain bike trails in this heavily populated county. The reinforced trail will be better able to resist erosion caused by users, as well as intense South Florida weather.

Trips For Kids Laurel Highlands, Melcroft, PA http://www.geocities.com/bill1677/tripsforkidslh.html Trips For Kids Laurel Highlands will extend the Indian Creek Valley Bike Trail, a rail trail that connects the communities of Champion and Indian Head. They will also construct a stream crossing for cattle in order to minimize impact on Indian Creek. Extending the trail will provide a safe, comfortable riding opportunity for kids and families.

Kokopelli Bike Club, Cortez, CO http://www.kokopellibike.com The Kokopelli Bike Club will continue working on the Boggy Draw Trails Project, a network of trails near Dolores, Colorado. In partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, they will purchase and install signs to help users navigate the 35+ miles of trail safely and responsibly.

Southeast Off-Road Bicycle Organization, Atlanta, Gainesville, GA http://www.sorba.org The Southeast Off-Road Bicycle Organization’s Atlanta chapter will develop a stacked-loop trail system at Utoy Creek, located only 1 mile from a high-volume public transportation station. The trail system at Utoy Creek will be the first new trail for mountain bikers within Atlanta city limits for over a decade, and will serve a wide range of cyclists.

Kentucky Mountain Bike Association, Louisville, KY http://www.kymba.org The Kentucky Mountain Bike Association’s (KYMBA) grant will be used for construction of a new bridge, and to educate trail users about sustainable access in General Butler State Resort Park. By bridging wet areas and rerouting fall-line trails, KYMBA hopes to substantially reduce user impacts.

Concerned Long Island Mountain Bicyclists, Woodbury, NY http://www.climbonline.org Concerned Long Island Mountain Bicyclists will install interpretive signage on a beginner’s trail at Stillwell Woods Nature Preserve, in Syosset, NY. The signs will teach trail etiquette, mountain bike skills, and identify native plants and animals.

Pend Oreille Pedalers, Sandpoint, ID email: pendoreillepedalers@hotmail.com Working cooperatively with landowners, the Pend Oreille Pedalers will build and sign trails on several parcels of private property. The signs will help guide users toward responsible and sustainable land use, which will strengthen the relationship between private landowners and cyclists.

Peoria Area Mountain Bike Association, Peoria, IL http://www.pambamtb.org The Peoria Area Mountain Bike Association will complete a stacked-loop trail system consisting of beginner, advanced, and ADA-accessible trails at Black Partridge Park in Metamora, Illinois. The area was once slated to become a golf course, but through the efforts of local advocates it remains a wooded area, home to several endangered and protected species.

Big Bear Adventure Racing, Big Bear Lake, CA http://www.bigbearadventureracing.com Big Bear Adventure Racing will complete repair work on a trail they adopted through a U.S. Forest Service program. They will also educate local users about sustainable trail design and use.

Charlottesville Area Mountain Bike Club, Earlysville, VA http://www.cambc.org The Charlottesville Area Mountain Bike Club (CAMBC) will construct and install an information kiosk in Walnut Creek Park, allowing trail users to view maps and read guidelines about riding conditions. The park manager will team with CAMBC to install the kiosk.

Austin Ridge Riders Mountain Bike Club, Austin, TX http://www.austinridgeriders.com The Ridge Riders will construct the six-mile, multi-use Slaughter Creek Trail on public land under the authority of the City of Austin Water Utility. The trail, as well as the accompanying ADA-compliant corridor, will serve a growing community of users in the Austin area.

Cronies Outdoor Adventure Tribe, Waupaca, WI http://www.croniesbike.org Cronies Outdoor Adventure Tribe (COAT) will build the Bramble Loop Trail, an expansion of an existing system that hosts the annual Riverfest Ride. The Riverfest Ride helps raise funds for bike programs in the city of Waupaca.

About CLIF Bar http://www.clifbar.com Based in Berkeley, California, Clif Bar & Co. (formerly known as Clif Bar Inc.) is a leading maker of all-natural and organic energy and nutrition foods and drinks. Committed to sustainability, the company works daily to reduce its footprint on the planet from the field to the final product.

About IMBA http://www.imba.com Founded in 1988, the International Mountain Bicycling Association is a non-profit educational association whose mission is to create, enhance and preserve trail opportunities for mountain bikers worldwide by encouraging low-impact riding, volunteer trailwork, cooperation among different trail user groups, and innovative trail management solutions. IMBA’s worldwide network is comprised of individual members, bicycle clubs, corporate partners and bicycle retailers.

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