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NWO: Sakakawea Lake and IMBA Build Mountain Biking Trails Through Workshop

The tireless crew battled hardy prairie grasses and hot weather to complete an example piece of full bench constructed trail.
When complete, the start of the new trail will have a self-closing gate like this one.

Lake: Sakakawea Lake, ND

Partners: USACE; International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA)

Partnership Type: MOU

Story: Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew leaders Mark Schmidt and Lora Woolner traveled to Bismarck, North Dakota this August to help create a demonstration section of the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail. When complete, the Lewis and Clark Trail will stretch 250 miles along the Missouri River, from South Dakota to the Montana border.

The visit featured an IMBA Trailbuilding School on the shore of Lake Sakakawea, a huge Army Corps reservoir that was built in 1947. With more than 1,500 miles of shoreline, there is tremendous potential for trails. Participants focused their work on an example of sustainable trail in Lake Sakakawea State Park. When finished, the demo trail will incorporate all the elements of a successful shared-use trail and will feature interpretive signs to explain various trailbuilding techniques such as design principals, grade reversals, outslope, and other construction methods.


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