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Advocacy…SORBA’s True Mission. As our Partnership with IMBA has grown, our resources have had exponential affect. You continue to be our greatest asset. Get Involved, JOIN! We will list more contact information and goals, from local Land Management to Capital Hill.  Please share you trail needs and ideas with your local councilperson and state representative.  Better health, more fun and beautiful communities.

Definition: Advocacy is the pursuit of influencing outcomes — including public-policy and resource allocation decisions within political, economic, and social systems and institutions — that directly affect people’s current lives.

March 2008 we were invited by Metro Parks to attend several local meetings to address the recreational needs of the public. Our Mountain Bike Community was the most vocal user group. We passionately have stressed our desire for more trails.

Jump forward to December 2009. The Metro Council for Parks and Recreation voted unanimously to enter into an Annual Permit agreement with IMBA-SORBA Middle TN. This will offer greater dialogue and consideration for local trails as we target many enhancements to Hamilton Creek, currently our only Metro Nashville Trail.

We must have more trails in Metro Nashville to address the growing need for Beginner and Intermediate single track trails. As the most “Hand’s On” user group of any on any trail, we must continue our quest for more balance in the region. Mountain bikers make up more than most other user groups combined….Golfers, Equestrians, Hikers and Trail Runners.

Fall 2010 was very positive with approval to move forward with layout and planning for Cane Ridge Park Trails in the southeastern most corner of Davidson County.  Upon Metro Parks approval, new trail flagging and corridor layout should take place in winter 2010/2011.  If you have interest in this project, please sign up on our volunteer page at “Cane Ridge Supporters”.

SOME other areas of interest (potential trails or mountain bike access) are Cedars of Lebanon State Forest in Wilson County, Joelton Youth Camp in Northeast Davidson County and Franklin Springs in Williamson County.   There is also ongoing dialog with Murfreesboro Greenways and Wetlands to examine trail opportunities in Rutherford County.

We plan to create similar agreements with Tennessee State Parks and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which hold MOU’s (Memorandums of Understanding) with other IMBA-SORBA trails.

If you want to get involved, JOIN US! We have many opportunities and need your support in many local community projects…Youth Programs, Skills Courses, and More Trails!

You should also join us for a ride and meet our Advocacy Director, Jose Alea or email advocacy@sorbamidtn.org

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