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Introducing SWMMBA — the Southwest Michigan Mountain Biking Association

The Southwest Michigan Mountain Biking Association is a nonprofit mountain bike group that has been working at Fort Custer Recreational Area for 20 years. SWMMBA was founded in the spring of 1993 as a chapter of the Michigan Mountain Bike Association (MMBA) to develop trails and encourage mountain biking in Southwest Lower Michigan. As an organization, SWMMBA focuses on promoting proper trail development and maintenance, stewardship, advocacy, racing, group rides, and general mountain biking.Our group has volunteered thousands of trail maintenance hours and worked very hard to make the Fort Custer trail system what it is today. The trail system is rated in the top 50 of destinations for mountain biking in the United States.

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Attention Everyone - MSTAC/DNR Suervey

 

This is our opportunity to let our voices be heard! Please read the following information and fill out the survey.

 

The Michigan Snowmobile and Trail Advisory Committee (MSTAC) and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) are committed to better understanding trail user interests, needs and concerns. The MSTAC and the DNR are developing a plan for a statewide trail network that will address snowmobile, ORV, hiking, biking, paddling, and equestrian needs. The plan moves the state toward the goal of becoming known as “The Trail State”. The plan will identify priorities for improving the system and constraints for implementing those priorities. It will also serve as a marketing piece showcasing Michigan’s incredible trail network and the opportunities expanding this network presents to Michigan’s quality of life and economic prosperity. As we plan for the future of the state’s trail system, we need your help.

 

We would like to know your membership’s opinions about the state’s trail system, how you use the system, and ways the system could be improved. We ask that you electronically forward this entire note to your members or to other trail users. The link to the survey can be found at: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/7H2SCSJ. The completed survey will not be sent back through your organization, but will be available to the DNR for analysis. The DNR will not have access to who filled out the survey or their email address. We are asking that the survey be completed by August 31.

 

The information collected from this survey will be compiled, analyzed and provided to the MSTAC members and to the DNR trail planning team. The trail plan is required to be completed by the spring of 2013.The draft plan will be submitted to your organization for additional input.

 

This is the first step in improving communication with trail users. In the future, we will inform you about trail events, opening of new trails, and seek your opinion on a variety of subjects. If you are not the right person to receive these emails, or your organization is not interested in being on this list serve, please send the corrected information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

SWMMBA Goals

SWMMBA acts as the primary trail developer for the Fort Custer State Recreation Area located in Augusta, MI. The Fort Custer Recreation Area currently has 18 miles of dedicated mountain bike trails, with 5 additional miles of multi-use trail. Future goals include increasing both membership and mountain bike trail mileage, working with land managers in partnership to achieve this goal, and building relationships with government and business organizations to inter-connect trail systems in the region.

TRAFx Counters

We have exciting news! The SWMMBA is now installing invisible counters that will assist us with keeping track of the number of mountain bike riders that visit our trail systems every day. This will assist us in gathering data about trail usage. It will assist us to better understand and manage our trails and can also be used when applying for grants and other funding as well as assist us with working with the DNR.

To learn more about the trail counters we use, please click this link.

Next Trail Day

 

SWMMBA Trail Day

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Meet at trailhead at 8:00 am

Next SWMMBA Meeting

 

SWMMBA Meeting

Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Time - 6:00 pm
We will be meeting at KRESA in Portage off Milham Road

Report Volunteer Hours

 

Report Volunteer Hours

It's very important to us for everyone to record their volunteer hours. Both trail work as well as administrative. So if you could please click this link and log your hours it would be greatly appreciated.

Report Your Hours

Adopt-A-Trail Handbook

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Support the SWMMBA

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Become a MemberRegister to be a SWMMBA Member NOW.

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Donations Donating money allows our group to do trail maintenence at the park.

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Get Involved We have scheduled trail days, volunteer your time.
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