Expanding and Strengthening Partnerships and Engagement Opportunities Through Mountain Biking

Learn how the growing mountain bike community can increase opportunities for volunteerism and improve all trail users’ enjoyment and safety.

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July 16, 2020

10:00 AM to 11:30 AM (Pacific Time) {more time zones}

11:00 AM to 12:30 PM (Mountain Time)
12:00 PM to 01:30 PM (Central Time)
01:00 PM to 02:30 PM (Eastern Time)


FREE for members
FREE for nonmembers

Learning Credit Cost: FREE


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Webinar Outline

The California Trails and Greenways webinar series is offered in coordination with California State Parks and the California Trails Conference Foundation, with content selected from the California Trails and Greenways 2020 program.

The webinar series is offered FREE to the trails community THANKS TO the generous support of:

About this webinar:

A discussion about how the growing mountain bike community can increase opportunities for volunteerism and improve all trail users’ enjoyment and safety. Learn how local, regional, and national mountain biking organizations work together for the benefit of all; how land managers and other user groups can leverage partnerships to reduce trail maintenance backlogs and increase education of trail users resulting in improved use experience; and to help ensure recreational trail opportunities are meeting growing and changing user demands.

CEUs are FREE for this webinar.

Learning Objectives

  • Land managers to understand the growth in mountain biking, and the volunteer opportunities the expanding mountain bike community provides.
  • To learn how mountain bike advocacy has grown from grassroots local organizations 30+ years ago, to now having regional and national representation.
  • For other user groups to learn how partnering with the mountain bike community benefits all trail users and the environment.
  • To learn how the mountain biking community is growing stewardship and civic engagement through youth involvement (Teen Trail Corps)


This webinar qualifies as a Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW) course (via LA CES).

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Webinar Partners


Steve Messer, President, Concerned Off-Road Bicyclists Association (CORBA)

Steve has been riding bicycles in the mountains around Los Angeles for 35 years. After more than 20 years riding trails, he saw trail conditions gradually deteriorating through lack of maintenance, and diminishing agency budgets. He began doing volunteer work with CORBA’s trail crew in the early 2000s, and before long was leading crews himself. He worked on trail master plans and other planning efforts as a volunteer committee member with CORBA in the mid-2000s. He joined the CORBA board in 2009 and became board president in 2014. Steve has led trail reconstruction efforts in the wake of the Station Fire, Sand Fire and Woolsey Fire. He’s leveraged partnerships with other user groups, bike industry, nonprofits and land managers to build new trails, create a bike skills park, and continue ongoing trail maintenance efforts. He served on the CAMTB steering committee during its development, and now serves on the board of this new regional organization, as well as two other nonprofits and a Collaborative advisory group for the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument.


Jake Bayless, Co-Founder

Jake Bayless is a resident of Sonoma County and the enthusiastic co-founder of the Redwood Empire Mountain Bike Alliance (REMBA). He currently serves on the REMBA board and is active in MTB advocacy efforts within REMBA’s zone: Sonoma, Napa and Lake Counties, California. Jake’s day job is a public servant programmer/analyst for the City of Santa Rosa. In his free time, he helped create REMBA, before going on to help form the California Mountain Biking Coalition (CAMTB) because he saw that trail development and expansion wasn’t happening in proportion to the growth of mountain biking in California. He found that locally it was nearly impossible to get all the various “bike tribes” on the same page to actively influence park and open space decisions, especially without a cohesive group behind them.


Susie Murphy, Executive Director, San Diego Mountain Biking Association (SDMBA)

Susie Murphy started riding mountain bikes in the early 1990s in order to follow her husband who had taken up riding with their young daughter in a backpack. She wanted to keep an eye on them, but they soon discovered a family pastime that has taken them on many adventures. Susie has volunteered in the cycling community for over 25 years expanding advocacy efforts and fundraising opportunities to drive trail projects forward focusing on partnership with Cuyamaca Rancho State Park. Susie became the Executive Director of the San Diego Mountain Biking Association in 2015. She also currently serves as a volunteer on the Board of Directors of the California Mountain Biking Coalition, the San Diego County Parks Advisory Committee, and the Otay Valley River Park Citizens Advisory Committee.


Brooke Wallasch, Teen Trail Corps Captain, National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA)

Brooke Wallasch has been riding bikes for 16 of her 18 years. What started as a family weekend hobby, blossomed into a passion after she joined the Crescenta Valley High School Mountain Biking Team in 2016. This decision completely reconfigured her high school experience for the better, and opened up leadership and community service opportunities, including Girls Riding Together (GRiT), and Teen Trail Corps, both initiatives established by the National Interscholastic Cycling Association to inspire engagement and youth leadership. While juggling school work, training to race varsity in the SoCal Interscholastic Cycling League, and serving as vice president of her team during her junior and senior years, Brooke worked towards her Teen Trail Corps’ Captain award by volunteering with the Mt. Wilson Bicycling Association, educating others about the importance of trail etiquette and respect, and learning to effectively use her voice within her community. Since becoming a Teen Trail Captain at the first and final race of the pandemic shortened SoCal League 2020 season, she has continued to seek opportunities to get more kids on bikes and more volunteers contributing to the stewardship of trails in their communities. She plans to continue racing mountain bikes and volunteering with trail maintenance groups as she moves on to the next phase of her life as a student at California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo.


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Learning Credits and CEUs

American Trails is proud to be a certified provider of the following learning credits and continuing education opportunities:

  • American Institute of Certified Planners Continuing Maintenance (AICP CM)
  • Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES) (most HSW approved)
  • National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) CEU equivalency petition
  • CEU/PDH equivalency petition for other accepting organizations

Learning credits are free for attendees for American Trails webinars and the International Trails Summit, as well as for other trail and outdoor recreation-related conferences, webinars, and workshops we offer credits for. Learn more here.



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