IMBA's Canadian office presents Leadership Award to Parks Canada

Santa Fe, NM – Parks Canada has been awarded the 2012 IMBA Canada Leadership Award in recognition of it's progressive thinking and commitment to mountain biking.

Executive director Lora Woolner presented the hand-crafted plaque to Parks' Ed Jager, Director of Visitor Experience, and Mark Schmidt, National Trails Analyst, at the 6th IMBA World Summit in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

"Parks Canada has opened doors for mountain biking by developing national guidelines that deem mountain biking an acceptable activity within our National Parks, and creating new trail tools and best practices that benefit trail users and mountain bikers throughout Canada and the world," said Woolner during the IMBA Ignite! presentation.

Jager and Schmidt were also applauded for their commitment to IMBA's Take A Kid Mountain Bike Day and Trail Care Crew programs, which Parks Canada has partnered on since 2010.

"Parks Canada deserves recognition from the Canadian mountain biking public, for the hard work and progressive stance it has taken in making a place for mountain biking in our National Parks and Historic Sites. Not only has it opened doors for our sport in Canada; it has set a precedent for other countries around the world," said Woolner.

"It is a real honour for myself and Parks Canada to be recognized by IMBA," said Jager. "It has been fantastic working with such a great organization and I'm excited about the work we will do together in the coming years to continue to improve the trails in Canada's National Parks and Historic Sites."

Canada's national parks agency was invited to IMBA's sixth World Summit to present on it's newly released Trail Classification and Rating Systems, which will assist land managers and trail builders to better manage and market trails ranging from paved pathways, to backcountry singletrack adventures.

Now in it's second year, the IMBA Canada Leadership Award is presented to an individual or organization which has significantly impacted mountain biking in Canada and beyond. The hand-crafted plaque was created by Toronto metalwork artist Rachel Best.

Mountain Biking at Parks Canada Locations

Mountain biking is an activity that is practiced in close to 50% of Canada’s national parks. The activity is also practiced in some national historic sites, such as the Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site of Canada. Canada’s National Parks currently have a total of 6,624km of trail, of which 120 trails or 1,485km are currently open to mountain biking.

More about IMBA Canada and Parks Canada

The Canadian office of the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA Canada) has a memorandum of understanding with Parks Canada, the government agency responsible for managing Canada’s National Parks, National Historic Sites, and National Marine Conservation Areas.

Parks Canada is also a supporter of the IMBA Canada Trail Care Crew program – A dynamic two-person team of trailbuilders, educators and enablers that teach sustainable trailbuilding practices from coast to coast.

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For immediate release: 10/12/12
Contact: Rachael Raven
Communications Specialist
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