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Glacier Hills - Better Living Through Trails Site Visit and Seminar

This year, Glacial Hills is the host site for the International Mountain Bicycling Association’s (IMBA) Trail Care Crew Trail School . As part of their site-based educational work, which includes workshops for land managers and other community leaders, IMBA is offering a “Better Living Through Trails” seminar which explores the positive relationships between community and economic development and their trail systems.

Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy is inviting local government officials and other stakeholders from around the region to attend the seminar and to also participate in a special hike of Glacial Hills on Friday June 29th. Local officials from Forest Home Township will be on hand to answer questions from peers, and GTRLC hopes to have a representative from the Bellaire business community. Short’s Brewing has been a major champion of the trail-building effort--they even have a gigantic map on the wall of the pub charting the progress!

Here are the details of the day:

Better Living Through Trails Site Visit and Seminar, Friday, June 29th

Location: Glacial Hills. Directions:,-85.25639533996582

LUNCH (hosted and sponsored by GTRLC)
Location: Short’s Pub, 121 N. Bridge St. Bellaire, MI 49615

12:30 – 1:30     
BETTER LIVING THROUGH TRAILS SEMINAR (hosted by International Mountain Biking Association)
Location: Forest Home Township meeting room, 321 N. Bridge St., Bellaire, MI 49615

Overview: This presentation explores the positive relationships between communities and their trail systems. Trails as community assets can improve quality of life and livability in a community for both the biking and non-biking members, and can attract significant tourism dollars in addition in increasing overall quality of life. With statistics and case studies, participants will learn how to turn a quality community trail system into a destination trail system, and learn how to effectively market a trail system. This presentation is a great way to show the community the impact that trails can have on the health of the local citizens, the health of local green spaces and the health of the local economy.

Key topics: The economic, health and wellness benefits that trails and mountain biking bring to an area; the value of singletrack trails; economics of singletrack trails; building community trails; creating destination trails; case studies.

Who to invite: Public board members; elected officials; tourism bureau; chamber of commerce; media; school districts; health care professionals; local. state and federal land managers; mayoral office; state and federal representatives, local trail user groups, local outdoor recreation groups.

There is no charge to attend any of these events. RSVP’s for the hike and lunch should go through GTRLC. Folks who wish to attend to either of those should respond to Nate Richardson at Participants interested in the Better Living Through Trails seminar should register through IMBA’s website at



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