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MTB Atlanta signs Memorandum of Understanding with Southeastern Trust for Parks and Land and launches Three New Trail Projects in Metro Atlanta

(CHATTAHOOCHEE HILLS, Georgia  May, 19 2021) —

MTB Atlanta has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Southeastern Trust for Parks and Land (STPAL) to design, fund, build and maintain trails on STPAL lands in Metro Atlanta and the Southeast. MTB Atlanta and STPAL have kicked off 3 new trail projects in Metro Atlanta for 2021 at Canongate Nature Preserve in Coweta County, Pumpkinvine Creek Nature Preserve in Paulding County and Campbellton Creek Nature Preserve in the City of South Fulton.

From Brett Davidson Executive Director of MTB Atlanta- “MTB Atlanta is thrilled with our new partnership with the Southeastern Trust for Parks and Land and for the opportunity to expand on STPAL’s successful mountain bike and passive outdoor recreation trail project at Talking Rock Creek Preserve in Pickens County here in Metro Atlanta. Working with STPAL on their conserved properties will provide an excellent opportunity for MTB Atlanta to fulfill our mission of creating ‘more trails close to home’ in Metro Atlanta. MTB Atlanta will in turn help STPAL open more of their conserved lands for public use by building new trails for mountain biking and passive outdoor recreation in Metro Atlanta.”

Zoning has been approved and construction has begun at the new Canongate Nature Preserve on Canongate Road in Coweta County. STPAL has hired MTB Atlanta Pro Trails, MTB Atlanta’s professional trail building crew, to build a one to two mile bike optimized trail that will serve the Canongate neighborhood and Northgate High School. Canongate will be used as a practice site for the SWAY Youth Mountain Bike Club and the Northgate High School Georgia Cycling League Mountain Bike Team.

Planning and design has begun for Campbellton Creek Nature Preserve in the City of South Fulton and Pumpkinvine Creek Nature Preserve in Dallas, just off the Silver Comet Trail in Paulding County.

The Southeastern Trust for Parks and Land (STPAL) is a 501-C-3 public charity located in Avondale Estates, Georgia. STPAL is responding to the need for the preservation of undeveloped land and making it available for responsible use for public recreation, science education, plant and wildlife habitat, and the quiet enjoyment of nature. STPAL is dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of wetlands, agricultural, urban, suburban and rural land. STPAL is an active resource in land preservation and active usage spreading across the Southeastern United States. STPAL is a non-profit organization that relies on public support in the form of conservation endowment fees, privately and publicly funded grants, and financial contributions from individuals and community groups. STPAL engages in relationships with other non-profit community groups to further the impact of our efforts.

MTB Atlanta is the Metro Atlanta Chapter of Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association (SORBA) and is the largest SORBA Chapter in the State of Georgia . SORBA is the largest nonprofit mountain biking organization in the Southeast. SORBA has partnered with the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) which now represents over 8,000 members dedicated to trail stewardship in a seven-state area. MTB Atlanta chapter members work with land managers in the Metro area to create trails and trail systems for mountain bikers and passive outdoor recreation. Through advocacy, education, and recreational opportunities, MTB Atlanta carries out its mission to promote land access, trail preservation, and new trail development in order to enhance mountain bike riding, racing, fun, and fellowship for all mountain bikers in the Southeastern United States.