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Trail award

From left to right, Jennifer Alexander, BLM recreation planner; Jason Hudson, trail building coordinator and Pedal United board member; Dean Cromwell, Acton project manager and Pedal United board member; and Dave Lefevre, BLM Billings Field Office manager; pose for an award photo.

A Billings bicycle group has received a national award from the Bureau of Land Management.

Pedal United, a local Billings chapter of International Mountain Bicycling Association, has been diligent in developing the BLM Acton Recreation Area for mountain bike trails.

Acton, just north of Billings, has evolved into a diverse network of mountain bike trails used by destination and local travelers.

This has happened largely due to the close partnership between Pedal United, and the BLM Billings Field Office. Over the past four years, Pedal United volunteers have developed more than 28 miles of mountain bike trails, and a trail-head facility.

In early 2018, Pedal United completed construction of 10.1 miles of new trail in less than four months. Since 2015, Pedal United has provided more than 1,400 volunteer hours for the development of the Acton Recreation Area mountain bike system.

The group, in partnership with the Joliet, Montana High School Future Farmers of America Chapter, and the Montana Conservation Corps, constructed three mini-cattle guards for use along the mountain bike system in 2016, and added four more in 2017.

Pedal United built an additional three ride-overs in 2018, which will be installed in 2019.

In the summer of 2018 Pedal United helped host the Big Sky State Games mountain bike races held for the first time at Acton. The efforts will continue through a new assistance agreement with the BLM to improve access roads and develop primitive campsites in the area.

If you have an interest in building trails, and advocacy, please go to www.imba.com/join.

Join the local chapter is called Pedal United. Facebook is facebook.com/pedalunited.

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