EarthRiders Trails Association Granted 501(c)(3) Status

Kansas City--Midwestern mountain bikers, land managers and trail
advocates now have a federally recognized, tax-exempt organization to
which they can make tax deductible donations to further the development
and support of multi-use trails throughout the Midwest. The EarthRiders
Trails Association (ERTA) has received 501(c)(3) certification as a
result of major efforts by those in the Kansas City mountain bike
community.

ERTA's first project proposal, which was submitted to the Missouri
Division of State Parks (DSP) earlier this year, focuses on the 5,000
acre Lake of the Ozarks State Park in Southern Missouri. The proposal
recommends the construction of a 10-15 mile lakeside, multi-use trail
loop with open access to the public. This proposal is still under review
by the Missouri DSP, but if approved, would involve resources from ERTA
as well as the Missouri Department of Conservation, Capital City Cycling
Club, of Jefferson City, Columbia Bicycling Club and Osage Trail
Association. If approved, this program would be managed and funded by
ERTA with support from Missouri DSP.

To enhance fundraising efforts for various trail initiatives throughout
the Midwest, ERTA has established an online system in conjunction with
Active.com, allowing supporters to make donations via a credit card.
These donations will directly impact ERTA's trail building and land
management objectives throughout the Midwest. This page can be found at
http://www.active.com/donate/erta. Please note that while ERTA is
affiliated with EarthRiders Mountain Bike Club, also based in Kansas
City, dues paid by members of the club are not tax deductible. Only
donations made directly to ERTA are tax deductible. Should you be
interested in more information, or in making a donation of equipment or
other non-cash items, please contact Brad Davis at 913-485-3200, Ken
Miner at 913-481-9033 or Neale Shour at 816-436-4969.

http://www.earthriders.org/