Short: I don't have any plans at this point to single out LAMBA as the "sponsor" or whatever of the Forum.
The individual websites won't change.
I don't have any plans at this point to single out LAMBA as the "sponsor" or whatever of the Forum. I think that promotes the idea that LAMBA is doing MORE than others and singles out LAMBA as a problem if something goes awry with MTBIowa. At this point I'M the problem if something goes awry with MTBIowa not LAMBA. Also LAMBA doesn't financially support the forum. I'm keeping it this way for a number of reasons that I'm willing to divulge sometime I actually am not busy running kids around for baseball.
The forum is for community building and collaboration. This includes communication with other clubs and riders from outside the immediate area (whatever area you live in). This fits in more naturally with a topical (MTB) but less geographically focused (CR/IC) forum. I believe there still needs to be a geographical limit to the forum though so I'm limiting it to groups that maintain trails in Iowa. Topical : MTB and Geographic : Iowa. I don't have plans or want to expand the geographic focus beyond Iowa. I think that is an IMBA function. I believe MTBR is too broad geographically to develop a community but is a great resource for those that are brave/experienced enough to go there.
Each group still needs their own identity though for their specific information. The individual websites are that identity. Therefore the LAMBA, ICORR, CVAST, DHPT, THOR, CITA, QCFORC, etc. websites will always be unique and identify their own group.
The website that ties in the forum Topic and Geographic limits is called MTBIowa.org (still rough). It will be the MTB gathering place for Iowa MTB on the internet. It will show all the trails in the state and who maintains them. It will carry links to the website of that group. It won't have detailed maps of the trails since that is a function of the group.
It will provide a starting point for new groups. It will provide a more cohesive image to individuals/organizations that don't know about the MTB community. It will not usurp the individual identities of the clubs it services.