PESHTIGO — The Marinette Area Mountain Bike Association (MAMBA) was officially incorporated to build interest in biking on trails on public land in Marinette County. In early April, MAMBA was incorporated as a Wisconsin non-profit, non stock entity. Draft by-laws have been written.

Due to the county’s varied topography, water features and large expanses of public land, the co-founders, Joe Krawczyk and Steve Goddard, formed the association to make Marinette County a destination for outdoor tourism. MAMBA works with local government units and area landowners to improve existing trails and build new trails.

The Wisconsin Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) is an evaluation of the state’s outdoor recreation supply, demand, trends and issues. The 2019-2023 SCORP update reported that non-motorized activities continue to be the primary demand of outdoor participants — hiking, bicycling, camping, paddle sports, dog-related activities and groomed cross-country skiing are all growing. The biggest decreases are in snowmobiling, trapping, hunting and skiing on non-groomed trails.

There are singletrack and double-track trails in the area. Singletrack is a type of trail that is typically the width of a mountain bike, usually smooth and flowing, but may also feature technical sections with uphill climbs, downhill runs, jumps, rock gardens and banked turns. Another type of trail is called double-track, typically a fire road, which is wide enough for side by side riding.

Volunteers are needed to fill MAMBA board positions, plan activities and serve as a liaison with local government units.

For more information, people may contact Joe Krawczyk and MAMBA at yomamba@yahoo.com.