Sunday, June 24, 2007
Sunday, June 17, 2007
Maah Daah Hey Epic Needs Your Support
The Forest Service is again accepting public input as it plans a 55-mile extension of the popular Maah Daah Hey Trail, an IMBA Epic. After receiving more than 1,000 comments from concerned mountain bikers last year, the agency revised its suite of alternatives to include one that allows bicycles on most of the main route. IMBA appreciates this significant step forward, but requests one vital change to ensure equal treatment of all non-motorized uses.
The new Alternative J would force mountain bikers off the primary route and onto a 10-mile bypass around a roadless area. IMBA requests that the agency build only one route and adopt the bypass as the primary trail. This solution treats all non-motorized users equally and eliminates the unnecessary and inappropriate use of taxpayer money to build two parallel trails. It also avoids a dangerous precedent that could suggest bicycles are an impediment to land preservation.
Tell the Forest Service you support fair treatment of mountain biking and the construction of one corridor for the important 55-mile Maah Daah Hey extension.
The deadline for comments is Friday, July 6