Advocacy Alert! Okanogan-Wenatchee and Colville National Forests‏

This was take directly from an email from the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance.  Please read and act fast.  I also strongly suggest you write IMBA as well and stress the importance of them making it their number one priority to reverse the Wilderness Act so that bicycles are allow in them.

Wenatchee and Colville Forest Plan Revisions –

Mountain Bike Trails Could be Lost!

 

Kettle CrestThe Forest Plans for the Okanogan-Wenatchee and Colville National Forests are being revised and the Forest Service has released their Proposed Actions. This is one step in the comment gathering phase for creating new Forest Plans which will govern these forests for the next 20 years. Simply put, a Forest Plan is a strategic plan which guides their management and defines what may or may not be allowed in sections of the forest.

Why does this matter to you? Because many of these decisions will affect which trails allow mountain bike access!

 

135 miles of mountain biking trails are within management areas recommended for Wilderness. The Forest Service could decide to IMMEDIATELY CLOSE these areas to mountain biking, as has been done in Montana, and when designated as Wilderness by Congress we would be legally restricted from everriding there again.

 

In the Colville NF the majority of the Kettle Crest is proposed as Recommended Wilderness Areas (RWA) which means the loss of 65 miles of some of the best trails open to mountain biking in Washington State. With these trails gone there wouldn’t be much reason for a mountain biker to visit the Colville.

 

In the Okanogan-Wenatchee NF these new RWAs are “improvements in boundary locations” intended to simplify forest management. Unfortunately many of these “improvements” will come at a huge cost to us – the eventual closure of trails such as Ravens Roost in Naches, Basalt Ridge in Wenatchee River, Cooper River in Cle Elum, most of the trails in the Teanaway area, and more. See a more complete list of trails on our site, Threatened Trails.
Your Action is Critical!
Your opportunity to comment on the Proposed Action ends this Wednesday Sept 28th so please Take Action NOW! Let them know it is important to you to ensure there are quality locations for you and your children to ride in the future.

 

Your comments have to be specific, telling the Forest Service clearly what you like or do not like in the Proposed Action. We have provided a Sample Letter here to help guide your comments. You can copy and paste this into the email but please take a few minutes to customize your letter because this maximizes your impact.

 

We know that protecting your trails is reason enough to act but we’re also giving away some great prizes including a $50 gift certificate from a local bike shop and two Platypus Origin hydration packs!  To be entered just include advocacy@evergreenmtb.org in your emailed comments or like our Facebookposting about the Proposed Action.

 

Click here to start an email with your comments to the Forest Service, Evergreen will automatically be cc’d so that we can also register your comments:r6_ewzplanrevision@fs.fed.us.

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